It’s a hot, lazy Saturday in rural North Carolina. Slipping into a worn pair of flip-flops and grabbing my camera, I head out to enjoy the blazing sunshine. It is a solitary stroll, but I am not alone. While women rock on front porches, fathers play catch with their sons. Teenage boys, still high with World Cup fever, dribble worn balls. Power tools buzz as men work in their out buildings. Insects hover in clouds around my head.
Two miles pass. By the end, my feet are rubbed raw under rubber straps and my memory card has dozens of extra pictures. I love these lazy days of summer.
I love spring! Maybe it’s the fact that I was born on the first day of spring, but I have always spent the dreary, cold winter months longing for the Spring Equinox. Now that spring is here, I am reminded even more why I love this season so much. Here are my top ten reasons (in no particular order) that spring is the greatest season there is.
- Peep Toe Heels
- Rain Boots
- Chirping Birds
- Longer Days
- White Dresses
- Grilling and Eating Outside
- Sleeping with the Windows Open
Admit it fellow college students. You have the tendency to snatch packets of peanut butter, cups of applesauce, fresh apples, and bags of oatmeal from the cafeteria on occasion. I understand; it’s a hungry life for some of you. I have good news! With just these ingredients, you are almost completely prepared to make a yummy snack. All you need to add is an oven (which is likely located in the communal kitchen down the hall) and you are set!
- 1/2 apple, skinned and diced into miniscule pieces ( I use Red Delicious)
- 1-2 Tbs. Peanut Butter (it really depends on how much of a peanut butter flavor you want)
- 1/4 cup applesauce (approximately. I use 1/2 of an individual container)
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- mix the applesauce and diced apple
- melt the peanut butter slightly in the microwave (about 30 seconds) and stir it in
- add oatmeal and stir until all of it is coated with the apple-peanut butter mixture
- bake approximately 12 minutes or until granola is light brown
- allow to cool on pan and continue crisping up
- eat and enjoy!