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BASKETS – for both Easter and the Final Four!

Easter and the Final Four NCAA Championships are approaching. We thought we would share a few ideas for quick and easy Easter baskets. Kielbasa is a traditional Easter staple and we’ve included one of our favorite kielbasa recipes – make sure to have rye bread for dipping!

HATS OFF TO EASTER!                                                                                                                            When Roy was little, a friend gave him an Easter basket in a toy fireman’s hat for his birthday.   (His birthday is March 12 – let’s just say the candy did not last until Easter!) We did something similar by using this inexpensive Easter bonnet as a nest for these chicks, but we think it would make a great Easter basket as well!



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To craft the basket above, begin by wrapping the coffee can with festive gift wrap. We fashioned the handle by wrapping a 1-inch wide by 10-inch long piece of cardboard from a shirt box and attaching it to both sides with double stick tape. Fill with grass and add jelly beans, eggs and the candy of your choice. Add a pretty ribbon to finish. This basket could hide a gift like a toy or piece of jewelry underneath the grass.

BOWL BASKET                                                                                                                                                 If you don’t have a basket, you can create a nice handle-free “basket” by putting the gifts in a bowl with some Easter grass and wrapping with seasonal cellophane. We put big decorative eggs in a yellow ceramic bowl. These large eggs can be filled with candy, coins, or whatever gift will fit!

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KEILBASA, BEANS AND RICE                                                                                                                       Keilbasa is an Easter staple in Kevin’s family, normally served sliced as an appetizer with mustard or horseradish dipping sauce. The delicious recipe below, which is quick and easy to prepare, makes kielbasa a main dish for Easter or anytime.

Ingredients: 1 Lb. of your favorite kielbasa (chopped into 1/2 in. slices), 1 tablespoon olive oil,   1 small onion – chopped, 1/2 bell pepper – chopped, 1 stalk celery – chopped, 1 can red kidney beans – drained and rinsed, hot sauce to taste, 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 2 cups cooked brown rice. (Roy pronounces it “Keilbasa”, Kevin says “Kabasi” – what do you call it?)

How to make: Brown sliced kielbasa in oil. Add onions, peppers and celery. Saute until vegetables are softened. Add beans and chicken broth, simmer until broth is reduced (about 10 minutes). Add hot sauce to taste. Serve over rice. This dish produces plenty of delicious sauce – grab that rye bread for dipping!


It’s Final Four time as the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments drive toward their championships. It will be interesting to see if anyone can knock off Kentucky. The UCONN woman have not disappointed so far. We are Huskie fans – no surprise! In case you missed it, some of our Huskie decor is pictured below.

College hockey’s version of the Final Four (the Frozen Four) also is underway and the East Regional is at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in nearby Providence. Providence College won their first round game – go Friars!

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How does the Easter Bunny stay fit? eggs-ercise and hare-obics!

Happy Spring!!!

Roy & Kevin

Marching Madly Towards Easter!

We love March Madness, and we decorated our home accordingly. Sadly, the UConn men, 2014’s national champions, did not make it into the tourney this year. But the women are ranked #1 in the country! Go Huskies!!

Pictured above is Heather Huskie, our UConn Cheerleader doll, showing off her 2 Easter baskets. One is a basketball basket, the perfect combination of March Madness and Easter.   The other “basket”  is a cute Easter hat we got from a dollar store. Adding decorative grass makes this the perfect nest for these cute chicks. Plus, since they are from a dollar store, these chicks were cheap, cheap,  cheap!

We hung our UCONN Huskies blanket as a backdrop for our UCONN stuff. Time for a 3-PEAT!!!

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With what food should we cheer on the UConn Huskies??? Yukon Gold potatoes, of course! (Well, it sounds the same!) Here is a recipe from Jacques Pepin that he shared with Rachael Ray – It is delicious!


We are fans of party stores like Party City. We love this centerpiece. Kevin’s family will recognize this centerpiece from Irene’s house. She was UCONN’s biggest fan.

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Enjoy the big dance – GO HUSKIES!!!

Roy & Kevin