Spring ‘Tastic Tour

Ahh … spring! A time of renewal, contemplation and spring cleaning!

And, I’m not just talking about the housework. Although that is … uh … somewhat important too. Just as important as that dusting, washing, mopping and organizing is the chance to renew one’s self, to organize our minds and contemplate our future.

I know, I know … that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. However, if you’re like me, the dreary winter quickly eats away at those best January 1 intentions. I find I make my best resolutions in the spring when the sunlight is bright, the new flowers are just beginning to make their way through the earth, and the still-cool evening breezes make you believe anything is possible.

Nothing speaks to my inner-self the way a warm cup of coffee feels cradled in my hands while I sit on my condo balcony wrapped in a sweater to greet the new morning. The chirp of the spring birds inspires me to create. It’s spring when I find myself writing the best … assuming of course the sunshine doesn’t drag my outside and away from my work.

I encourage you to start a new journey of self-discovery this spring. In addition to that housework, contemplate something for yourself. Maybe take a yoga class, begin a diet, start a new hobby.  I think you’ll find you have more energy to follow through.

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A Spring Recipe

Cookouts begin in spring … steaks on the grill, hot dogs and hamburgers … grandma’s recipe for potato salad. My favorite side salad is a take on a delicious Israeli salad … with a little something extra!

Ingredients (six servings): 4 mini cucumbers, 2 Roma tomatoes, 1 medium red onion, 2 medium avocados, salt and pepper to taste, dressing of choice (my favorite is a yogurt/avocado from Bolthouse). This salad also works well with oil and lemon. The original recipe calls for cilantro but I’m not a fan, so I sometimes will add dill but other than salt and pepper no real seasonings are needed.

Directions: Rough chop the mini cucumbers into bite-sized pieces, seed and chop tomato, fine chop the onion. Toss with salt and pepper and add dressing. Cover and let chill for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, stir lightly and prep the avocado. Halve avocados and remove pits. I find it’s easiest to use the tip of my knife to cross-section the avocado in the skin before I scoop out with a soup spoon. This way, the avocado comes out in nice chunks. Add to salad and toss lightly. You may add a bit more dressing at this time if you choose. Add any herbs you’d like at this time as well.

Serve immediately.

The Tour Giveaways

As part of the Spring ‘Tastic Tour, I’ll be participating in the grand giveaway of a basket of books which includes a copy of my Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh! You can reach the tour’s main page by clicking on the banner at the top of this page. I’ll also be giving away a second prize of two vintage (1960’s) novellas: Only Yours and it’s sequel Paging Dr. Cupid. Both are Valentine’s Day themed stories from my wonderful publisher, The Wild Rose Press. A draw for this secondary prize will take place from among those who comment on this post.

About the Giveaway Books

Santa Rosa, CA – February 1965

Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.

Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?

Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?

And,

Santa Rosa, CA – January 1967

Newly appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Garrett Langley can’t seem to find a secretary to keep up with his demands. His love life isn’t going so well, either. He recently lost his long-time girlfriend to his older brother and saw a workplace romance end in disaster, leaving him with a busy career but no love life.

Piano prodigy Grace Valentyne forfeited the second half of her Julliard scholarship to come home to California and care for her mother. Now, with her mother gone, she must find a job in order to pay for the remainder of her education. When offered the opportunity to work for the physician nicknamed Dr. Cupid, she jumps at the chance.

Grace soon finds herself in over her head—and not just with the office equipment.  But falling for the boss won’t get her back to Julliard. She needs to keep her focus and not let the sexy doctor derail her professional goals.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to my blog. Don’t forget to check out all of the authors participating in the tour and enter as often as you can for the wonderful prizes they’re offering. Also, don’t forget to check out my April Gift-Away freebie on the sidebar of this blog.

Wishing everyone a great and productive spring and summer!

Nancy

 

 

11 Responses to Spring ‘Tastic Tour

  1. anitakidesu says:

    Your recipe sounds delicious. I can almost smell the cucumbers.

  2. Darlene says:

    Good post, Nancy! I am trying to reduce a few pounds this spring, and your recipe sounds like a healthy snack.

  3. Gini Rifkin says:

    Great advice and the recipe looks so fresh and summery. Thanks for both.

  4. K.K. Weil says:

    Ah, you and I are definitely on the same wavelength, Nancy. Spring is a time for out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new and inspiring!

  5. Tena Stetler says:

    Enjoyed your blog and the recipe looks so Springy. LOL Got most my Spring cleaning done, looking forward to camping soon. That renews my spirit! Back to the writing cave, new book and edtis waiting. LOL Love the lilacs on your background, I have a back yard full of them, love their scent!

    • Nancy Fraser says:

      Alas, I have no lilacs. I’m in a condo and I even offered to foot the bill to plant some on the property but they said “no”. Jerks!

      When I was working outside the home, I usually bartered for bunches of lilacs. I baked and traded with my co-workers who were overrun with trees.

  6. Holland Rae says:

    This looks delicious! And I’m all about the better self think! (And a cup of coffee on the balcony! Thanks for sharing!)

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