Every single year. I get lured in by the promises of longer days and warmer weather in early March, and I plant tender, young plants in my garden. And without fail, every year, I spend at least one weekend running around the yard with pillowcases and sheets at dusk to try and protect those very plants from the cruel dagger of frost. 🪴
This year, I had every intention of waiting until the end of April, to put my precious plants in the ground. And I really tried ... I did. 😬 Then we had 3 consecutive days of nearly 80 degree temperatures and I caught a massive case of Spring fever. 😂 Before I knew it, I was driving to the nursery, picking out plants and putting them in the garden - in early March. 🤦🏻♀️
Why do I do this to myself? I'm fairly certain that repeating an act over and over and expecting different results is a definition of insanity. 😅 🤷🏻♀️ I just got so excited about Spring gardening that I couldn't wait even a couple extra weeks. 🤦🏻♀️
I love having fresh herbs to cook with in the summer. They make pastas, marinades, not to mention salads, taste so much better - and fresher. And being able to pick those herbs from my own backyard is so rewarding. A simple green salad with romaine lettuce, fresh basil and tomatoes and a classic vinaigrette is one of my all time favorite springtime treats. 🥗
Maybe it's the Italian in me but, I feel like a simple, vinaigrette recipe is something that everyone should have in their back pocket. (not literally🤣) It's so easy to whip up a homemade vinaigrette that there's really no excuse NOT too. I make this so often that this Italian vinaigrette is one of the only recipe that I've committed to memory. It truly is super simple and simply delicious.
1 Tablespoon wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons minced shallot
1/2 teaspoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons olive oil
Here's to tucking in my new plants under the sheets for the next several nights to protect them from frost. 🥶 Reminding myself that it will all be worth it when I have fresh basil to put in my salads next week. 🤣 🌿
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