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Before You Burn: Grill vs. Barbecue

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Grill vs. Barbecue

Are you ready for the high holy holiday of outdoor eating, the 4th of July? Backyards everywhere will be filled with smoke as grills are dusted off and put to use. But does everyone who dons an apron really know what to do with his/her spatula? Does he/she even know what the difference between grilling and barbecuing really is?

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Make Your Cut Flowers Last Twice As Long!

Longer Lasting Cut Flowers

You received a beautiful flower delivery.  Your happiness is tempered by the thought that they wont last.  You love flowers, but you hate that they die so quickly. What if I told you I could help you make your flowers last twice as long?

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How to Get the Perfect Martha’s Vineyard Rental

So,  you want to rent a house on Martha’s Vineyard and have no idea where to start?  Well, you have come to the right place! I have spent many summers on the Vineyard and rented many homes.  I am glad to share what I have learned with you.

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Crawfish Boil Etiquette (Yes, There Is Such a Thing!)

Do you think Miss Manners has ever gone to a crawfish boil?  In my head I imagine her showing up in a silk dress and gloves up to her elbow, watching the other guests through the glasses perched on the edge of her nose.  I would be one of those “other guests” thinking, “girl, you just don’t know what you’re missing!

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Do You Suck The Head and Eat the Tail?

 How To Eat Crawfish

Some of you read the title of this post and thought you were about to enjoy some racy reading.  Gracious Girls, get your minds out of the gutter.  I’m talking about crawfish! Read more

The Prettiest Mother’s Day Tea Ever!

Mother’s Day Tea

This Mother’s Day, don’t spend the day in a crowded restaurant waiting for cold food and getting bad service. Grab your mom and join us in the Gracious Living Guide garden for a special tea.  We’ve set a special tea table just for you. Read more

Here’s What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day (And It’s Not What You Think!)

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

Every year, about this time, children all over the country waste way too many brain cells trying to figure out what to buy their mom for Mother’s Day. When you were young, getting the right gift was easy – make mom something with your own little hands and her heart would melt. If you are reading this, you are now too old to get away with a homemade gift, so you join the legions of clueless shoppers at the mall. But can you find what mom really wants at the mall?

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Making Moroccan Tea

One of the pleasures of visiting Morocco is enjoying Moroccan mint tea.  Moroccan tea isn’t as easy to make as regular tea -just pour some boiling water over a teabag and let it be. No, Moroccans really put their soul into a pot of tea. When you are offered tea in Morocco, know that genuine hospitality is being extended.

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