It’s April! And I would show you a picture of a flower or something, but it's about to snow, like, a FOOT, or some other ridiculous amount. So, the flowers are still hiding. And so are we! It's "Spring Break" in my house. The day I got to stay home and play spring break with my kids this week, it rained. So we went to the library.
I mean... it was relaxed and peaceful (look at that cute kid, reading his heart out!), which is no small feat... but it wasn't "spring break" like I imagined. It's certainly not "spring break" in the sense of flying south to wiggle my toes in the warm sand and frolic in the ocean kind of "spring break"...
But we did our best to put a happy (delirious?!) spin on it. This is what spring break in Minnesota looks like:
Ok, in the hopes that spring will someday show itself - let's talk about April. It's already April 3, and I haven't told you what we'll be focusing on this month! So, let's review:
In March, we focused on food that we could make with our stewed tomatoes - because at this point in the year we’re desperate for that “fresh” taste - and wow, there is so much we can do with those tomatoes! Like our Spaghetti Squash Mexican Lasagna, and our Skinny Tomato & Zucchini Soup…
And now it’s April. It’s time to start thinking about the garden in a much more serious way. And guess what I found??
I found this hilarious list of random holidays pertaining to food from the garden, thanks to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Food, Nutrition and Health page:
- Walking Day (April 2, 2014)
- Fresh Tomato Day (April 6)
- Empanada Day (April 8)
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (April 12)
- Day of the Mushroom (April 16)
- Garlic Day (April 19)
- Easter (April 20)
- Earth Day (April 22)
- Picnic Day (April 23)
- Zucchini Bread Day (April 25)
- Prime Rib Day (April 27)
- Raisin Day (April 30)
And, as if National HoliDAYS weren't enough - we've got some National Holi-WEEKS!
- Public Health Week (1st week in April)
- Garden Week (2nd week in April)
- Egg Salad Week (The full week right after Easter Sunday)
So, I’m going to use the above as a little guide this month. (Reallllly excited about Raisin Day. Hmmm.) Some of it is food from the garden! Some of it is about the garden! Some of it has nothing to do with anything (raisins)... But it shall be fun.
So - Happy Public Health Week! (My public health tip for you? Walk more! (Practically a fitness expert, I am.)
And, Happy Walking Day! HEY! See what I did there?! (I went on a run this morning. That's just a fast form of walking, right? And, really, at the pace I was running, you could just as easily call it speed-walking.... so CHECK.)
Up next: We'll share with you what Jer-Bear's got going in his planning of the garden! Because EVENTUALLY spring and summer will come... right?????