Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sproing

Spring has technically, officially sprung, even if it doesn't feel like it yet. Today is the vernal, or spring, equinox. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night). As of some time tonight, the sun will be standing directly over the Earth's equator, and both day and night are equal in length.

Christians use the March equinox to calculate when Easter is celebrated. The exact formula is complicated but generally Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the March equinox. Easter this year will be the earliest calendar date is years, falling on Sunday, March 23 - this weekend. Get your eggs and baskets ready.

I've just added a new foodie blog to my list - 101 cookbooks. I had tucked a note to myself somewhere to look it up after reading about her (Heidi!) in a magazine somewhere, and just got around to checking it out last night. What a gorgeous blog - the food pictures are beautifully styled, the recipes look incredibly delicious and I'm dying to make about 12 things today, from thousand layer lasagna to oven-baked doughnuts.

Here's another incredible find - Breath Palette. They make toothpaste and mouthwash in the most unbelievable flavors I've ever heard of. They even have little kits of mini toothpaste tubes in "palettes" of flavors, like sweet tooth, fruit smoothie and zen. Here's their complete list of flavors - I am having a really hard time deciding which ones to choose:

1 Sweet Salt
2 Tropical Pineapple
3 Peppermint
4 Fresh Yogurt
5 Green Tea
6 Rose
7 Monkey Banana
8 Honey
9 Kiwi Fruit
10 Cafe au Lait
11 Plum
12 Fuji Apple
13 Vanilla
14 Indian Curry
15 Strawberry
16 California Orange
17 Kyoto Style Tea
18 White Peach
19 Japanese Plum
20 Lavender
21 Darjeeling Tea
22 Cinnamon
23 Grape
24 Lemon Tea
25 Bitter Chocolate
26 Blueberry
27 Caramel
28 L’Espresso
29 Grapefruit
30 Pumpkin Pudding
31 Cola