Monday, April 14, 2008


~ Early spring
daffodils, pussy willow, English daisy
and 'kissing clouds' (square 1)

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day,
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
~ Robert Lee Frost (Two Tramps in Mud Time)

~ Heralding daffodil and sky

~ Pussy willow and sky


~ Coconut ... the essence of spring and a perfect 'Happy Ending'
to a beautiful day (Cooking Light)
4 large organic egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • Preheat oven to 225-degrees.
  • Cover 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and secure with masking tape.
  • Place egg whites and cream of tartar in large clean bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Increase speed to high and gradually add granulated sugar and then powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in 3/4 cup coconut.
  • Drop 36 mounds onto prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle 14 cup coconut evenly over meringues.
  • Bake at 225-degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Turn oven off and cool meringues in closed oven 2 hours or until dry. Carefully remove meringues from paper. (Yield: 3 dozen)


Jane O' said...

Your poem choice was perfect, just right for Michigan.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Joey! I'm going to try these by this weekend! I've been curious about meringues and I adore coconut!

The poem is perfect. I went out this morning and sniffed the air and said, "Where did THIS come from??"
It was so sunny and still all weekend! Back to ocean air and that agitated kind of wind that only annoys. It's pretty from inside, though. :)

PS: Do you know how to make flan???

joey said...

You know as well as I, Jane Marie ... living surrounded by the 'Great Lakes', the weather changes every 20 minutes (half the fun);)

Ah dear Kathryn ... you too live near BIG water where weather changes with the 'blink of an eye'. PS: I do make flan and love it!

Gina said...

Joey, your first photo of pussy willow is incredible! It is a favourite tree here and when Jem was little she named herself 'pussy willa' - she couldn't say it properly, I still call her that sometimes..
Hope all is well with your sister,
Take care Gxx

joey said...

How sweet of your dear Jem, Gina! Pussy willows seem the essence of spring. My sister was accepted in a wonderful School for the Blind and will spend several weeks/months living there until she can become acclimated to her scary new life. It's been a horrific journey with much for us still to accomplish, but hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you for inquiring. *Big hugs*

Rose said...

Love the pussy willow. I thought I knew all of Robert Frost's poems, but I didn't remember these lines. Perfect choice for this time of year!

Nancy J. Bond said...

I spotted what I believe are pussy willows on a drive by a few days ago...I hope to go back this weekend. They're a real pick-me-up this time of year!