Dreaming of Summer; Glad for the Greenhouse

It’s a cold, rainy, dreary, bleary, bleak, wet and wintry day here in Southeast Texas.

It’s the kind of day that inspired Dickens to write.  It’s miserable and gray, and I’m no Dickens.  I know we’re spoiled in the Houston area by our 10 months of hibiscus blooms and our one big inch of snow every ten years.  And I feel empathy for our friends in the North, especially when we see winter storms with names wreaking havoc.  But I still want to squawk and complain when we experience our few weeks of true winter.

Is that wrong?

Yes, it is.  So I’m doing an attitude adjustment exercise and practicing IMG_1601gratitude.  I’m grateful that while we’re shivering and planning more one more warming meal of a soup or stew, the plants for my spring garden are growing happily in the greenhouse I got for Christmas last year.  It’s a compact little structure, but perfect for jump-starting the tastes of summer.  If you’re interested, Amazon has quite a few options; click here to see the one I have.  I just visited my seedlings and they’re looking great!  They’ll be ready to flourish in the sun, if it ever comes back out.  🙂  I took a quick video just to capture the awesome sound of the rain hitting the greenhouse.  

There’s basil growing in one of those pots, and assorted tomatoes and peppers in varying colors and degrees of heat in many of them.   They will all be used in oh-so-many recipes that I’ll be posting this summer.  One of them will be my

Chilled Gazpacho with Shrimp, Topped with Garlic Croutons & Basil
Chilled Gazpacho with Shrimp, Topped with Garlic Croutons & Basil

Gazpacho recipe, which is topped with garlic croutons and shrimp.  I hope you’ll follow my blog and download the recipe when I post it in a few months.  It needs a bit more testing before sharing.  Hurry up, summer!

Do you have summer menu dreams to share, or winter complaints?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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