Happy Mother's Day! 

Celebrate Mom this weekend with some great gift ideas from R&D Cross! Now through Saturday, enjoy this special on hanging baskets, perfect for brightening Mom's day!
Floral Arrangements
Floral design is all about self-expression and is great for arranging that perfect bouquet for Mom!
 For beginners, there are three main things to know: no leaves below the water line (or vase line); angle in flowers at varying degrees instead of completely vertical; and create balance with color and types of flowers by making sure the arrangement has a nice flow to it, just like a painting. 
Play with texture. Create balance and harmony by putting dense flowers and more airy plants together. Dahlias and baby’s breath might look really interesting together. There’s something so fun about putting contrasting things together in this manner.
You can also play with texture on your vases, bowls or other vessels.  There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to this. It’s all about playing around and having fun. 
Use unexpected containers. All flowers do not need to be in vases or planters. Try mugs, drinkware, mason jars or even tin cans. This is a great way to save money, give your arrangements character and a distinct style. 
Make your flowers last by using water-soluble plant food.  You can also pour a cap full of bleach - yes, bleach - into the water.  This will preserve the flowers and prevent bacteria from growing, helping the flowers stay fresh for almost twice as long!
There are rules and guidelines for arranging flowers that can make it easier and more enjoyable for you, but these rules are not iron-clad. Flower arranging is a creative expression and the more you do it, the better you will become. Just enjoy the process and don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.
Grilled Chicken Salad

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
½ cup pecans, toasted
2 heads lettuce
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
½ tablespoon poppy seeds
½ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon minced onion

Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Place pecans in a dry skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 3 – 5 minutes until fragrant. Watch the pecans carefully and stir frequently. Remove from heat and set aside. Grill the chicken and then cut into thin slices.

In a large bowl, mix lettuce, spinach and strawberries. Add the desired amount of dressing and toss; arrange on plates. Top with grilled chicken slices and pecans. You can drizzle a small amount of dressing over the chicken if you like. Store remaining dressing in the refrigerator. Makes 4 servings.

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