Fruit & Chocolate Ladybugs

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Using a half strawberry and melted chocolate (melt chocolate in a crack pot for ease) make a line going down the back and dots along the side then at the top of the strawberry where the stem was add a dollop of melted chocolate and immediately add a blueberry. The best way to add the chocolate is let the chocolate cool and add to a freezer quality bag that has a very small hole cut at the tip.

Natural Way To Dye Easter Eggs

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With so many processed foods we eat and the idea that nature can create so much more than we know this graphic from www.YourbasedMom.com is very cool. Create beautiful hues by dying your Easter eggs using natural ingredients. Boil each ingredient independently until it comes to a hard boil and then let it sit. It is important that you leave the ingredient in the water as it cools but you can remove contents to a bowl on counter to do this. When the water is room temperature strain contents. Add white distilled vinegar 1/2 cup to three cups water. Use water/vinegar/ingredient combination to dye eggs. Let eggs sit to retain a deeper color.

Save cabbage, onion, turmeric, and paprika and use as a soup starter. Add shredded chicken, potatoes, carrots and chicken bouillon to create a great dish. Amounts and quantities are based upon your likes. You might also water to add a little butter and salt and pepper.

Jello Red, White and Blue Treats

946507_658314530865305_647629302_nUse disposable clear cups and make blue jello – pour to almost one-third level and chill. Repeat with a cool whip layer and then a red layer of jello. Chill. You can add fresh (wash and dry before using) in the blue layer before it has thickened completely. Before serving add a whipped topping and one blueberry to the top.

Red, White and Blue Parfait

480910_482141241859021_634181953_nMake these in small clear orange juice containers and chill ahead of time before your party starts. Use unflavored Greek yogurt and red jello and layer unit you are about two-thirds to the top. You can add blueberries to the top (make sure they are washed and dried before adding). Before you serve add a whipped topping. You could even add a few red, white and blue sprinkles to the top.

Fruit or Chocolate Christmas or New Years Tree

205131_468802453157303_1224834465_nHollow the core out of an apple. Insert carrot with thinnest section facing up and you can trim the ends of this. Stick as many toothpicks into the carrot and apple as you can. Stick kiwi, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cantaloupe and watermelon pieces on as you can onto the toothpicks. Top with a slice of cantaloupe you have cut into a star. You can also attach pieces of fudge, Hershey’s kisses, Rolos and small chocolates instead of fruit -or why not both – to make a great gift or centerpiece for your Christmas party.

Blueberry Tid-Bits

Here are a few nuggets of information to help you make the most of this glorious fruit.
• Blueberries belong to the same family as the wild huckleberry or azalea.
• The powdery gray-blue bloom on the sur­face of the skin helps the small berry retain its moisture after harvest.
• Blueberries do not ripen further after they’re picked.
•Blueberries aren’t as perishable as other berries and will keep about a week if handled properly. Place them in a plastic container and refrigerate as soon as possi­ble. Don’t wash berries until you’re ready to use them. (Added moisture will hasten growth of mold.)
•Washing blueberries before freezing results in toughening of their skin.
• A pint of blueberries serves four people generously.