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13 Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

These titles are sure to delight that special lady this Mother’s Day

  • My Mom, Style Icon by Piper Weiss

    Chronicle Books

    Based on the blog of the same name, this book is perfect for a fashionable mom. Filled with photos and stories of stylish women from the past several decades, it will take her on a trip down memory lane. All of the stories are grouped by theme—from wedding fashion to a mother’s “rebellious” choices—along with anecdotes from daughters (and sons!) who watched their mothers’ style evolve.

    To buy: $19, chroniclebooks.com.

  • Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers by Lucy Gray

    Princeton Architectural Press

    This book of photographs follows three ballerinas-turned-mothers over the course of 14 years. All three decided to have children in the midst of their already physically taxing careers, and award-winning photographer Lucy Gray captures a unique work-life balance as they parent behind the curtain and perform onstage. If your mother is into classical ballet or appreciates photography, she’ll love these stunning, intimate black-and-white photos.

    To buy: $19, amazon.com.

  • Icebox Cakes by Jean Sagendorph and Jessie Sheehan

    Chronicle Books

    Now, she can bake her favorite childhood dessert from scratch. With more than 20 recipes for every taste—from lavender-blueberry to espresso chip—she’ll want to give each old-school cake a try. The cookbook also lists the essential tools she’ll need, so if you notice one that’s missing from her kitchen, buy it to complete the gift.

    To buy: $15, amazon.com.

  • The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook by Kate White

    Quirk Books

    This unconventional cookbook features breakfasts, appetizers, desserts, cocktails and more from your favorite mystery authors and their characters. The book also offers multiple sidebars that link the food to the fiction—like poisons people used to plant in their gardens, and an explainer about how “red herring” went from the plate to the page.

    To buy: $19, amazon.com.

  • Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book

    Chronicle Books

    This journal makes it easy to keep track of everyday memories, and she can chronicle and compare special experiences, funny family quotes, or random thoughts for years. It’s a fun way to jot down even the simplest daily activities, and turns keeping a diary into a meaningful task for mom, too.

    To buy: $10, amazon.com.

  • Diamond Head by Cecily Wong


    Following a horrific tragedy, four generations of women are forced to deal with a long-kept family secret. The wives and daughters of the Leong family are haunted by a Chinese legend that says each person is bound to their beloved with an invisible string, but whenever they make a romantic mistake, that string gathers knots. This knotted string is passed through generations, and ends with Theresa—18 and pregnant—who is burdened with the Leong family secrets. The novel spans years and perspectives—chapters are told by sisters, daughters, and wives—as the women grieve, and eventually rebuild.

    To buy: $20, amazon.com.

  • Capture the Moment by Sarah Wilkerson

    Amphoto Books

    This book is both beautiful to page through and a thorough instruction manual for beginning photographers. More than 100 contributors from Clickin Moms, the largest female-photographer social network, have included photographs and advice for capturing basic, understated moments in everyday life and beautiful ways to chronicle family in photos. She’ll be inspired to pick up her camera and finally use it—without having to attend an actual photography class.

    To buy: $16, amazon.com.

  • The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Scott Dodson

    Cambridge University Press

    A history-buff mom will want to curl up with this recently-released history of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy for hours every night. It discusses Ginsburg’s career as a lawyer, professor, appellate judge, and justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, focusing on her most influential cases. Many leaders from academic and political fields contribute to create a thorough picture of her impressive career.

    To buy: $27, amazon.com.

  • Listen to Your Mother by Ann Imig

    G.P. Putnam's Sons

    This collection of stories was born from a live event asking women to share their stories about motherhood—now the show happens in more than 20 cities across America. This frank, funny, and touching anthology puts many of those stories down on paper, and discusses the complex and diverse array of parenting experiences, from step-motherhood to infertility, and everything in between.

    To buy: $20, amazon.com.

  • Everyone Loves Paris by Leslie Jonath


    For the mom who loves travel, and specifically has a soft spot for Paris, this illustrated coffee table book highlights the city’s most memorable tourist destinations and charming streets with 85 full-color illustrations and interpretations of city life. Even if she isn’t an artist herself, she’ll appreciate this unique look at the City of Light.

    To buy: $21, amazon.com.

  • Cookie Love by Kate Leahy and Mindy Segal

    Ten Speed Press

    She doesn’t have to be a pro baker and decorator to make a batch of cookies, but she can be inspired to go beyond chocolate chip. This book contains almost 300 pages of unexpected cookie concoctions (with beautiful photographs) and expert baking secrets, as well as the pantry ingredients she’ll need to have in her kitchen at all times so that she can make a batch whenever she wants.

    To buy: $19, amazon.com.

  • Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

    Laurence King Publishing

    Coloring books are no longer just for kids—they can be a creative way for adults to relax and unwind, as well. While this book has childlike elements—like hidden objects for the artist to find—its intricate scenes and high-quality paper to prevent bleeding make it the perfect de-stressing activity for grown-ups—almost therapeutic.

    To buy: $11, amazon.com.

  • Inspire: The Art of Living with Nature

    CICO Books

    This beautiful book offers up inventive tips for incorporating elements of the outdoors into entertaining and home décor. It’s divided by outdoor spaces—including sections on Flower Gardens, Beaches, and Vegetable Patches—with specific projects that help bring the outside in through vases, mantel décor, wreaths, and more.

    To buy: $19, amazon.com.

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7 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make From Family Photos

These personalized crafts can get the whole family involved

  • 1. Tote Bag

    Emily Kinni

    1. Choose photos of your family, print them on transfer paper, and cut out just the heads. You may want to use one piece of paper per photo so that the heads are large enough.

    2. Use an iron to transfer the photos onto a plain tote bag.

    3. Have kids use fabric markers to finish their bodies and decorate the bag.

  • 2. Candle Holders

    Emily Kinni

    1. Print photos in black and white on vellum paper, which you can find at your local craft store. The paper will give the photo a frosted finish.

    2. Wrap around a glass cylinder (you can choose the size), and secure with double stick tape.

  • 3. Cookie Tin

    Emily Kinni

    1. Use the lid of a cookie tin as a stencil around a family photo.

    2. Use glue or double stick tape to adhere a circle-shaped photo to the lid of the tin.

    3. Embellish the edge of the photo with a colorful or textured ribbon.

    4. Bonus: Bake her favorite cookies to store inside!

  • 4. Embellished Frame

    Emily Kinni

    1. Paint a wooden craft frame a solid color.

    2. Use a circle punch (or any other shape or symbol) to create a template out of construction paper. Trace circles around the frame.

    3. Use paint pens to color in the circles.

  • 5. Potted Flower Photos

    Emily Kinni

    1. Use a circle punch to cut out faces from family photos.

    2. Cut out colorful flower shapes from construction paper and glue family faces to the center of each flower.

    3. Then, glue a pipe cleaner onto each flower to create the stem.

    4. Place a Styrofoam ball into a pot, and secure pipe cleaners into the ball.

    5. Cover the Styrofoam with shredded paper.

  • 6. Dry Photo Snow Globe

    Emily Kinni

    1. Cut out a family portrait, but just include the bodies and none of the background scenery.

    2. Create a background illustration and tape it to the side of a clear mason jar. This will be the back of the snow globe.

    3. Create additional trees and cut them out.

    4. Tape the trees and family portrait to the inside of the lid. Secure the lid onto the jar, and turn it upside down.

  • 7. Matchbox Album

    Emily Kinni

    1. Cover a matchbox in decorative paper—like wrapping paper scraps or craft paper.

    2. Embellish the front with a “Photos” label.

    3. Cut a long strip of construction paper to the height of the box, and accordion fold it a few times. Make sure the folds are thick enough to accommodate small, wallet-sized photos.

    4. Tape one end to the inside of the box.

    5. Use double stick tape to secure a few photos to the folds.

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14 Mother’s Day Cards That Perfectly Sum Up Your Feelings

Show your love for that extraordinary woman in your life

  • For the Teacher


    If you can’t find a card with the right sentiment, personalize this floral watercolor greeting by just filling in the blank. (Think of it as a maternal Mad Lib!) Hand-lettered and printed on white cardstock by Vine & Thistle, it’s a great way to thank your mom for being a teacher—in addition to chief cook, bottle-washer, and…fill in the blank!

    To buy: $4.50, etsy.com.

  • For the Right Choice


    No, you don’t get to choose your parents, but this bold, simple statement will let Mom know that she was—and always will be—the right choice. The handmade, hefty white-linen card (from Row House 14, a small company specializing in bespoke cards and stationery) is blank inside and comes with a cheery yellow envelope.

    To buy: $4.50, etsy.com.

  • For the Whole Mom


    Give mom the ultimate compliment: You want to be just like her—but probably won’t achieve that lofty goal. On the inside, the card reads “that would mean a whole lot.” And you have the option of adding this quote from Philippians 1:3 on the back: “I thank my God every time I remember you.” Made with recycled paper, the card is printed on heavy stock.

    To buy: $4, etsy.com.

  • For the Surrogate Mom

    Emily McDowell

    Perfect for a variety of influential women (a stepmom, mentor, aunt, and more) this card will let that special lady in your life know what a, well, maternal influence she’s had—and that we sometimes find honorary parents even outside the biological family. The colorful card is paired with a tan paper envelope.

    To buy: $4.50, emilymcdowell.com.

    For 25 percent off purchases of $10 or more, use coupon code REALSIMPLELOVE (valid through April 17).

  • For a Job Well-Done


    Celebrate Mom by complimenting her parenting skills (and give yourself a little pat on the back in the process) with this bold, tongue-in-cheek card. The simple message on the inside reads “Happy Mother’s Day,” and the card is paired with your choice of envelope. (We like the bright blue shown here.)

    To buy: $5, etsy.com.

  • From the Former Adolescent


    Sure, you remember those painful middle-school years—and probably wish you could have skipped right over them. But poke fun at your past on mom’s behalf with this throwback to the days of braces, big glasses, and frizzy hair. After all, Mom thought you were a swan even in your ugly-duckling days.

    To buy: $4, etsy.com.

  • From the Favorite Child


    When it comes to her children, Mom’s not supposed to play favorites, of course, but you can still pretend you’re Number One (think Marcia, not Jan!) with this whimsically entitled sentiment. Printed on recycled paper, the card is hand-drawn and blank inside, so you can consider using it to apologize to your siblings!

    To buy: $4, etsy.com.

  • For the Mother-in-Law


    Mother-in-Laws have been the butt of more punch lines than Rodney Dangerfield or Henny Youngman could count. But let your partner’s mom in on the joke—and show her some love in the process—with this snarky and sweet card. She’ll appreciate you thought of her, too—all kidding aside.

    To buy: $3.50, etsy.com.

  • For the Best Mom Ever


    For the daughter who doesn’t mince words, this bright card gives Mom the ultimate compliment—and in no uncertain terms. It’s perfect if you like to get right to the point, but the card’s inside is blank in case the cover’s sentiment is not, in fact, the end of the story. (Additional periods optional!)

    To buy: $4.50, etsy.com.

  • For the Best Friend and Therapist

  • For the Gilmore Girl


    Best friends first, mother and daughter second? If the Gilmore Girls’ chatty, companionable mother-and-daughter dynamic reflects your rapid-fire relationship with your own mom, this greeting card is just right. Consider giving it to her at the local diner you both love—and maybe add a few “Gilmoreisms” on the note inside.

    To buy: $3.50, etsy.com.

  • For the Heart’s Home


    Whether you and your mom have a long-distance relationship or are practically neighbors, this card will show her that, zip codes and geography aside, your heart is always with her. Made by Stranger Days, a company that specializes in “greeting cards for emotional people,” the card comes with a matching envelope and is blank inside. It’s also suitable for framing.

    To buy: $4, etsy.com.

  • For the Chef


    This card is both hilarious and, well, accurate. Though it may hit a bit too close to home (literally), it’ll make mom feel like she’s both needed and appreciated. If you really can’t cook, consider treating her to dinner on her special day—even if it’s just her favorite takeout. (As long as you clean up!)

    To buy: $4.50, etsy.com.

  • For the New Mom


    Give your favorite baby-beleaguered new mom a much-needed laugh (and maybe even a confidence boost) with this irreverent (and, uh, graphic) handmade card. She’ll love knowing that—even sleep-deprived, and covered in infant upchuck—she still looks great. This card comes with a tan paper envelope (but no bib, alas).

    To buy: $4.50, etsy.com.

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10 Outdoor Plants That Won’t Wilt

You don't need a green thumb to keep these plants happy and alive

  • 1. Verbena

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    This new flowering hybrid resists fungus (which can weaken the plant and cause the leaves to shrivel). And, happily, it’s self-cleaning.

  • 2. New Guinea Impatiens

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    This variety of impatiens, with its showy flowers, is uniquely versatile. It can handle some sun, unlike the more commonly found species, which like only shade. Also self-cleaning.

  • 3. Geranium

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    It’s a mainstay of window boxes everywhere, and here’s why: This flower comes in dozens of colors and flourishes in many climates. Pelargonium zonale is particularly vigorous. To care for it, simply deadhead and pinch back as needed.

  • 4. Euphorbia

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    With masses of tiny flowers, Euphorbia hypericifolia is pretty and self-cleaning. And deer will steer clear of it (they don’t like the taste).

  • 5. Purple Fountain Grass

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    A gracefully arching ornamental grass with fuzzy, rose-colored seed heads, ‘Rebrum’ can withstand just about anything, including high humidity and wind. It’s pest- and disease-free, too.

  • 6. Coleus

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    Prized for its bold, variegated foliage, this two-tone stunner is easy to grow and thrives in summer. It comes in a slew of gorgeous colors. To care for it, deadhead and pinch back as needed.

  • 7. Calibrachoa

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    This cascading beauty, covered in small flowers, makes a great hanging plant. It’s self-cleaning and resistant to disease.

  • 8. Sweet-potato Vine

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    This ornamental plant grows extremely quickly. It won’t climb walls or trellises, but it will trail beautifully over pots. Lush, dramatic colors include deep purple, bronze, and lime green.

  • 9. Begonia

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    Unlike other begonias, which need to be in the shade, Begonia boliviensis fares well in full sun or partial shade. And it rewards you with a profuse shower of tubular, orange red flowers. It benefits from an occasional pinching back.

  • 10. Lantana

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    This self-cleaning plant has flower petals with multiple colors (like confetti). The strong fragrance of the leaves deters deer, and hot days stimulate it to produce more blossoms, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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The Surprising Trait That Gets Better With Age

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You’re no longer just getting older and wiser

A new study from researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Buffalo shows that people aren’t getting older and crankier—they’re getting older and more trusting.

And this increased sense of trust is linked with higher well being, says study co-author ClaudiaHaase, who also serves as director of Northwestern’s Life-Span Development Lab. While the elderly tend to have a reputation for being cranky and crotchety, this new research shows that they are actually “more likely to look at the bright side of things,” Haase said in a statement.

To explore this correlation, researchers conducted two studies. They first looked at the association between age and trust in almost 200,000 participants from 83 countries, using data from the World Values Survey between 1981 and 2007. Researchers found notable increases in trust with age—while 23 percent of 20-year-olds agreed that “most people can be trusted,” 35 percent of 80-year-olds agreed with the same statement.

The second, smaller study analyzed four years’ worth of data from the General Social Survey, and looked at 1,230 US adults aged 18 to 89 to identify a link between trust and age. The research concluded that trust not only increased with age, but was also correlated with higher well being in older adults.

This evidence might seem contradictory, since the elderly could be at risk for fraud or identity theft. But researchers hypothesized two reasons that age leads to trust: first, the elderly are motivated to give back to others, so they naturally look for the good in people. They also develop tightly knit, loving friend groups.

“On the structural side, we know that as people age, they prune their social networks such that as we get older we interact less with people we find less emotionally rewarding,” co-author Michael Poulin, associate professor of psychology at University of Buffalo, said in a statement.

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5 Health Benefits of Play

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Playing can improve your health, happiness, and productivity

If you think the benefits of playtime ended shortly after you learned how to tie your shoes, it may be time to channel your inner kindergartner. Playing can improve your health, happiness, and productivity. Here’s why:

Laughter can bust stress.

A good chuckle can lower stress levels, science suggests. In one study, some participants watched funny videos, while others sat quietly. Those who watched the videos had better recall (hello, improved memory!) and showed lower levels of cortisol, the hormone connected with stress. Stress can damage your body by causing all kinds of problems including headaches, anxiety, and sleep problems. In other words, the physical and mental benefits of laughter are no joke.

Play can help your brain grow.

Even well into adulthood, easy memory games may help stimulate brain growth. Learning new names for colors was linked to increased gray matter in the brain, according to one recent study. Researchers gave participants colored cards with nonsensical names and asked the participants to memorize the new monikers over a span of three days. After the experiment, participants’ brains, scanned via MRI, showed the growth of new gray brain matter, an important part of our brain that helps us make decisions and process thoughts.

Play makes you more productive.

Office meetings filled with humor actually result in better communication between coworkers, according to new research from VU University Amsterdam and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The study found that when someone told a joke, it sparked others to chime in, breaking down barriers to communication. Taking small breaks from hard work can result in greater productivity, not to mention stronger problem-solving skills, according to other research.

Play is good for your heart.

Physical play is a great way to trick yourself into becoming more active—a habit your heart will thank you for. Walking the dog burns 230 calories per hour, dancing burns 320, and a leisurely bike ride zaps over 420. Even a quick game of soccer with your kids in the backyard can burn 500 an hour. Bonus points for taking your play outside, which offers many added benefits, The New York Times reports.

Play is good for your relationship.

Playing around can literally help your ticker, but it’s also good for your heart in a less literal sense. Couples who play together stay together, research suggests. One study looked at couples who regularly reminisced over funny experiences in their past. Thinking back on those times led to greater relationship satisfaction, the results suggest.

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7 Smart Organizing Tricks You Should Try

Make a habit of writing down your short- and long-term goals

  • Expose everything in your dresser drawers

    David Prince

    Stacking clothes up pancake-style means you inevitably only end up wearing (and re-wearing) the few garments that land on top of the piles. The solution: Fold clothes small and tight, and store them in drawers “standing up rather than laid flat,” says Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Storing clothes upright lets you see everything in a glance, “just as you can see the spines of books on your bookshelves,” she says. And with all those newly discovered pieces you already own, you’ll dress more creatively, too.

  • Store like with like

    David Prince

    When you keep clothes and household items in multiple locations—closets, baskets, precariously-stacked storage bins—it’s easy to forget what you already own and over-shop, according to Kondo. But consolidating stationery, say, in a single desk drawer—and faithfully returning stamps and envelopes to this one logical location after using them—reduces redundant shopping and encourages routine weeding. When your stationery is consolidated, it will be obvious that seven sets of thank you notes is overkill.

  • Be mindful of the pleasure your possessions give you

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    “I recommend tidying in the morning,” says Kondo, when “our senses are sharp enough to judge if our goods spark joy, or do not.” Taking time to acknowledge the sentimental attachment and appreciation we feel toward favorite possessions also makes it easier to say goodbye, she says, to other things that don’t move us anymore. Understand when it’s time to “let them go, with gratitude” for their service. “Try to appreciate and value more the items you do use and enjoy,” she says. “This will make it easier to eliminate the goods which don’t have use in your life.”

  • Keep your workspace clean and clutter-free

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    Jonny Valiant

    Though one Psychological Science study suggested that messy desks might spark creativity, performance coach Paul Silverman firmly rejects the idea that disorder catalyzes long-term success: Because family photos and other mementos draw down our finite attention every time we glance at them, Silverman recommends routine desk-sweeps to all his clients. “Rooms that lack distractions, like a hotel, are ideal for focus and concentration,” he says.

  • Streamline your files

    Matthew Williams

    To keep your desk clear of papers and documents you’re not currently using (both energy-sapping eyesores), Silverman recommends a simple, three-tiered filing system: one file drawer close at hand for current projects, another for research material you may need in a month or two, and a third for documents relating to finished projects you should hang on to for legal reasons.

  • Create effective to-do lists

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    According to efficiency expert David Allen, author of the bestseller Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, feeling vaguely uncertain about what we’re supposed to do next—or, worse, worrying that we’re forgetting something crucial we should have done yesterday—creates a terrible feeling of struggling, hopelessly, to keep these thoughts at bay. Here’s one way to cope: Make a habit of writing down your short- and long-term goals. Then create additional to-do lists, separated by task. Listing out the steps you need to work toward your goals will help you reclaim the kind of crisp, results-oriented mindset that builds and sustains momentum.

  • Make “mise-en-place” a way of life

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    For many professional chefs and avid home cooks, mise-en-place is a time- and life-saving system. The French phrase translates literally to “put in place,” and it refers to the practice of gathering all the ingredients and utensils needed before cooking a meal, then systematically cleaning your utensils and workstation as you go. Mise-en-place is critical to food safety, because it greatly reduces the risk of bacteria from one ingredient contaminating another. But it also beautifully focuses the mind, and, best of all, dramatically cuts down on kitchen chaos, according to Sam Sifton, cofounder of The New York Times’ Cooking recipe site: “If I had to boil it down, the three things we can take from restaurant cooks are more butter, more salt, and prepare your materials before you start cooking.”

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5 Cocktails From the Mad Men Era

Say farewell to Don and company in style

  • Old Fashioned

    Sarah Karnasiewicz

    Saturate a sugar cube with 4 dashes of Angostura bitters. Place the cube in an old-fashioned glass, add 1 tablespoon water and muddle the sugar until it dissolves. Fill the glass with ice, pour in 1¾ ounces rye whiskey and stir. Garnish with a slice of orange. Makes 1 drink.

  • Manhattan

    Sarah Karnasiewicz

    Combine 2½ ounces bourbon or rye whiskey, 1 ounce sweet vermouth and a dash of orange bitters in an ice-filled bar glass. Stir until very cold. Serve up, strained into a cocktail glass, or on the rocks, in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Makes 1 drink.

  • Gimlet

    Sarah Karnasiewicz

    Combine 2½ ounces gin and ¾ ounce Rose’s lime juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Makes 1 drink.

  • Martini

    Sarah Karnasiewicz

    Combine 3 ounces of vodka or gin and ¾ ounce dry vermouth in an ice-filled bar glass. Stir until very cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an olive. Makes 1 drink.

  • Sidecar

    Sarah Karnasiewicz

    Combine ½ ounce fresh lemon juice, 1 ounce triple sec, and 1½ ounces brandy in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Makes 1 drink.

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6 Sweet Easter Basket Upgrades

Because jelly beans are old school

Move over jellybeans. Take your Easter basket to the next level with these extra special (and oh-so-pretty) treats.

  • Simon Coll Chocolate Easter Umbrellas


    Bring on the April showers! Cheerful chickens and handsome bunnies adorn the retro pastel wrappers of these delightful umbrella-shaped milk chocolate morsels crafted by a renowned Spanish chocolatier.

    To buy: $5.97 for a set of 3, worldmarket.com.

  • Epicerie Boulud Peeps


    Everyone’s favorite drugstore candies get a chic makeover in the hands of chef Daniel Boulud’s talented pastry team. Choose from sunny yellow chicks lightly scented with lemon or playful sheep flecked with coconut.

    To buy: $9 for a box of 4, epicerieboulud.com.

  • Vosges The Goose’s Golden Eggs Organic Peanut Butter Eggs


    Chocolate and peanut butter may be a childhood classic, but these artfully embossed and gilt-wrapped eggs from Chicago-based confectioner Vogses manage to make the combo feel ultra luxe and all-grown-up.

    To buy: $13.50 for a set of 3, vosgeschocolate.com.

  • Sugarfina Confetti Dolce


    Teeny-tiny and oh-so-tempting, these darling Italian candies come in an array of springtime hues and exotic flavors—peach, vanilla, violet, banana, anisette, and rose water—that are sure to delight your senses.

    To buy: $10 for 2.95 ounces, sugarfina.com.

  • Springenheide Truffle Egg


    Forget the goose that laid the golden egg—if you want to add some magic to your Easter basket, try these fanciful candies with real eggshell exteriors that crack open to reveal solid hazelnut truffle centers.

    To buy: $9.98 for a set of 2, worldmarket.com.

  • Quin Gummy Egg Candy


    These brightly colored and irresistibly juicy gummy eggs from small batch Portland candy maker Quin taste great for good reason: They’re made by hand with Oregon strawberries, cherries, and real lemon zest.

    To buy: $24 for 3 bags, food52.com.

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5 Manischewitz Cocktails for Your Passover Dinner

For a memorable Passover dinner

Manischewitz margarita, anyone? We gave the sweet Passover staple a shot in our bar and discovered it’s good for much more than just punchlines.

  • Manischewitz Martini

    In this elegant pink potion, dry gin and a citrus edge from lemon juice and orange bitters offsets Manischewitz’s notorious sweetness.

    Makes 1 drink

    In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce Manischewitz, 1/2 ounce lemon juice, and 2 dashes orange bitters. Shake vigorously, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

  • Manischewitz Spritz

    An update of a classic Italian aperitif, this bubbly, thirst-quenching tipple is easy on the alcohol and very festive.

    Makes 1 drink

    Pour 2 ounces Manischewitz, 1 ounce Aperol, and 3 ounces sparkling wine into a large goblet filled with ice. Top glass off with soda water and garnish with a slice of orange.

  • Manischewitz Manhattan

    Because they share similar flavor profiles, swapping in Manischewitz for sweet vermouth is a quick and clever way to make a classic Manhattan Seder-friendly.

    Makes 1 drink

    Add 2 ounces rye, 1 1/2 ounces Manischewitz, and 3 dashes Angostura bitters to an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with a cherry.

  • Manischewitz Margarita

    When married with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, Manischewitz’s fruity flavors take on a tropical edge.

    Makes 1 drink

    Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass with a lime slice and dip in salt to coat. Fill with ice and set aside. Combine 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila, 2 ounces Manischewitz, 1/2 ounce triple sec, and 1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice in a bar glass filled with ice. Stir well, then strain into prepared glass.

  • Manischewitz Sangria

    Consider this: Manischewitz is sweet wine. And sangria is wine that’s been sweetened. The conclusion: the two were made for one other.

    Makes 6 drinks

    Combine 3 cups Manischewitz, 1/2 cup triple sec, 1/3 cup brandy and 5 dashes orange bitters in a large pitcher. Add 375 milliliters (one half bottle) sparkling wine, then stir in a sliced orange and a sliced apple. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow flavors to mellow. To serve, pour into ice-filled wineglasses.

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