Monday, February 21, 2011

Mosaic Monday ~ Can't Wait for Spring

Late winter is looking good here. Although we have had freezing temps at night the plants seem to be marching on to spring.

If you are looking for winter color hellebores are a great choice. They are also called Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose. I'd say Lenten is more appropriate for my location.

They come in a variety of colors

Their only drawback is that they tend to point their little heads down. But that's not all bad. It makes you stop and take notice of them and gets you squatting close to the ground to turn them upright. Exercise!

It seems that most late winter, early spring flowers are very low to the ground. Like these pretty snow drops.

And Crackpots little primroses

The crocus are really going to town now.

Even the white ones which are always the last to bloom in my yard are opening up.

I am always happy to see the primroses blooming yet again. They are perennial here and bloom several times a year.

Randy has been helping with weeding when we have a spot of sunshine. The front bed is looking nice. You can see the new leaves sprouting up a lot easier than when there are pesky weeds around!

Here's another addition to your garden you need if you want early color. These Tete a Tete daffodils are tiny, but they sure do bloom early!!!!

I was excited to see that the Camellias are getting close to blooming. Those on the side of the bush closest to the house are looking like this.

So even though spring seems to be close, the temperatures are still saying winter and I'm still craving comfort food. I made stuffed bell peppers this weekend to satisfy that!

I think stuffed bellpeppers are kind of like meatloaf. The recipe changes based on your mood and what you have on hand. For these I used

Ground Beef (about 1 lb)
chopped onion
chopped mushrooms
cooked white rice (about 2 cups)
Worcestershire sauce (1 T)
Seasoning to taste (garlic salt, onion powder, Tony Chachere's Seasoning)
Tomato paste (about 1 T)
2 eggs
Spaghetti Sauce 1/2 cup for stuffing and about 2 cups for cooking
6 bell peppers with tops sliced off and insides cleaned out and rinsed.(Cook peppers in boiling water for about 3 minutes to soften)

Mix all ingredients including the 1/2 cup of sauce. Stuff into softened peppers . Put peppers in a casserole dish. Pour rest of sauce over and around the peppers. Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes. You can sprinkle cheese on them but they are good without. I served with some fresh corn. No idea where the cobs came from, but there were fresh ears at the grocery store the other day, so had to buy a couple. It was good!

I'm joining in over at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday...a little late but its still Monday here!


Why I garden... said...

You have great spring colour, and the christmas rose are very pretty. I've always wanted to make stuffed peppers and never have.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, you have so many pretty things blooming in your gardens-enjoy! Nothing here yet, I woke to 3" of snow... again. The daffs are coming up but no where near blooming. Love stuffed peppers, might put them on the list for this weekend:@)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Your stuffed peppers would put me in a good mood, love what you stuffed it with, looks delicious.
The flowers are beautiful. No color here yet, so I'm enjoying yours, Suzy!

Kate said...

Thank you for the tour of your garden...what beautiful flowers! I love stuffed peppers!

ann said...

Fascinating post today. Lately several bloggers have been showing hellebores. Yours are so pretty. I'll have to do research to see how they do here in Colorado.

ann said...

Those stuffed peppers look great! I need to make those really soon.

Foley said...

The stuffed peppers look so good... and always love looking at your blooms!

Debbie said...

It looks more like spring at your house than it does at mine! I need to make stuffed peppers now ;o)

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