Ten on Tuesday Hurrah for March Edition

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CaroleaskedforTenReasonsImHappyitisMarch。

Easypeasy!

1。

Dayliliesandothergreenfriendspopuptosayhello。

2。

Springbreak。

Fiveblissfulwork-freeweekdaysarerightaroundthecorner。

3。

CrochetMonth。

Imcelebratingbycompletingthelasttwopotholdersformye-bookcollection。

Mydesignernephewwillphotographthecollectiononhisspringbreak,andbysummer,abeautifulnewversionofthee-bookwithfabulouspicturesandloadsofdetailedinstructionswillreplacethecurrentpdf。

4。

DaylightSavingsTimebegins。

Icantwaitforthatextrahouroflightattheendoftheday。

5。

Springcleaning。

WereinthethroesofMudSeason(thefamousfourthNewEnglandseason),yetIanticipatethefloorscrubbingandwindow-throwing-openthatcomeswithwarmerdays。

6。

Nealsreadytomoveforwardwiththeporch。

Hemadegreatstridesbeforewintershutdownhisbuildingschedule。

Thisweekendhellbebackoutthere,finishingtheceilingandwalls,addingscreensanddoors,andgenerallycreatingalovely3-seasonspace。

Therewillbemuchcraftingandwritingandlisteningtoballgamesontheradiooutthere!

7。

Menushiftswiththeavailabilityofearly-springproduce。

NextweekIllfinallymakemyfavoriteSpringVegetableStew*fromAYearInaVegetarianKitchen。

8。

Potentialtobikeoutsideincreases。

Ijustneedafewdry,warmerdays,andolTrixiewillmakeherfirstappearanceof2013。

9。

St。

PatricksDay。

Idonteatcornedbeefanymore,butIllstillfixsomesodabreadandpotatoesandcabbageandraiseapinttocelebratemyIrishheritage。

10。

MarchisclosertoMay,whenIllheadtoFrancetovisitmySara!

Inpastyears,NCAAmensbasketballtournamentwouldhavebeenonmylist,butmyHuskiesarenotinvitedtothedancethisyearbecauseoftransgressionsmanyyearsback。

Toobad。

Wehaveateamwithtonsofheart。

Ithinktheywouldhaveplayedsomeexcitingball。

Still,MarchleadstoApril,andthatistheverybestpartofthemonth,isntit?

*HeartySpringVegetableStew:arecipe

2Toliveoil

2Mediumleeks,whitelightgreenparts,thinlysliced

114。

5ozcandicedtomatoes

Saltfreshlygroundblackpepper

1largefennelbulb(about1。

25lb),stalksdiscarded,frondsminced,andbulbcutinto1/2-inch-thickstrips

3cupsvegetablebroth(moreasneeded)

6mediumturnips(about1lb),peeledcutinto1dice

2mediumparsnips(about1/2lb),peeledcutinto1dice

5ozpeeledbabycarrots

1/4cupfreshparsleyleaves

HeatoilinlargecasseroleorDutchovenovermediumheatuntilshimmering。

Addleekscookuntiltender,about3minutes。

Addtomatoes,sptotaste,andsimmeruntilmixturethickens,about5minutes。

Addtheslicedfennelbulbcook,stirringoften,untilfennelsoftensslightly,about10minutes。

Iffennelstartstostickorburn,lowerheat。

Addbrothbringtoboil。

Addturnips,parsnips,carrots,andsimmergently,uncovered,untilvegetablesaretenderbutnotmushy,about30minutes。

Ifstewbecomestoothick,addmorebrothasneeded。

Stirinmincedfennelfrondsparsleyandadjustseasoning,addingsptotaste。