Make Room for Spring

by Stefani on 19-March-2009

I have been noticing a little extra room in our freezer these days. We're down to just a few jars of plum jelly, one of strawberry, one apple butter and one pumpkin butter. There's still a good bit of basil pesto in there, because, um, I did go a little crazy with the basil pesto. 

Seeing that space feels good… like we've made room for the goodness, and adventures, dirt wonder to come. 

That space means that soon I get to smell bubbling jelly on the stovetop and remember. It always surprises me how that smell can take me back. 

So it was with a heart full of clean, open space, ready for filling up with sunshine that we went on our nature walk yesterday. We saw two monarchs, three sulphurs, a white checkerspot and a swallowtail. And then we saw the thing that makes each and every Texan heart sing "SPRIIIIIIIING!"

For Eren

The first bluebonnets. 

Oh there just ain't nuthin in the whole wide world like the first bluebonnets. In fact, did you know that it was bluebonnets that inspired the name of this here blog?

It's true. 

There's this little old house that I like to dream about restoring to glory. I'd fix her up and put a big iron gate at the end of the drive that would read "Blue Yonder." But that gate would always  be open and people would come and eat pie under the shade trees and take photos of fat babies in the flowers. 

Every spring, on our way to the strawberry farm, we pass her, and gasp – surprised, all over again at the sight of her surrounded by fields of bluebonnets – like a battered, but still strong, ship in a great blue sea. I wrote a little about her here

Anyhow, we got back from our walk hot and sweaty and grubby and it occurred to me what that freezer space was meant for… 

Return of the Popsicles!

Oh it is officially spring for sure if we're making smoothie pops. And now I'd better get to making some more yogurt

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Sarah Jackson March 19, 2009 at 8:21 am

mmm. smoothie pops. We need to make those too. It’s going to be 90 here today. That’s just crazy talk!

We have our little garden planted and are hoping for abundance this year too. Crossing fingers!

Stefani March 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

90? Wow! That is crazy talk. I think it was 84 here yesterday, and it felt HOT!
I’m really hoping it doesn’t get too hot too fast. I love it when spring last for more than, oh, half an hour 🙂

Miko's Girl March 19, 2009 at 8:36 am

In the two to three years that I lived in Houston, and the half dozen times I’ve been to San Antonio on business, I NEVER saw the famed blue bonnet. Your picture of one is beautiful and made me wish I had seen a field of blue bonnets when I was there.

It’s 65 here – not quite warm enough for smoothie pops or butterflies. But my bird feeders are a hopping, and we may have evidence that the birds are using the nesting material we set out. I also have the tiniest sprouts of cole crops breaking ground. Spring is coming – I can feel it.

Liz March 19, 2009 at 9:02 am

We are in Florida – and it is definitely creeping up to the mid-80 mark on a regular basis. I’m enjoying the strawberries, but I wish it would stay just a bit cooler.

I’ve been meaning to make smoothie pops since we LOVE smoothies. Where did you get the molds? Thanks!

Stefani March 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

Oh I know! I’m thinking if it would just hover at 80 for a while that would be so nice!
The pop molds are made by Tovolo. You can find them here:

SpiderWomanKnits March 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

I was just going to ask about the pop molds! Thanks for sharing the link, they are so cute. Happy Spring to you guys. Here in VT all the snow has melted but our poor hens (and children) are caked in mud. It’s quite a site 😉

Vintage Chica March 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

And that post was the first post I read and that photo had me hooked from the start.

You made my day.

tams March 19, 2009 at 10:12 am

oh.. those photos are great. I want spring!

J.T. March 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

My husband and his family are from Texas (Brennam sp? I believe,)and he always speaks of the bluebonnets! I will have to share your post with him. It will bring a smile to his face! Thanks for sharing some of your spring with us.

Shawn March 19, 2009 at 11:17 am

Oh. my. gosh. That house is beautiful. It would kill me to drive past it so many times! Sigh…

Colleen March 19, 2009 at 11:54 am

oh i really don’t blame you for dreaming about that little old house. it is like from a dream.

there is a house near me that i dream about like that – the name of the house is Fifeshire and it was built circa 1810. a stone one similiar to the one in your photo with a huge barn in the back. oh bliss.

Kobey March 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Bluebonnets! I miss bluebonnets. I always wanted to stick my 3 TX born kiddos in the sea of blue and photograph their happy beautiful faces. (It is my fanasty so of course they are clean, smiling, all looking at the camera and in focus…)

In good news the first daffodil opened yesterday but today is a grey dreary day.

Stefani March 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm

You know what… I never gave much thought to the enormous mud that must come along with melting snow. Yikes!

Stefani March 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Brenham! Land of happy cows that make the best ice cream on earth 🙂 Give your husband a big howdy for us!

Stefani March 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Ha! I can’t tell you the number of bluebonnet photos I have of irritable babes hollaring “my legs itch!” or “there’s BUGS!!”

Becky Lane March 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I love bluebonnets too, but it’s the Texas Mountain Laurel that really blows me away here in Wimberley. Just can’t get enough of that grape bubblegum smell!

Gina March 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm

mmm…let them eat pie. and smoothie pops!

Melanie March 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Ahh, wish we were getting some of that beautiful sunshine here in rainy overcast Oregon. I was checking out your post on homemade yogurt…what brand are those darling canning jars? Too cute! I’ve had requests this week to make homemade butter and mayo…so what’s some yogurt on top of it? Bliss in the kitchen!

Dawn March 19, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Your story reminds me of the book “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton… happy ending for that little house!

caroline thornewill March 20, 2009 at 3:55 am

Oh. my. I’m moving to Texas just to live in that house. Never mind that it’s not for sale. I am in LOVE!

Anna March 20, 2009 at 6:42 am

every so often, something you write about makes me miss texas. more than just my college days, and friends, and freedom from responsibility, but the land and sights and smells. thanks. enjoy your spring! i’m still waiting on it to hit full tilt, around these parts.

SpiderWomanKnits March 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Yup. We actually have a fifth season in VT which is called ‘Mud Season’ and it coincides with all the maple sugaring. Makes for great amounts of fun and A LOT of mopping 😉

Jennifer March 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

I’m so jealous! I miss the bluebonnets! Oh, how I miss the bluebonnets! Thanks for sharing a photo.

I’ll be in Houston next week for a bit, and you’ve just reminded me that it might be worth it to make room for a camera on the plane along with the 11 month old and all his stuff…

The Runaway lawyer March 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

I’m in Houston….thanks for the reminder to go scout out some blue myself.

Amy @ Muddy Boots March 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm


We still have three feet of snow in our back yard.

Under that is likely to be three feet OF MUD.

However being in a land that’s frozen for over half the year, doesn’t stop us from eating smoothie pops year round. I’ve been making them out of green smoothies for most of a year now. Since they’re over 50% spinach, my boys eat them for breakfast, lunch and supper. And I couldn’t be happier!

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