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A beautiful Easter in Bluffton yields a weeklong supply of egg salad sandwiches

Easter Sunday turned into a delightful day for all of us in Bluffton.

We had our family over for an early breakfast after a sunrise service on the beach. The night before I dyed some Easter eggs that I used as a centerpiece on the table. I forgot how messy that job is, and thankfully did not spill any dye. It seems as though you don't get enough in a package to color more than a dozen eggs.

This week is egg salad week, and yours truly will have lots to make. There aren't many members of my family who like it, so I guess I'll be the one to nosh.

Sunday afternoon, it was off to work for Dorothy and Will as both have jobs requiring weekend duty at times. Then Dorothy left for Estill to visit with her family, who had come from all directions for the weekend. We spent the rest of the day enjoying life in Bluffton.

* Fancy Nancy Jones is the sales rep in our area for Schumacher Fabrics. She flew down to St. Augustine, Fla., for their yearly meeting last week. She was told she and 50 or so other reps from across the country were up for a top sales award. Thinking she had not a bat's chance of winning, our intrepid salesperson wore her lucky cowboy boots for good measure. Well, those boots worked. Nancy was named the top rep for the East Coast. Her prizes were two Tiffany and Co. treasures. That girl could sell a cat its whiskers.

* Have you noticed all the birds that have been out and about. The other day I heard some strange sounds and looked up to see a flock of geese flying by. The next morning I was out early and surprised four owls sitting quite low in a tree. They looked at me in shock, and I looked at them the same way. Then, in a flash, they flew off, and I haven't seen them since. We live on the water, so there are all sorts of critters coming and going. Makes life interesting.

  • Here is a great idea if you have a thumb that is not green. The Lowcountry Master Gardener Association is giving homeowners the wonderful opportunity to rent a master gardener for $50.
  • A team of Clemson-taught master gardeners will make a one-time yard call. The group will answer any gardening questions you might have and offer sage advice and solutions.

    The $50 fee includes soil testing and a written report with the team's ideas for you to follow. Proceeds from the program benefit the association's many philanthropic events and beautification projects in Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Since spring has sprung, it might be good to get some help.


    * If you have spare time, the Hospital Auxiliary gift shop at Coastal Carolina Hospital needs some volunteer help. Proceeds from the gift shop go to the Auxiliary Caring Touch Program.

    Details: 843-689-8246

  • Palmetto Bluff is hosting the eighth annual Open Tennis Tournament from May 10-12. The tournament benefits public tennis and children in Bluffton. If you would like to be a sponsor or help in some way to build public tennis courts in Bluffton, call Robert Brown at 843-290-2833. This could really make a difference in someone's life.
  • * Palmetto Animal League's fourth annual "Bid for PAL" online auction is in full swing. The actual auction starts April 19, but you can preview all of the items up for bid until then. Access the auction site at All proceeds from the auction benefit animals awaiting adoption at PAL's adoption center in Okatie's Riverwalk Business Park.


    1 box lemon cake mix

    2 eggs

    1/3 cup Wesson oil

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    1/3 cup powdered sugar

    Heat oven to 375. Put cake mix in a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, lemon juice. Mix well. Drop mix by teaspoonful into powdered sugar and roll around until covered. Put on ungreased cookie sheet and push down a bit. Bake for about 10 minutes. This should make lots of small ccokies -- about 7 or 8 dozen.

    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.