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  1. Outdoor Fall Arrangement

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    Plants that are past their prime can be stunning. Their imperfections -- the dramatic shapes, colors, and textures not found in just-bloomed plants -- are part of the appeal. 

    To create this arrangement, we tapped our gardens for rose hips and seed heads from coneflowers and asters. See what catches your eye in your yard.

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2009
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  2. Hot Cocoa Kit

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    Give everything needed for great hot chocolate, served in a bowl big enough to satisfy any chocolate fanatic. 

    To make this gift, fill an antique bowl with Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, and miniature marshmallows. Wrap with a bow, and include your favorite recipe for hot chocolate. 

    Gift Contents:

    Ceramic bowls or mugs

    Ibarra sweet Mexican chocolate (or other high-quality chocolate)

    Miniature marshmallows

    Cinnamon sticks

    Vanilla beans 

    Tissue paper

    Cellophane packets

    Ribbon

     

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. Gift Monogram

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    Recycle holiday cards as labels for presents.

    With a pencil, kids can draw (or stencil) the recipient's initial onto a card, and cut it out. Punch a hole in the letter, and tie to gift with yarn or ribbon.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Special Issue 2004
  4. April Fools' Trick: Shrunken Breakfast

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    Serve a meal in miniature: a sunny-side-up quail egg atop a piece of cocktail bread. 

    (Quail eggs are available at specialty-food stores, including some Whole Foods markets, and through LocalHarvest.)

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
  5. April Fools' Trick: Blue Water

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    Turn the kitchen sink into a blue lagoon with nontoxic dye pellets, designed to tint children's bathwater. When the water is turned on, the burst of color will be short-lived yet shocking.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
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