A Little Spring Fun: Steamed Mussels and Clams Recipe

by Alexandra Hedin

created at: 03/27/2012
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

The last three days I showed you how to start the evening off right with a fabulous little cocktail hour.  On lovely nights outside like this, I like to serve an easy main course that's more of a continuation of appetizers - Steamed Clams and Mussels are perfect.  

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A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!

by Alexandra Hedin

created at: 03/25/2012
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.   

Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza.  A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer.  I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.  

This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes.  Which means you have no excuse not to entertain!  Have fun, have a party!   

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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz

by Alexandra Hedin

created at: 03/25/2012
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

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17 Savvy Tips to Organize Your Life

by Living Savvy

created at: 03/27/2012

This Curbly guest post was written by Tiffany McLean of Living Saavy

I love it when my life and house are organized.  This month on Living Savvy, I dedicated all of March to organizing my life and space.  I attacked anything behind a close door!  I also asked a few other organized bloggers to share their own organizing secrets.  So, here are seventeen tips from the best of the blogosphere to get your life and home in order.  

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Bliss!

by Capree K

created at: 03/13/2012

Yesterday we had an interesting discussion about whether or not painting kitchen cabinets was a simple, one-weekend project.  On Twitter, this commonly-repeated idea was referred to as "commercial break cabinets" and "design on a crashing dime".  I'm here to burst a few bubbles and tell you that painting kitchen cabinets is absolutely NOT a one-weekend project.  But you know what?  It's still easy!  And doing it the right way first will save you time and money later.  That's a promise.  So, if you've got a few weekends set aside for the lowest-cost, biggest-impact change you can make to your kitchen (and I haven't scared you away yet), read on!   

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Coasters and Trivets: The Magic of Modular

by Craftmel

created at: 03/13/2012

When I was a little girl, my grandpa would keep us spell-bound by inexplicably pulling off his thumb and putting it back on again.  I remember when he revealed the secret that his thumb was simply bent and hiding behind his other fingers.  I suddenly could see the illusion (and realized that's why his actual stump of a ring finger could never be put back together!) and it was easy to replicate his little trick.  

When I saw these modular coasters from How About Orange, it made me think of good ol' grandpa and his finger trick- except this time, it is all in felt.  

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Make It: DIY Paint-Dipped Wooden Utensils!

by Capree K

created at: 03/01/2012

The paint-dipping craze isn't going anywhere anytime soon, kids.  Which is a-okay in my book (I secretly love it... okay it's not really that big of a secret).  If you feel compelled to dip everything within a 5 mile radius in paint as well, you'll love this DIY idea!   

Wooden spatulas and utensils can be found here.  After that, all you need is some craft paint in your color(s) of choice and some food-safe...

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Free Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet (and Check List)!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet (free download!)

Hello March! It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we have lots of great stuff planned for you guys in the next few weeks. To start it off, we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze (these are from last year, but they're still awesome). The first: a check list and cheat sheet for the heart of the home - your kitchen.

Read on to find out how to download the...

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