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! e m i t g n i r p S AN ANTON MEDIA GROUP SPECIAL

DINING

One ingredient: mint

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Table Of Contents

FOOD

The Mighty Mint Leaf

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Smoothies

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A Spring Cut: Veal

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Chicken Waldorf Salad

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Farm-fresh Markets FASHION

Spring fashion ACTIVITIES

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Spring Break Fun

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Hike The Greenbelt

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Spring Fitness

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HOME & GARDEN

Fairy Gardens

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Spring Cleaning

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Garden Tool Spruce-up

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Gardening Tips From Hicks

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Strawberries

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Spring Home Decor

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Backyard Birding

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New Books

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Manage Clutter

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The Mighty Mint Leaf Five ways to use the versatile herb

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ave a garden overflowing with mint? Then consider yourself lucky. The herb can be used in a variety of ways and packs in numerous health benefits, including aiding digestion and boosting the immune system. Another benefit of the aromatic herb is that incorporating fresh leaves is easy, as it goes well in salads, drinks and desserts. Here are just a few ways to make mint a staple of your springtime menu.

Mint Butter

Cut one stick of unsalted butter into small pieces. Melt in small saucepan with ½ cup fresh mint, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Heat until just bubbling around edges. Pairs deliciously drizzled over asparagus as well as with lamb dishes.

Mint-Berry Lemonade

Juice six lemons to make one cup of juice. In a gallon pitcher, combine the lemon juice, one cup of sugar and six cups of cold water. Add in one cup of raspberries (can adjust based on taste) and ½ cup of whole mint leaves. Stir. Add water and ice to taste. Other fresh or frozen fruit, such as mangos, pineapples, peaches and/or strawberries can also be added in.

Mint Julep

Place 10 mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass and top with 1 ½ teaspoons superfine sugar. Muddle together until leaves begin to break down. Add a splash of seltzer water, fill glass ¾ full with crushed ice and add 2 ½ ounces Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Top with another splash of seltzer, stir and garnish with a sprig of mint. Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown, www.foodnetwork.com.

Spring Salad

Mix one large bag of spinach, ½ cup of mint leaves (chopped or halved), two cups of fresh strawberries or raspberries and one cup of chopped walnuts. Top with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. 4C | SPRINGTIME! 2017

Chocolate-Covered Mint Leaves

Freeze mint leaves on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Melt chocolate: bring about 1½ cups of water to a boil and then remove pan from heat. Place a glass bowl directly over the water, with the rim resting on the edge of the pan and bottom of bowl not touching bottom of pan. Add about ½ cup of chopped chocolate to glass bowl and stir until melted. Do not melt chocolate in microwave. Dip frozen mint leaves in chocolate. Place on parchment tray and let dry or refreeze again for at least 30 minutes.


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Smoothies: The Simple Superfood BY JILL NOSSA

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hese days, we’re all increasingly busy and looking for the quickest fix. This is particularly true when it comes to food; fast food has been popular for decades, but people who are pressed for time don’t necessarily want the unhealthy side effects associated with most quick meals.

One way to solve the dilemma is with the ultimate power food in the form of a meal in a glass: smoothies. One of the beauties of the creamy drink is it that you can get creative and make up your own concoctions, using whatever you may have on hand in the freezer, refrigerator and even the cupboard. Smoothies are versatile, simple and quick: all you need is a blender and the right combination of ingredients to suit your taste, and breakfast can be made in a matter of minutes. The drinks are also readily

Glen Cove, it’s easy for people to go overboard—or overindulge on what might seem like a healthy choice at a juice bar—and that can lead to negative consequences. “You definitely have to

available at juice bars, cafés and delis and can be an excellent way to help meet your daily quota of fruits and vegetables. Of course, loading up the blender with heaps of protein powder, fruit and juice does not necessarily make for a healthful meal. According to Kendall Berman, certified juicing coach and co-owner of the juice bar Nooks & Kindles, which has locations in Roslyn, Greenvale and

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watch out for sugars,” said Berman. “Sugary syrups, yogurts and sweetened fruit or juices are often added to smoothies—and sugar is linked to obesity, inflammation, high blood pressure and heart disease.” She said another habit people tend to have is making a smoothie too dense, which increases the fat content as well as the calorie count. Ideally, she said a smoothie as a meal replacement should be a 20-ounce drink that is between 400 to 500 calories and consist of a healthy fat, such as chia seeds or a nut butter, a protein source like nonfat Greek yogurt or protein powder and a carbohydrate, such as a banana. “And then I suggest adding something green, like spinach, for an extra benefit,” she said.

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Her go-to smoothie consists of spinach, vanilla whey protein, pineapple, mango, banana and either avocado or chia seeds. Because fruits are high in carbohydrates, she said it’s good to have a variety and use smaller amounts. She said berries are also good to use as low-carb additions. For those who want their fruits and veggies in a liquid form, smoothies can be consumed as a snack, accompanying a low-carb meal. In this case, just a variety of fruit and a liquid base are needed. Berman suggests coconut water, as it is hydrating and refreshing, or for a creamier smoothie, use skim milk or unsweetened almond milk. A smoothie can be sweet and satisfying and in the end, how it’s made is a matter of personal preference. “It all depends on your goal,” said Berman.

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A Spring Cut

Veal finds its way onto the seasonal palate BY STEVE MOSCO

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n expensive and often controversial meat, veal comes from dairy-breed calves and differs from beef with a lighter color, finer texture, smoother taste and an more tender nature. From Milanese to schnitzel to chops, the meat makes for a fresh spring entrée and is a unique alternative to lamb. Here are four local preparations of this delicate cut. Dish: Wiener Schnitzel

Where to get it:

Plattduetsche Park 1132 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Square 516-354-3131 www.parkrestaurant.com

This traditionally Austrian dish pops up at the decidedly German Plattduetsche Park in New Hyde Park where it is breaded, fried and served with lingonberries

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and lemon. Wiener schnitzel is simplistic in preparation, with the basic necessities being veal cutlets, flour, eggs, a meat mallet and plenty of molten fat for frying. Plattduetsche’s schnitzel is fork tender and fry-crisp, the lingonberries add brightness, while the lemon contributes some necessary zest. Dish: Veal Saltimbocca Where to get it: Poppy’s Place Restaurant 12 Verbena Ave.

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Another pounded-thin veal dish worth seeking out is veal saltimbocca, which translated from Italian means “jumps in the mouth.” This dish, Roman in origin, sees sautéed veal cutlets layered with prosciutto and fresh sage served swimming in a buttery, lemony pan sauce. This is a rich dish filled with robust ingredients that in the wrong hands can overwhelm the delicate veal. But done right, it’s a tangy and layered composition that elevates the protein.

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Veal is sometimes relegated to the role of mere stand-in for chicken in dishes like parmigiana, Francaise and Marsala. While this is true at Nick’s, veal takes ownership of the restaurant’s Marsala dish by bringing a dimension of flavor that

beats chicken at pairing with earthy mushrooms and the caramelized Marsala sauce. The silky mushroom sauce and the muted beefiness of the veal taste and feel like they were meant to coalesce in the same pan. Dish: Roast Veal Fried Rice Where to get it: Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant 248 Hempstead Ave. West Hempstead 516-292-9309 www.wingwankosherrestaurant.com

Your basic fried rice is as simplistic as it gets: wok fried on high heat, assorted vegetables join eggs and various meats for a dish that sits comfortably beside classic Chinese food orders. Wing Wan takes the dish to kosher heights by adding roast veal to the mix. By no means the only veal arrangement on the menu (there are no less than 18 dishes at the eatery with the cut), the veal fried rice is a welcomed twist on the classic dish.


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Gluten-free Crunchy Chicken Waldorf Salad

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24 years ago, the first American hotel to boast electricity throughout the building and bathrooms in most guest rooms opened. It was the Waldorf Hotel in New York City, the creation of millionaire William Waldorf Astor. The Waldorf was the embodiment of the millionaire’s vision of what a grand hotel should be. A few years later The Waldorf joined with the hotel next door, The Astoria Hotel, owned by William’s cousin John Jacob Astor IV (you would think that rich people could afford to come up with original names instead of using the same one over and over) and The Waldorf-Astoria was born. The Waldorf-Astoria was significant in transforming the hotel industry. Prior to the Waldorf-Astoria’s inception, hotels were facilities used by transients. The Waldorf-Astoria became a social center for prestigious citizens of New York as well as visitors from

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around the world. The hotel also allowed women to attend unescorted by men (shocking!) and thus elevated the status of women and created the concept of “Ladies who lunch.”

The Waldorf-Astoria is famous for a couple of other things as well, they invented the idea of room service and the Waldorf Salad. In celebration of the birthday of The WaldorfAstoria and a hotel that brought us room service, here is my version of the famous Waldorf Salad. Originally, the salad (created by Waldorf Hotel’s famous maître d’hôtel Oscar Tschirky) contained fresh apples, celery, and walnuts, and was dressed in mayonnaise and served on a bed of lettuce. Over the years grapes were added, as were things such as raisins and cooked chicken. For my crunchy version, I added some freezedried grapes, some toasted walnuts, and a little cooked

and diced 1 c. cooked chicken, chopped 3 Tbsp mayonnaise 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste Lettuce leaves

chicken. It is an updated version of a true classic. Happy birthday WaldorfAstoria! Ladies who lunch everywhere should be raising a glass of champagne in your honor.

Gluten-free Chicken Waldorf Salad Ingredients, serves 2 1 oz package freezedried grapes ½ c. toasted walnuts ½ c. celery, thinly sliced 1 medium apple, cored

Combine the grapes, walnuts, celery, apples, chicken, mayonnaise and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the salad on lettuce leaves.

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Springwear Affordable fashion finds for the whole family

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Long Island Offers Spring Break Fun BY BETSY ABRAHAM

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ou don’t have to jump on a plane to make this spring break one your kids will never forget. Long Island offers plenty of fun opportunities for families to enjoy, many of which incorporate hands-on learning. Here are just a few of the many local destinations offering Long Island families entertaining options a quick car ride away. Cradle of Aviation Museum

Travel through 100 years of aerospace at the Cradle of Aviation Museum and learn more about Long Island’s role in the development of modern aviation. Visitors to the museum can explore more than 75 air- and spacecrafts, a dozen cockpits and 30 hands-on exhibits, as well as a hot air balloon and an actual Apollo Lunar Module. The immersive JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium screens educational movies that give viewers an unparalleled look at the universe and the National Geographic Leroy R. and Rose W. Grumman Dome Theatre features

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hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs. Also calling the Aquarium home are seals, sea lions and bats. From April 10-14, the Aquarium features a Spring Fun-Cation, a week of fun and educational activities for kids including tours, string ray feedings, time at the arcade and visits to the Butterflies, Bugs and Birds exhibits. Children ages 6 to 14 can attend the whole week, or on a daily basis. Reservations are required. The Long Island Aquarium is located at 431 E. Main St. in Riverhead. For more information call 631-208-9200 x 426 or visit www. longislandaquarium.com

Take a trip back in history at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. In today’s high tech digital age, the Restoration gives youngsters a look at what life used to be like in the 1800s. Not only can visitors walk through the collection of historic houses, some of which were originally built in the 1700s, but they’ll get an authentic look at history, with costumed staff members bringing to life the time period. On April 8 and 9, visitors can learn how maple syrup is made, with tree tapping demonstrations, sap boiling and a cooking demonstration. April 8 is also the date of the Mounted Cowboy Shooting Show, featuring an exciting target shooting show on horseback. April 12-14 is Hands-On History, where attendees can learn how to churn butter, participate in military drills and play 19th-century games, among other activities. Old Bethpage Village Restoration is located at 1303 Round Swamp Rd. in Old Bethpage. For more information call 516-572-8401 or visit www. obvrnassau.com.

Sagamore Hill

Known as Roosevelt’s “Summer White House,” the 23-room estate has changed little from when it was the home of the president and his family and features much of the original furniture. Visitors to the home can see Roosevelt’s hunting trophies, books and gifts he received from foreign dignitaries, as well as the library that served as Roosevelt’s private office, the dining room, kitchen and drawing room that served as Mrs. Edith’s Roosevelt’s private space. While guided tours of the home have a fee, access to the Theodore Roosevelt Museum is free and features exhibits and films that portray the president’s political career and family life. The grounds at Sagamore Hill are

perfect for exploring. There’s plenty of open space for little ones to run around and a nature trail leads guests to a gorgeous view of Cold Spring Harbor. Sagamore Hill is located at 20 Sagamore Hill Rd. in Oyster Bay. For more information call 516-9224788 or visit www.nps.gov/sahi.

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Smiles are a guarantee during a trip to the Long Island Puppet Theater. Witness the story of The Little Mermaid through puppets during weekday performances. The Long Island Puppet Theater is at 10 Heitz Pl. in Hicksville. For more information call 516-932-5469 or visit www.lipuppet.com.

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Buckle Up Your Greenbelt And Take A Hike BY NICOLE LOCKWOOD

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s the weather begins to lend itself to more opportunities to get outside and enjoy more of the fresh air, it’s time to dust off those New Year’s resolutions. For many, an improvement in fitness may be on the agenda, but getting into a steady workout regimen can be a daunting, often impractical task. If gym memberships, yoga, spin classes, kickboxing and other conventional methods of activity have failed in the past, perhaps the solution is much simpler. With the help of Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, a nonprofit grassroots organization that has created more than 200 miles of hiking paths, the best way to kick-start your fitness goals could be as easy as taking a walk, particularly a walk through some of Long Island’s most scenic parks and trails. “Most of the people you find on the trails tend to be there because it’s their form of exercise,” said David Reisfield, president of Long Island Greenbelt. “We have everyone from millennials to Generation Xers to much older people. Personally, I run the trails every day.” Long Island Greenbelt trails are suited to meet the needs of any walker, runner or hiker, presenting a range of options throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. 16C | SPRINGTIME! 2017

There are long distance trails such as the Nassau Suffolk Trail (20 miles), the Long Island Greenbelt Trail (32 miles) and the Pine Barrens Trail (43 miles), as well as shorter ones, the most popular being the Walt Whitman Trail (3.8 miles) and the Cold Spring Harbor Hills and Loop Trail (4.8 miles). These paths, and the many others associated with the organization, are unique in that they are open to the public for use at all dates and times, allowing participants to trek at their own pace whenever is most convenient for them. All listed trails have National Recreation Trails designations, so even when certain state parks are closed, hikers are still permitted to walk through. Aside from being a healthy and time-flexible activity, the trails

within the Long Island Greenbelt system serve as a center of social interaction, bringing together people of all ages and levels of fitness from across the island for nearly 39 years. “People are just happy to have a place to go to meet like-minded people and get outside,” said Reisfield. “You don’t even have to be a member or make a reservation. Just get out and go.” It is not uncommon to see many running clubs and walking groups at any given time on the trails. Long Island Greenbelt has a MeetUp group of its own, currently consisting of about 4,300 members. There are also guided hikes every Saturday that vary in location from week to week. The hike leaders are some of Long Island’s most knowledgeable when it comes to indigenous plants, trees and wildlife, as well as the specific topography of the region at hand. The evident community-oriented spirit has been the driving force of the organization, embodied in its very inception in 1978. As described by Reisfield, the start of Long Island Greenbelt was the culmination of the work of a group of “nature enthusiasts” and people who simply loved to hike. “We live in a fairly densely populated area, but there’s also so

much nature that goes unnoticed for the most part,” said Reisfield. “They found their way through the state parks, town parks and county parks, and created trails to link them all.” What began as a small group united by a passion for nature and the outdoors has grown enormously and been able to function and thrive, but not without the help of dedicated volunteers and members who support the organization both monetarily and through routine maintenance of the grounds. Being that it is a nonprofit organization, all trials, whether guided or not, are always free of charge. “I think for the most part people are shocked that these trails even exist and are even more shocked that they’re free,” said Reisfield. “We love that people don’t have to be members, they just have to show up.” The next local hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. at Welwyn Preserve. It is considered an easy two-to-three mile hike through the Glen Cove preserve, out to the Long Island Sound and back again. Visit www.ligreenbelt. org for more information about the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and the upcoming guided hikes.


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he New Year, the turn of the calendar page, sparks the desire to make changes for the better in our lives. Getting into better physical shape and/or losing weight usually top the list of resolutions; thus, the spike in January gym memberships. For those who never joined, or have let their gym attendance lag, spring provides a second chance to shake off winter’s doldrums and the consequences of too many hours at one’s desk. The daylight hours are longer, the temperatures are warmer and the chance to spend time outdoors, savoring the sights and smells of a resurgent nature, will be big attractions to get out outdoors. Let’s start with the easiest and cheapest: walking, which many fitness experts have argued is the best of all cardiovascular exercises. Studies have pointed out the life-shortening effects of a sedentary lifestyle, and Indiana University researchers found that for every hour that is spent sitting, all it takes is five minutes of walking to reverse the harmful consequences. Get good walking shoes and start simple and slow, around the neighborhood. Vary the route to avoid boredom and walk with friends to remain motivated. Walkers can graduate to more difficult and longer hikes in parks and nature preserves that dot Long Island. Our many miles of beaches are also places to consider, and walking on the sand increases resistance. The Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference sponsors frequent hikes throughout the

parks and trails. For those who take up the challenge of jogging (and beyond that, competitive road racing), the Long Island Running Club offers not only the chance to train with knowledge people, but sponsors races of varying difficulty. As with walking, start slow and easy, and don’t push your body beyond its limits. Experts recommend that you get a physical exam before undertaking a regimen that includes intensive cardio activities. Parks remain great sources for fitness opportunities. In addition to basketball and tennis courts, the larger ones offer golf. Eschew the cart and you can add walking to the enjoyment and challenges of the game. Many parks now offer exercise stations to work various muscle groups and help with flexibility. For fans of competitive sports, all three towns in Nassau County sponsor softball, volleyball and basketball leagues. For a list of adult sports leagues visit www.liathletics.com. In addition swimming is one of the great exercises and our island has public pools galore and great beaches. There are many benefits to getting outside and moving those muscles and bones. The first step is up to you.


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Enchanted Fairy Gardens

Give your garden the magic touch with some fairy dust this spring BY JENNIFER FAUCI jfauci@antonmediagroup.com

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ardening by way of digging in the dirt, planting a flower and watering it seem to be the days of times past, as growing a garden has become more than a hobby, but a designer’s way of life. Those with green thumbs have begun seeing the garden as another space in their home. As such, they are taking great care to not only to plant lovely blooms and produce, but how to decorate it as well. And so, the fairy garden was born. Time To Go House Hunting

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Constructing a fairy village requires everything from homes, cottages, furniture and dĂŠcor to trees, flowers, ponds, swings, gnomes, and of course, fairies. These items and dozens more are used to evoke another world for the creatures who live beneath the flowers and leaves. Some people believe the legend that fairies return home to live in the gardens during night time and that they cast upon the garden magic spells, blessing the plant life with healthy growth and abundance in seeds and fruits.

While there are hundreds of pieces and imaginative ways to build a village, there are two kinds of fairy gardens that people like to create: One is based in an object like terracotta pots or a small wagon. The other takes over the entire garden, using the total area space as the foundation. Some people even go so far as to theme their gardens to a holiday or color.

Ready, Set, Decorate

Items can become a little pricey, depending on how intense and dedicated the gardener is. A range of $3.99 to more than $40 is a decent price range of items from various stores. With most of the items measuring less than 12 inches, you can get creative by utilizing Barbie and other doll and toy accessories, or get crafty and make your own. Create a fairy world in your garden this spring with the kids, and watch the magic unfold.

Want to start building your garden? Visit these stores and sites and purchase everything you need. AC Moore Michaels Target Hobby Lobby Jo-Ann Etsy www.myfairygardens.com www.fairygardenstore.com www.amazon.com

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Spring Clean Your Home BY CHRISTY HINKO chinko@antonmediagroup.com

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pring is the perfect time to open those windows, let the fresh air in, and give everything in your home a little cleaning TLC.

Here are five tips for giving your home the spring welcome that it deserves.

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Clean all of the windows, inside and out. Give them a nice scrub with soap and water and a cloth rag. A bathroom or auto squeegee works great for quickly removing excess water from the window. Dry with a dry cloth or lint-free paper towel.

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Dust ceiling fan blades with a microfiber cloth, then run a coat of furniture polish over the blades, removing excess.

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Launder or replace your doormats, both indoor and outdoor. Having doormats inside and outside the door helps trap the most dirt and keeps it from entering your home.

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Dust everywhere, especially the lamp shades and curtains. Toss your curtains and throw pillows in the dryer for a few minutes on

the air cycle, then rehang them immediately. Run a lint remover over the lampshades and other fixed-fabric decor.

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Vacuum your mattress.

Use your vacuum’s upholstery and crevice attachments, then spot-clean stains with upholstery cleaner product. After spraying, let dry, then sanitize with a disinfectant spray like Lysol.

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Spring Cleaning For Your Garden Tools BY JENNIFER FAUCI

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etting ready for spring can be an exciting, but daunting task. Cleaning the house, making room in the closet for new clothes and in the fridge for the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season are all necessary purges. But what about the garden? HGTV organizing and design expert Jill Pollack reminds us that organizing your garden tools is just as important as prepping any other part of your house for spring.

“Gardening can be a dirty business, so it’s best to know where everything is before you make your mess,” said Pollack, of organizing the garage, shed, or wherever gardeners keep their tools. “It depends on your space. Is it in the elements? Is it big enough for you to have standing access to it? Is it strictly for gardening or other outdoor tools and equipment? Work with the space you have.” In order to do that, Pollack recommends maximizing your area to the best of your ability, including finding more than one use or purpose per

tool. Garbage pails, metal buckets and utility bars can be used to hold rakes, shovels and other tall equipment, Jill Pollack but can also double as storage when you store soil or rake leaves. “Store dirt and soil in anything that will hold it well. Avoid using glass for anything because it is moist and you don’t want to drop anything and risk it breaking,” said Pollack. “I love hooks, so anything I can hang on a hook works for me. Command hooks, metal racks and peg boards

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are also great because you can place so many things on one wall and have that field of vision for accessibility.” Pollack also recommends hiding the hose in a container or storage item that keeps the hose together. Smaller hand tools like spades and hoes can be stored in small pot holder to act like a caddy. Over the door shoe racks can also hold gardening gloves and other tools, seed packets, sprinkler heads and plant food scoops. There’s also always a way to get creative. “PVC pipes can be used to store slimmer tools and to create shelving. People also put up wooden or metal shelves to maximize wall storage,” said Pollack, who has seen DIY planters in old tires and beach towels that aren’t so cute for the beach anymore as clean up rags. “You can also keep magazines, photos of garden inspiration and even Pinterest pins that you printed out to hang up in the space as well.” As for getting cute and colorful,

there are a million and one ways to do so. Bed Bath & Beyond, HomeGoods and Target as well as the local craft store has several options for labeling your tools and seeds. Chalkboard paint is popular for the rustic farmhouse look, but paint pens, crayons and colored pencils also work well. “If it matches and there’s a uniformity to it, absolutely color code everything to make it easier on yourself,” said Pollack of making finding what you need simple and fast if it’s by color. “You can use Tupperware with different colored lids. Green for plant food, blue for seeds, orange for garbage bags and ties, etc. It also makes the space look nice with a pop of color.” So before you get out into the garden this spring, take some time to focus spring cleaning the place where your garden needs live. You’ll find that it’s a space you may want to spend time in after your seeds are planted.


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Spring Into Action In Your Garden Now BY KAREN MUSGRAVE specialsections@antonmediagroup.com

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fter a long and strange pattern of winter weather, it appears spring might actually be here. Early April is the perfect time to get outdoors on a bright sunny day to prepare your yard and garden for the warmer weather ahead.

Here are a few tips for spring gardening now:

Clean-Up

are rubbing against each other. They are weak and can cause additional problems in the future.

Of all the tasks you need to accomplish to make your landscape appear spring-ready, clean-up provides the most instantaneous results. Rake up old leaves with a sturdy garden rake. I like to also have a small mini rake on hand to more easily reach between shrubs. Add leaves to your compost pile or fill up leaf bags for garbage collection.

If you can dig a hole, you can plant a tree or shrub. Early spring is a great time to plant arborvitaes for screening, azaleas and rhododendrons for early spring color and many perennials, including hellebores, that are in bloom right now.

Light Pruning

Lawn Care

While you are working in your landscape beds, take a good look at your shrubs. Prune out branches that may have broken under the weight of snow this winter. Also cut back branches that

Planting

Get out there and take a good long look at your lawn. Are there bare spots? Patches of dead grass? If yes, give your lawn a good hard rake and then plant the grass seed that

best fits your needs.

Planters

Early spring is my favorite time of year for unexpected bursts of beautiful spring color in pastel tones of pink, purple and yellow. Plant ranunculus, pansies, primrose and blooming tulips and daffodils

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products in my garden. For lawns, keep it simple. Use a four-step lawn program that provides you with everything you need to grow a healthy lawn from spring through fall. There is a program for every need—whether you are seeding, not seeding or prefer organic only products.

For evergreen shrubs and trees, I am a huge fan of Holly-tone (product), which is an organic, all-natural fertilizer perfect for rhododendrons, azaleas, dogwoods, hydrangea and other acid-loving plants. For all other trees, shrubs and perennials, I use Plant-tone (product), which is also natural and organic,

and provides complete, long-lasting slow-release fertilizer.

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Mulch is your yard’s best friend. Not only does it give your landscape beds a finished look, it also helps to retain water for plants and suppress weed growth.

So spring into action. Look for those warm sunny days to begin the process of readying your landscape and garden for the sunnier months ahead. Karen Musgrave is a certified nursery and landscape professional (CNLP) at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury.

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omegrown strawberries are a billion times better tasting than the hard, rarely ripe, flavorless selection in the supermarket. Strawberries are cold-hardy and adaptable, making them one of the easiest berries to grow. earliness, high quality and concentrated fruit set, June-bearers produce high yields of very large, sweet, extra juicy berries in late mid-season, which is usually late spring and early summer, depending on your geographic region. June-bearers are the best variety for preserving. “Ever-bearing” strawberries produce a big crop from spring flowers, set light flushes of fruit through summer, and then bloom and bear again in late summer and fall. Ever-bearing berries are perfect for large containers or raised beds, where you can give them attentive watering and regular feeding.

and won awards in national and regional juried art shows. Happy, refreshing, uplifting, and “windows to the outdoors” are words admirers and collectors often use to describe her artwork. Nancy also creates pet and house portraits on commission. Currently, she works as a full-time artist and also teaches watercolor painting. Visit www. nancywernersbach. com to see more of her paintings. Her illustration portfolio has been licensed worldwide for jigsaw puzzles, greeting cards, garden flags and a variety of home décor products.

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While most fruit trees take several years to begin bearing, you can harvest your own strawberries the very first summer. And even if you live in an apartment or small home, you can grow strawberries in a container, on your balcony, rooftop or patio. If your horizontal space is limited, consider growing strawberries in a hanging basket or stacked planter, which will allow you to take advantage of vertical growing space as the strawberry plants tumble out over the sides. There are two main kinds of strawberries: “June-bearing” and “Ever-bearing” varieties. June-bearing, bear all at once, usually over a period of about three weeks. Because of their

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Shine bright like a metal. Sconces, lamps, frames, shelves, trays and candle holders in metallic hues of rose gold, gold, copper, bronze and brushed nickel can enhance the look and feel of any room. While more modern and contemporary design enthusiasts favor metallics, it is a look that can flow throughout the home. Metallics pop well against white walls and glass, for example the edges of a standing bookshelf, rims of glass bowls, picture frames and tumblers on a bar cart. Knobs on cabinets, door handles and even faucets for the sink bring in a high end design element in simple ways.

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A vase, flowers, sheer curtains, a candle; no matter what color or style your home is, touches of white will usually match every style. It adds a clean and fresh look to your house and can always be brightened up. And if you have white floor moulding, crown moulding, door or window frames, it will definitely pull the look of the room together. Bonus? White accents are usually inexpensive and can carry through year round.

Every year the experts at Pantone select the color of the year that shows up everywhere in the fashion and design world. From clothes, bags, shoes and accessories to art, fabric, furniture and design accents, Pantone pops up constantly for those who want to keep up with the trend. This year’s selection was greenery, a vibrant hue of green that is as much of a nod to spring and brightness as anyone could imagine. If you plan to follow the color trend every year, inexpensive and easy to switch accents like pillows, rugs, bowls and vases and canvas art as well as silk flowers are a good way to go.


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When it comes to filling in the little nooks and crannies of your home, it’s easy to go overboard. A quick pop into Home Goods, Target, TJ Maxx, Bed Bath & Beyond and a craft store will do the trick. Or you may choose to fill up your shopping cart online with sites like Wayfair, Joss & Main, Kirkland’s, Hayneedle, Houzz and dozens of others to find the perfect pieces that accentuate your home. For spring, focus on color and practicality, especially if you want to carry it through to summer. Fruit (pineapples and citrus are big now) and feathers are popular trends. A bowl of oranges or lemons on your dining room table can be considered a centerpiece just as a giant feather

shaped tray can hold candy or your keys. Picture frames are also an easy and creative way to make your house a home. The best part? You don’t even have to fill them with pictures. Dried flowers, fabric, a painting, a poem, a clip from a newspaper or whatever your heart desires can be designed to be quite the conversation piece in your home. When all else fails, tchotchkes and decorative accents like small statues, lanterns, faux grass pots, clocks, art, baskets, plates and of course, stacked books and magazines can work well in any space.

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Back when it was socially unacceptable to cross colors on the color wheel and pin pattern against pattern when decorating, times have changed. Now, it is totally cool to clash colors and patterns. Contemporary styles (clean lines, bold colors and defined shapes), coastal living (whites and blues, beachy and bamboo) and Farmhouse styles (creams, cocoas and greys, rustic touches, mason jars, burlap and driftwood) and are huge trends right now, so a majority of patterns revolve around quatrefoil, chevron, stripes and an occasional traditional nod to florals. Curtains, pillows, canvas prints and throws are easy and affordable ways to bring in (and mix) these patterns for a perfect refresh to any room in your house that will be anything but busy.

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Springtime Is Bird Time

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pring is a once-a-year opportunity to see colorful, interesting birds up close. Some birds are migrating north after spending much of fall and winter in warmer climates. Others never left the area, choosing to tolerate the same weather that Long Island residents did this winter. “Birds that you would not normally see in your yard may pass through and visit your feeders and bird baths for replenishment as they head north,” explained Andy Burke, owner of Syosset Wild Birds Unlimited. “The birds that were here during winter are also becoming more active.” Spring is a critical season to feed wild birds. They have either endured cold temperatures and limited food supplies, or

they have expended large amounts of energy during their migratory flights. And though spring can be warm and sunny, the majority of birds’ natural food sources have not had time to grow. Many birds rely on bird seed and suet to help them survive cold spring nights or sudden spring storms. “When birds set up residence in your yard, you will be fortunate to observe a wide variety of behaviors, including courting, mating,

Black capped chickadee

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Male cardinal nesting and raising young,” said Burke. You will notice the increased number of birds and their level of activity as spring turns into summer. Providing food and water sources allos you to see wild birds exhibiting their brightest colors of the year.

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What’s New In Home And Gardening Books

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pring has sprung and it’s time to get moving on all of those new home and gardening projects around the house. Here are a few of the newest books on the market for everyday improvements and ideas.

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The team behind the inspirational design sites Gardenista.com and Remodelista.com presents an all-in-one manual for making your outdoor space as welcoming as your living room. Tour personality-filled gardens around the world and re-create the looks with no-fail planting palettes. Find hundreds of design tips and easy DIYs, editors’ picks of 100 classic (and stylish)

Stuff Every Gardener Should Know (Stuff You Should Know) by Scott Meyer

The latest in the best-selling Stuff series from Penguin Random House, Stuff Every Gardener Should Know is the perfect pocket guide to your garden. What’s the difference between heirlooms and hybrids? How can I stop weeds from invading my flowerbeds? And what’s the best way to attract helpful, beneficial insects? All these questions and more are answered in Stuff Every Gardener Should Know—a handy little reference book that’s perfect for gardeners of all ages and experience. From the secrets of indoor seed-starting to tips for hassle free

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Grow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables by Ben Raskin

Have you ever wondered how plants work? Or why we eat the fruit of one plant but the leaves of another? What’s the big deal about growing things—and how do we decide what we need to grow in the space we have? Discover the whole life cycle of food, from sowing and saving to planning and planting, and—most exciting of all—harvesting the food you’ve grown. In

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Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk

From the cleaning and homekeeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just 10 minutes a day. Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have the time, organizational skills or homemaking habits to maintain a constantly clean and decluttered living space. In Simply Clean, Rapinchuk will help you effortlessly keep a tidy house and build habits to become

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Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces by Michelle Slatalla

RHS Big Ideas, Small Spaces: Creative Ideas and 30 Projects for Balconies, Roof Gardens, Windowsills and Terraces by Kay Maguire and Tony Woods

a neat person—no matter how messy you may naturally be. No matter how big your home or busy your schedule, the Simply Clean method can be customized to fit your life. It really is possible—in just 10 minutes a day, you can create a cleaner, happier home.

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Plenty Of Options For Your Clutter BY JOE SCOTCHIE

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here are plenty of worthwhile charities and organizations that would benefit from your household’s ever-growing pile of clutter.

According to a longtime expert on the subject, one “Miss Minimalist,” it is best, from an environmental point of view, to keep your castoffs in your community. That includes churches, hospitals, schools, libraries, animal shelters, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, halfway homes, food banks, senior centers, day cares, prisons and charity shops. For clothing and fabric, set up a free account with GoGreenDrop.com, which coordinates home pick-ups with Purple Heart, National Foundation of the Blind, and the Society of St. Vin-

cent de Paul. Those willing to discard designer and couture clothing, a number of online services are willing to help. Animal shelters are always a good place to go to donate old linens, towels and pillows. In Nassau County, that would include the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter, 150 Miller Place, Syosset (516-677-5784), the Last Hope Animal Rescue, 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh (631-425-1884) and the North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Ave., Port Washington (516-883-7575). Used electronic items including computers and tele-

visions sets, can always find a home at Best Buy stores in America, offer in-store recycling of old, unused or unwanted consumer electronics. There are numerous traditional outlets for donation drop-offs on Long Island. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Long Island is willing to look at a whole array of items. The society is willing to make pick-ups is you are donating at least two large furniture items. Otherwise, drop off clutter at society headquarters at 249 Broadway, Bethpage. Call 516-822-3132 or email: info@svdpli.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

is a private, non-sectarian, nonprofit designed to provide for children facing adversity. The organization sends out mailers in advance of a town-wide pickup. It also makes phone calls to residents with listed phone numbers. Residents may schedule a personal pickup at your convenience by completing by calling 631-234-0000. The Goodwill Industries store and donation center is a long-standing nonprofit chain with a range of preowned clothing, furniture, housewares and more. It is at 814 Hicksville Rd, Massapequa. Call 516-795-0237. The Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop in Roslyn, likewise, is a drop-off for used clothing

for men, women and children, as well as shoes and housewares. It is at 1395 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. Call 516-6214890. Finally, no listing of donation centers would be complete without the Salvation Army. That famed organization has numerous sites in Nassau County, including the Westbury Corps, 992 Prospect Ave., Westbury and Salvation Army Donation Boxes at the following locations: 2310 Jericho Tkpe., New Hyde Park, 193 Broadway, Bethpage, 360 Dogwood Ave., Franklin Square, 3660 Sunrise Hwy., Seaford, 130 East Merrick Rd., Freeport.

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