Spring’s favorite

For those who haven’t read about the challenge, here is the link to the post with details –
Season’s favorite challenge.

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Spring

Spring is a symbol for a new beginning to me. Nature wakes up, people’s hearts warm up and hope and love blossom.
After long and cold, wintry days the shy sun and the songs of birds are a gift for the soul.

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Awakening

by Blaga Todorova

There is a hidden charm in nature‘s awakening.
Gone with the wind,
the last snowflakes turned into snowdrops.
A beautiful day has come,
brought by butterflies and Parisian dreams.
The tales that survived the ice,
now live on the pages of Dickens and Byron,
with the ink of Spring promising
a love in the breeze of Irish mountains,
eventually, when the sun sprinkles grace
over every whimsical garden.

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– Word

Eventually– In the end, esp. after a long delay.

After the cold and gray months this word perfectly suits the joy of Spring coming.

– Quote

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.  ~ Charles Dickens

– Poem

by Lord Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.

– Book

“Gone with the wind” – Margaret Mitchell

I read “Gone with the wind” for a first time at spring break when I was 14, the end quote- “Tomorrow is another day” always reminds me of  Spring.

– Song

U2 – It’s a beautiful day

– Movie

“Leap Year”

Anna plans to travel to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, leap day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. But on the way to Dublin she finds what really love means. The nature in Ireland is breathtaking, the humor is refreshing and the feelings – lovely!

– Town

Paris – one of my unfulfilled dreams, if I ever manage to visit it will be in April or May.

– Animal

Butterflies

– Flower

Snowdrops 

– Food

Stuffed peppers with rice and raisins

Ingredients

4 large green bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
4 large red bell peppers, tops removed, seeded
1 tablespoon olive oil
250 grams mince meat
2 onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup dry white wine
1  can tomato puree
1 package/ 150 grams/ feta cheese
1/2 cup cooked white rice
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place green and red bell peppers in a bowl with enough warm water to cover, and soak 5 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place mince meat and onions in the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook until is evenly brown. Drain grease, and mix in wine and tomato puree. Continue cooking 10 minutes. Transfer skillet mixture to a large bowl, and mix in feta cheese, cooked rice, raisins, pine nuts, and parsley. Stuff peppers with the mixture, and arrange in a baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove foil, and continue baking 10 minutes, until stuffing is lightly browned. May be served hot or cold.

– Image-

"The signs of spring" by Lukreszja

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And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 2- July 9/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining!  Stay tuned for the next post on July the 9thSummer’s favorite.

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© 2011  Broken Sparkles

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28 Responses to “Spring’s favorite”

  1. *Into The Light* « A Broken World Says:

    […] The Light Shared on Season’s Favorite Challenge by Blaga Todorova (Broken […]

  2. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Happy Challenge! Thanks for sponsoring the fun.
    http://musingbymoonlight.com/2011/07/02/spring-favorites/

    What a lovely collection, Blaga. Ha! We both chose Romance poets. And value added: your recipe. Thank you!

    Have a wonderful day and lots of visits.

    Hugs from a hot, hot California!

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      I just read your post Jamie and as I said, wonderful! I had a smile with the similarity too! A bit of fun is always welcome! Thanks for supporting it, again! Hugs back from calm Athens!

  3. eclipseofthemoon Says:

    What a lovely intro to your challenges, Blaga
    Thank you for hosting.
    Happy writing to everyone :)

  4. Cherlyn Says:

    I’m really enjoying this challenge so far, it’s making me think a bit oustide the box and really explore something deeper inside of me.

    You wanted me to post the link on this post right? Or is it the rules one?? Well, here’s a link to my first post!:
    http://cursemymetalbody.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/springs-favourite/

  5. liv2write2day Says:

    What a wonderful job you did with this challenging prompt you gave us, Blaga. I’m still working on mine. Hope to have it up before the end of the day here in beautiful Nevada where spring tends to last about a week. We go from Winter to Summer it seems. :0)

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      No pressure about time Victoria, you have a whole week … Here in Athens there is only winters and summers too, I’d prefer to be 365 days of summer, but some much more powerful “individual” / nature/ than me, has decided there should be cold too :)! Thank you Victoria!

  6. liv2write2day Says:

    Wow, this wasn’t the easiest prompt but so fun. Here is mine.
    http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/spring-muse/

    I marvel at how you condensed it into one short poem. Perfect. Now I’m tuning in to summer and that should be easier since it’s 98 degrees F here now!!!

    Hugs.

    • Broken Sparkles Says:

      You did splendid job Victoria, I loved all the haiku examples to each part! Wonderful! Looking forward to your summer post inspired by the 98 F … Happy day and thank you very much!

  7. Olivia Says:

    Awesome!!!!
    Hope you make lot of fun with this challenge.. :) xx

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    […] you might participate include: Jingle Poetry, Poetry Potluck (starts tonight 8 p.m. Central) and Seasons Favorite. Δ GIVING AND RECEIVING FEEDBACK ON WRITING: In this post I’d like to toss out some suggestions […]

  9. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Thanks for your holiday well wishes.

    Oh my goodness, Blaga! Look at the comments. I suspect that after the 4th is over you’ll get some more. Hooray!

  10. dragonkatet Says:

    Blaga, I just had to thank you again for this challenge! I am really enjoying seeing what everyone’s favorites are. :-D

  11. Jamie Dedes Says:

    I finally got the time to make the round of visits. All quite wonderful and found a new blog to I like to visit. Thanks for that.

    Happy days … Hope all is well … See you on Saturday for Part 2 of the challenge.

  12. Leo Says:

    I’m gonna be sharing on why each season is favorite to me :) I tried to do like what you have done, a word, recipe etc.. but didn’t come out that well. I guess I’m all seasonal in those ways. Hope its okay..

    Mine is here: http://leonnyes.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/1145/

  13. Summer’s favorite « Broken Sparkles Says:

    […] Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 9- July 16/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite. […]


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