Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday Favorites from Cafe Delites, Cafe Sucre Farine, Savor the Best, Camille Styles and More

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Good morning. It's Good Friday a day of prayer and vigils, as a child my grandmother and then my mother would make us sit quietly in a chair from 12-3:00 to think about the significance of the day. To be honest, I cannot remember if we actually made it the entire 3 hours or if we were even contemplating the Crucifixion. All I know is that we were probably contemplating Easter Sunday dinner and our baskets. This Easter is April 1st, April fools day which also happens to be my grandmother's birthday. I miss her all the time but most often at the holidays. Happy Birthday grandma, and a happy Easter to you too.

This week everywhere I looked there was a recipe, a table scape, or an arrangement for Easter. There were so many great things it was hard to narrow it down to my favorites. 

Image Dreams Come True

But this all white Easter table scape caught my eye because it is unique and I think something that everyone could make. You could get a beautiful branch from your yard and be particularly careful blowing out the eggs you use to bake your cakes, add a few little white bunnies, plates and candle holders and voila, you could have your own version of this gorgeous table scape from Dreams Come True. I do think some of the eggs are goose eggs and I do not know where you get those unless you have a few in your garden. 

Image Coco Kelly

This non-traditional colorful table from Coco Kelly is another favorite. 

Succulent Lamb from Savor the Best

They say if you like lamb the best time to eat it is in the Spring so Easter is the perfect time to make it. This Succulent Braised Lamb Shank from Savor the Best looks delicious. 

Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns from Cafe Delites

Hot Cross Buns are a staple for Easter. I personally love them with chocolate chips instead of raisins so I will be making this recipe from Cafe Delites

Image from Cafe Sucre Farine

Do you still need a dessert for Easter? Try this Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake from Cafe Sucre Farine.

Swedish Pastry

Another easy and delicious recipe is this Swedish Pastry. This pastry is served at every family gathering we have and it is scrumptious. 

If you are looking for a carrot cake check out this recipe from Food Gal.

Image My Domaine

A cocktail on a warm day is a nice way to start the weekend. This Hibiscus Gin Sour might be one to try, if gin is not your drink than there are other Spring Cocktails featured on My Domaine

Instagram is a magical place if you do not get caught up in the comparison game. I personally love to discover new interesting artists, bakers, etc. In the case of  Natasja Sadi’s Cake Atelier Amsterdam is is a combination of all three. Natasja is an artist with sugar paste flowers. You can see her work on Instagram or on Cake Atelier Amsterdam's web page. Can you even believe this arrangement? I am in awe each time she posts an image. 

Do you wear perfume? Do you change your fragrance every season or do you have a signature scent? If you would like to Find Your Signature Scent check out this article.  This inexpensive perfume from Lollia is one of my favorites for Spring. 

Yellena James

I love this art from Yellana James

Thats is for this week, as always please share your finds. I always enjoy reading about what you are making, eating, watching, seeing and doing. 

I hope that you have a blessed weekend and Easter. 

P.S: Just in case you need to get to the shop on Easter here are 16 Stores that are open and 11 that are closed

Thursday, March 29, 2018

15 of My Favorite Easter Dinner Ideas

Good morning. I hope that your week is going well. Are you ready for Easter, do you have your dinner planned? We are staying home this year so to be honest I have been a little slow in deciding on what we are having as it is always hard to plan a "big" dinner for two. At the same time I want to make the holiday special just as my family always makes it, so I am thinking traditional fare but on a smaller scale.

Here are 15 traditional Easter dinner ideas if you are cooking for 2 or a crowd. 

Champagne Bar Southern Living

A simple juice and champagne bar is perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. 

Deviled Eggs are a must, especially if you decorated a bunch and do not want to eat egg salad for the next week. 

Deviled Eggs from Country Living

In my family ham is always on the menu for Easter. I can remember my grandmother getting up early before mass and basting the ham before we left and for hours after we returned home while preparing all of the scrumptious side dishes. We kiddies in the mean time ran around the house looking for our baskets and the eggs that the bunny hid for us to find. 

Clove studded Ham Image HERE

I personally like ham studded with cloves and basted with something sugary so make the crust perfect. You could also make a leg of lamb if you like. 

Garlic Carrots from Damn Delicious

Carrots like this recipe from Damn Delicious are always on the menu.

Shaved Vegetable Salad from Southern Living

A beautiful salad or two is always a good idea. 

Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese

Easer Salad with Ginger Dressing from Working Mom's Edible Art

As is some fruit. 

Strawberry Rhubarb Salad Southern Living

I personally love a potato dish of any kind and these parsley potatoes look like an easy one to prepare. 

Easter Potatoes from Foodie Crush

My personal favorite, scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes from Gimme Some Oven

Of course fresh rolls are a must too!

Easter dinner rolls from The Food Charlatan

Easter Bunny Rolls from Skip to My Lou

As for dessert, at my moms Schaum Torte with fresh berries is always on the menu,  it is one of the desserts that my grandmother always made and is a family favorite. 

Schaum Torte

I think this Swedish Cream with Berries would be a fresh and easy dessert to make. 

That's my Easter menu, what will you be making for your celebration? Do you typically have brunch, lunch or dinner? Do you have a favorite recipe to make for the holidays. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

10 Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

Good morning! Yesterday was the start of Holy Week so it is a busy week for many. Typically this is the week we always decorate our eggs for the hunt(if there are little ones here) and this year I thought I would check out some of the creative ways people are decorating their eggs. I put together my 10 favorites from Pinterest

Pine Cones and Acorns

WOW! Botanical Easter Egg from The House the Lars Built

Speckled Eggs-Southern Living

Image Stone Gable

Image Grow Creative

Image She Knows

Image Mommy Potomus

Image Craftberry Bush

Eggs with Rice and Food Coloring from It All Started with Paint

Image Frugal Mom Eh!

Image The Crafted Life

You can find these and may other Easter crafts, desserts, and more on my Easter pinterest board.

Have a great week. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Silent Sunday 3-25-2018

Today is the beginning of the holiest week of the year, it's Palm Sunday. I hope that you have a great day. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Selections: Easter Bunny Plates, Pillows and More

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Easter Plate Dillards

I still love these adorable Easter bunny plates as much this year as I did last. So cute and they are from Dillard's and they are on sale. 

I love adding pillows to the house for a change, a touch of plaid in the winter, birds on the porch in the summer, a bunny in the spring.

Image Pinterest

One of my favorite memories from Easter was my basket. We always had beautiful baskets filled with treats and decorated with little chicks or bunnies and then wrapped in cellophane and tied with silk ribbon. 

Image Williams Sonoma

I hope that you have a great weekend. I am off to bake and get the last of things ready for my Easter weekend. I cannot believe it is next Sunday. What are your plans? Are you ready for the holiday? Are you on Spring Break this week? 


Friday Favorites from Taste of France, Taste of the South, Savor Home, Life Made Simple, Quintessence, The French Oasisi and More

Good morning! I hope that you are well and surviving the roller coaster Spring. I heard from some friends that they have 16 inches of snow. WOW. Sadly we did not get any but we did get a lot of rain, any more and I think there may be a pond in the neighbors yard. Sadly (and I hope I do not spoil your weekend but)  the weather people said that there is still more cold and maybe snow on the way. 

Image Taste of the South

Lets not dwell on the bad and lets get right to the good stuff. Because it is close to Easter there has been an abundance of carrot recipes floating around the web that I thought I might try. These Carrot Cake Donuts from Taste of the South would be perfect for Easter morning. 

Image Savor the Best

Carrot cake  is always welcome at my house and although I have my favorite recipe I am always open to trying new ones. This Tropical Carrot Cake from Savor Home looks delicious. 

I love the idea of Carrot Cake Scones, another great idea for Easter weekend. 

For those of you that do not like carrots this Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is a delicious cake for the holiday. 

Image Life Made Simple

If you are starting to plan your Easter menu this Fruit Salad from Life Made Simple would be perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch. 

Image from Taste of France

Quintessence Image

If you like Carolyne Roehm, designer extraordinaire, and frankly who doesn't, you will definitely enjoy this post from Quintessence

Friendship is one of the most beautiful parts of life and this post from French Oasis talks about it in all forms. 

Silverware Birds by Mat Wilson

Embroidered Insects

Have you found, made, watched, or read anything interesting this week? If so please share with us. 

Have a happy and safe weekend.