Bountiful Tastings: Baby Shower Fruit Baskets

 
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    A bountiful fruit plate is a light and healthy dish perfect for any spring baby shower. Rather than simply placing fruit on a platter, you can transform your fruit display into a fun decorative item that matches the shower’s theme. Add a truly unique design to your baby shower buffet with these fun ideas. Why put fruit in an ordinary bowl when you can serve it in a baby fruit carriage? Starting with a watermelon, cut off most of the top half of the melon, leaving a small overhang that looks like the hood of the carriage. Then, scoop out the watermelon, leaving a light pink coating. Afterwards, finish the carriage with four wheels made of orange slices. Inside, transform a peeled cantaloupe into an adorable baby’s face, using blueberries or grapes for eyes, a melon ball for a nose and placing a pacifier where the lips should go. Put the face at the top of the watermelon carriage and fill the rest with an assortment of your favorite fruits. Cute animal designs are always a great option for baby showers You can make a fun fruit frog by topping half an apple with two marshmallows for eyes …
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Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

 
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      April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.   Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:   Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals. Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food. When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties. Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies! Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits. What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? …
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Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids

 
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          Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child’s unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year’s spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas. For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads. If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket. Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves. Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, …
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