Spring’s favorite

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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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