Spring is just around the corner. Soon my heart will be saying, “Let’s put on some shorts.” But my legs will say, “pass the cellulite cream.”
Something to Eat
I didn’t do fresh ginger and just barely a pinch of ground ginger because too much of that spice makes me want to die. When I lived in China, I became a master at avoiding foods but looking like I was eating them because honestly, a lot of it was guh-ross. I have a very vivid memory of some fellow teachers bringing in this giant pot of soup to the teachers’ office one day and making me try some. They informed me it was usually made after women gave birth because it was “so healing.” They handed me a bowl with some-mystery broth, chunks of hard boiled eggs, pigs feet, and enough ginger to get on the S.S. Minnow with Gilligan. I somehow was able to sneak away to the bathroom and pour a lot of it down the toilet. All of that to say, I don’t love ginger, so if you’re like me, don’t put it, or a pinch will do.
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this cookbook from What’s Gaby Cooking before, but it bears mention again. Everything that I have made from it has been a success. This Greek chicken salad is one of my favorites. You just cook the chicken in Greek seasoning, marinate fresh vegetables in a salad dressing mixture, and put it atop some greens. It’s fresh. It’s filling. It’ll make you say, “Opa!”
Something to Watch
I feel like I say this every time we do one of these posts, but I know what I like, and what I like is watching people make a cherry Napoleon with a lemon sorbet that looks like an Easter bonnet in under two hours. If you’ve never watched a show like this on Food Network, do it. It’s happy. It’s light. It’s fun.
My “Something to Watch” is going to be a hard right turn, but I can’t go through spring without watching Steel Magnolias. It starts at Easter. It ends at Easter, and it’s a roller coaster of emotions in between. And “if you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”
Something to Buy
I love a new cookbook any time of year and read them like a novel. A new cookbook in my hands makes me very happy. This one comes out next week and has already been ordered by yours truly. Bring on the new recipes!
This is lame, but the springtime weather will have people out and about and walking more, so these might be a necessity for you. I have ridiculously wide feet. Wide Feet, Wide Hips: The Kat Stewart Story. They are so wide, in fact, that a few weeks ago I wore TWO DIFFERENT black ballet flats to work that were BOTH RIGHT FEET and didn’t noticed until I got home. I don’t know if that says more about my foot shape or my stress level. Anyway, I got new running shoes to kick off “race season”, and while I loved them in the store, once I took them out for a spin, I discovered they weren’t wide enough. I ordered this off Amazon and left the stretchers in there overnight, and they worked perfectly. I won a 5K last weekend, and I owe it all to the shoe stretchers.
Something to Wear
I got this jumpsuit last year, and it’s one of the best things to wear. I don’t have a picture of me in it, but here’s a side glance of Kat wearing it while having a moment in a fictitious town.
Also, these tunic tees have become a favorite of mine, and I wear them almost daily during the spring.
Caroline is right. That jumpsuit pictured above is magic. It’s one of my favorite things I own. This jumpsuit I just ordered, however, is not. Unless I decided at 31 that I’m going to go to Juilliard, it’s going back to the store.
So my “Something to Wear” is more shirts that look like my grandma. I love this Target one. It’s spring and summer approved.
Something to Do
Decorate for Easter? What a ground breaking idea! However, I wanted to show two cute Easter finds I found at Wal-Mart the other day. Wal-Mart can always make me feel 1 of 2 ways: “I hate that place, and I will never step foot in there again!” or “Wow! Look what I found for 60 cents!” My recent trip made me feel the second way. This cute egg wreath and garland have added to my Easter collection. I looked them up, and they are in-store purchases only. Head to Wal-Mart, and Godspeed.
I’m going to be writing a strongly worded email to Dove Chocolate. I look forward to three things every spring:
1. Warmer weather
2. Reese’s Eggs
3. Dove Chocolate Eggs with Coconut Cream
I don’t think Dove is producing these eggs anymore, and I. Am. Devastated. Caroline and I have been looking high and low for them in grocery stories and Targets across the Atlanta and greater Atlanta area to no avail. I even slid into the DMs of Dove Chocolate hoping to put this vicious rumor to rest. I have yet to receive a response. So I’m about to kick my campaign up a few notches. Will you join me?
May your daffodils be blooming and your eggs be filled with coconut cream.