Did you ever wonder what the most refreshing spring decor could be? Spring decorating when there’s snow on the ground seems a superfluous act, but there hasn’t been much spring snow this year, and I’m definitely in the mood to decorate.
Spring Decor on Spanish Peaks
It’s all about nature as the crocus come popping up here on the side of Spanish Peaks. You’d think there’d be snow… But alas, spring is bursting from the ground at a record pace, revealing something more than snow.
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But spring decorating here on the front range takes place with or without winter runoff!
The best part of springtime, here in Colorado is always the big snow season. We all love the tulips, crocus, and shoots of green coming up through the snow. And how better to celebrate them than with new bedding, blankets, throw pillows, and decorator items featuring tulips. Shower curtains, bath mats, and towels?
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New Mexico offers brilliantly colored sunrises, sunsets, and even earlier celebrations of spring bursting from the ground. We’ve hinted at the arrival of Spring, until the clouds gave way, the skies turned blue, and warm weather has arrived.
Spring Time in the Rocky Mountains
The BEST refreshments of Spring, often come with a splash of lime, or squeezed lemon, and everyone knows those don’t grow in the Rocky Mountains. Our friends from Arizona usually arrive sometime in February with a trunk load of fresh fruit from their trees. And we chatter about what to do with the deliciousness that arrives with them. I often end up slicing lemons and freezing them, to keep them fresh, then I add them to bottles of water as summer arrives, but this year, we decided to try something different. When they arrived, we stuck a basket of lemons in the freezer, and within a few hours they were frozen hard enough to grate them. So, we started grating lemons. And I put the grated lemons back in the freezer in baggies.
Creamed Lemon Chicken & Roasted Veggies
Grated whole lemon can be a garnish, or an addition to almost any dish, all year long, but my absolute favorite so far is a Creamed Lemon Chicken that we came up with while we were grating the lemons. I had a package of sliced chicken breasts, and we layered them in a bake dish with diced onion, garlic, a little grated ginger, some dried oregano, a good dousing of olive oil and plenty of grated lemon on top. I poured about a cup of cream over the chicken breasts, and we baked them for about 40 minutes at 350. They were actually baked a little longer than necessary. But the browned tops were just golden.
I added a pan of brussel sprouts, carrots, and cauliflower topped off with a little butter and sprinkled with salt, pepper and garlic, to roast. When we took them out, my Arizona friend tossed a handful of grated lemon in and tossed those roasted veggies to gather up some of that fresh lemon flavor.
Dinner was something close to heavenly. I keep wishing I’d taken a picture, because it was definitely picture worthy. But the best part was our visit… over yummy delicious food.
New Home Building Season Begins…
My Arizona friend is moving back to Colorado in the very near future, so part of our visit included looking for a house. We found a few ready built and then I showed her some land I’d had my eye on just west of town. The views are incredible. But more important than the views in her mind was the accessibility for her to the community services, and for her husband to Lake Trinidad. He loves to fish, and they wanted someplace where he could set the boat off a dock and drown a few worms now and then.
The search included all kinds of chatter about what she’d do when they move here. He’s retired, but she isn’t quite ready to give up on working. We talked a bit about my work, and she has no interest in selling magazine ads – I don’t know why not! But she is interested in writing blog posts, and doing some serious marketing online.
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Some people choose tiny house options when they come to Colorado, thinking they really don’t want to be here in the winter, and summer living is done outdoors. But a huge majority of those lovely folks end up staying for winter, because our winters are so mild.
As we finished up their visit, I had to go to Raton, New Mexico for a day of ad sales, and they decided to tag along.
They may not be building their new home in Colorado… Before Noontime passed, they were calling me from a little burg further south. And they’ll be moving to Maxwell, New Mexico as soon as their house is completed. Closing on their land is sometime in March, and the building shall commence. Life here in the Spanish Peaks area is better and better every day!
And Life is GOOD!
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