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Isn’t it nice when plants you like reseed or naturalize? Below are some flowers I’m enjoying that I planted a few years ago. And yes, I’m finally emerging from hibernation mode. It’s totally mental because I live in northern California. All of a sudden, flowering quince, Japanese camellias, wild lupine, saucer magnolias and daffodils have exploded into color and that’s just something you can’t ignore.

I’ve even started torturing my teenage son on the drive to school by offering him twenty bucks to name neighborhood flowering trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. One of these days, I’m going to have to pay up… because he’s starting to remember the names.

On the pizza front, I’m making my first batch of homemade dough tonight using King Arthur’s Sir Lancelot flour. Wish me luck. Or, rather, wish my son and his friends luck. They’re my culinary guinea pigs.

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