Easter Bunny Fluff

This year is just flying by; spring is in the air, and in under two weeks it’ll be Easter Sunday!

Welcome spring

We are planning to host friends over for the Easter holiday; friends with children much younger than our own.  Keeping that in mind I have planned a few things for our menu that will make everyone happy!  First on the list is this totally unhealthy, but absolutely delicious Easter Bunny Fluff. With only five ingredients, it is super easy to make and sure to be a hit at your own egg hunt or spring holiday gathering. Continue reading

Happy Easter Bark

Easter is a bitter sweet time for me this year.  For the first time in forever I didn’t decorate for the holiday, my kiddos have no interest in dying and hunting eggs (they are 16, 15 & 14 now), and we won’t be enjoying the holiday with my family in Tennessee.
I don’t think I like the holiday this way, so I decided that Easter baskets were a must!
Besides the fun little girly trinkets and sports themed gifts for my teenagers, I whipped up a batch of delicious Easter Bark for a sweet treat.
It’s such a fun spin off the peppermint bark so popular around Christmas time.
Ingredients are simple:
Two Boxes of Bakers White Chocolate
Almonds
Spring M&M’s
Wax Paper
Break apart the white chocolate squares and melt on medium heat, stirring continuously until smooth.  Be careful not to over cook or your chocolate will be lumpy and unusable.  I usually remove my pan from the eye when about 3/4 of the chocolate is melted and stir to help the remainder melt.
Layer a cookie sheet with wax paper and then pour the chocolate on to the paper.  Use a spatula to smooth it out.  While the chocolate is still soft and semi-warm, top with the almonds and M&M’s.
Let harden for a couple of hours at room temperature, then break into chunks.
Fill spring themed bags with the chunks of bark for a delicious treat even the most grown-up of teenagers will love!
And as always, Enjoy!

Easy Spring Wreath

I had fully intended to not decorate for Easter this year.

It’s not that I am not feeling springy or anything like that, it’s just with three teenagers staying quite occupied with school, and youth group,
and wrestling,

The “I’m trying to be intimidating look”

 and Winter Guard, 

MacKenzie is in all black….

and track, 

Look at my baby jump!

AND a husband who is traveling with boiler outage season, AND me spending so much time in the gym and playing chauffeur, decorating just didn’t seem practical.

{And for you English majors, please ignore the structure of my previous sentence.}

But then, my girls asked when I was going to pull out our cute little decorations and decorate for Easter.

Uh…..

Epic Fail.

So here it is, two weeks before Easter and I have been trying to do a little seasonal sprucing, just for the teenagers.

It’s not much, but on short notice, sometimes just a touch is all you need, especially when chocolate is incorporated into the decorating.

 

Over the weekend I put together this fun little wreath for our front door.

 

You can make one too, using things left from Easter past!
Materials:
 eggs (blown & glittered or plastic)
Easter grass
a decorative bunny, chick, or duck
ribbon
grapevine wreath
& of course the hot glue gun
The little sock bunny is from Cracker Barrel several years ago … I bought five of them for a $1 each after Easter!

 

This is a super quick and easy project if you go the plastic egg route.
Me?
I like to make a mess play in glitter, so I went the blown egg/glitter route.

 

 

 I adore the look of the final glittered egg, so I was OK with my mess.

After you have all of you necessary items gathered to work with, just start gluing.

Seriously, there is no wrong way to assemble this wreath.   I wanted mine to have sort of a basket affect, so all of my grass is at the bottom with the eggs and bunny added to fill in and my ribbon at the top.

Super easy, really cute, and if you don’t glitter your eggs, a fifteen minute project.

And we ALL like an easy project!

I hope you are getting a taste of this gorgeous spring weather we are having in South Carolina!

It wont be long until winter will pass for good!

Easy Pavlova

Easter was a little different for us this year, as it was the first time I can remember that we didn’t go “home” to Daddy & Mama’s for the day.  Instead we celebrated our first Easter in South Carolina with the five us which was quite lovely indeed.
From dyeing eggs to the traditional Easter photo of the kids the day was next to perfect!
my other child…..
I set the table for our version of a traditional Easter lunch consisting of Lamb Chops, warm potato salad, dijon deviled eggs, marinated asparagus, salad and rolls.
Napkins folded to look like a bunny’s head along with glittered eggs added a touch of whimsey to the table.
And then I made dessert; A lovely, light and extremely flavorful Pavlova.  Topped with fresh berries and freshly whipped cream, it was a dessert my family is still raving over and asking me to make another one!
It doesn’t look like much, but the the flavor of meringue with the berries, and whipped cream is a perfect combination to satisfy anyone at your table.  While the process to put it together is lengthy (it takes over an hour to cook the meringue), it’s so easy to make!

Easy Pavlova

4 large egg whites at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp of white vinegar
1/2 Tbsp of cornstarch
1/2 tsp of pure vanilla extract
For the Garnish:: 1/2 pint whipping cream, sweetened & whipped
assorted berries (I used strawberries, raspberries & blackberries)
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees and place the rack in middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a clean, medium-sized metal bowl, beat the egg whites with a clean electric mixer on medium speed. Beat until the whites for soft peaks.  Any grease on your beaters or bowl will break down the egg whites and they will not whip up, so make sure everything is very clean! 
Gently sprinkle the sugar into the egg whites, one teaspoon at a time (don’t just lump the sugar in the bowl) & never stop beating the eggs until you finish the sugar. Your egg whites should now be glossy stiff peaks.
Sprinkle the cornstarch and vinegar on the meringue and fold in gently with a plastic spatula. Add the vanilla and gently fold the mixture again.
Now gently spread the meringue on your parchment paper in about a 6-7 inch circle. Make sure your edges are higher than the middle, so that it kind of looks like a nest.
Bake the meringue for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until it goes a very pale, pinkish egg shell color.
 
 
Turn the oven off and leave the door slightly ajar to let the meringue cool completely. As the meringue cools, it will crack slightly.
 
 
Just before serving, take the meringue out of the oven and remove it gently from the parchment paper and place on a plate.
Whip the cream with the vanilla extract until it forms peaks. Prepare the fruit by washing and slicing.
Gently spread the cream to the top of the meringue with a spatula and arrange the fruit on top.
There is no wrong way to garnish this easy dish!

This recipe is extremely versatile and can be easily adjusted.  For example, you can make individual meringue nests, then speed a little lemon or lime curd before adding the whipped cream and berries.

***If you make individual meringue nests, you’ll reduce your cooking time to between 40-50 minutes.


{Easy dessert on a warm spring or summer day.}

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