Happy Easter (Sunday, 3.31.13)

March 31, 2013

Easter Blessings!

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Good Friday Quote (Friday, 3.29.13)

March 29, 2013

God’s Greatest Gift…

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Easter Mood Board (Wednesday, 3.27.13)

March 27, 2013

The Beauty of Easter…

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With its colorful beauty, lively energy and renewing spirit, “Eastertime” feels more like a whole season than a holiday.  And everyone has their favorite parts about it. For little ones, it’s all about the bunny and the basket and finding the most eggs.  For girls, no matter what age, there’s also the excitement of a pretty new outfit!   And, most importantly for many of us, it’s a time to look to the heavens in a prayer of gratitude for the sacrifice and love that Easter represents…and to count our own blessings as well.

With so much to celebrate at Easter and in the spirit of renewal, remember to send your favorite peeps a card to let them know you’re thinking about them.

In the mood board: Happy Easter! ecard from American Greetings and Easter paper card by Mary Engelbreit

Passover Mood Board (Tuesday 3.26.13)

March 26, 2013

Celebrating The Seder Meal at Passover…

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The highlight of the Passover celebration is the tradition of seder which is a fifteen-step, family-oriented, ritual-packed feast! Observed on the first two nights of Passover, it is based on the Haggadah which is a book of instructions, prayers, blessings and stories and provides the order for the ritual meal. Haggadah means “the telling” in Hebrew and refers to one of the most important steps of the seder which is the recitation of  the Exodus story. It is interesting because the text in the traditional Haggadah is almost the same as was first written in the eleventh century. However, now there are hundreds of versions used, each with a different spin. The most symbolic of the foods served at the seder meal is definitely the matzah which is eaten three times to fulfill the requirements of Jewish law. Matzah is an unleavened, flat, crispy bread and signifies the urgency in which the Jews fled Egypt — they didn’t even have time to let their dough rise!

Other customs of the seder meal include drinking four cups of wine, serving a variety of delicious kosher foods and reclining during the meal in celebration of freedom. It is truly a festive event. Shalom, Everyone!

In the mood board: Happy Passover Fun Song ecard from American Greetings

The Meaning of Passover (Monday, 3.25.13)

March 25, 2013

The Meaning of Passover…

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Passover begins today at sunset and is an eight-day celebration that commemorates the freedom of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.  But here’s more of the story…

After decades of slavery to Egyptian pharaohs, God helped the Israelites escape by sending ten plagues to Egypt.  At the stroke of midnight, the tenth plague killed every first-born Egyptian, but God spared the children of Israel by passing over their homes—hence the name for the holiday.  Pharaoh finally relented and virtually chased  600,000 Israelites out of the land.  In fact, they left in such a hurry, the bread they baked didn’t have time to rise or leaven before they made the trek back to Israel. Originally, the unleavened bread was tossed into baskets and baked by the sun, resulting in a flatbread or cracker.  Now, those who adhere to Jewish dietary laws rid their homes of all leavened bread, called chametz, before Passover begins. Passover is divided into two parts.  The first two days and last two days are full-fledged holidays, while the  “intermediate days,” called chol hamoed, are semi-festive and work is permitted.

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy Passover!

Spring Quote (Friday, 3.22.13)

March 22, 2013

Celebrate Spring!

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First Day of Spring Mood Board (Wednesday, 3.20.13)

March 20, 2013

Happy Spring!

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The first day of spring has arrived! That time of year when we can finally exhale the remnants of winter frost and inhale the fresh buds of spring. This season is full of beautiful transformations. The grass becomes greener, the temperatures warmer and our outlook brighter. It is great seeing folks out and about, whether they are working in their yards, washing the car or just taking a long walk. Or how about the smell of fresh, cut grass, listening to the chirping of birds and enjoying longer days . There are so many wonderful things to celebrate about spring. What are some of your favorite memories of this season?

In the mood board: Somebunny Special Talking Card from American Greetings

Spring Recipes (Monday 3.18.13)

March 18, 2013

Spring Recipes to Awaken Your Taste Buds…

With the first day of Spring just around the corner, it’s time to stop simmering comfort food in crock pots and start serving up those healthy, delicious in-season fruits and vegetables from the produce aisle.  Or, better yet, browse your local Farmer’s Market!

Here’s a rainbow of recipes that truly capture the essence of spring.  And best of all, with a variety of dishes from breakfast through dinner, your Easter menu is nearly complete–just be sure to include your favorite dessert!

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Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

This is a soon-to-be family favorite that can be prepared the night before your Easter brunch or simply for Sunday morning…with leftovers you’ll love on Monday.

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For a quick, colorful appetizer or just a healthy snack, you can’t beat this 10-minute treat that’s easy to make and fun to eat.

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This five-star salad will instantly get you in the spirit of spring…and carry you right through summer because you’ll crave it again and again.

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No spring dinner is complete without the season’s star vegetable and ultra-healthy superfood—with whole body benefits that range from anti-aging to pain relief!

American-Greetings_tangerine-glazed-hamTangerine-Glazed Easter Ham with Baby Carrots

In an effort to bring you the best Easter ham ever, this recipe has been hailed “beyond delicious” and the one that may finally convert your non-ham fan.

 

Bon Appetit…and bring on the sunshine!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday 3.17.13)

March 17, 2013

Wishing You the Luck O’ the Irish!

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Irish Quote (Friday, 3.15.13)

March 15, 2013

Irish Luck & Laughter…

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