I love living in San Diego.  Especially when spring is in the air!

Flowering bushes
The lemon I used to create my earlier recipe for Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing used a lemon that came from a friend’s lemon tree.

Lemons on stem on countertop

And then, I was at another friends’ house and she had tons and tons of little Meyer lemons from her tree.

Four lemons on countertop

I felt guilty taking more than a handful since I already had locally-grown lemons on hand.

Hand holding lemonsBut I couldn’t resist these little golf-ball sized cuties.

I have a post that showcases some of my favorite Lemon Recipes.  You’d be surprised all the savory ways and recipe in which I use lemons. 

And ok, in raw vegan cheesecake, too.

Close up of Raw Vegan Cheesecake
Raw Vegan Cheesecake in container with slice removed

 

And I love San Diego in the spring not just because of all the free, homegrown lemons I seem to be scoring, but because sometimes it will get usually warm for a day or two, and it actually feels like summer for a day or two.

Close up of pink flower on tree

Yesterday it was 82F and sunny with a light breeze during the day, but cooled off perfectly in the evening.  Today it’s a little cooler, about 73F and sunny.  Totally gorgeous.

Flowering bush over fence with Palm tree in background

I have posted before that I love where I live, but that it wasn’t always that way and it didn’t just “happen”.   We chose to live here and have made sacrifices to do so, but it’s all worth it.

Pink flowered bush

This is home and I could never imagine living anywhere else!

I love all the springtime flowers I am seeing, too.

Pink and white flowers

Close up of pink flowers

Close up of one pink flower

And I’m loving spring time food…

Sweet and crunchy grapes.  That were on sale for 88 cents/pound. Not locally grown but the produce in the grocery stores even seems better in the spring.

Bag of green grapes

And I am craving lighter fare, too.

Like my Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Overhead of Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

I’m glad you enjoyed the looks of it and thanks for letting me know if you have a spiralizer, and if you’ve ever tried raw pasta before.

Thanks to everyone who complimented me on my photographs looking nicerI’m trying!

I of course love Springtime Desserts.  Oh wait, I love desserts year round.

Banana Coconut Cookie Bites (Vegan, GF, can make in the oven or dehydrator)

One Banana Coconut Cookie Bite on dehydrator trayThese are a nice springtime dessert.  What I’d call a bridal shower or baby shower dessert.
Bottom of Banana Coconut Cookie Bite

And Vegan Peanut Butter Chex Mix, i.e. Puppy Chow makes for a nice springtime anytime chocolaty snack!

Vegan Peanut Butter Chex Mix
Close up of inside one piece of Vegan Peanut Butter Chex Mix

Questions:

1. What’s your favorite season?

Spring and Summer for me.  I hate winter.  Fall just means winter is on the way and so when I see the leaves turn and the pumpkins come out, I am not pleased.

2. Is spring in the air for you?

Yes:

The days are getting longer

Flowers are blooming more abundantly

The birds and crickets are chirping more

Produce in the grocery store just looks better

It’s getting warmer out!

3. What do you love about spring?

I love:

Longer Days

Warmer Weather

Being able to wear less clothes and not have to bundle up in coats and jackets

I just went for a run in a sports bra + shorts!

The fact that summer is just around the corner

And that we’re just entering into what I consider to be the “prime” six months of weather of the year!  The 6 months of fall/winter are not “prime” to me.

Three pink flowers

Any signs of spring in your corner of the world?

 

 

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