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Fantastic Find for Easter

These six vases are connected together in perfect harmony. Just add fresh flowers and voila! 

These link vases sell for $34.95 at www.cb2.com

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Simple Centerpieces

One of our favorite simple centerpieces perfect for an intimate dinner party.

What you need:

  • 2 glass vases (preferably rectangular or cylinder shaped) – the small one must fit inside the larger one
  • tinted water
  • pillar candle

Instructions:

Place the small vase inside the big vase then place a pillar candle in the small one. Pour tinted water between them and light the candle. A perfect combination of fire and water makes for a truly unique centerpiece.

(Read more at Marthastewart.com: Fire and Water - Martha Stewart Entertaining)

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Chocolate and Pistachio-Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

Makes about 20

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large strawberries (about 20), washed and dried well
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Place chocolate in a bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally, until melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. One at a time, dip each strawberry in chocolate, twirling to coat; then sprinkle chocolate-covered portion with pistachios, if using, and place on waxed paper.
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Goat Cheese, Cranberry, and Walnut Canapes

Serves 8 (makes 24 pieces)

Ingredients:

  • 24 walnut halves (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 24 thin slices whole-wheat baguette, from 1/2 baguette
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss nuts with 1 teaspoon oil and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside to cool.
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