Sunday, February 8, 2009

Spring is in the Air (In my Dreams)

So maybe I'm pushing things a bit. It was still really chilly today, barely 40 and not at all spring like. But I like searching for the signs of things to come. Kind of like this guy who seems to be looking around for some signs as well.

What got me really excited were the little heads of this tulip foliage poking through.

And this Camellia bud wanting to open

And believe it or not I do have actual flowers blooming. We are lucky enough in the Pacific Northwest to have something available for bloom just about year round. I had about a week where this wasn't true in my yard, but once the snow melted the primroses started flowering again.

And the heather got pretty as well

Now a few weeks later the pulmonaria is starting its show. The pulmonaria rubra is always the first to show its color. The blue ones will follow in a couple of weeks.

And there are a few plants that although they don't have true flowers, they remind me enough of flowers that I am fooled a bit.

If my outdoor flowers don't cheer me enough (because they are very tiny and far between) I do have one blooming inside. I bought this orchid this past summer at a plant sale at work. Much to my delight it's sending out beautiful little yellow flowers! I can't take credit for this at all. Randy waters and cares for all of the inside plants. Doesn't he do a great job! :-)

And I'm not really sure what this has to do with spring but I just had to share this little bit of new color in my life. We had good enough weather this week that Randy was able to finish up painting the front door that we had primered a while back. The first color that we chose, Behr's Cranberry Splash was! We were looking for a burgandy red. The first coat we put on the door scared us to death!

So we headed to Home Depot and came back with Cherry Cobbler. Much better!

We bought new hardware for the door too. I really like how it turned out.

So that's the extent of my spring dreams. I'm sitting here with my fuzzy socks on and the fire place lit.

I haven't decided what's for dinner tonight, but thought I'd share my little lunch. It's actually kind of spring like. I wanted something filling and tasty but low in calories. I bought these wraps this week and decided they would be a perfect vehicle. I have tried a lot of these types of wraps in search of one that is tasty and tolerable in texture. Most I ended up throwing away. I finally have found one I can live with and even like ~ LaTortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Soft Wraps, Tomato Basil flavor. The taste is nice and they don't have that gritty texture that a lot of others do.

And here are my Smoked Salmon wraps with some carrots on the side. 4 pts for you WW people.

Smoked Salmon Wraps

Makes 2


3 1/2 oz smoked salmon, flaked (I used a cajun flavored one).
2 tbsp Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Whipped Cream Cheese (or
brand of your preference)

1 tbsp light sour cream

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp onion(s), chopped

1 tbsp bell pepper(s), chopped

1/4 cup(s) packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)

1/4 large tomato(es), chopped

1/4 tsp garlic salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp ground ginger, fresh ginger would be great if you had it

1/8 tsp kosher salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste

1/4 tsp dried dill weed

1/2 cup(s) romaine lettuce, you only need a few leaves

2 item(s) LaTortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Tomato basil wraps

1 tbsp cilantro, optional, but I sprinkled a few chopped leaves over
the lettuce.


Flake salmon and add remaining ingredients except for lettuce & wrap. Mix well. I used a cajun flavored salmon. Use a sprinkle of your favorite cajun seasoning if you can't find it. Lay wraps flat and place a few leaves of lettuce in the center of each. Divide the salmon mixture between the two wraps, laying on the lettuce leaves. Add cilantro if you're using it. Fold in sides and roll up burrito style. Cut in half and serve with fresh carrot chips or a green salad.


Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, you have made my day! I haven't seen a flower or bud bloom since I don't know when. Here in Upstate NY, we are still cross country skiing and snowshoeing. So thanks for sharing your beauty, I love the color of your door. And keep sharing those WW recipes...I love eating healthy.

Kathleen said...

I agree with Debbie! I loved seeing those signs of Spring!
I even tried to buy a Primrose in Home Depot Friday, but they didn't have a one...
I will get one in the super market this week..
I did buy a pretty bunch of baby pink roses for a Val table..

Your wrap looks good! That's a good amount of fiber too!
I will have to see if we have them here in NY..
And I like your carrot chips too...something to crunch on always helps!
Great post, Suzy! Thanks for giving us a little taste of Spring!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, I had no idea that the Pacific Northwest had something blooming all year round. .... Beautiful beginnings ... And yes, Randy does do a wonderful job on the indoor plants if the orchid is an example of his work.

Your front door looks very inviting ... a nice color.

I had the same thought as Kathleen about the wrap, looks good and 12g is a good amount of fiber.

I'm ready for spring, too.

Kathleen said...

Forgot to say I LOVE the door!

Jayne said...

Suzy, you are so fortunate to have blooms most all year. I would be so happy! Thank you for sharing and giving some of us (who have NO blooms) something to look forward to. Your door looks great... much better than the first color.

SusanQ said...

Oh, be still my garden-deprived heart! You have given me hope for things to come, Suzy. We had a wonderful above-freezing weekend and lost a lot of snow but it will be a while before I see those lovely sights.

My front door looks pretty close to yours, color-wise ;) I love it, of course!

Your wraps are worthy of publication! They look and sound delicious.

Foley said...

I'm so jealous of your buds!! I'm really anxious for spring!! I wnt to see what survived the winter...

Love the front door - similar to mine also ;)

The tomato basil wraps are really good with just a plain chicken salad also.. I think they would be good with any filling!!

Marsha said...

I had such a busy week I wasn't here visiting for awhile and it has been so much fun catching up with you here this morning. I just can't believe you have so many signs of spring already...will you still have snow until March?
I love the cherry door! Someday when the front bed is blooming show us a whole house view, I bet it just pops! We need storm doors around here so when we remodeled I chose a glass one with cranberry trim because I have always admired the red doors I see.

Suzy said...

Thanks everybody! I'm happy to share my few blooms with you. Once we have a nice day I'll take a better pic of the door, from farther away.

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