Spring Cleaning Secrets from the Pros

Most of us are familiar with spring cleaning. There are, however, a few tips we can take from the pros that will make it more efficient and manageable. What are some secrets that every individual should know that can help make the process run more smoothly?

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Fruit-Filled Summer Celebrations

(Family Features) Whether you anticipate fun-filled pool parties, laid-back picnics at the park or casual dinner parties at home, summer entertaining gets a little sweeter when you serve up the right desserts.

When the weather warms up, let the flavors from your kitchen reflect the bright tastes of the summer season. From cherries to blueberries, Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings come in a variety of flavors to perk up your outdoor menu.

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Incorporating Perennial Veggies in Your Landscape

Edible landscaping is a great way to grow your own food while maintaining a beautiful space. There will be a wide variety of plants you may wish to grow on your plot of land, and you will likely make choices by finding a balance of what looks beautiful and what brings the kind of produce you are hoping for at the end.

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5 Tips for Getting Spring Cleaning Done Fast

Spring cleaning is an essential yearly event that can change the way you feel about your home, and even your life. A time to get rid of the old, and bring on the new… spring cleaning can make your home feel like a brand new one. It can be difficult to organize your workflow, though, so here are a few ideas you can implement that will allow you to get your spring cleaning done in a timely fashion.

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Like a River Glorious Printable and Piano Performance

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Free Printables – Tags and Squares – Turtles

I saw these cute graphics by Trina Clark (now Walker) and had to have them.  So I made some free printables for your scrapbooks, crafts, or cards.  These are only for personal use.  Her license does not allow them to be sold or used commercially.  The set includes large and small squares, tags, cocoa pack, and tea bag envelopes.  Hope you enjoy them!

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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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