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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is about showing your love, gratitude and support for the women who give us everything. Mothers, wives and grandmas each contribute something special to our lives, so honor them with a gift that matches their style, interests and personalities. Check out some of these gift ideas from our Broadway Commons retailers.

Gingham Gift Box Set from Bath & Body Works
A fresh blend of bright florals & a hint of sweet citrus. Notes of blue freesia, sweet clementine & soft violent petals

Fragrance Lover’s Tote from Yankee Candle
Celebrate Mom with a gift set featuring four of their  top-selling candles in a tote that’s as beautiful and stylish as she is. Includes a soft canvas periwinkle and navy blue tote bag with a water-resistant pink lining and detachable coin purse with zipper, an Original Large Jar Candle in Pink Sands™, a 3-Wick Sentiments Collection candle in XOXO (Cocoa Berry Bliss), a WoodWick® Medium Hourglass Candle in Lavender Spa, and a NEW Large 2-Wick Square Candle in Salt Mist Peony.

CORKCICLE.® Canteen from Francesca’s
Get your mom a triple insulated stainless steel, slip-proof, silicone, BPA free water Canteen. This keeps your beverages could for 9+ hours and hot for 3. Holds 16 fluid oz.

 

 

Swarovski Alpha ring is from Periwinkle Boutique.
This set of three rings features organic V silhouettes. The metal is rhodium-plated for a brilliant shine that won’t tarnish. Wear the rings together or separately, or mix and match with other Swarovski rings for a trendy stacked look.

 

 

Cassidy Wrap Dress – Eva Mendes Collection from New York & Company
Bold, bright and in bloom: a vibrant floral print sets apart Eva’s Cassidy Dress, featuring a graceful wrap silhouette and ruffled trim. From the exclusive Eva Mendes Collection.

Vans Old Skool Skate Shoe from Journeys
The Old Skool Skate Shoe rocks a sturdy suede and canvas upper with signature side stripes, and classic vulcanized sole construction for flexible grip and traction.

 

Aloe Hand Sanitizers from The Paper Store
The famous Tony Moly brand is here! The hand sanitizer gel is infused with Aloe and Witch Hazel to moisturize your skin. This pack of eight 1 oz. hand sanitizer bottles are the perfect travel size to keep your hands clean on the go.

 

Floral Satin Short Kimono Robe from Victoria’s Secret
This classic kimono is refreshed with a gorgeous flounce hem and sleeves.  Easy fit, flounce hem and sleeves.

High-waisted active leggings from Old Navy
Go-Dry moisture-wicking technology keeps you dry & comfortable.

Shop all classy styles from Sunglass Hut.
From Burberry to Vogue – Shop now and save 30% off select items.

Earth Day Treat at Home

Earth Day is on April 22nd and I’ve got a SWEET way for you to celebrate the holiday with your kiddies.

Things you need:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 scraped vanilla bean
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • blue and green food coloring
  • Candy of choice

Steps:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Beat the butter and (1) cup granulated sugar till light and fluffy.

Add the egg, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds and beat again.

Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until ingredients are well combined.

Remove 1/2 of the dough.

Add the green food coloring to the dough in the mixer and beat until the color is incorporated and your desired shade is reached. Repeat with the other ½ of the dough and add the blue food coloring.

Place 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar into a small bowl.

Using a cookie scoop or a tablespoon, scoop out the dough onto one of your baking sheets – you should have 12 – 14 scoops of each color. Divide each scoop in half.

Working with one piece of dough in each color, divide each into 2 – 3 small pieces, then gather them together and gently roll into a ball.

Roll each in the granulated sugar and place on the other baking sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes, or till just turning crinkly on top.

Remove baking sheets from the oven and place on wire racks. Working quickly, place a piece of candy on top of each cookie, pressing gently to adhere. Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 more minutes, then transfer to the wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!
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Cajun chain restaurant Hook & Reel opens at Broadway Commons

Hook & Reel, a restaurant group that serves Cajun fare, has opened at Broadway Commons Mall in Hicksville.

It will be the first Long Island branch of the family-dining chain. Additional branches are planned for Valley Stream and Bay Shore. Hook & Reel operates or is constructing eateries that go from Massachusetts to Florida.

Hook & Reel, of course, focuses on seafood. Diners select from crawfish, crabs, shrimp, lobster, mussels and clams. Sauces take in Cajun, Old Bay, garlic-butter, and lemon-pepper. The level of spicing also may be chosen.

Menu choices: sliders, rolls, po’boys, seafood baskets, combination plates, and appetizers such as fried calamari, steamed oysters, chicken tenders, hush puppies, fried mozzarella, and onion rings.

Price generally are moderate, but can turn more expensive for king crab legs and the combination platters.

The Hicksville spot is open from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday; and noon to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Hook & Reel, 363 Broadway Mall, Hicksville, 516-719-0388, hookreel.com