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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

     

    I hereby decree that spring has arrived, along with its fragrant wisterias, brilliant jessamine, and charming crimson clover. Finally! And to celebrate, let me offer one of the most attractive of the spring-blooming southeastern species ... and a woody species, at that.

    Red flowers are not very common in our southern tree species, and certainly not tubular red flowers. This species’ flowers fit both attributes. A flash of bright red in the shady woods is always a treat, especially now.

  •  The hunt is over, but the hard-boiled eggs remain!

    It’s a few days afterthe Easter holiday, and you still have a carton full of colorful hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. What should you do with them? Shell-encased hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for up to one week.

    Unless they sat out for a really long time, hidden too well, those leftover eggs need to be eaten. You might want to consider the following:

    1) Add chopped eggs to a green or spinach salad.

    2) Top crispy, buttered toast with sliced eggs.

  • Saturday, April 4, is Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That means it’s free admission day for residents of Brunswick County presenting IDs and $2 admission for all others.

    It’s a way for the museum, which turns 24 next month, to give back to those who have supported the museum in its mission through the years since its inception and launch in May 1991.

    Family Day festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Easter means egg hunts and other festivities. Here’s a roundup of area events this week for kids and adults of all ages.

    Leland egg hunts

    The town of Leland is having its first adult Easter egg hunt at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

  •  Albert and Lisa Browning are celebrating their first anniversary Saturday, April 4, with a dinner for invited guests, friends and family at their residence in Shallotte.

  • Every little kid knows the song: “Beans, beans the musical fruit ...” I’ll let you do the next line in your head.

    Not only are beans musical, they are inexpensive, tasty and a powerhouse of nutrition. On any given day, at least 14 percent of the U.S. population is eating beans. Good for them! Pinto beans are the most popular, closely followed by Navy, black, Great Northern and garbanzo beans.

  •  It’s nearly Easter. Bonnets and parades are signals. Perhaps, there will even be warmth in the air and a spring in our steps. Yet, difficulties abound, especially for those who can find no home, no place to know rest and re-creation. How can we celebrate Easter’s resurrection when we allow crucifying poverty to crush our brothers and sisters?

  •  By John Nelson

    I’m looking at the calendar, and I’m listening to the weatherman. Lots of things suggest that winter is about to be history, but don’t say it too loud or we will be jinxed!

  •  Traditional Passover foods prepared with special care

    Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is one of the most important Jewish festivals, celebrated in late March or early April. The eight-day observance commemorates the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II.

  •  Here’s a story that might sound familiar: You thought ahead and put a frozen piece of meat in the refrigerator to thaw for dinner tomorrow night. Good for you, but your neighbor calls and suggests you go out to dinner instead. So what do you do with the thawed-out meat? Is it safe to refreeze it?