Does anyone else find it incredibly hard to make the transition from winter to spring? My home is fairly bipolar at this point, with warm blankets still draped over the couch, and spring flowers on the kitchen counter. Can I still wear heavy sweaters on cold days, or is it time to move to blouses and light jackets? And, bless my heart, what am I supposed to feed my family in February? Stews seem so heavy, but a big green salad feels wrong too.
The transition from winter to spring is certainly the most difficult seasonal change of the year. Here are three ways to make the move a little easier.
1. Keep warm recipes on hand but pack away the heavy cream-based soups and stew ingredients. February is typically a cold, rainy month and my body is still wanting cozy foods. Still I can happily say good-bye to beef stew in exchange for my favorite curry soup or this broth-based mushroom and bok choy dish from Healthy Maven.
2. Pull obvious winter clothing out of your closet to draw your eye to lighter, more transitional items. Just over the weekend, I packed up the flannel, heavy sweaters, and any fall colors like orange and burgundy. I’m not pulling out my spring clothing yet, but just by simplifying my winter choices, I’m less overwhelmed about what to wear in the mornings. Also, I bought this light overcoat from Old Navy for less than $30 and have been wearing the heck out of it with tee shirts and jeans.
3. It’s time to bring spring into your home whenever you say it is. Last weekend was miserably wet and cold and I’d had enough. When Graham brought home flowers from a grocery run to Trader Joe’s, I knew it was time to transition. Easter is only 6 weeks away, right? Might as well pull out the bunnies and chicks. The kids also had fun putting on their rainboots and finding fresh cuts of whatever was outside (aka fungi growing on a branch, lavender and rosemary sprigs, and evergreens.) Until the daffodils pop up next month, we’ll take what we can get.