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A taste of springtime: Homemade lemonade

24 Apr

It’s the end of April in the Midwest, among other places. In Missouri we had sleet yesterday, and today, we woke up to 30-degree temps and wind chills in the 20s.

But when I stepped into Trader Joe’s last weekend, I could have sworn it was spring! In fact, it could have been verging on summer the way the store was decked out.

Case in point:

A glass of sunshine. Just add a spritz of clear skies, rainbows and unicorns.

A glass of sunshine. Just add a spritz of clear skies, rainbows and unicorns.

It’s a scene that instantly transports me to age 11, visiting my cousins in Memphis, Tenn., running around barefoot in their family’s sprawling, soft, overgrown yard.

The adults sprawled in aluminum folding chairs with loosely woven green-and-white striped plastic strips. They’d sit in those chairs for hours drinking lemonade. And we’d leave our glasses of summer’s nectar by them as we ran around aimfully.

The moms and dads and grandparents would stand up to get a refreshing refill, and they’d have criss-cross red marks on the backs of their legs where their shorts had ridden up from the plastic chairing.

Lemonade is what sunny days taste like.

Thanks for the memories, Trader Joe’s.

And thank you for stopping by. Please visit anytime and leave a kind thought.

Lemonade recipes:

From AllRecipes.com

From Food Network/Paula Deen

From Chow

The daffodil: A killer lurks within

27 Mar

Last weekend, Trader Joe’s had a deal on daffodils that I couldn’t resist; a small bunch for about $1.50. A cheap way to bring home some fragrant cheer.

As I was checking out, the TJ’s cashier advised that the daffodils should have their own container. She warned that the delicate and frilly flowers tend to murder their vasemates.

Who knew?!

Daffodils: Enemy of the flowers

A gang of daffodils

I heeded her advice, but I also looked it up for myself. I’m from Missouri, the skeptic’s state, after all. And I started finding other posts with the same thing – a newly informed daffodil owner in dismay, someone who was searching to confirm this dire indictment, and people who learned to deal with the recently acquired knowledge that their flowers were hiding a deadly secret.

I also found some tips about reforming these criminal beauties. It’s the sap that does the deed. Allowed to ooze, the chemicals the daffodils release make nearby flowers unable to absorb water and so they find their demise.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s cashier!

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Daffodils of spring

Daffodil flower care (Martha Stewart)

Happy spring!

21 Mar

It’s the first day of spring, but the temperature is still pointing south. Much of the U.S. is still under mounds of snow, and tomorrow’s forecast warns for a few more inches in the Midwest.

Trader Joe’s comes through with another burst of warm weather promise and joy:

Ranunculus blossoms from Trader Joe's

Ranunculus blooms. Beauty abounds.

Ranunculus is a lovely flower with a bloom that’s a tonic for the eyes and a name that sounds like a spell from Harry Potter.

Gorgeous flowers, and so reasonably priced!

Six buck beauty at Trader Joe’s

Thank you, Trader Joe’s.

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Prolific and terrific: Ranunculus

Ranunculus arrangements

Meaning and symbolism of Ranunculus

Another pretty breath of spring – Tulip time at TJ’s

15 Feb

When daffodils are around, tulips can’t be far behind. And they’re not, at Trader Joe’s.

Ah, spring!

Poetry in a bunch

It’s tulip time at Trader Joe’s

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About tulips

20 facts about tulips

 

Daffodils when it rains. Perfect. Just what I needed.

30 Jan

The world’s been a little topsy turvy lately, and the weather has been leading the tumult.

Yesterday, in Kansas City, we hit a record high of 76 degrees for that day. Thunderstorms overnight left us with a still-balmy awakening, but by mid morning the temperature started turning south, and it was downright chills and drizzle by the time I left work and headed for a quick trip to Trader Joe’s.

I was carried through the entryway in a swirl of floral scents, but I was rushing in from the cold and didn’t take as much notice as when I was leaving.

On my way out, I lingered to whiff a while. Just standing still, letting go of the day’s rush and filling my lungs with daffodil air made me feel so good. On a cold and dreary night, the little plants, sitting pretty like it was a sunny spring day, were just what I needed. A wintertime spirit lifter.

Daffodils from Trader Joe's

“I wandered lonely as a cloud…”

Thanks much, Trader Joe’s.

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Daffodils, by William Wordsworth

American Daffodil Society

From the Flower Expert

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