Friday, June 11, 2021

The Lime Tree Blossom Blues: Use Your Words



Alouette & Gnocchi Filled Portobellos are filled with sauteed vegetables and tomatoes, then baked for a hearty meatless meal. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner

Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I'm using: lime-tree blossom ~ unlimited ~ residential ~ steep ~ seamless ~ championship They were submitted by Tamara of Part-time Working Hockey Mom.
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Hold on a second, be right back, have to go google "lime-tree blossom".
OK, got it. So, basically, a juvenile lime tree flowers but doesn't grow fruit. After it flowers and the flowers die, there's an interval of a few years before the tree reaches maturity, at which time it can then bear fruit. I'm not sure what your thought process was for picking this as one of the prompts Tamara, or how you knew about the life progression of a lime tree to begin with, but to me it seems as though parallels could easily be drawn between that lime tree life cycle and humans. 
It could be that my view of the progression of tiny humans is a little skewed, blurred by time perhaps. But like the lime-tree blossom, our children are beautiful perfection in our eyes. We look back at pictures and see laughs and fun, first foods and first steps, first trip to the beach and the park, a time of blossoming.

I'm willing to bet those lime trees don't produce an unlimited bounty of dirty diapers, endless crying jags and sleepless nights . . . but through a lens of love, we see the beauty.

However, between the flowering stage and reaching some level of maturity there is a steep (parental) learning curve. Yes, the well planned, but completely naive, dream of familial bliss in a quiet, peaceful residential setting can blow up in your face. Literally. House set on fire (OK, an imaginative interpretation of a school assignment but jarring nonetheless),
my car set on fire (for reals),
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broken legs,
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many, many, many, many late night flat tires,
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Flat front tire | Picture taken by, featured on, and property of

missed (obliterated) curfews, jumping out of windows, falling out of windows . . . And let's not forget the bills: sports and lessons, cars, insurance (and tires), tuition, and the ever-growing food bill.
Alouette & Gnocchi Filled Portobellos are filled with sauteed vegetables and tomatoes, then baked for a hearty meatless meal. | Recipe developed by | #recipe #dinner
Alouette & Gnocchi Filled Portobellos

As the saying goes, life is not a bed of roses (or even lime tree blossoms). The years of that achingly slow growth between flowering and maturity can turn a mama's hair grey and spawn (yes, I used that word deliberately) a fairly permanent eye twitch.

I should have given birth to a lime tree.
{{Sigh}}, the road to this point has most certainly not been seamless. But we made it. I wouldn't say unscathed, but we're here, we have reached the championship. Maturity. Productivity. I can lower my bills, color my hair, and get rid of that annoying tic. Right? 
Oh, did I tell you that I recently got a late night frantic, terrified (and terrifying) call from one of the boys? He'd just totalled his car.
{{twitch, twitch}}.

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:

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Alouette & Gnocchi Filled Portobellos

1 1/2 cups gnocchi
4 TBSP olive oil divided
1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
salt and pepper
1 package (6.5 oz) Alouette Garlic and Herb Cheese
4 Portobello mushroom caps
2 TBSP dried chives

*Boil the gnocchi for 2 - 3 minutes. Drain well and place into a bowl and cover to keep warm.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking pan.
*Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the tomatoes, onion, and red pepper, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring now and then, for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and add the cheese. Stir until the cheese starts to melt, just about 2 minutes.
*Add the tomato mixture to the bowl with the gnocchi. Mix together gently, don't break the gnocchi.
*Brush any dirt off of the mushroom caps. If there is a stem stump, carefully remove and discard them, then drizzle the mushrooms with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
*Place the mushroom caps, gills side up, into the prepared pan. Spoon the Alouette/gnocchi filling into the centers of the portobellos, sprinkle with the chives. Bake for 20 minutes.


  1. That looks so delicious! I want some!

  2. I felt this in the core of my soul. Parenting is not for the weak and thank god for wine!

  3. OMG! Which one? We have to get caught up! I feel like I haven't talked to you in a month. I hope they are okay and your twitch has had time to slow at least. Life's been pretty calm around here lately. Fingers crossed it stays that way.

  4. Oh no (the son's totalled car) I hope he's OK. Now, about that video, don't tell me those are your sons. If they are, well, you deserve a Medal of Honor. I thought my son was, um, interesting at times, especially with his homemade rockets and trebuchets and diet coke/menthos (remember that?) and the like but at least he didn't nearly set the house on fire. Alana

    1. That's my oldest son and one of his friends in the video. Same son who just totalled his car, and yes, he's fine (other than all of us being traumatized).

  5. You survived! Well done, indeed!
    Is this the moment to tell you that you've only just begun? Soon there will be a whole other layer of humanity for you to worry about.
    There is one good thing, though: they go home to their parents occasionally!

    1. I'm hoping to put that off just a little while longer, but then I guess it's not up to me.

  6. Hang my experience it will get better as they get older and settle down.

    1. I'm trying. Sometimes hanging on is really, really hard but I'm trying.

  7. When your name is mommy, the fun never stops.

  8. Oh shoot, what happened, how did College Boy total his (your?) car? Is he OK?

    I'm trying to remember how I came up with lime tree blossoms. Not sure. HOWEVER: Drinking linden tea may promote relaxation, help fight inflammation, alleviate pain, and soothe your digestive tract. An interesting alternative to wine maybe?

    1. It was his own car, and it was traumatizing but he's fine. So maybe linden tea in the morning and wine in the evening?

  9. PS: how did they do that video? I assume it's not real, so they have done a fabulous job using special effects!

    1. I thought they did an excellent job too, but I'm not sure exactly how they did it.

  10. Nailed it! I’m glad your oldest is ok. We are lulled into a false of security when we get them through school, it’s all a lie.

    1. It's not that I thought I'd ever stop worrying, it's just that I thought there'd be less to worry about. Nope!

  11. Wow, this is really amazing. And the fact that your car set on fire. I'm still in the early stages of learning what my child will do, he's already drawn on the walls and threw away a set of keys, and drew some health scares.


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