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Many people spring clean their house, yard and garage but your car also needs a thorough clean. Here are some clever car cleaning tips for spring. Clean Out the Big Stuff and Organize the Rest The more people you have riding in your car on a regular basis, the more dirt, trash and miscellaneous items you are likely to collect. Clear away winter items you might keep in your car, like a snow scraper, snow boots or an extra winter coat. Invest in car organizers including storage cubes or seat covers with storage pockets on the back. Give the Exterior…

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Cooking a large Easter meal takes time, careful planning, and a lot of work in the kitchen. While you are in the planning stage, you may want to think of some downtime after the big meal. Often we think of leftovers as an afterthought, but what if we decide to plan for them. When cooking for the big holiday meal, purchase a ham larger than the portions needed for the dinner. Have on hand recipes that can make meals a breeze using the leftover cooked ham. That will make the next few days easier for you. Here are some recipes…

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Paint is any easy way to many any space more attractive and visually appealing. Chalk paint gives furniture and other items an interesting and diverse look. Below are some reasons why chalk paint might be a good choice for your next home project. It’s Forgiving Many people are first attracted to chalk paint because it is very forgiving. A piece does not have to be perfectly sanded and smooth to achieve a good surface for painting with chalk paint. Slight imperfections in the piece and the texture in the paint makes it a great medium for giving an antique, textured…

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It’s National Garlic Day! Garlic is flavor powerhouse, sure to amp up any dish. Garlic lovers, follow the recipes below if you love the delicious aroma and depth of flavor of this beneficial bulb. Garlic-Rosemary Chicken (Serves 2) Ingredients • salt-1 tsp. • garlic-5 cloves • olive oil-5 tbs. • white wine-2-3 cups • rosemary-2 tbs. • chicken-5 thighs • Large pan (cast iron) Instructions 1. Arrange your chicken in the pan, skin side down with your olive oil on the bottom to keep from sticking. 2. Crush your garlic cloves in the press. 3. With a knife or the…

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Cooking a beef brisket for Passover is a tradition. The Ashkenazi sweet and tangy brisket is one of the most popular dishes for many families to serve to guests during this time of year. Make this delicious brisket to present to the family this Passover. Ingredients • 6-10 lbs of brisket (weight includes fat. Do not trim in order to keep flavor rich) • 2 white or brown onions (peeled and minced) • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (separated into two 1/4 cup measures) • 1 lb sliced carrots (peeled and sliced thinly) • 1 lb minced celery •…

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The themes that dominate Easter and Passover reveal the beauty of redemption, protection, and the promise of new horizons. While both holidays have some shared symbolism, they also have some that are uniquely their own. Personalize Place Cards for Passover Use some melted chocolate to create name tags on matzos. The procedure is simple. Melt some chocolate and pour it into a piping bag. Write the name of each guest onto the matzos. Allow the chocolate to cool. Once the chocolate has cooled, tuck the matzos into neatly folded napkins. Place this arrangement on each plate. Topiaries for Passover Topiaries…

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Many people choose hardwood floors for their homes because they are easy to care for. However, they do require maintenance in order to keep them looking great. Below are some tips to keep your hardwood floors looking like it is new. Clean up Spills Immediately If something spills on the hardwood floor, you need to clean it up immediately. Even if the spill is small, this can cause long-term damage to your floor. Take a cloth and clean up the spill immediately. Clean the Floor Regularly Even if your hardwood floor appear to be clean, you still need to clean…

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If you get a refund back after filing your taxes, you might be wondering what the best way to utilize the money is. The amount that you get back determines how much you’ll be able to do. Here are some smart ways to spend your tax return. 1. Start or contribute to an emergency fund Always have an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses or emergencies. Aim to have at least three month’s worth of expenses in a savings account. It’s ideal to have six month’s worth to really ensure that you have financial stability when tough times hit. 2.…

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There are so many exciting new trends to get your garden ready for spring. Classic garden looks like rose trellises, tomato cages and flower beds overflowing with annuals are comforting garden standards. Here are predictions for the top garden trends for in 2019. Growing Food Growing your own food isn’t new but placing gardens in small, residential spaces is a trending. You don’t need rolling hills or acres of land or even a corner lot for a high-yield garden. Transforming residential yards and lawns into edible landscapes is becoming quite easy. Small compost barrels and bins are available at nurseries…

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By Lauren Jablonski With Marie Kondo’s Netflix show taking over our lives, it’s impossible to avoid the desire to start “sparking joy” all over our homes. Whether you’re a neat freak or a little on the messy side, you can find a KonMari inspired method that will work for you. Try the following hacks for cleaning up your home. Sort Books by Color If you have a lot of books, you may be at a loss with how to organize them. As Marie Kondo suggests, go through your books and only hold on to the ones that bring you joy.…

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