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Gift Baskets for Grandparents

When it comes to gift giving and long distances it’s always important to make sure things will arrive on time. I like to give gifts for Easter to friends and family that don’t live near me. I usually send items via the post office. This time of year the line is not nearly as bad as it would be if I needed delivery before Christmas in December.

My grandparents are very special to me and I always remember to send them something. This year I’m sending them a homemade gift basket that Lady Bug and I put together. She drew a couple of pictures for both of them to hang on their refrigerator. She also painted a cute little plastic light catcher for a window. I’ve added a jar of my grandmother’s favorite blackberry jam and some of my grandfather’s favorite salami. It doesn’t sound like much but with the inclusion of a family picture of Lady Bug and I the basket is complete.

My grandparents are happy with nothing at all. I just like to send them a little something to let them know we are thinking about them.

Lost Keys Can Be Avoided

Right as you walk in my house I have a table that sits in the entry way. On the table is a small wicker basket that I always put my keys in as soon as I walk in the door. This simple little routine saves me a lot of time and headaches when it comes time to leave the house. I don’t have to spend forever searching for my keys or trying to remember where I may have seen them last.

Well, last night I got stuck in traffic and it took me a little longer than usual to get home. I ran straight to the bathroom as soon as I arrived and didn’t stop for anything… not even to put my keys down. Silly me took the keys and set them on the back of the toilet. It took me a good thirty minutes to find them when I went to leave for work this morning.

Moral of the story… ALWAYS put your keys in the same place every day to prevent losing your mind.

Grow Your Own Potatoes

Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. Today I learned that I can plant and grow potatoes in a bushel basket. I always thought I had to have a big garden with lots of space to grow potatoes.  Two potatoes plants can grow nicely in a bushel basket at about eight inches deep. Potatoes generally like cold so it’s good to plant them early in the year by February. It’s a little late this year as it’a already April.

This might be a fun project to use up some old potatoes next year. I bet Lady Bug would really get a kick out of growing her own potatoes. She loves to eat them already. With potatoes she grew on her own I can be certain that she would he eat tons more.

Fun Filling Easter Baskets

Putting together Easter Baskets is something I look forward to every year.  I like to get a really big wicker basket and decorate it with pretty pink and purple ribbons.  I stuff the basket with artificial grass and sometimes some Easter confetti.  This year I found some cute confetti that has little chicks, bunnies, and eggs.  They make a mess but are too cute.  I don’t ind vacuuming them up if they get all over the floor.

I went shopping yesterday to start getting all the pieces I plan to add to Lady Bug’s basket this year.  I found the most precious, plush, floppy bunny that I’ve ever seen.  It’s a pale brown color and has soft pink lining on his ears.  I also got a couple of neat little puzzles for her to put together. Because she’s so obsessed with princesses and ponies I got her one of each.  I also added in some containers with scented bubbles.  She can’t seem to stop smiling when bubbles are involved.  In addition to these I picked up some crayons,markers, and two coloring books.

To round out the basket filled with her favorite items, I added a few pieces of candy.  What would and Easter basket be without a chocolate bunny?  Of course I included the traditional marshmallow chicks and bunnies.  And more for me than her, I added a big bag of jelly beans.  I can’t seem to get enough of the little sugary bits.  She always shares them with me so I gave her a big bag.  I know she’ll love everything in basket this year.  I can’t wait to see her face when she gets it Easter morning when she finds it sitting out in the garden.