Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April Love

Hello April!  Have I told you lately that I love you? 

If I had to choose right now, I'd pick April as my second
favorite month.  Ask me if that is still true when May rolls around.

It's the redbuds blooming and the tulips and all the beautiful
new growth springing forth after a long winter's sleep that
makes April such a beautiful month.

My hostas are beginning to make their appearance after
giving me a bit of a worry that they might not have survived.

We planted a few things in the garden yesterday.  A couple
of tomatoes were even planted, although we may be getting a
bit ahead of ourselves with those.

A few feet from the garden, I noticed Mr. Robin watching
us plant.  I wonder if there is already a nest with eggs in a
nearby tree?  I hope you help keep the bugs from eating our
plants, Mr. Robin!  

Someone inside likes April too.  Miss Callie is peeking out
the opened window and enjoying some fresh air.

We've enjoyed some very warm days, but also some chilly 
days, too.  On one of those cooler days I fixed one of our
favorite soups and bruschetta.  The potato soup recipe can be 
found on my Recipe page.  The bruschetta was made with 
what I had on hand and I fixed just enough for the 2 of us.

I sliced some Italian bread and drizzled olive oil over it and
toasted the bread in a 425 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile I sliced a cup or so of cherry tomatoes in half
and finely sliced about 8 leaves of basil.  I placed the basil and
tomatoes in a small bowl and sprinkled liberally with garlic
salt and a bit of black pepper.  Then I again grabbed the olive
oil bottle and drizzled a bit more over the tomato mixture and 
stirred.  After the bread was toasted, I spooned a good amount
over each slice and it was ready for eating.  Ummm, good!

I know I didn't report on that drive that I was going to take
when I was last here.  There is more to that story that I'll
tell next time.  Nothing earth-shaking, believe me.  Just an
annoying trip that I shouldn't have had to make, but it wasn't a
completely wasted day.  

I try to make the most of my trips to the Big Town, so 
while I was there, I got my photos made and picked
 out the frames for my wall-behind-the-tv project.

I hope to get them hung soon and I'll show you how it 
turned out.  That is, unless it's a complete disaster and I take 
them all down and start over!  Stay tuned....

xo Cheryl


  1. Looking "purdy" around your slice of bliss!
    We have some sunshine today and that is it. . .
    16 degrees COLD,

  2. oh yum on the soup and bread and can't wait to see The Wall... love that mater plant and the flowers are wonderful. here in Florida my most favorite month is Feb.. and 2nd is December.. April is great weather wise but means HEAT is on the way..

  3. Looks wonderful and warm! Looks like May here, which is my second, perhaps third favorite month. Your photography is always a delight!

  4. I don't know what my favorite month is, but I do enjoy April...love seeing things spring to life.

  5. Spring is looking good in your neck of the woods . Love the pink blossom . It's slowed down a bit here, it's been cold at night. and a lot more rain hasn't helped. My tulips are nearly in bloom. In a sunny sheltered spot, I do have one in flower, So fingers crossed for some warm sunshine and the rest will bloom..

  6. Oh my!!!! So so pretty, love your Spring pictures, I needed them.Hugs Francine.

  7. Love this post..... Your photos/yard look SO much like mine... Besides the Daffodils, I am working on a Tulip post ---and then an overall March Post in our yard....We have all of the same flowers you pictured... It's been a fabulous month...

    Not sure what my favorite month is --but it's probably May when the ROSES start blooming... I do love March and April though also..... Then --there's FALL--which I truly love... Oh Well.... Guess there is good in ALL of the seasons... It's all in my attitude.


  8. April is my favorite month also but mostly because it is the start of baseball season. FINALLY!! Go Marlins.
    You really have some marvelous color all ready. No matter what I eat tonight, I will be wishing it were soup and bruschetta. Healthy and yummy. Maybe I should check your Recipe page.

  9. April is a colorful month where you live! Your flower photos and that sweet robin -- beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

  10. Beautiful spring images. Thanks for sharing them.We just had another snowfall.I am so ready to see green grass instead of snow,but all in time.

  11. April is more like winter here. That bruschetta you made sounds delicious. going to have to borrow the recipe. bet your photographs and frames are beautiful.

  12. Oohh...April in all it's glory! The redbuds are all leaves here now and the wisteria is fading fast. Unfortunately, we are to have temps below freezing here tonite and then this weekend down into the 20's....WHAT???!!! Crazy spring weather but now doubt when it gets hot, it will be here with a vengeance!

  13. I love seeing the pretty Spring blossoms! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  14. Cheryl, what gorgeous colors and photos! A true dose of spring, that's for sure. Here in California our weather is all over the map, we had a gorgeous Easter, today it's raining {which we truly need in our drought!} and chilly. I'm having a GIVEAWAY this week if you love to read.

  15. Cheryl, I love spring, too! Your plants are gorgeous. Love that artistic photo of your cat as well.

  16. There's been no spring weather here in NH except for a single day, then the snow came this past Monday and temps dropped and rain came by the end of the week. Nice to see your bright blooming colors, Cheryl. The soup and bruschetta looked wonderful.

  17. Hi Cheryl~

    Oh, I love April too, that's the month we were married, because it's so gorgeous! We don't have blossoms yet, but they are coming, very slowly this year. I love it when everything starts to emerge, and make the world beautiful again. My daughter took out a big flower bed that was in her front yard and yesterday, there were some hardy tulips poking through the grass. She wanted to pull them up, but I persuaded her to wait until they bloomed and then transplant them!

    Sometimes, those rides just don't turn out like we wanted, but we still love to see what's happening in your part of the world . . . just sayin' . . . ;0)

    Have a wonderful week-end!

    Hugs and Love,

  18. The April blooms are beautiful and the lunch sound delicious. Thanks for reminding me about the toast another tasty addition is diy mozzarella melted with the tomatoes. I had forgotten about doing that.

  19. April came out with good blossoms of flowers. Soup sounds yummy!