Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Project Roundup

Everyone geared up for tomorrow?  We're expecting record high temps for today and tomorrow.  Mid 70's.  How exciting is that?!

I thought I'd pop in and share some of the things we've done for Easter in the past.  Including a table setting from when I hosted the dinner.  My sis is hosting this year and I'm in charge of appetizers.  I'm still debating on what to make.  Hmmm, I had better get on that.

So let's start with the table, shall we?  I made a runner out of Easter grass, then tucked in candles, plastic eggs, chocolate bunnies and lots of flowers.  There was a centerpiece and each place setting got a mini bouquet.

Easter Table Setting

Easter Table Setting

How's about desserts next?  I have yet to post the recipe for the most delicious carrot cake in the world, but here it is in all its glory.

Carrot Cake

This next sweet treat is one of my favorite desserts in the world.  I made it last year - my mom's bringin' it this year.  SO good.

Pistachio Dessert

Pistachio Dessert

And what would Easter be without decorated sugar cookies?
This is the only recipe I ever make and it's the best.
I've got the dough and frosting made, and we'll be baking and decorating with the kiddos sometime today.

Sugar Cookies With Buttercream Frosting

I bought these egg-shaped marshmallows on a whim last year.
We smeared peanut butter on them, then dunked them in chocolate.
They didn't suck.

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallow Easter Eggs

We still haven't boiled any eggs yet.
Bad mommy.
We'll see if we get to it before the day is over.
If you're waiting until the last minute like me, try out the Kool-Aid method.
My post tells you which flavors worked and which ones were a waste of time.

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

These potatoes work for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
My aunt is bringin' 'em this year.
One of my all-time favorite side dishes.

And if you're up for a fun Easter morning breakfast for the kids, these bunnies were super easy.
All ya need is a tube of cinnamon rolls.

There ya have it.
Wishing you and yours a happy Easter weekend.
You can find me out in the dirt, enjoying the sunshine.
Happy Easter!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter: A Kid Lunch

This week's Fun Food Friday lunch definitely has an Easter theme.

The bunny is a peanut butter and honey sandwich and I used Nutella to stick the sprinkles on.  Lettuce grass, grape, pineapple, and celery flowers.  A jello Easter basket.  Carrots and grapes around the rim.

Here's today's silly lunch:

Happy Easter!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Bunnies

The Girl was askin' for cinnamon rolls the other morning and I had just seen these "Cinnabunnies" on Pinterest, so I gave 'em a whirl.

I used a tube of eight cinnamon rolls and got five bunnies out of it.  Three of the rolls I cut up and used for the ears and noses.  The original used sliced almonds for teeth, but they were kinda creepin' me out, so I nixed the teeth.  I used slivered almonds and made whiskers instead.  Then I did raisin eyes.  We put the icing on the side for dunkin'.

Here' they are comin' together at my house:

And out of the oven, ready to eat:

Super easy and the kids thought they were great.
We even saved one for The Dad.
Yes, it's a miracle, I know.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baked Ravioli In Pesto Cream Sauce

Remember that Pesto Ravioli With Alfredo Sauce I made last spring?  I couldn't stop thinking about it for over a week.  It was one of those cravings that wasn't goin' away.  So I put all the ingredients out on the counter on Wednesday and set to it.  If you remember that post, I had dolloped the pesto down over the noodles before pouring the cheese sauce over it.  It was delicious.  But I decided to change it up a bit.  I put the pesto IN the cream sauce.  Holy lord, people.  Why have I never done this before?!  Think of all the possibilities!  Pesto cream sauce?!  Yes, please.

I made the white sauce the exact same way as I had done in the other recipe, using the same measurements.  Butter, garlic, flour, milk, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.  But before adding the milk and cheese, I whisked in two ice cube tray portions of pesto.

Once that was incorporated, I poured in the milk.

I let that come to a boil, whisking it the whole time, then simmered it until it thickened up.

Then the cheese went in.

Time for assembly.
Put a layer of frozen tortellini in the bottom of a baking dish.
I had some tomatoes, so I sliced those up and put them on top of the noodles.

Add another layer of ravioli, another layer of tomato, then finish with the last of the ravioli.

Now pour your sauce all over the top of everybody.

Put some more sliced tomato up on top and make it snow with some more cheese.

Cover and bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes.
Uncover and bake for another 10.
Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

Fresh basil on top would have been super, fantastic, but I didn't have any.
I did add a drizzle of balsamic.
We had our usual salad and bread to go with.
Here's heaven on my plate:

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