A Combination Easter Basket and Table Decoration

Easter-mason-jar-collageI spotted these mason jar and candy combos today. I’m always on the lookout not just for good, healthy food –  but also for anything that accompanies food that potentially makes it taste better and also might make the dining experience more enjoyable.

These mason jar and candy combinations fit into the second category and made me, and lots of others, smile. They’re really inexpensive to make and can easily serve as both Easter “baskets” as well as great centerpieces for your holiday table. The tulips and Peeps are so awesome that I wasn’t the only one whipping out my phone to take some pictures. They’re just M&M’s on the bottom with Peeps around the sides, some fake grass, and a small vase stuck in the middle that is filled with tulips. Happy, easy, and it makes you smile!

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Guess How Many Calories Are In Your Favorite Chocolate Bunnies and Eggs!

Easter bunnies made of chocolate aren’t really that old a tradition, having been born in Germany in the 1800’s. Although other types of Easter candy like Peeps, jellybeans, and Cadbury eggs are extremely popular, the National Confectioners Association says that on Easter children head for chocolate Easter bunnies first. Adults probably do, too. Chocolate Easter […]

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Jelly Beans: Little Nuggets of Sweetness

Do you think a bag of jellybeans should come with a warning label:  “STOP NOW or you’ll keep eating until they’re gone?” It’s pretty darn hard not to love those little nuggets of sweetness that come in multitudes of colors and flavors and get stuck in your teeth! Americans eat 16 billion jellybeans at Easter […]

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Marshmallow PEEPS: Fluorescent Squishiness You Either Love or Hate

If you have a thing for the fluorescent marshmallow bunnies and chicks that were hatched over 50 years ago, you’re not alone. They got their name – PEEPS — because they were originally modeled after the yellow chick. Every year, PEEPS are the subject of lots of design contests (you’d be amazed what you can […]

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Stopping For Some Fast Food? Here Are Some Calorie Saving Tips

Are you too busy to cook and figure, “What the heck, I’ll just grab something quick?”  What’s quick: mostly diner food, pizza, donuts, and just about any kind of fast food: basically, cheap calories and a whole lot of fat and carbs?  Slick marketing, convenience, and cheap calories really push you to order the “value […]

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Irish Soda Bread: Farl, Cake, Spotted Dog?

It’s not too hard to find green bagels, beer, and even green  milkshakes on St. Patrick’s Day in the US. Of course there’s also corned beef and cabbage – and “Irish soda bread” — with a cruciform slashed on top.  Have you ever wondered why the shape of the cross is slashed on the tope […]

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10 Tips For Eating Well In A Restaurant

1. Prep before you go so you know what’s on the menu Research the menu ahead of time either online or in person Choose a restaurant with an accommodating menu Learn the approximate calorie count of the dishes you order a lot Decide, before you go, what you’ll order and stick to your decision  2. […]

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Leftovers: How Long Before You Have To Toss Them?

When you open your refrigerator door, what do you see? A bunch of random takeout boxes? Wait – there’s a couple of storage containers all the way in the back, too. Wonder what’s in them? Open them up. Container #1: the leftover takeout moo shu pork from five days ago. Kind of a nasty odor.  […]

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Here’s The Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe (circa 1922)

Thin Mints may account for 25% of Girl Scout cookie sales, but the thin chocolate wafers bear little resemblance (other than being  cookies) to the original girl scout cookies. The first Girl Scout troop was organized over a hundred years ago (March 12, 1912) in Savannah, Georgia. Selling cookies — a way to finance troop […]

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Some Really Sensible and Easy To Follow Dietary Guidelines

The nutrition world seems to be filled with guidelines on what to eat, what not to eat, where to eat it, and at what time. That’s all well and good – except when the advice is contradictory or close to impossible to accomplish. Want some straight-forward, sensible guidelines that focus more of how to eat […]

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