Friday, March 23, 2012

Random Friday: Spring Edition

We have had the most gorgeous week of weather here on the east coast.  Last night, the little guy and I were out kicking the soccer ball at park until almost 7pm, wearing shorts and feeling completely summery.  I know this taste of spring is just a tease, and we're due to plunge back into more seasonal temps next week, but I can't help but have a touch of spring fever in spite of that.  In honor of this glorious season, I dedicate this Random Friday to Spring!
Cherry blossoms are blooming all over town, and they alone put me in a good mood.

On the flip side of that, all this whacky weather promises to make this one of the worst spring allergy seasons on record.  I'm always looking for natural remedies for such maladies, and have done some interesting reading about ingesting bee pollen as a cure for seasonal allergies.  Obviously this is not a good plan for those with bee allergies, but for the rest of us, the theory is that bee pollen desensitizes us to be pollen in the air which causes the allergic reaction.  Small daily does of pollen help your body build a natural defense to the allergen.  A little scoop in a smoothie has a pretty innocuous taste, and could definitely be worth a try this season.
Organic Bee Pollen via Abe's Market
With warmer weather, appetites diminish, and a lighter, crisper dinner begins to sound better than a whopping bowl of stew.  Luckily, Bon Appétit is just wrapping up their Salad Week, with daily blog posts on everything from beautiful salad bowls to four new homemade dressings to try.  My favorite part of the series was this post on 14 Main Course Salads; this Thai Chicken and Shrimp Noodle Salad looked especially enticing...
With so many incredible recipes listed as part of Salad Week, a light and healthy new dinner idea is literally right at your fingertips.  Thank you, Bon Appétit!

Nothing says spring like a sweet new pair of flats, and these Franco Sarto ones on Zappos get rave reviews and are reasonably priced, as well.
What are you most looking forward to this spring?

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