Spring Spritzer

Ice Cube Ingredients:

  • Red or green seedless grapes
  • Water

Spritzer Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (24 oz) white grape juice (3 cups), chilled
  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen apple-grape-cherry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle club soda (1 liter or 4 cups), chilled

Directions:

  1. Place 2 to 3 grapes in each section of 2 ice cube trays.
  2. Fill trays with water; freeze.
  3. In 4-quart non-metal container or punch bowl, mix juice, juice concentrate and 1 cup water. Just before serving, add club soda; stir gently to blend. Add fruit-filled ice cubes.

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How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie is a French term that loosely translates to “pork butcher’s shop and delicatessan (deli).” the name was originally used to designate shops in the fifteenth-century France that sold pork products. Today, Charcuterie has become somewhat of an artform and is highly regarded in the culinary world.

There are many ways to build a Charcuterie board, but most commonly they consist of different types of meats, cheeses, olives, fruit, bread and crackers, nuts and a spread or two. With growing popularity, it is now becoming a common item on restaurant menus and is the perfect solution for feeding a group of people. Here are some tips for making the perfect Charcuterie board!

First, find a large wooden cutting board or serving platter to use for your arrangement. Then begin thinking about the different colors and textures you’d like to incorporate to create a great sensory experience. Don’t be afraid to stack – the board should look full!

Meats: When deciding the amount you will need, estimate about three to four slices per person. Be sure to include a variety of flavors and textures. (Suggestions: Salami, Prosciutto, Ham or Summer Sausage)

Cheese: You should estimate about one to two ounces of cheese per person and be sure to offer a variety of both hard and soft cheeses with varying sharpness. (suggestions: Sharp Cheddar, Brie, Muenster, Swiss or Gouda)

Bread and Crackers: It’s important to have a good variety of bread and crackers to pair with the salty meats. (Suggestions: Light & Buttery Crackers, Grain Crackers, Sliced French Baguette or Sliced Dark Rye Bread)

Fruit and Nuts: Have a selection of both fresh and dried fruits for a variety of textures and colors. Choose any variety of nuts, but they should be salted and shelled. (Suggestions: Fresh Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries or even Grape Tomatoes, Dried Apricots and Apples, Cashews, Almonds and Pistachios)

Pickles, Olives and Spreads: A great way to add more variety to your board is to fill small bowls with various dips/spreads, pickles or olives. (Suggestions: Black Olives, Kalamata Olives, Dill or Sweet Pickles, Spinach Dip, Aioli or Mustard)

http://www.spendwithpennies.com/how-to-make-a-charcuterie-board/

Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer!

Are you looking to make a statement this year with a beautiful patio or balcony full of flowers? Here are some of the best potted flowers that not only look great, but are easy to maintain.


Coral Bells have a whole lot of foliage with small flowers that sprout out over the leaves. It comes in a large variety of colors, ranging from a light peach to a deep red. It is best to keep Coral Bells in partial sunlight.

Angelonia is a tall growing plant that does well in the summer, because it needs full sun to thrive. It comes in pinks, mauves, deep purple, dark blues and white. Angelonia is very low maintenance as it continues to bloom all season without any attention.

Coleus is a warm climate plant. In tropical places, it can thrive year-round, but in most places, it is grown as a perennial. There are different varieties that come in countless colors and it’s important to “pinch” the old flowers to allow new ones to grow.

Hydrangea is a popular, timeless plant that is actually a type of shrub. The smaller varieties do really well in pots and get no taller than two or three feet. These flowers are great because they don’t require much sun and they come in many different bright colors!

Roses are often used in landscape planting, but many varieties do great in pots as well. Most modern roses don’t require a ton maintenance and are a great focal point for your patio or balcony. They should be kept in full sun if possible.

Begonias are sturdy flowers that do well in a pot or hanging planter. These flowers have a variety of leaf shapes and colors to choose from. They should be kept in partial sun with damp soil. Indoors, they will continue to bloom all year.

Euphorbia is a very tough plant, despite its soft, white appearance. It should be kept in a partly sunny to sunny location and can survive high heats or drought. It is a great low maintenance flower to add to a mixed pot.

Ornamental Peppers are a taller, fuller plant that maintains its color and has small peppers that ripen from black to red. They are great if you want to add some texture to your potted flowers. Be aware that although the peppers are edible, they are HOT and should be kept away from children and pets.

Nemesia can grow anywhere from six inches to three feet tall. They should be kept in partial to full sun and are generally a low maintenance plant that require an even amount of moisture to thrive. They come in a variety of colors like blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow!

Pansies come in a variety of colors and bloom mainly in the spring and fall. They grow to be about six to nine inches tall and come in many colors. They tend to do really well in places with more mild climates.

*Depending on your region, pots must be brought inside before the first frost to survive the winter.

Perfect Gifts For Mom on Mother’s Day

Surprise your mother this year with a unique gift that is sure to warm her heart! If you’re looking for the perfect gift that is unlike any other, check out sites like Uncommon Goods. This site provides a wide range of gift options for any occasion that range in prices to meet any budget. Below we have listed a few of our top picks for moms on Mother’s Day.

Is your mom a tea drinker? Well then, she will LOVE this gift. These handmade dissolvable tea drops are made from finely-sourced tea, sugar and spices. With a cup of hot water, your mom can enjoy a nice cup of tea in flavors like citrus ginger, blueberry, acai, rose earl grey, sweet peppermint and matcha green tea. The cute tea drops come in a wooden keepsake box.

Your mom can use this beautifully crafted board for all of her social gatherings with friends and family get togethers. It’s the perfect serving board for delicious snacks and is a great conversation piece. Each board is made by a family owned company in Dorset, VT.

This cute, custom necklace is perfect for all moms and is a fun way to display their affection for and always carry their “sweet peas” with them. Each necklace is handmade by an artist in the United States using Sterling Silver and Malaysian Jade.

This unique vase comes in a large size and a small size. Each “bubble” can hold a single stem or a small bunch of blossoms to make for a lovely centerpiece that your mom is sure to love.

For those moms with a green thumb, this is a perfect and thoughtful gift. This kit comes with everything needed to grow a forest of tiny Redwood and Moss trees. These little trees are ancestors of the giant California Redwoods and make a beautiful accessory to a kitchen window or desk.

Pets of the Month

Some people say that you don’t choose a pet, they choose you. Taco, our 5-year-old Maine Coon mix did just that. While at our local animal shelter we entered a small room full of free roaming cats. Taco, who was about 6 months old at the time, immediately ran to us and laid on our feet. When visiting the other cats in the room he followed closely and kept laying on our feet. We left the room and he jumped in the window to watch us walk around the rest of the shelter. He waited there until we circled back around soon after. We got near the door and he ran to greet us again. It was clear to us that he had chosen us to be his guardians. Nowadays he spends his time doing typical cat things… sleeping and eating in our home at The Dorchester in Dallas, TX. He waits for us to get home and demands attention and cuddles constantly. The terms needy and clingy would be understatements to his temperament.

Max is 13 years old and lives at Alpine Village in LaVista, NE. He greets everyone he meets and likes to take walks in the park. He loves to cuddle and loves massages. Max went through a lot the last few years with his ailments, but he is a fighter. He means the world to me.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!