Take a look at the herb garden and snip and pull anything that can be used to create homemade oils and vinegars. Go by the local garden center and pick up basil, rosemary but do not plant those together because they don’t like each other. Try thyme, oregano, mint, sage and anything else that strikes your fancy!


Easter comes late this year so you’ll have plenty of time to plan a perfect gathering with friends and family. Assign them recipes and responsibilities through your Pinterest boards and if you need any ideas you can go to mine and get some great recipes pins.


Take the cats and dogs in for their annual checkups if you did not do that in the fall. I like to get that out of mind and handled before summer arrives and schedules become crazy with swim meets and lazy pool days!

Craft a family tree by taking a metal tree wall ornament, painting it gold or silver depending on your interior design space and using tiny clothes pins (found at local crafting store) attach old family portraits. I have ours hanging in the dining room so when the children get interested in gazing at it we can spark a conversation about long lost relatives and who they were connecting us to who they are.

On my bedside table now:

– The Positive Journal by Nancy F. Clark
– The Sell by Fredrik Eklund.

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Go through your apps and delete any that are not in use. Check on those too as some are charging you a monthly fee and if you are not actually using them then that’s money going down the drain.

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Write a Spring family cleaning contract with your children. Place such tasks as window washing and front door refreshing responsibilities in their children’s charge. Allow them to buy a few spring flowers and teach them about potting plants and watering them to keep them looking great. They will find a new sense of pride if they are a part of the appearance of their home.

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Drop by a friend’s house for a cup of tea. Bring some cookies and let them know how much they mean to you in your life!

Create some stir with your significant other by booking a staycation and planning a romantic night just for the two of you. Doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Just redirect your focus on yourselves!

As always spend some QT with your children at a place they will enjoy making memories. Go to the zoo or beach for a picnic and pictures!

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Alisa Murray’s Persian Rice with Cranberries and Pepitas

You’ll Need:
Basmati Rice 2 cups dry
1 box of chicken stock (I prefer bone broth)
Two cups of craisins
1 cup of pepita seeds
Three saffron threads
1 tablespoon of Turmeric
3 Tablespoons of fresh chopped parsley (less if you want the look and less of the taste)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups of water

In a rice cooker place the rice, stock, water, turmeric, saffron and set to cook.
Once finished add the crasins, pepitas and parsley stirring in the olive oil and “fluff.”