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Happy-Gourmand

Thoughts of spring sprouting

Continuing on my train of thought from last week, I am blazing ahead with my visualizing of spring.

I know it’s still a bit nippy out there, with grey skies and mucky fields, but never fear, spring is fast approaching.

In case you’re not feeling the warmth of spring in your heart yet, I have a few ideas for you. I’m trying to appeal to everyone here, so I have a few different themes.

Are you an animal lover? Many pets get spring fever, wanting to get outside when the weather starts to warm; however, you may not want to deal with mucky paws after an outdoor adventure. So how about chickens?

What creature symbolizes spring better than a chick? I was fascinated to discover that baby chicks can be shipped (safely) by post. You can lawfully have backyard chickens if you have a lot that is at least half an acre.

In case that is too much of a commitment, there is Rent The Chicken.  

You might think I’m kidding, but these guys will deliver your rental birds for a six-month term, all equipment included. If you chicken out, they will take the birds back – but just think, you could have eight to 14 freshly laid eggs every week.

Maybe you are a gardener. Do you plant according to the moon? (Are you afraid I’ve gone off my rocker?) It really is a thing, you know.

The Farmer’s Almanac has long included best planting dates with the lunar schedule as part of its wisdom. The basic principle is that flowers and vegetables bearing crops above ground should be planted in the days leading up to the full moon, and those bearing crops below ground are planted after the full moon.

Old-time farmers swear that this produces bigger and tastier crops. I for one am going to give it a try this year.

I don’t want to scare people off, so I’ll offer a more straightforward idea as well. Since spring cleaning often means a bit of redecorating and freshening up, how about a lovely bit of home décor? This crafty project could be made or purchased.

Wreaths are a welcome decoration any time of year, and heralding a season is often their purpose. Their circular form gives us that sense of continuity, and being made of greenery they symbolize life. 

Just as a wreath on the door is the first sign of welcome at Christmas, a spring wreath can be a welcome reminder that new things are on the way. I found this article a while back through Lee Valley and I loved the suggested variations presented. 

Whatever your style, your taste of spring can be part of the evolution of the year. Embrace fresh colours in your wardrobe, on your plate, in your home and garden; the vitality will flow to your soul and warm you from the inside, melting winter’s frost.



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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 



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