Saturday 23 April 2011

Poetry Saturday . . . Thoughts for Your Easter

The miracles of Easter
Bespeak divine perfection,
And they are a living evidence
Of our Saviour's resurrection.

Like beads upon a rosary,
Each thought becomes a prayer . . .
May God bless you at Easter
And keep you in His care.

Hope your Easter's happy,
Hope your springtime's bright,
Hope your skies are sunny,
And hope your heart is light!

Easter is a season
of fulfillment for the soul,
A time of reaching upward
Toward a heavenly goal.

Easter and spring
Are God's loving way
Of showing that He
Is still with us today.
~Helen Steiner Rice

You just can't beat Helen Steiner Rice for getting the right words for every occasion can you! She was a very gifted poet who rose beyond tragedy and disappointment to inspire millions of people over 8 decades, during which time, she penned thousands of poems and prayers to give comfort and hope through some of history's darketst moments.

We've been having such fine weather that we may take ourselves off to a National Trust place today to do a bit of exploring. It's been a long while since we have done anything like that, so I think it's about time we treated ourselves to a day out! I have to brave the Grocery Store first though, so I hope to get that done and dusted very early on. Wish me luck!

Here's a delicious vegetable dish that is not overly fattening and would be a beautiful addition to your holiday dinner. Oh, I do so love fresh Spring Asparagus, don't you!!

*Glazed Asparagus with Carrots and Pecans*
Serves 6

A beautiful springtime combination of vegetables topped with a delicious glaze!

1 cup of water, plus 3 TBS
1 pound of fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick diagonally (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup of butter
3 TBS fresh lemon juice
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
2 TBS chopped toasted pecans

Place the water in a 10 inch skillet. Bring to the boil over medium heat, and then add the vegetables. Cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, cooking only until the carrots and asparagus are crispy tender (7 to 9 minutes). Drain well. Remove from the skillet and keep warm.

Melt the butter in the same skillet. Whisk together the 3 TBS of water, lemon juice and cornstarch. Stir this into the melted butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Stir in the grated lemon zest.

Arrange the warm asparagus and carrots on a heated serving platter. Spoon the sauce over top and sprinkle with the pecans. Serve immediately.

In The English Kitchen today, delicious White Chocolate, Sour Cherry and Cardamom Rolls.


  1. Happy Easter to you my sweet freind and to your Todd. Glad you are having such great weather. Spring is springing on and off here but it is coming. Yay! Thank you for loving my little Hazie girl. She is a treat isn't she?

    Sending cyber hugs! Catch 'em OK?

    Love, B

  2. We are blessed with lovely sunny weather today as well. A touch cool in the wind, but those blue skies and sun really brighten the mood. Spring is indeed a glorious time.

    Hmmm... I love asparagus. I'll keep that recipe for when it starts to appear in the shops again. What an interesting way to serve it - I'm always amazed by your clever, innovative ways to look at food. You have a great gift.

    I hope you, Todd and Mitzie have a lovely Easter together.

  3. EASTER BLESSINGS to you & yours, dear Marie! Love to you, Todd and Mitize! We're soon off to hubby's parents for an Easter lunch today. I will catch up with you more soon. :o) LOVE YOU LOTS ((BIG HUGS))

  4. We are hoping for a bit of sunshine this weekend. It has been raining and raining some more here. I love Helen Steiner Rice. She wrote from the heart and had a gift for expressing her thoughts. I wish you a very Happy Easter too!

  5. so pretty the vegie combo,, I'm trying that one,, have a good day Marie,,

  6. Erddig, Marie. That's where I'd go if I lived where you do. As it is I'm staying in my corner of Snowdonia, and doing a bit of pottering.
    Have a lovely Easter, all three of you xx

  7. Hope that you have had a lovely day. Looking forward to hearing all about it. What did you do with Mitzie, I am not sure that many Nat.Trust places let our wee dogs in...It has been almost to hot today we were not able to sit out or we might have been fried !!! well I did go out after 6 tonight for a while...
    Have a truly wonderful Easter Sunday...How forunate we are to know that HE IS RISEN
    love Sybil xx

  8. hope you have a wonderful easter!!! we are just hoping its not too stormy-we have severe thunderstorms in our forecast for this evening that might make it difficult for the easter bunny to hide eggs :( or for the kids to find any. .

  9. Happy Easter to you and yours. Blessings always, your friend, Mica


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