Great Easter Gifts

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The best items to gift during Easter

This Easter, give more than just delicious chocolates to important people in your life; they will really appreciate the gesture.

Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Wooden Dominoes Game at John Lewis
This collection of wooden dominoes feature different types of illustrations, such as that of Peter Rabbit plus a watering can against backgrounds in colors such as yellow and jade – a great present this Easter for a friend’s child.

Large Peter Rabbit at M&S
This Peter Rabbit plush toy is very cute (and big): it is light brown in color and wears a blue-colored (removable) jacket (with golden buttons); the plush toy also has a sketch of Peter Rabbit underneath it’s right foot plus the words ‘M&S Est. 1884’ underneath its left foot – a great present for anybody who loves to own plush toys.

Hilltop Garden Collection: Salad Plates at Pottery Barn
This collection of salad plates feature beautiful artworks of animals (swans, chicks, a brown rabbit and a white rabbit) amidst flowers in colors such as blue, red, white plus yellow – a great present for someone you know who loves to often throw dinner parties.

Rae Dunn Spring Enamel Tray at Kirklands
This tray is made from metal and it is white in color; it has a nice black trim plus handles and also features a brown Easter basket containing many colorful eggs (in shades such as blue and teal) atop the word ‘Spring’ (in the color black) – it is a great item to serve food in and will make a good present for someone you know who loves to often host barbecues.

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Salmon Burgers

Salmon burger
Salmon Burger

Salmon burgers can be eaten both during lunch and dinner; they are healthy alternatives to meat burgers. The ingredients which are required to make salmon burgers are: two hamburger buns, one (deboned) salmon, one egg, one tomato, one red onion, two lettuce leaves, three teaspoons of white pepper, four teaspoons of vegetable oil, mayonnaise and a tin of breadcrumbs (for example: Jason Bread Crumbs – Plain).

Firstly, place the salmon into a mixer with the white pepper, breadcrumbs and egg and make a paste. Secondly, make two round patties out of the paste. Thirdly, take a frying pan and heat the vegetable oil in it; after the oil has heated up, add the patties to it and cook until both of its sides are golden brown in color. Fourthly, add mayonnaise on the insides of both the hamburger buns. And finally, cut the tomato and the onion into circular pieces and place them inside the buns with the patties plus the lettuce leaves. Serve the salmon burgers warm.

Anthropologie’s Summer Outdoor Collection

Anthropologie has launched an outdoor collection for Summer 2019 and it comprises of many beautiful weather-resistant pieces. The collection incorporates rattan furniture pieces, such as chairs, and was influenced by the natural world. Some of the pieces which are part of the collection are as follows:

  • Vallarta Stool: The stool comes in four different colors: blue, pink, grey plus citron and it is very artsy in design; the stool is handcrafted plus manufactured from ceramic.
  • Handcarved Lotus Daybed: The daybed has been designed with nice flowers and it is manufactured from teak wood; it was influenced by flowers native to Myanmar.
  • Woven Bistro Dining Chair: The dining chair was manufactured from rattan and it features a chequered design; also, it comes in two different colors (black and blue) plus the design of the chair pays tribute to Parisian cafes.
  • Woven Bistro Indoor/Outdoor Bar Cart: The bar cart has been manufactured from rattan and it has a storage space for whisky bottles plus two shelves for drinking glasses.

Dolce and Gabbana X Smeg

Dolce and Gabbana (a luxury fashion label) have launched a collection with Smeg (a manufacturer of home appliances). This is not the first-time the two Italian brands have collaborated together: they had also previously worked together (in 2016) on a collection centered on (colorful) fridges. The newest collection is called ‘Sicily Is My Love’: it comprises of a very colorful range of mini kitchen appliances, such as juicers and toasters, hoods, fridges plus cookers. Some of the items which makeup the collection are as follows:

  • Espresso Coffee Machine: a red coffee machine featuring illustrations of a mask and a horse-drawn cart.
  • Refrigerator with Sicilian cart decorations: a blue-and-white refrigerator featuring illustrations of the Sicilian coast plus an Ancient Greek temple.
  • Hood with majolica decorations: a blue-and-white kitchen hood featuring an illustration of a very old temple which has been destroyed; the temple used to serve as a refuge during the 1300s.
  • Kitchen with Sicilian cart decorations: a yellow cooker which has been decorated with various other colors as well, such as red and green.

The collection was inspired by Italian customs: one part of the collection was influenced by puppet theater and carts which have been hand-painted and the other part was influenced by majolica (a type of pottery).

Fried Cod (with Potatoes)

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Cod Fish

Fried cod (with potatoes) can be eaten both during lunch and dinner. You can also serve the dish to guests at a party if they like to eat fish. The ingredients which you will need to make fried cod (with potatoes) are as follows: 5 cod fillets, 7 tsp olive oil, 4 knobs of butter, 6 spring onions, 1 carton of cream (for example: Garelick Farms All Natural Heavy Cream), lemon juice (from 1 lemon), coriander leaves, potatoes, salt plus pepper.

Firstly, boil the potatoes in a cooking pot. Occasionally, insert a fork into the potatoes to check if they are tender; when they are, stop boiling them. Secondly, add the potatoes to another cooking pot and cook them with coriander leaves, butter, lemon juice plus cream. Thirdly, mix the cod fillets with salt plus pepper. Finally, heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the cod fillets to it; fry the cod fish until they are golden on both sides. Serve the fried cod fish (with the potatoes and diced spring onions) hot.

Strawberry Cake

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How to make strawberry cake

Strawberry cake is a great dessert option; you can have a slice of strawberry cake right after your main meals and between meals as a snack too. The ingredients which you will need to make strawberry cake are as follows: strawberries, four eggs, three cups of sugar, oil, white cake mix (for example: Pillsbury White Cake Mix), cream cheese (for example: Crystal Farms Cream Cheese), strawberry gelatin (for example: Royal Gelatin, Strawberry) and strawberry frosting (for example: Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Strawberry Flavoured Frosting).

Firstly, add strawberries plus water to a blender and make a puree. Secondly, mix some of the puree with the white cake mix plus gelatin in a bowl; add one quarter of a cup of water and half a cup of oil to the mix and whip it. Thirdly, pour the mix inside two greased cake pans and bake it into cakes for somewhere around twenty-five minutes.

Following that beat the remaining puree with cream cheese, sugar plus strawberry frosting in a bowl to create a mixture. Finally, place one of the cakes on a cake serving tray and spread the mixture on the top (of the cake); add the second cake on top of the first cake and spread the mixture both on the top plus on the sides. Serve slices of the cake cold.

Bookcases

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The best bookcases to get

This winter, there is a bookcase in the market for you, irrespective of whether you live in a large house or small house; all of the bookcases have sufficient stocking space as well for all your storage needs.

Knox Tall Storage Bookcase at Crate and Barrel
This bookcase provides ample shelf space: it has three drawers plus a cabinet. The bookcase has been manufactured from walnut wood and also has contrasting black-colored iron frames – it is perfect for anyone who is squeezed for space inside their house.

Benchwright Bookcase at Pottery Barn
This bookcase has been manufactured out of poplar wood. It also has a mahogany finish, four rectangular shelves plus a big cross at the back of the bookcase – it is just perfect for anybody who loves to have contemporary furniture inside their house.

Menneken Ladder Bookcase at Wayfair
This bookcase is in the shape of a ladder: it has five rungs for your books; choose the bookcase with a cherry finish if you love contemporary design and don’t have plenty of room to spare inside your house for a bookcase.

Couple Bookcase at Roche Bobois
The bookcase has many shelves which are arranged in six rows plus three columns; the bookcase also has three drawers and an ash wood finish – it is just perfect for anybody who loves traditional design and is in need of a very big bookcase to store their book collection.