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Keep that spring fever momentum all year long with these gardening tips.

Spring fever got you dreaming of lush gardens and sunshine? Despite what you might see on TV, beautiful landscapes don’t happen overnight. Weeds will invade your beds and need to be pulled. The mulch will break down and require replacing. And your attention span will no doubt move on to shinier things long enough for your garden to fall into disrepair.

Your spring fever may be temporary, but if you get to know your garden’s unique conditions and choose the right plants, you’ll ensure that both the garden — and your enthusiasm for it — will last for a lifetime.

Invest in your soil

To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural extension

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Christmas Lights can be found all around Orlando in the city’s communities and neighborhoods. Some of the best displays can be found in some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods of Delaney Park, Conway, and Belle Isle (See scenic drive in map below). There are not as many planned communities or cookie cutter homes in these neighborhoods and the older homes are mostly smaller in size so they are ideal for Christmas Lights Displays. These are completely residential sites so the best time for viewing is between the hours of 7 pm-9 pm.

Below is our map of Christmas Lights from Orlando Neighborhoods that have consistently had good displays each year. All of the selections below are great but we have given a ranking of lights on a scale of 1-10 with a value of

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c. molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, cloves, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, molasses, and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the
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These cute cookies are the best way to spread Christmas cheer.

TOTAL TIME: 4:00 COOK: 2:45 LEVEL: EASY YIELD: 12 COOKIES (6 BEARDS AND 6 HATS)  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Santa hat and beard templates (see below)
  • 1 batch royal icing
  • Red sanding sugar, finely shredded coconut, white nonpareils and sprinkles, for decorating

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3
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If you plan to host events between now and Christmas, there’s no better way to greet your guests than with a splash of holiday spirit. Take a tour of stylish ideas for sidewalks, front doors, and entryways; then get inspired to create a holiday look of your own!

1. Decorative Facade

You won’t doubt you’ve found the right house with Susan’s outdoor holiday decor. Those not invited will want to park their cars out front and enjoy the view too! On her blog, Between Naps on the Porch, Susan explains how she created this dazzling look and provides plenty of tips on how to mix pine trees with magnolia leaves for the perfect touch. Don’t forget to add lights!

Image Via: Between Naps on the Porch

2. Light the Way

This project is only for

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From your morning cup of coffee through the main course, these gadgets are smart additions to any home.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, but often it’s filled with outdated appliances and cookware. Home technology expert and adviser Armando Ferreira recommends a few of the latest and greatest gadgets to make your kitchen work better for you.

Phillips Hue

Mood lighting? This product lets you dim your lights and change the color depending on the ambiance you’re trying to create. It syncs with your smartphone or tablet and can be connected with other home tech apps.

Quirky Egg Minder

Egg Minder

One of Ferreira’s personal favorites, the Egg Minder sends you mobile push notifications whenever you need to buy eggs. In-tray LED lights will also

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You don’t need a big budget to cook up the kitchen of your dreams — and these modest home improvements will also increase your home’s value.

It’s likely you spend much of your time at home in your kitchen, cooking, entertaining friends over a glass (or two) of wine, or talking through your day with family. But there may come a day when you look around and notice that — gasp! — this well-loved space is starting to look a bit worn. Suddenly, your favorite gathering spot has become a place you rush guests through, and you’re concerned that potential future buyers will be turned off by its outdated appearance — especially if you’re in an expensive (read: high end) market, like Westport, CT.

There’s no need to shy away from kitchen upgrades,

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Today, Zillow Digs announced the top home design trends for 2016, along with the three soon-to-be forgotten fads of 2015. Results were based on a survey of leading interior design experts and trending photos on Zillow Digs.

So what will be 2016’s hottest design trends? Check out the surprising results below.

2016’s top home design trends

1. Art deco-inspired patterns and shapes

art deco

Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

Art deco will make a bold new comeback in 2016. Look for the style’s trademark geometric patterns and honeycomb shapes to weave their way into everything from wallpaper to artwork, adding elegance and dimension to any space. Experts also predict gold statement lighting fixtures will become more popular.

2. Nubby wool rugs

wool rug

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