So many things happening at this time of year! It's always exciting and there is nothing better than welcoming March 21st (the spring equinox) in the cheerful company of golden daffodils. Portland seems to be enthralled in the timid and gentle unfurling of spring and it's so lovely! Nothing warm or sunny mind you, but sweet and peaceful all the same.
And camellia trees! I have never before seen camellias although I have this feeling that they should also be grown in the south. (I do know they're related to the tea plant.) Wikipedia tells me that they require high moisture and acidic soil. Portland: check and check. I don't need Wikipedia to tell me how beautiful they are!
The first day of spring was a special night for first graders at my daughter's school. They wrapped up a study unit of burrowing animals by building habitats and doing a singing presentation. It was an exciting night for my baby! We walked to the program so you can see her raincoat and rainboots on the edge of the photo.
This was my baby's fox den habitat. As hard as we worked on that, we felt very overwhelmed with the other amazing projects we saw that night.
Here are some photos of the other first graders and their incredible work.
And then, of course, we had a fun St. Patrick's day eating (the non-traditional) corned beef and cabbage. I've tweaked the recipe so that the carrots don't end up as acidic and mushy. I also made Irish soda bread to round out the meal and we had a fun dinner! (btw, I read multiple times online that any bread with eggs or fruit in it is not an authentic soda bread.) I've been meaning to post this roast potatoe recipe for a while because it's just that good.
A few days later, I needed to make a cake for a church activity. Naturally, I remembered a dessert I posted about a loooong time ago. It seemed like the perfect time to try it and everyone was over the moon with it. The cake, the lemon curd, and the fluffy cream cheese frosting were each perfect alone and mind-numbingly delicious together. You'll have to excuse the unsightly appearance; I didn't understand that the whole cake needed to be iced so I didn't bother to level my layers. Yes, it is as crooked as it looks in the photo!
It wasn't until later that I got to eat a piece of cake myself. In bed. Gotta' love those disgusting little habits.
Then we had some fun with the extra lemon curd. My daughter wanted to have a (spontaneous) tea party with her friends and get all dressed up so I make some shortbread, some strawberry and butter tea sandwiches, and served it up with wild orange herbal tea and lemon curd. It was so cute to see my little man join in too!