How to Create an Eggs-traordinary Easter Feast

(Family Features) Brighten up your Easter feast with unique flavor twists to refresh traditional dishes like ham and deviled eggs. And don’t forget the decorations — it’s easy to create vibrant centerpieces using eggs dyed in the hottest seasonal shades.

“We’ve developed easy tips to dress up your table, from the ham to the centerpiece,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “An orange glaze can bring new flavor to the classic ham, while food color can be used to make a variety of spring-inspired egg dyes to feature in Easter table décor.”

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Cedar Chests – Keep Your Past And Future Safe

By Jesse Akre

In days of yore people stored there most precious belongings in cedar chests for safe keeping. You see cedar chests are able to protect and preserve anything you put in them because the natural oils in cedar wood are insect repellants. A chest made of cedar is particularly good at repelling moths whose larvae eat things made of natural fibers like wool, linen or paper.

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National Poison Prevention Week At Home Safety Checklist

(NAPSI)—Children are naturally curious, move quickly and explore the world with their mouths. And we all know: they have a tendency of getting into things they shouldn’t. In observance of National Poison Prevention Week, take the necessary steps to ensure your home is a safe place for your little ones.

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Five Edible Berry Bushes for Your Garden

Note: Just a reminder to keep in mind that berries also attract bees. So, if anyone in your family has a bee allergy, it can be a real danger.

Every edible landscape deserves to have one or more berry bushes. Your garden will be especially delightful when you include berries, which are some of nature’s finest offerings. If you are trying to decide which berries to include, here are a few ideas.

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3 Delightful Easter Dessert Recipes

(Family Features) From full-course brunches to simple sit-down dinners, Easter celebrations are a time to enjoy family, friends and the delicious tastes of spring.

However elaborate the festivities, a rich and creamy dessert is the perfect finale to any Easter gathering. Made from fresh milk and real cream, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese is the high-quality ingredient that makes sweets stand out.

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Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

(Family Features) From the classics of yesterday to favorites on the table today, peanut butter is a delicious ingredient enjoyed in recipes generation after generation.

“Whether it features creamy or crunchy peanut butter, is a snack your grandmother made, a side dish your dad loved to cook at the holidays, or even a main entree you love serving your family on a busy weeknight, we want to honor your go-to, time-honored recipe,” said Leslie Wagner, executive director, Southern Peanut Growers (SPG).

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6 Mouth-Watering Ideas for Pancake Mix Muffins

I was looking for something else on Pinterest and came across these pancake mix muffins. Instead of making pancakes in a skillet, you can put them in muffin pans. There are many variations and flavorings. Here are some delicious-looking ideas!

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Caramelized Banana French Toast

What is better on a weekend morning than a warm plate of French toast? French toast with caramelized bananas of course!  Read on for the recipe and printable recipe cards.

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Do You Really Believe God Loves You?

“Do you really believe God loves you — not just tolerates you? When I ask this question to women who are exhausted from trying hard to be “good enough,” the reaction is usually tears springing to their eyes. I understand this response because it was my story for many years too.”  Read the complete article by Holley Gerth here.

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How to Make Beautiful Paper Butterflies

Paper butterflies make a lovely spring craft. The possibilities are endless for these beautiful creations. Children can be entertained by making simple projects, but there are also some amazing ideas for adults to make.

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6 Ways to Convert Your Basement to an Efficient Living Space

Several families I know have expanded their living quarters by remodeling their basements. Housing is expensive, and moving to a new place is not always feasible. Finishing your basement adds more value to your home if you ever do try to sell it.

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Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Ribs Recipe
If you want truly tender, melt-in-your mouth ribs, the slow cooker is the way to go.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving size pieces
  2. Salt and pepper to taste
  3. 2 cans (15 ounce size) tomatoes (you can use the plain or garlic if desired)
  4. 1 medium onion, diced
  5. 2 stalks celery, chopped
  6. 3 tablespoons water
  7. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Pour spareribs in a heavy skillet with a little oil, and brown on both sides.
  2. Transfer to the slow cooker. Add salt, pepper, tomatoes, onion, and celery. Mix together the water and cornstarch and pour into skillet, stirring to remove browned bits from the skillet.
  3. Pour this mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or until ribs are tender and practically fall apart.
  4. Remove spareribs to a platter. Stir the mixture left in the slow cooker, then pour over ribs and serve.
Notes
  1. I always prefer to start with boneless pork ribs, but bone-in is ok, too.
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Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

(Family Features) It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love.

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Quick and Easy Ham Chowder with Parmesan Croutons

Here are recipes for quick and easy ham chowder with Parmesan croutons.  This makes a nice lunch or even a quick supper when you have one of those busy evenings.  It is a good idea to make the croutons a day ahead of time.

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13 by 9 Inch Pan Casserole Recipes

I love casseroles.  My husband is a meat and potatoes man and likes everything separate, but after years of marriage, I’m getting him to like casseroles better also.  They are so easy.  You have almost a complete meal in one pan, which makes the clean-up simpler, too.  Casseroles are especially nice in the fall and winter because the oven helps to warm up hour house.

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