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Feel the luck in the air and the spring in your step, St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. Pick your favorite shade of green and get in the holiday spirit with these fun DIY projects everyone will love.

St. Patrick’s Day is fun for the whole family, so get the kids and create some festive decor that will bring a big smile to everyones face. Using green cardboard paper, cut out small four leaf clovers for these Shamrock Straw Toppers. They are easy to make and will add a dash of fun to any drink!

Bring your own pot of gold to the party with this delicious craft idea. The perfect St. Patty’s Day accessory, all you need is a small terracotta pot, paint, glitter and some milk chocolate Rolos and voila, no one will know you didn’t chase down a rainbow to find it.

March 17th décor is all about green, so brighten up the home with a simple St. Patrick’s Day Pom-Pom Garland. This decoration is inexpensive, fun to make and adds a burst of color to any room. Hang it above the mantle or anywhere that feels a bit bare and be surprised how festive the space can become.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 13, 2017

February has arrived and you know what that means – Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! So whether you celebrate with family, friends or that special someone, make February 14th a day to remember with festive treats and fun DIY everyone will love.

There are certain traditions that go hand in hand with the holidays, and cookies are one you don’t want to forget. This year, get in the baking spirit and don’t make just one type of cookie, try out a few great recipes. Keep it pink with homemade strawberry cake mix cookies or get fancy with chocolate dipped shortbread – it’s sure to be a delicious process!

Valentine’s Day is about being with those you care about, so make it a party with a cookie bar – get pink and red toppings and make your own sweet works of art. If sugar cookies are in the mix, be sure to impress everyone with this chocolate sugar cookie recipe – a delicious twist on a fan-favorite. Kids and adults alike will have fun decorating their very own desserts. And the best part? You can personalize everything and give them as gifts!

The holiday would not be complete without some fun DIY for the home. Try making these candle cozies for around the house. Take some ribbon or twine (whichever you prefer), wrap it around the candles and add a felt heart to the front. It’s a great way to add a little color to the mantle. And if you’re looking to share the love with your neighbors, make a tissue paper wreath! It’s an easy project with a big burst of Valentine spirit.

Whether you give them as gifts or enjoy these delicious treats and DIY tips for yourself, Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with those you love. So enjoy time together and bask in this sweet day.

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Winter Recipes

December 9, 2016

Winter is approaching, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome the cooler months than with some delicious seasonal cuisine.

Get cozy while you indulge in classic comfort food with this mouthwatering tomato basil and grilled cheese recipe. The warm, creamy tomato soup sprinkled with crunchy grilled cheese croutons is a divine pairing nobody can resist.

Satisfy your soul this season with double crust chicken pot pie, featuring a delightful homemade pie crust that is undemanding for those busier days.

Nothing beats a bowl of soup on a cold day. This classic beef stew is a healthy and simple dinner alternative the whole family will adore.

A meal is not complete without something sweet. This hot chocolate fudge recipe combines two of everyone’s favorite winter desserts. Quick and easy, this sweet treat is ideal for holiday parties or edible gifts.

With plenty of appetizing options to choose from, all that’s left to do is enjoy your cold weather cooking in your new Ponderosa home!

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Between work, the holidays and travel, December is undoubtedly one of the busiest months of the year. Obligations aside, the coming weeks offer no shortage of fun things to do in the Tri-Valley area. Ready to fill your calendar?

Beginning December 1 through the 23rd, hop on the trolley and enjoy the Lights of Livermore Holiday Tour, featuring classic seasonal music and up-close looks at some of the community’s most beautifully decorated homes. Those 21 and over can take in the scenery following a private wine tasting paired with light bites.

And while you already know that full-bodied wines complement heartier winter meals, why not take that knowledge to the next level? Head to theVINE in Danville, where you’ll learn how to pair Malbec with food on December 8. Beer drinkers can get in on the fun, too. Livermore’s burgeoning craft beer scene means new brews and new hangouts. Get to know them on a tour of the town’s breweries on December 2.

If you’re looking to work off that wine and beer and get outdoors, you’re in luck. On December 3, join the San Ramon Bah Humbug! 5K Run and Walk. In the spirit of the season, participants are asked to bring a can of food to be donated to the Contra Costa County Food Bank. On December 3 and 12, hikers can meet up in Danville to explore the trails at one of the town’s Trail Mixers.

Also be sure and carve out some time for culture. On December 14 and 21, join the Livermore Shakespeare Festival when its artists present staged readings of classic stories, including O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Happy holidays!

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