Spring for the Senses

There’s just something about spring. Maybe it’s ditching the heavy winter sweaters or maybe it’s the longer, warmer days (it’s definitely not the allergies!) but whatever the reason I find it impossible to not to have a bit more bounce in my step.  With all the newness in the air I’m doing an homage to spring for your five senses today.  Enjoy!

SEE:
It’s not quite time to garden around here yet but you can get your fix of flowers this weekend at the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art in Bloom event. With amazing floral arrangements tucked among the museum’s galleries and a lecture series with topics ranging from gardening to floral photography, Art in Bloom should give you plenty of new ideas before you plan your plots this year.
Milwaukee Art Museum Art In Bloom

SMELL:
Not in Milwaukee to hit up Art in Bloom? Slatkin & Co’s Fresh Bamboo Candle is like a bouquet in a jar…and not a sickly sweet faux floral smell but that smell that rushes out when you walk into a florist’s shop. If blogs had scratch-n-sniff, ours would smell like this right now. Swoon.
Bath & Body Works Fresh Bamboo Candle

TOUCH:
I’ve been obsessively stalking my flower beds for signs of life, dragging my dog on walks to make mental notes of landscaping and in desperate need of appropriate footwear to do it in. I’ll agree that Crocs aren’t exactly couture but let’s be practical here. When your runway involves garden hoes and dog leashs, these slimmed-down, dirt-is-my-friend Crocs Malindi Flats will look perfect.
Crocs Malindi Flat hot pink

HEAR:
Whether your pulling weeds or throwing open the windows for some spring cleaning new tunes will definitely be in order.  These tracks are on constant rotation for me this spring:
1. “Solitary Gun” Rogue Wave
2. “Don’t Look Back” She & Him
3. “Used to Be” Beach House
4. “Blow Away” A Fine Frenzy
5. “October” Broken Bells
6. “Moth’s Wings” Passion Pit
7. “Dark Halls” Au Revoir Simone
8. “Sea Change” Turin Brakes
9. “Movie Loves a Screen” April Smith and the Great Picture Show
10. “To Be Young” Ryan Adams

TASTE:
An easy goat cheese and spring vegetable salad makes a perfect spring side dish but can easily become an entree by simply adding a protein. I like it with a red-wine marinated flank steak.
Goat Cheese & Spring Vegetable Salad

Goat Cheese & Spring Vegetable Salad
1C orzo or quinoa
1 C green beans
1 C asparagus
1 zucchini & 1 yellow squash
3 scallions
fresh herbs (basil, parsley, mint, chives)
3 oz goat cheese
1/4 C pine nuts
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
coarse ground black pepper
kosher salt
* Options: Peas, mushrooms and kale would all be great substitutes so go with whatever looks good that day. Same with the herbs, although be sure to at least get the basil.

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil and cook orzo or quinoa until al dente. Transfer to a colander and rinse with cold water until cooled. Let sit while you work with the vegetables. Trim ends off the green beans. Chop beans, asparagus, and squash into bite sized pieces and transfer to a hot saute pan, lightly coated in olive oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes and season with salt, pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Cook vegetable until they are cooked through but still firm. Finely chop scallions and herbs.

Transfer cooled orzo or quinoa to a medium bowl and add vegetables, scallions and herbs. Toss well. Drizzle with 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil and balsamic vinegar until lightly coated. Season with additional salt and pepper. Crumble goat cheese into small pieces and stir in.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Spring for the Senses

  1. I love this article. It just warmed up a lot on the east coast and I’m loving every minute. Though Crocs might not be the most chic, as someone with foot problems, they are divine and I’m so happy that they are making cute ones now! Also, will definitely be trying out that deliciously Springy salad! Thanks for sharing ladies!

  2. Sara

    Nice playlist!

    I’m on the bus going to opening day and wish I had that salad! Next tailgate.

  3. Alison

    Fun idea for an article…Spring is all about awakening the senses. Just bought the Fresh Bamboo candle and I love it ! Thanks for sharing the Spring Vegetable Salad. I’ll have to make it this week.

  4. This recipe sounds de-lish…I’m gonna try it tonight! Thx! xo

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