1st of Spring Favorites

The first of my early Spring favorites is our granddaughter Addy who turned 2 years old on the first day of Spring. We enjoyed a meal out this week with her and the people who love her most in Colville and Kettle Falls. Her birthday bash is on Sunday after the one’s who love her most and live on the other side of the Cascades fly in to celebrate.

Extra space that I’m enjoying with our new counter depth refrigerator is another favorite this week.

On Wednesday after working outside for several hours with Dear, breaking up ice, I came inside to wash some dishes . I heard Dear doing something on the deck and then he came inside and said, “would you like to join me on the terrace for drinks?”. He had brought a couple lawn chairs and side table out of winter hibernation and set them on the deck. It was so nice and refreshing to be in the fresh air enjoying our view. You can see the snow covered landscape in the reflection off the slider.

When we drove into Spokane last Friday we stopped at Sonnenberg’s Market and Deli, “the oldest meat market in town, since 1891”. We picked up some deli items, some house made sausages and one porterhouse steak. Dear and I cooked and split that steak on the first day of Spring and oh my goodness it was the best hunk of meat we’ve enjoyed in a long time. We used a new to us cooking method for it, too, which we’ll continue using when we are only making one steak for the two of us to enjoy. I lightly oiled the steak, seasoned it with Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and Pepper then put it in the oven at 220 degrees  with a meat thermometer probe in it until the meat reached 120 degrees. Took it out of the oven and out of the pan onto a plate and let it rest for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes I put a little oil in the pan and heated it to smoking and seared the steak on each side and then we enjoyed it. Delicious, melt in your mouth meat!

Even though it hasn’t happened yet another favorite is the fact that we will be driving to the Spokane airport this evening to pick up 3 of our kids flying in for the weekend. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to see them face to face and we are looking forward to lots of time with them this weekend. We have two birthday parties and a baby shower this weekend. One party for a 60 year old and one party for our 2 year old granddaughter and a baby shower for our grandson who will arrive in April.

I am thankful to God for His kindness and generosity to us because of what Jesus Christ sacrificed for us.  I’ve already pulled out my Easter décor anticipating my favorite holiday of the year.

The son of a friend of ours made a drawing about Easter and she shared it on Facebook. It had a cross on a hill and these words written on the bottom of the drawing, “Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. 😦 It was a sad three days without him.” then on the bottom right corner of this drawing it says, flip the page. On the other side of the paper he drew the stone rolled away from the tomb and wrote these words,  “It’s the greatest day in history… Death has been beaten and Jesus rose from the grave.”

Out of the mouth of babes! Love this little one sharing the Good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “1st of Spring Favorites

  1. i love all of your photos but my absolute fave is the one of your (or your hubby?) slippered foot on the deck extended towards your snow. Ours is completely gone thank God….although the mountains still have it and where my sister lives in the central part of NY, it is still slowly melting. I’m loving the sunshine this past week!

    Enjoy all that family time…how wonderful to have all these celebrations.

  2. Happy birthday to your granddaughter! Sounds like a great weekend coming up. I love your husband’s gesture of setting up a place to sit on the deck and inviting you out. The steak sounds great! Love that bottom photo and the story of your friend’s son’s drawing.

  3. Wonderful faves! I was a bit surprised to see you out with drinks on the patio…. then I saw the snow 😬. Thanks for sharing your new steak method. Totally gonna try that!

  4. My mouth is watering thinking about that steak. Drinks on the patio on a warm March day is delightful. Your family weekend sounds wonderful. I hope you are enjoying all of those celebrations! Happy Birthday to Addy:)

  5. Great post, Ellen. Your steak sounds delicious! It looks like a nice deck break even if there’s snow. We don’t have a deck yet but hopefully this year Tom can build one off our kitchen in the back. I know We’ll really enjoy it! ☺️🌈

  6. Happy birthday to that sweet little girl. You have my mouth watering and now I’m craving steak. LOL. How fun to finally get out on the deck. The picture made me smile because it’s such a Northern thing to be outside in short sleeves with snow all over the ground as soon as a little sunshine shows itself.

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