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Get Your Table Ready For Spring

Get Your Table Ready For Spring

Bring warmth into the house with these adorable runners

You can spring your table ahead with these gorgeous linens.

Ok, so we know that the weather isn’t quite where we want it to be. It’s still rather chilly outside for most of us and Mother Nature isn’t showing enough signs of warming up just yet. But you can bask in the glory of spring, despite the brisk weather outside. How, you ask? With a pop of color and a few festive linens, you can make your table look like spring is in full bloom. Add a vase of fresh blossoms and you’ll think it is 20 degrees warmer outdoors! Check out our favorite Etsy finds so you can start “growing” your spring table look.

Birdy Blossom

What says spring more than the birds chirping and fresh vines swaying? This burlap runner will harken to all of that and more for a bright table that will work in any rustic kitchen. (Available for $29.99)

Contemporary Cool
With bright colors, shapes, and floral designs, it’ll be hard to dwell on your winter blues while this is decorating your table. (Available for $21.00)

Vintage Floral
Victorian, regal, and blushing pink, this runner will look great for all of those sweet tea luncheons in the warm weather. (Available for $32.00)

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50 Fun Easter Cakes the Whole Family Can Make Together

Grab some Easter candy and baking supplies, and get ready to be inspired by these decorating ideas!

A huge part of celebrating Easter is gathering with your loved ones for a nice family meal around the table. And though the Easter lunch or dinner is definitely something to look forward to, everyone knows that the main event is what comes after: Easter dessert.

This year, elevate your Easter dessert offerings with a delicious Easter cake. These spring cake recipes will not only look amazing on your dessert table, but they'll also taste so good you'll want to make them year-round. Whether you enjoy classic springtime flavors like carrot cake and lemon-blueberry cake, or you want something that evokes the beautiful pastel colors of the holiday like strawberry cake, there is an Easter cake recipe on this list for you.

So this year, add baking a cake for your Easter dessert table to your list of classic Easter activities, and get ready to have a whole lot of fun in the kitchen &mdash and even more fun eating the amazing dessert you've made. And after you've made an amazing Easter cake, don't forget to partake in other favorite Easter activities like having an Easter egg hunt and decorating Easter eggs.

Tossed Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 package (about 10 ounces) mixed salad greens with carrots
  • 4 slices bacon (about 1/4 cup), cooked crisp and crumbled (optional)
  • shaved Parmesan or Asiago cheese (optional)
  1. Drain bean salad well in small bowl, reserve 1/2 cup liquid.
  2. To make dressing: Whisk reserved bean liquid and lemon juice then whisk in oil. Add pepper, to taste.
  3. Place salad greens in bowl. Add bean salad and bacon. Add dressing, as desired. Toss gently to coat. Arrange on platter top with shaved cheese, if desired.

Variation: Top salad with sliced grilled chicken then top with cheese.

31 Gorgeous Easter Flower Arrangements for a Standout Table

Creative centerpieces and decor to amp up your space in an instant.

There's no better time to celebrate the spring season than Easter. Of course, the holiday has religious roots that should be acknowledged, but it's also about saying goodbye to the bitter cold and snow, and welcoming all that Mother Nature has to offer for the warmer months ahead. In other words, if you're a decor enthusiast, it's likely your cue to start getting creative with Easter flowers.

This year, go for a statement centerpiece that showcases the season's best flowers, whether it's lovely lilies, tulips, or even a few unexpected DIY paper creations. But once you settle on the right blooms, don't overlook the many ways you can choose to display them. From a handmade vase to a charming wreath, the possibilities for Easter flower arrangements and centerpieces are endless. Scroll through for a look at some of our favorite Easter flower ideas that are worthy of your celebration this year.

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60 Best Easter Dinner Ideas and Easy Recipes for Your Holiday Feast

The long, cold days of winter are finally coming to an end, and we&rsquore ready to celebrate spring! Easter is the perfect holiday for embracing the change of seasons. It&rsquos all about getting outside, dying eggs, and other memorable Easter activities. Not to mention, creating a seasonal, delicious Easter dinner menu to share with family and friends. While some families prefer to sit down to Easter brunch, others will opt for Easter dinner&mdashheck, some will just eat all day long. No matter what your strategy is for Easter this year, you can be sure that eating will likely be involved. Don&rsquot be stuck without a plan for your Easter meal. Make your holiday celebration one to remember with these best Easter dinner ideas.

Whether you&rsquore looking for impressive Easter appetizers, showstopping main courses, or Easter sides, this collection of Easter dinner recipes will have you covered. Ahead, find traditional dishes like glazed ham, deviled eggs, and creamy potatoes&mdashall of which hold a special place in the Drummond family&rsquos hearts. But we&rsquore also making room for some innovative recipes and soon-to-be new family favorites, like lamb chops and baked salmon. To balance out the hearty mains, serve up some of spring&rsquos freshest produce&mdashwe&rsquore talking peas, radishes, asparagus, and mint. No matter which menu you choose, your Easter dinner will be something to celebrate. Before the day is through, make room for dessert. There are tons of Easter cupcake ideas and Easter cookie recipes that might just steal the spotlight.

From Field to Table

Farmers spend time planting seeds, checking for disease and monitoring plant health until harvest. Combines harvest the wheat kernels, which are then loaded into a semi-truck.

The harvested grain is sold at market price to a local grain elevator. The elevator can store the grain until the right market price, or it can sell it.

Country elevators sell their grain to terminal elevators, which clean, separate and maintain the value of the grain. The grain is then sold to flour millers for domestic consumption, or it is loaded into ships bound for overseas markets.

The flour mills grind the grain into different types of flour – whole wheat, all-purpose, bread flour, etc. The mills can also use the flour to make ready-to-eat products. Both the flour and wheat products are shipped to grocery stores and other food retailers.

Bakers and chefs also use flour to make a wide variety of delicacies. Consumers can either buy these products, or buy flour produced by the flour mills to make their own creations at home.

Finally, wheat products make their way to your table. These products are essential to many holidays and celebrations and go through a safe process to get to you. Whenever you open that next package of hamburger buns for a weekend cookout, think of a wheat farmer and all of those in between.

Are you interested in learning more about the folks that grow your food? Check out the Knopf family in Central Kansas! Or would you like to know how to help your kiddos get the whole grains they need? Grab these great tips and tricks from our Registered Dietitian!

This tender bread is studded with rhubarb and topped with a simple icing. The subtle cinnamon flavor complements the sweet rhubarb.

Wheat farmer Wade Bangerter is his own best customer. Each harvest, he scoops wheat by the bucketful out of the combine or wheat truck and&hellip

Get hands-on with this easy papier-mache bowl project. A flour/water mixture sticks to newspaper and hardens to form your bowl. Keep trinkets, art supplies, and more in your new bowls!

Get Your Table Ready For Spring - Recipes

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In light of concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’d like to share the following:

COVID-19 is Not Considered a Food-Borne Pathogen

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is most commonly spread between those who are in close contact with each other, and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also be possible for a person to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We have strict biosecurity protocols throughout our farms and entire supply chain, including proven sanitation methods which minimize the risk of contaminated surfaces.

Perdue Farms Takes Food Safety Protocols Seriously

We have the highest standards of biosecurity and food safety, and fully sanitize our facilities every 24 hours. We are closely monitoring affected areas and reiterating our biosecurity policy to help minimize the potential to transport possibly contaminated surfaces. The staff at the onsite Wellness Centers at 19 of our facilities are trained on how to protect our associates from, and identify and respond to, symptoms of COVID-19. These professionals follow standard operating procedures as defined by the CDC for infectious diseases. The Wellness Centers are available to all associates and their families. We are taking every precaution to protect our associates, communities, customers and business partners, and ensure the continuity of our business.

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Spring Foods: Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in Season Right Now

If you’re hoping to expand your notion of seasonal eating, this is the perfect time to start! Spring is the season for young and tender treats right from the garden. Snack on spring foods such as raw peas and radishes, add fresh spring fruits such as berries to cereal, and get ready for crisp salads every day. Spring is also the favorite season of food foragers.

Most of the foods in this article are likely to be in season during spring in many parts of the United States. You should be able to find the best deals on these foods this time of year in grocery stores and at farmers markets, which means it's a good time to stock up on items that preserve well. For example, you may want to dry fresh spring herbs and freeze seasonal berries for later use. (To learn more about when and how to preserve foods, see "Enjoy Fresh, Local Food All Year." To see which foods are in season in your area, click on your state at this Seasonal Ingredient Map.)

Herbs: chervil, chives, dill, horseradish root, mint, parsley, tarragon

Salad greens: arugula (rocket), baby lettuces, endive, mâche (corn salad), mizuna, pac choi, sorrel, spinach, watercress

Cooking greens: beet greens, chard, collards, kale, radish greens, spinach, turnip greens

Root veggies: beets, parsnips, radishes, salad turnips

Sea veggies: dulse, various kelps (such as kombu and wakame), nori (laver), wrack

Fruits: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, rhubarb (not technically a fruit), strawberries

Ephemeral garden treats: garlic scapes, pea shoots

Wild edibles: cactus pears, cattails, claytonia (miner’s lettuce), dandelion greens, fiddlehead ferns, lamb’s quarters, morel mushrooms, nettles, pokeweed, purslane, ramps (wild leeks)

Garden veggies: asparagus, garden peas, potatoes, scallions, spring onions, sugar snap peas

Meat: Most pasture-raised meat and wild game is best in the fall and winter, but spring is a great time to stock up on frozen and aged meats. In some areas, there is also a spring turkey season.

Fish: Spring is the season for most freshwater fish including bass, carp, catfish, crappie, pike, salmon, sunfish, trout and walleye. Saltwater seasons vary.

Dairy: Fresh milk and cheeses made with milk from animals that graze on green pasture are highly nutritious in late spring.

Eggs: Fresh farm eggs are rich with omega-3 fatty acids and other grass-derived nutrients in spring.

Nuts and seeds: Because most kinds of nuts are not harvested in the spring, you will want to choose roasted nuts for the best flavor. (Note: Nuts freeze well, so stock up like a squirrel in fall when they are in season.)

For more on seasonal eating, read the original article, “Eating with the Seasons.”

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