Tag Archives: spring

2017 – Thus Far


I had a birthday.  Birthday Bouquet from my co-worker.


Mug from my friend.



I’m trying to eat healthy.  Chicken with salad greens in a pretty dish.  I’ve lost 10 lbs.



I worked with my daughter planning her spring wedding.  Sweet Powder Room arrangement.

0316171522 (1)


She got married in March.  I purchased this beautiful cake stand on Amazon.



Not long after the wedding, I got sick.  Too feel better I drank herbal tea in a pretty tea cup.



Feeling much better, I got outside on a beautiful sunny Saturday and planted some flower pots.


Breaking my normal morning routine AND my eating habits, I went out and had breakfast with my dear daughter #2. ♥





What about you?  How has your 2017 been so far?



Spring 2015 ~ Randomness

Some peeks into my Spring.


The hostas I planted in 2013 and forgot about came up again.   Love me some hostas because they’re so easy to grow.



Eating supper on the front porch can be so relaxing after spending the day inside.



My oldest daughter has fallen in love with gardening.  She has planted so many beautiful flowers this Spring.  Now I need to get her interested in veggies. 🙂



After an extensive search, I was so excited to find this cute owl mug for only .25 at the thrift store!



I love it when my hubby cranks up the grill.  I know some yummy food is on the way.  He prepared enough for us to eat on through the week and when the grilled veggies were gone, I pan roasted these in the oven.  Real food and good eatin’!



After my last post on that beautiful Spring day,  I found out my oldest brother had died suddenly.  He left a void in the lives of his daughters, grandchildren, siblings, and father.  I think of him often and miss him daily.  Some of my family made the trip to Reelfoot Lake in his memory.

Thanks for stopping by!


So happy to see these pink blossoms on this beautiful Spring day!

flower earth laughs

Happy Friday! ~ Randomosity ~

I’m hoping you’re having a wonderful Spring!  It’s one of my favorite seasons!  And it’s Friday!  So I’m sharing some random thoughts and goodies today.

One reason I adore Spring is because of St. Louis Cardinal Baseball!  🙂  I listen on the radio while I’m cooking supper and doing the dishes.  Mike Shannon is the best!  I ♥ this Vintage Style STL Cardinal Iphone case!  and I just found these STL Cardinals Salt and Pepper Shakers!  lol  I need these.  I wonder if my Morkie would like this Doggie Serving Dish?!  It’s too cute!  ok, ok, I’ll stop!  I know you can’t stand the cuteness.

Check out these FREE Kindle books for KIDS!  (for a limited time only)

Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg

Tongue Twisters for Kids

Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily’s Room

The Ugly Ducking

Here’s some FREE Kindle Cookbooks. (for a limited time only)

Easy Appetizer Recipes

Our Quirky Potluck Recipes

40 Top Paleo Recipes

Savvy Autumn Entertaining

Just Desserts   (oh, boy – I may need to stay away from this one!;))

If you missed my free Spring printable, you can get it here.

Happy Spring, y’all!

spring flag









Get this beautiful Spring Owl Garden Flag here.


Free Printable ~ SPRING

Click on the picture to download the free Spring printable.  

Spring art

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza is one of my favorite desserts!

It’s a wonderful dessert during springtime or any other special time of year, say like the upcoming holidays!  🙂

On this particular Fruit Pizza I used fresh strawberries, bananas, and kiwi but you can use your favorite fruits.


fruit pizza


1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sliceable sugar cookies, sliced
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
4 cups assorted cut-up fruit (kiwi, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges)
1/2 cup apricot preserves*
1Tbsp. water

HEAT oven to 375°F.

LINE 12-inch pizza pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Arrange cookie dough slices in single layer in prepared pan; press together to form crust. Bake 14 min.; cool completely.  (I used my Pampered Chef baking stone for bars and my cookie crust got a little crisp. If you don’t have a stone you can use any 9×13 baking pan similar to this.)

Using a handmixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended.  Spread over crust.

TOP with the fresh sliced fruit.  Mix preserves and water; brush or spoon over fruit.  Cover and refrigerate  overnight.  (*I usually use Smucker’s Sugar Free Apricot Preserves.)

TIP-How to quickly soften cream cheese:  Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese on microwaveable plate.   Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 15 sec. or until slightly softened.


DISCLAIMER: If you purchase from the links in this post you are helping support Heart of a Country Home at no extra charge to yourself.  Thanks for your kindness.

Spring! My favorite time of year

(Note:  Just as I was going to press “Publish” yesterday, the electricity went off, so I’m a day late. )

What a gorgeous day it is!

I hope your’s is too where ever you may be!


Its spring its spring
Oh I just can’t wait
To find fruits on the vases
And flowers on my plate

I want to hear the warm sun
And feel the robin singing
Watch the scent of the flowers
And smell the butterflies flying

Its spring its spring
I’m so full of glee
For the people will bloom
And the flowers will be happy

The gray fields shall be covered
With the magic of the meadow
And the brown sky shall be painted
With the blossoms of the rainbow

Its spring its spring
How can I be blue?
For it is the time of spring
And only the spring brings you

Arvie Calimlim

My Induction Page

Smoked Turkey Salad

This is surprisingly yummy!

I say surprisingly because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.   After my hubby smoked the turkey breast,  it was a little on the dry side and not very tasty.


After sitting in the fridge overnight, it was better, but still dry.  I didn’t want to waste it so I got to searching for turkey salad recipes.


First of all, I pulled out my Joy of Cooking.  Sure enough, there was a Turkey Salad recipe in there and I had all the ingredients except curry powder.   I wasn’t sure I wanted curried turkey salad anyway, so being the Queen of Substitutions, I proceeded to make my own version.


I sliced, then chopped the smoked turkey breast into small chunks.


I ran the turkey breast and onions through the food processor, then dumped it into a mixing bowl.

I then added mayo, honey mustard, raisins, chopped pecans, celery seed, salt and pepper.  I even threw in a dash of nutmeg.


If only I had some leafy green lettuce to put it on!  I didn’t, so I proceeded to put it on some honey wheat bread and had some plain Lays potato chips to go with it.  Yum!


My daughter ate it with Ritz crackers and loved it!


(Sorry for the poor picture quality.  Time was short.)

Smoked Turkey Salad
2 cups chopped smoked turkey breast
2 tablespoons diced onion
3/4 cup mayo
2 tablespoons honey mustard
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon celery seed (or chopped celery if you have it)
dash of salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
Mix all together in a medium size bowl.  Serve on lettuce with crackers or on a toasted bun or bread.

Note:  This was better the next day, so maybe chilling in the fridge first to let the flavors blend makes a difference.
* To reduce carbs, use regular or spicy mustard, remove the raisins, and if you like it a little sweeter add a small package of Splenda or sweetener of your choice.



Floral Signs of Spring


Buttercups by the wild berry tree.



See the little bug on the flower?  I didn’t even notice it until I uploaded the pics.  He was really tiny.


I was really proud of my little Olympus point and shoot.  This is the portrait setting.  You can barely see what I suppose is a spider web…or a web of some sort.


Daffodils or Buttercups by the porch and a empty flower pot just waiting for some soil and beautiful flowers to take up residence.

Happy Spring!

Tomorrow: a lowcarb appetizer

Time for Spring Training!

cardinals-61This has got to be my favorite time of year.

The weather is starting to warm up some, buttercups begin to bloom, and Cardinal Baseball is on the air.  That lets me know that baseball season and summer time is just around the corner.

Almost every evening is spent in the kitchen preparing dinner and cleaning up while listening to a Cardinal baseball game.  After my shower, hair still up in a towel, it’s off to the porch swing with a glass of iced tea to enjoy the warm summer evening and listen to Mike Shannon call the play-by-play on the radio.

So whether you’re cheering for the Yankees, the Cubs, or the Cardinals, or whichever MLB team…sit back, relax, grab a hotdog and let Spring Training begin! 


 Go Cards!