Thursday, April 24, 2014

Five Things Thursday: Favorite Spring Activities

It’s that time of the week again, when I’m joining Diana and Tairalyn for the Five Things linkup and sharing five favorite activities I have or will be enjoying this spring. Want to join in? Check out my five things below, share yours and then head on over to The World Around Her or Little Miss Mama to add your link and join the fun!


1. Relaxing Neighborhood Walks

Coming off of an epic winter that felt like it would never end, I’ve especially been loving the warmer weather, blooming flowers and chirping birds letting us know that spring is finally here. In order to take advantage of the nicer weather before the dreaded summer humidity sets in, Stephen and I have been making time to go for walks around the neighborhood during the evenings and on weekends. With plenty of trails to choose from, our walks are simple, relaxing and a good way to ease back into exercising after months of winter laziness. We’ve loved seeing a lot of animals so far, too, including geese, beavers, ducks, turtles and frogs.

2. Local Wine Tasting

Trying out new wines and visiting local wineries are two of my favorite things any time of year, but especially during the spring, when the weather’s once again warm enough for a nice outdoor picnic and a chilled glass of refreshing Viognier. We’re hoping to hit up one of our faves, Fabbioli Cellars, very soon.

3. Lao New Year Festival

One fun highlight of our spring thus far was heading to last weekend’s Lao New Year Festival at a local temple. After wandering around and checking out the food options, we decided on papaya salad for me, chicken satay for Stephen, and pad Thai and Thai iced teas for us both, all of which we ate while listening to a local band perform. I was a little disappointed that no one seemed to be selling my all-time favorite dish, crispy rice salad, but we did manage to pick up a big batch of hot dried chilies to use in our cooking throughout the coming months.



4. Healthy Spring Cooking

After months of chowing down on pasta, soup and other wholesome comfort foods, it feels good to get back to making some lighter and healthier spring dishes, including sushi and stir fries. Trying new recipes has been a goal of ours recently, and next week, we’re planning to try replicating some of the meals we learned how to make during last month's Indian cooking classes.

5. Outdoor Patio Reading

Now that we’ve got our new Ikea patio set all ready to go, I’m looking forward to sitting outside during the day and in the evenings to read. I’m currently starting a new book by Paul Taylor called The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown, which I’ll be sure to review here on the blog.

Have a great Thursday and a fun weekend, everyone! What are some of your favorite things to do during the spring? 

20 comments:

  1. What IKEA patio furniture did you get and how do you like it so far? We're going patio furniture shopping this weekend and are trying to figure out what to go with. We're considering IKEA so I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)

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    1. Hey Ghenet! We ended up going with the little bistro set I talked about in this post: http://www.highheelsflipflops.com/2014/03/spring-dreaming.html. It's their least expensive option, and since we only need a small and basic set for now, it's working out great for us. We also added a set of chair pads from IKEA to make it more cushy.

      They had a lot of other bigger and more expensive options that we would probably consider upgrading to once we have a house with more deck/yard space, so I would definitely recommend checking them out in your search!

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  2. #3 looks like SO MUCH fun!! i love festivals, esp for food.

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    1. I agree! Food festivals are the best!

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  3. Mmh the food from the festival looks amazing!!!

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    1. It really was! I love Lao and Thai food!

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  4. We are loving being outside too and I definitely want to try some wineries too!

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    1. You should definitely check out Fabbioli if you have a chance. It's awesome, and the wine tasting includes a little food pairing platter.

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  5. The food above looks so delicious. And local wine tasting sounds like a great way to spend an evening (or weekend)!

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    1. The Thai and Lao food was definitely tasty and well worth trying! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  6. I love neighborhood walks ... actually going to be doing one of those in an hour :)

    And wine tastings! So excited to do it again now that it's warmer outside so I can tour the vineyards, etc.

    I've been on a crazy kick of searching for lighter recipes since the weather is getting so nice. Do you have a few to share? I've been looking at a lot of salad recipes.

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    1. Yeah, walks and wine tasting are the best! :) I can definitely try doing a recipe roundup post one of these weeks with a few of my spring faves, including salads. I'm loving the warmer weather so much!

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  7. Can I ask that the next time, you'll take me?!?!
    Looks incredible.

    THANKS for linking up!

    xxoo
    Tairalyn {aka Little Miss Mama}

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    1. Yeah, sure! Come on by next April! :)

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  8. What a great list of things to look forward to this spring. I have a LONG list of things myself like the Queen's botanical garden, the Queen's zoo, Jones Beach on Long Island, and discovering some parks closeby to me that I've never been to before! Yay Spring is here!!!!

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    1. Your list sounds like fun, too! I love spring and am also excited for summer!

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  9. Oh man, now I'm craving Pad Thai!! Looks so good!! :-) I love outdoor food festivals!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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    1. It was definitely delicious! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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