Toni Leland's News for March

Between 60-degree days and 20 inches of snow, March has been interesting, to say the least.

The freelance fun begins now in earnest with upcoming spring and summer events to investigate and write about, as well as my own adventures, which recently included a Native American cooking class with Chef Sherry at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Lobster Mac & Cheese is easier to make than it sounds, and oh-so-delicious! I also spent an evening at the Taste of Windsor snapping pics for Connecticut Lifestyles, and of course sampling all the fabulous food.

The May issue of Ohio Country Living will include my feature article on interesting and unusual perennials for the home gardener. Of course gardening is my favorite subject, so this one didn't feel much like work. In the March issue of Norwich Magazine, I explored the use of foliage as a year-round focus of interest. That issue was also a freebie in the goodie bags at the Connecticut Master Gardener Spring Symposium this month! Several of my photographs on ViewBug have earned some nice recognition, including this tiny tree frog who thought he was hiding from me.

My latest novel, Lost & Found, the fifth book in the Kovak & Quaid horse mystery series, is on target for an April release date. Rather excited about that!

As the last of the snow melts, I see bits of green peeking through the leaf mulch, and swelling buds on the Montauk daisies and forsythia. Not much longer until we can enter the season of beauty and sunshine. Hope you're hanging in there with me.