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Better Homes and Gardens April 2013

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between friends

Refresh, renew, improve Like most people with a love for home, I keep a running to-do list of projects I hope to accomplish, ranging from the smallest refreshes—let’s find a new lamp for the entry table—to my dreamiest ambitions. While it’s mostly weekend endeavors that I check off the list, I can’t imagine being without a few “someday” projects on my horizons. Whether I’m ripping out pages or pinning images online, collecting ideas for future projects is a non-guilty pleasure that refuels my creative juices. Surprisingly often, it also helps me discover ideas to use right away. And sometimes, “someday” actually arrives. It did for Scott and me a couple of years ago, when we took a deep breath and at long last renovated our aging family room. We still can’t believe…

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in your words …

Take me away, BHG I love your magazine and wish I could transport myself into each and every room and home! Liz Riesberg Troy, MI BHG inspires new traditions I am probably your least likely demographic, but three years ago I was given a free subscription when I renewed my membership to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Venturing out in a new life as a single father of two small children, I was sure I could find some things within the pages helpful. After all, I had relied on the BHG cookbook since my bachelor days. Your magazine was a lifesaver for our first Christmas in our current house. You showed a garland made of felt circles and ribbon that inspired us to decorate bare branches placed in planters. Since then, we have acquired many…

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TEA TIME The old-fashioned tea party gets a modern makeover with an elegant table, a simple menu, and an unfussy attitude. Turn the page to see how to brew up your own casual get-together. A tea bar is an easy offering for a book club, a shower, or a girlfriend gathering. Set out a kettle plus two or three jars of loose tea and let guests steep their own. Round out the buffet with simple tea sandwiches (go to BHG.com/TeaParty for recipes) and chocolate tea bark, page 18. COZY UP Easy-sew collars made from wool felt dress up cups at the party (and takeout coffee cups later). Let each guest choose one to take home. See the how-to video at BHG.com/Cozies or in our tablet edition (BHG.com/Digital). shop Go to BHG.com/ShopTea to find these and more…

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must-haves for a modern tea party

1 Wool felt sewn with ombré thread wraps a cup in color. Wool Felt, $3 per 8×12-inch sheet; Felt on the Fly. Purple Passion and Plum Berry Variegated Machine Quilting Thread, $8.89 each; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores 2 This tea kettle is a stunner on the table or stovetop. Chantal Copper Tea Kettle, $159.99; Bed Bath & Beyond 3 A linen runner lays the foundation for a beautiful table, no matter the occasion. Libeco Ligae Fjord Table Runner in Watermelon, $45; Barneys 4 Teas from the famed Brooklyn atelier, delivered to your door. Traveler Caddy, starts at $30; Bellocq 5 Gathered on a tray, jars hold tea condiments and utensils. Tulip Jars, $17.75 for six, and Mold Jars, $18.40 for six; Weck Jars. Bamboo Tray, $16.95; Crate & Barrel.…

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chocolate tea bark

Send guests home with a sweet reminder of tea time. Pack bars of this easy tea- topped bark in parchment and kraft boxes. 8 oz. each good-quality semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, such as Scharffen Berger, finely chopped 1/4 cup tea leaves (green teas with herbal or floral notes work best) 1/2 tsp. sea salt flakes, such as Maldon 1. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. 2. Line a half-sheet pan (13×18) with parchment. Pour melted chocolate into pan, spreading to edges. 3. Immediately sprinkle tea over chocolate, followed by sea salt. 4. Set aside for 2 hours or until firm. Cut bark using a chef’s knife. “A tea party is a great way for friends to get together and catch up. It’s so easy to do but has a feeling of…

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seize the spring

Spoiler alert Put a little spring in your step and tune up your tootsies with a pedicure. If you book your appointment from April 15 through 21, you can add some extra pampering. That’s Spa Week, when hundreds of spas nationwide offer massages, facials, and other selected treatments for $50. (Go to spaweek.com to find one near you.) Step right up National Walking Day on April 3 is a great reason to lace up and hit the pavement. Keep the pace going throughout the year with some musical motivation. The Rdio app streams millions of songs, including new releases, directly to your smartphone. Go to rdio.com to try it free for seven days, then subscribe for $9.99 a month. LOOK CLUB Join BHG editors and others who share a love of all things vernal. Snap…