Home Activities to Make Easter More Fun for the Family

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Painting and decorating Easter eggs is of course a timeless tradition you could do with your family for this favorite spring holiday. But if you want your Easter weekend to be a tad bit different this year, you can definitely do other activities besides getting your eggs and coloring materials ready for decorating. 

As always, Cali Home Goods has got you covered! Aside from these amazing Easter deals, we’ve got here a few of our favorite Easter Sunday activities you could try doing with your families:


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Spring Easter Tree

The Easter Tree tradition is actually centuries old and is said to have originated from Germany. Just like decorating your Christmas Tree, your kids will love doing this activity with you. All you need to do is gather up bare branches or a small twig tree, a big enough vase or pot to hold up your tree, eggs, and your coloring and decorating materials. Paint the tree branches, decorate your eggs before hanging them, and then you can add other adornments like wishes or candies for the whole family.


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Easter Bingo

If you want your little ones to be exhausted the night before Easter Sunday so you’re sure they’ll doze off early and wake up early for Easter morning, then do this fun activity with them. Just print off bingo cards in a colorful Easter design, of course. Then, use jelly beans or small robin eggs as markers. You may use numbers or simply Easter images for the bingo game, totally up to you. The whole family will definitely have fun playing this before bedtime!


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Easter Bunny Footprints

Another fun activity that’s similar to Christmas (Santa’s Footprints), is this adventure hunt featuring the Easter bunny. Just imagine your kids’ faces-- getting up from their beds all sleepy and then seeing the Easter bunny’s trails. And once they follow these footprints (they’re made from flour or baby powder btw so you won’t have to worry about cleaning up after), a magical basket of Easter goodies await them. What a cute and fun way to start off your Easter morning!


Bubble Wrap vs. Cushion Foam: Which is Better?

Whether you’re moving into a new home, sending precious gifts overseas, shipping items you’ve sold online, or just need to put some seasonal items in the storage, it is but essential that you know the right way to protect and pack those items so that they’ll remain unscathed and in one piece once unwrapped.

Bubble wrap and cushioning foam are without a doubt the most popular materials used for shipping, moving, packing, and protecting many types of items, big and small. But come to think of it, choosing between the two is not much of a serious task, right? Because more often than not, people choose one over the other using the most basic criteria like personal preference, availability, or budget.

Now what if you’re given both, for free, no matter how much you of it you need, do you know which one you should really choose? Don’t panic just yet, because we’re here to help you out. Read on and in no time you’ll have a better understanding on which of the two is really better.


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Classic Bubble Wrap

Aside from the joy it gives kids (and even adults) when they pop those endless plastic circles, bubble wraps have been around for many decades because of the excellent protection it gives. This ‘plastic sheet of air bubbles’ keeps items secure by absorbing the shock and keeping the item suspended.

PROS

  • The evenly-distributed air-filled bubbles provide the ultimate protection against shocks and vibrations. It can event prevent a fragile item from breaking in case it’s accidentally dropped or toppled over.

  • Because of the air bubbles, it is thicker and heavy duty

  • The soft plastic material plus the air bubbles make it snugly to easily fit any shape.

  • It is lightweight and does not really that much weight to total shipment

  • Not as expensive as other wrapping materials

  • It is fun for everyone.

  • It is reusable.

CONS

  • It is bulky; takes up too much space - if you’re planning on saving on shipping boxes, that is

  • Not as delicate and presentable - especially when you’re shipping out products to customers

  • Will easily lose its purpose once the all the bubbles are popped or has developed holes over time

  • Not biodegradable


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Sleek Cushion Foam

Though technically thinner, that doesn’t automatically mean cushion foam pouches or sheets are less effective in protecting items. Instead of those larger poppable bubbles, foam sheets are made and filled with millions of tiny air cells, allowing for effective cushioning and protection without the bulk.

PROS

  • It’s soft and smooth--making it more gentle to the surfaces it protects. It won’t scratch or smudge the surfaces making it perfect for fine artwork, collectibles, and your most delicate belongings.

  • As it’s thinner, it wraps more closely around the item providing protection even against dust and dirt.

  • Takes up less space than other cushioning and padding materials--letting you save on moving boxes and packaging

  • Allows dishes and other regular-shaped items to be easily stacked or bundled together

  • Super lightweight but extremely resilient and durable

  • Can be reused for many home hacks, crafts and DIY projects

  • Provides excellent shock absorption

  • Gives thermal insulation to items that are sensitive to temperature

CONS:

  • Not as heavy duty to protect bigger appliances, auto parts, and heavy items

  • As it’s thinner it may be easily torn by sharp objects

  • Not biodegradable


The Verdict

As you may have guessed it, there’s really no winner. The key here is to determine what kind of cushioning and protection each item needs. For example, if you’re bringing with you your china collection to your new home, and you want all of them to stay in one box, then Cushion Moving Sheets or Pouches are your best bet. But if let’s say you’re shipping a large machine part, then you could go with the classic bubble wrap.

Now whichever between the two you think you really need, we just have one last piece of advice for you: see to it that you’re choosing a protective accessory or packaging supply of the best quality. Yes, budget is an important factor. But always go with the one you’re sure with when it comes to quality. You don’t want to settle in your new home only to find out your precious belongings are damaged or broken, right?

Spring-Inspired DIY Spice Mixes to Stock Up On

If you seriously want to up your kitchen game, it doesn’t have to be difficult nor complicated. Because the truth is, you can level up your spring table by cooking dishes using your own spice mixes!

Yes, there are lots of different kinds of seasoning blends, rubs, and spice mixes you can find in the market..they’re good alright, but they can be more expensive. Using the spices you have in your pantry, you can make these perfectly delicious seasoning mixes without a fuss!

Here’s 3 of our favorite spice mixes that are perfect for the lovely spring time...so grab those grinders, food processors, or mortar-and-pestle ready, and get mixin!


Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Have a thing for pies, pastries, cakes, and lattes, most especially during spring, then you need to have this spice mix in your kitchen, stat!


Just mix:  1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground mace, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Blend or whisk well, and store in an airtight container.


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Classic Steak Seasoning Mix

Let’s admit it. The lovely breezy springtime always makes us want to call friends and loved ones for a backyard soiree. Now whether you’re planning to have a backyard grill party or a simple brunch, this seasoning spice mix is but perfect!

Just get: 4 tbsp coarse salt, 1 tbsp course cracked black pepper, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp paprika, 1/2 tbsp granulated garlic, 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary, lightly crushed, 1/2 tbsp crushed red chili flakes, and 1/2 tbsp dried thyme. Mix everything well, and store in an airtight glass container.


Homemade Ranch Seasoning Blend

When a spring day simply calls for some relaxing, binge-watching on Netflix, and chillin’ at your crib, don’t you just want to munch on those chips, veggie sticks, and other snacks? Seriously, this spice mix will get your snack game on! You can use this for cooking or even mixed with your favorite mayo, Greek yogurt or sour cream.


All you need is: 1/3 cup dry powdered buttermilk, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon dried chives, and 1 teaspoon salt. Just pulse in your food processor then store in an airtight jar.


Tasty Recipes Inspired by the Founding Fathers

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson is actually America’s first epicurean (or foodie as the Millennials would call it)? When it comes to pleasures of dining, TJ has just got an extraordinary and undisputed taste. In fact, he travelled Europe and collected a series of handwritten recipes of all the dishes he tasted (and loved) in France.

As we celebrate the Founding Father-slash-connoisseur’s birthday this April, allow us to share with you some of the recipes that’ll give you an idea of what Thomas Jefferson loved to have on his table. Here are 3 easy and tasty dishes you can try so you can have a feel of TJ’s gastronomic adventures:


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Charred Spring Peas, Mortadella & Ricotta Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 4-ounce piece of mortadella, cut into ¾-inch cubes

  • 4 ounces ricotta salata, cut into ½-inch cubes

  • 2 cups fresh shelled peas (or 2 cups frozen peas)

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 medium garlic cloves, very finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat until the skillet starts to smoke, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mortadella and stir occasionally. Once it starts to render its fat, after about 3 minutes, add the ricotta salata. Once the cheese begins to blacken around the edges, after about 3 minutes, use a slotted spoon to transfer it to a large plate.

To the same skillet used for the mortadella and ricotta salata, add the peas. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the peas are blistered and charred, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the olive oil over the peas and return the mortadella and ricotta salata to the skillet along with the lemon zest, parsley and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, divide among 4 plates and serve.


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Salmon and Veggies in Parchment

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or more)

  • 6 small potatoes

  • 10 spears asparagus

  • 2 (8 ounce) skinless, boneless, center-cut salmon fillets

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Take two pieces of parchment paper, fold in half, and cut a half-circle starting at each crease. They should look similar to a heart-shape when unfolded. Coat each piece of parchment with olive oil on both sides.

Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add asparagus, and cook uncovered until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes until cold to stop the cooking process. Once the asparagus is cold, drain well, and set aside.

Place 1 salmon fillet, half the asparagus, and half the potatoes in the middle of one side of a prepared parchment paper. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Fold the other half of the circle over and seal parchment edge by making overlapping folds around the edge. At the end, fold the last crease in the opposite direction of the rest to ensure it seals. Repeat with the second piece of prepared parchment and remaining ingredients. Place pouches on a baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before cutting open parchment. The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork.

Best if served with light aioli sauce, lemon juice, and garlic bits. Enjoy!


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Skillet Apple Cobbler with Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups apple, chopped(470 g)

  • ½ cup sugar (100 g)

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup lemon juice (60 mL)

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 box yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup chopped pecans (125 g)

  • ½ cup butter, cut into slices (110 g)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC).

In a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat, add the apples, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, spices, and salt. Mix to combine and stir for 5-10 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. Let simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.

Sprinkle the box cake mix over the apple filling. Add the nuts and evenly distribute the sliced butter over the top to ensure even baking.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until the top is golden brown.

Serve warm with ice cream. Enjoy ‘till the last bit!


Even if you’re busy with school or work, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these delicious recipes when you’re out of the house. All you need is a reliable lunch box or meal container just like the CHG Bento Lunch Containers! You can easily fit all these 3--yes, including the dessert (but minus the ice cream)!

Easier Ways to Put Greenery In Your Home

Creating the coziest and happiest-looking home isn’t that difficult. Forget the fancy-shmancy expensive home decor, and just think of one thing: greenery. Yes, plants.

Bringing a touch of nature into your home will not only make it lovelier but more importantly, it’ll just make your home environment naturally calmer, more relaxed, more productive, and of course, happier.

And don’t fret if you think you have a brown thumb or you aren’t that confident with your DIY or decorating skills, because we’ve got you covered. Here are a few tips to help you easily bring the outside in and make your place a lil’ more green:


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Make Use of Display Space

Don’t just think window sills. Make use of other display spaces in your home like your picture ledge, fireplace mantle, book shelf, or even your bed’s headboard. As small or narrow they could be, you may still adorn them with gorgeous plants like eucalyptus, succulents, cacti, and more. Keep the rest of the decor (if any) neutral so that the plant will stand out.


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Make a Rustic Plant Basket

If you’re feeling a bit more of the rustic chic vibe, then this plant basket is perfect for your home. Whether spring, summer or fall, this lovely plant basket will surely be an eye-catcher and conversation-starter whenever you have guests. A pumpkin basket is perfect for this look, but feel free to use any other rustic basket (or a woven bag will do too) that you already have. Any green plant will do, just make the arrangement look more plump and bountiful by adding elements like straw wheat, flowers, etc.


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Grow What You Can Eat

If you’re not much of the craftsy-decorator type of home owner, then maybe this idea’s perfect for you. Growing herbs like basil, thyme, parsley, and rosemary is so much easier than you think. Now if you don’t want these herb plant pots to occupy space in your kitchen counter, then you can do a vertical herb garden like this.


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Create Floating Greenery

Give the plant-inside-a-pillar-candle-holder a nice twist and take your greenery decor to a different level by creating floating greenery. Try this trick: a simple floating candlestick centerpiece with simple greens floating in the water. Just grab those old clear liquor bottles, add water, put your rosemary, fern, or magnolia leaves, then seal with a candlestick--voila! You already have a simple yet lovely centerpiece that your guests will absolutely love!


Pair it With Macrame

Aerial plants and succulents are incredibly easy to keep alive indoors. So if you really want to brighten up your space by giving it a touch of nature, then hanging these low-maintenance plants are your best bet. And to give it a modern chic style, pir with macrame hangers just like this one. Another good thing about this is that it’s easy to replace the plants whenever you feel like it--no need to change pots!

Your home deserves nothing less. Create that modern, dreamy and elegant bohemian vibe in your humble abode with help from the California Home Goods Macrame Plant Shelf Hanger. Hung off a hook in your wall or ceiling, this simple yet lovely accessory is perfect to showcase succulents, air plants, and other greenery in your home.

Fiber Rich Recipes That'll Make You Want to Eat Breakfast Daily

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We all know that breakfast being the most important meal of the day isn’t fake news. But when life throws too much on our plates, we tend to forget the simple yet essential things in life--sadly, that includes taking care of our health. Most of us are guilty of taking a pass at it by drinking a cup of coffee or worse, skipping it.

Even if you do manage to grab a bite before heading off to work or to school - whether it’s toting on a granola bar in the car, grabbing a bacon and a slice of bread on your commute, or dipping your hand into that box of donuts an officemate has brought to work - you gotta be honest: that’s not going to cut it. That is not the proper breakfast your body needs to keep you fueled for the whole day and at the same time help you be healthy.

The time between breakfast and lunch really isn’t that long. But it will sure feel like it if you do not have enough fiber in your breakfast meal. Yes, fiber. Apart from what you think about fiber (the one helping you get regular bowel movements), it also keeps you full for much longer. That is why fiber is simply a must for those who are trying to lose weight or simply cutting down on food intake.

That said, allow us to inspire you to eat hearty, healthy, and fiber-rich breakfast meals more regularly by giving you these easy and tasty recipes:


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OCB PANCAKES (OATMEAL, CHEESE, BANANA)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/2 medium banana

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 large egg whites (or 1 egg)

  • 1/4 cup fat free (or low-fat) cottage cheese

  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • Optional toppings: blueberries, peanut butter, chocolate chips, maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.

Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter or cooking spray and heat over medium low heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cup onto skillet. Add desired toppings such as chocolate chips or blueberries. Cook until bubbles appear on top. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more cooking spray and remaining batter. Makes 3-4 pancakes.


ON-THE-GO BREAKFAST BURRITO

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1/4 cup baby spinach

  • ⅛ cup alfalfa sprouts

  • 1 tbsp salsa

  • 1 high fiber wrap - multigrain or whole wheat tortilla

  • 2 tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Coat a small skillet lightly with olive oil or cooking spray and set it over medium heat. When the pan is warm, add the eggs and spinach. Cook, stirring, until the eggs are soft but fully cooked and the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in salsa. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat the wrap in the microwave for about 10 seconds until warm. Spread cheese evenly along the center of the warm tortilla and top with the egg mixture and alfalfa sprouts. Fold in the sides of the wrap and then roll up tightly from the bottom. Eat immediately or pack it to work. Enjoy!


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CORN FRITTERS WITH TOMATO & LIME

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, halved (about 1 pound)

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided

  • 2.25 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 ears)

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green onions

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cold water

  • 4 cups loosely packed arugula

  • 4 (1/4-ounce) slices prosciutto

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 385 degrees F.  Arrange tomato halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Drizzle tomatoes with 1 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake at 375° for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and have lost a lot of their moisture.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup then level with a knife. Combine flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add milk and egg; stir until smooth. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, corn, green onions, and salt.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Drop batter by level tablespoonfuls into pan to make 6 fritters; cook 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges are golden. Carefully turn fritters over; cook 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat procedure with remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil and remaining batter.

Combine mayonnaise, juice, garlic, and water. Place 1 fritter on each of 4 plates. Top each with 1 tomato half and 1/2 cup arugula. Repeat layers with remaining fritters, tomato halves, and arugula, ending with fritters. Top each serving with 1 prosciutto slice; drizzle with 4 teaspoons aioli.


All these 3 recipes are hearty and packed with fiber. But if you think this should still not suffice your fiber needs (like if you’re constipated or bloated), eat more meals like this and take our proprietary blend fiber capsules. That combo is a real winner!

Fun & Unique Easter Egg Designs You Can Make This Year

Whether you think it’s just a right of passage or it’s simply a fun activity for the kids, nothing is ever going to change the fact that making and decorating eggs is something that everyone looks forward to doing every Easter. But since this is a timeless spring tradition, we’re pretty sure all will agree with us when say-- the only hard part about making Easter eggs is figuring out what theme you’ll go with this year or which designs you haven’t done yet in the past.

The design possibilities are just endless after coloring your those hard-boiled or blown out eggs with food color. So to save you the time and effort, allow us to give you inspiration on some of the most unique Easter egg designs you can actually go with this year.

Besides those single-color, once-dipped Easter eggs, here are some of the designs and ideas that we’re totally lovin’ right now:


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Sunny Bright Gradient Eggs

If you’re really serious about making your Easter eggs a little brighter this year, then this is the design you should definitely go for. Those with crafty hands will definitely need to put it more skill and attention to do this leveled-up ombre eggs but this kind of work will of course pay off once you see the results.

Mix colors using ⅓ tsp (¼ tsp for yellow) gel food coloring, enough warm water to cover eggs and 1 tsp white vinegar. Dip egg fully in dye and let dry. Dip the egg again ¾ of the way into the dye and let dry. Repeat in quarterly increments. Of course you can do this in any shade or color that you like.

Source:https://www.womansday.com/home/crafts-projects/g1751/easy-easter-crafts/?slide=42&thumbnails=


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Pantone Paint Eggs

Millennials will have some serious fun making or even just looking at these Easter eggs that seem like Pantone color swatches. Just do your research on recent years’ winning Pantone shades, and color your eggs with them! You may even add the Pantone code or label for a more professional look!

Just mix the gel food coloring with warm water and vinegar to achieve the Pantone shades you need - one cup (small enough not to fit the whole egg) per color/dye. Now dye your boiled eggs by letting them stand vertically inside the cup of dye. Now if you’d like to put the Pantone label, just print the words and codes backwards on inkjet temporary tattoo paper so you could transfer/stick it on to the egg.

Source: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2012/04/diy-pantone-easter-eggs.html


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Marble Polish Eggs

Your personal collection of nail polish will definitely come in handy for this design. You may either do this on plain white boiled eggs or even in colored ones (just in case you’ve already dyed some eggs with food coloring).

It’s simple, actually. Just pour a few drops of any color/s of nail polish onto a bowl of water. Put your creativity to test as the nail polish swirls will result in varying marbleization effects. Then carefully submerge the egg into the water until it’s completely covered. Quickly pull out. Then set aside the egg to dry.

If you’d like to change colors, just scoop out the nail polish from the water surface and repeat steps. Prepare to use some gloves so you won’t have to use up a ton of nail polish remover after the whole process.

Source: https://camillestyles.com/design/diy-marbleized-easter-eggs/


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Mermaid Easter Eggs

If you think you’ve already done enough pastel, neon, and bright colored Easter eggs for the past years, then it’s time you go metallic! Make your Easter eggs look a tad bit more dreamy by creating these mermaid-inspired eggs.

Cover each plain white or already-colored boiled egg with netting or an unused fishnet stockings. And secure with a rubber band. Apply metallic nail polish on to the netted egg using a sponge. Or if you have an airbrush kit, you may use the Chefmaster Airbrush Metallic Food Colors. Sprinkle edible silver dust on a table napkin and gently roll the painted egg in (without removing the net yet). Blow dust off and remove the netting.

Source: https://everydayshortcuts.com/mermaid-easter-eggs/


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Cheeseburger Slider Eggs

If you don’t think these burger slider eggs are just some of the cutest Easter eggs you’ve ever seen, we honestly don’t know what is! Well apart from them being really cute and unique, they’re just the perfect idea to make if what have in your pantry or fridge are brown eggs--no need to recolor!

The double-sided edible food markers from Chefmaster will make these a lot easier to create. Just draw on the hamburger patty, tomato, and sesame seeds directly on to the egg. Cut out small triangles from yellow paper for the cheese, then use green streamers (tissue paper-like) for the lettuce. Glue them to each egg, and you’re done!

Source: https://studiodiy.com/2016/03/21/diy-burger-easter-eggs/

New Healthy Taco Recipes You’d Want to Try

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Know someone who doesn’t love tacos? Well we sure don’t! As these Mexican staple is too far a cry from the unappetizing and fattening fast-food of choice, tacos are now a Tuesday (or everyday) staple and well-loved gourmet treat for foodies all over the world.


But while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the classic beefy and cheesy recipe, there are actually plenty more ways to spice things up a bit and make it more fit for your healthier lifestyle. Check these 3 delicious new recipes we have perfect for the taco-lover-slash-health-buff:


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Salmon Pomegranate Taco

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 ounces salmon (slice it thin!)

  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder

  • 1 teaspoon Spanish paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 6 corn tortillas, warmed in using our oven-safe taco holders to maintain that easy-to-eat shape

  • Roasted jalapeno peppers sliced, for serving

  • 2 avocados peeled and pitted

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped + more as needed

  • Juice from half a lime

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • Seeds from 1 pomegranate

Make your guacamole first. To a large bowl, add avocados and lime juice. Mash with a fork. Add cilantro and salt. Mix well. Taste and adjust for lime juice and salt. Top with pomegranate seeds and set aside until ready to use.

Next, rub down the salmon on each side with ancho powder, paprika and cumin. Heat your pan to medium heat and add a bit of olive oil.Sear each side of the salmon about 3 minutes per side, or until salmon is cooked through.

No need to remove the tortillas from the taco holders after removing them in the oven. Rough chop the salmon and divide it between the 6 warmed corn tortillas. Top with the pomegranate guacamole and slices of roasted jalapeno peppers. Serve and enjoy!


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Skillet Veggie Taco

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 red bell peppers, coarsely chopped

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 1 to 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 3/4 cup sweet white wine

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach

  • 12 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas, warmed

  • 1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese (optional)

Sauté the red bell peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers in hot oil in a skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add cumin and oregano; sauté 2 minutes.

Stir in wine; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Add beans, and cook until thoroughly heated. Add spinach; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Serve in warm tortillas using these amazing taco holders then top with cheese, if desired.


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Keto Cheese Taco Cups

INGREDIENTS

For the Cheese Cups:

  • 6–8 slices of colby jack cheese, or preferred cheese

For the Taco:

  • ¼ kilo ground chicken

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • Taco seasoning

  • Salt and pepper, if preferred

  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced

  • 3 tbsp diced red onion

  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno, diced finely

  • Juice from 1 lime

  • 3 tbsp cilantro

For the Topping:

  • Sour cream

  • Guacamole (optional)

Saute garlic and ground chicken in olive oil until reduced. Put in some taco seasoning powder. When desired taste is achieved, remove from heat and take out all excess oil.

Make your salsa by mixing tomatoes, red onions, jalapenos, lime juice, and cilantro. Set aside in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place slices of cheese on parchment lined baking sheet with few inches in between slices. Bake for about 5 minutes or until bubbly and just starting to brown at the edges. Remove baking sheet and let cool a couple of minutes. Carefully pick up slices and place in muffin tin to form a cup shape, let cool additional 10 minutes


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Assemble your cups and fill each one with your meat, salsa, and toppings. If you think cups are just too small or too many for you to make, use these stainless taco holders to form your cheese tortillas instead.

Serve and enjoy!