Spring is God’s way of saying ‘One more time!’
– Robert Orben
Spring Brings Eternal Hope
by Cindy Christiansen
There is something magical about spring. The earth warms and brightens, seeds sprout and grow into a gorgeous colorful array of flowers, grass turns a vibrant green, and trees bud new leaves. I think more than any time of the year, spring gives me hope—a rebirth to accomplish new and wondrous things—to start anew.
Many celebrate each new year as a time to set goals and move forward. But there is something incredible about the rebirth of the earth that fills me with hope and optimism that life brings new choices and opportunities never before considered.
Reach out and touch those dreams. Wipe clean your slates and refresh your hearts. It’s a new day!
One of the first vegetables you can grow and harvest in the spring is peas! Oh, how I remember harvesting the peas early in the morning on our farm, sitting on the lawn grass underneath the shade trees podding peas. My older sister would eat more than she put into her bucket. My dad was just as bad. Mom would have to get after both of them. Soon the podding, blanching and packaging was complete, but Mom always saved a few out for a fresh pea salad. I share that recipe with you today in memory of happy spring days and future spring days that sprout new hopes, dreams and visions.
Fresh Pea Salad
- 2 cups fresh peas
- 8 slices of bacon or 1/2 cup Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon
- 2/3 cup chopped onions
- 3/4 to 1 cup Ranch dressing
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 head lettuce
1. If using strips of bacon: Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. If using already prepared bacon, measure 1/2 cup.
2. In a large bowl, combine and mix all the above ingredients except for lettuce.
3. Refrigerate pea dressing for 30 minutes or until chilled before serving. (We never can wait that long.)
4. Wash and dry lettuce (I use a salad spinner. Mom didn’t have one.) Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces in large bowl.
5. Pour pea dressing over lettuce and toss. Enjoy!
Cindy A. Christiansen writes sweet romance with humor, suspense…and dogs! With over thirty health issues and two autistic children, she struggles to write but finds it cathartic. She loves going where only her characters can take her. She loves dogs and always includes them in her books and features them on her covers. She donates time and money to organizations that help abused and abandoned dogs. She lives with her wonderful family and delightful dogs in West Jordan, UT.