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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter day

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter.   Even with all of the dessert blunders I had, this Easter was perfect!  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  Thank you God!  When we have this many people over, we have to use the patio as part of our house.  (room)
This year, once again, we went to Mom & Dad's for Easter dinner.  Then we came to our house for dessert and the egg hunt.  Mom & Dad live in a condo that has a very good sized living room, which is where they set up the tables.   Now, I would have sworn that I got a picture of their living room, and the tables, but I think I got distracted by this cute salt and pepper shaker!
 
 Then someone said, "Time to eat!"
After dinner Dave and I left to go hide the eggs and do some last minute food prep before everyone got to our house.

Here are the desserts I ended up with...not including the peanut butter pies Andrew brought, the sugar cookies that Billie brought, and the sugar cookies that Greg brought.  Sugar overload!  (I'm having friends over today to finish off that 2nd peanut butter pie)

 Now peeps, I didn't have the time after the food flops, to do it all from scratch, so I went for cute.  The original Pinterest recipe was ALL from scratch, including the carrots. 

 And the recipe calls for chocolate icing, but I thought it was just too much chocolate.  I like white icing on chocolate cake!  The oreos are supposed to look like dirt.
 The reason some of the cupcakes look messed up is I put them in a three-tiered iron cupcake holder thingy, and when I looked at them a few minutes later, they were so heavy they were falling through the holes!  And this was right before everyone was to be here.  So, I ended up putting them on a cake stand.

 
 I was going to opt out of the no bakes this year....but my brother-in-law said that was a stupid thing to do and I ALWAYS have no bake nests with little peanut m&m's on them for eggs.
I used the wire holder for the no-bakes and the chocolate covered bunny suckers.


I colored some coconut green and set the chicks in the coconut nests.
 A cute way to set out jelly beans, m&m's, cadbury mini-eggs, when you don't want to dig out some pretty dishes. Cute always works.
 The cobblers were deslish!  Especially with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on them and coffee to go with!
 
 When everyone got to our house, they were still full from dinner, so they went on the egg hunt.
 Everyone was waiting impatiently with their bags on Mom & Dad and Andrew & Michelle to get here!


 Seriously Dave....you try this every year....and no one listens!  My Sister sent me a facebook message the next day that said, "what were the rules again?!!!"  LOL!  Anyway, my Shug read the blessing that he meant to bring to Mom & Dad's but forgot.  Then he tried to tell everyone the rules and where to look for eggs.....
 LOL!  Look at those faces.....

 Off they go.................and my Shug is still trying to tell them the rules!!!
 After everyone took off, I told these non-hunters there are a few eggs on the patio.....just for them.




 Everyone meets back on the patio to see what their eggs hold.
 You might get candy, or a lotto ticket, or maybe a dollar or two. 
 Or maybe you got a message that simply says, "Loser!"  Or a pretty necklace.
Or maybe some vienna sausage!!!  ewwwww

 
I had bunnies all over the place.  I realized that over the years I have made a LOT of bunnies!
I thought you might like to see where we are living.  This is looking from the bedroom into the kitchen.  The door opening to the left is the laundry/bathroom.

Looking from the kitchen into the bedroom.  That's my Shug sitting in the living room!

Happy Easter everyone, a couple of days late!  Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Cindy Bee


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter preparations

 Things are moving along nicely with the Easter dessert preparations.  These will be adorable when I'm finished with them, thanks to a Pinterest idea.
The eggs are getting stuffed...
This is a very simple marshmallow dipping recipe that I made about 30 years ago with regular marshmallows.  I decided to give it a try with some peeps.  The recipe was on a Kraft marshmallow bag.  You take 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of peanut butter and melt them.  You can dip the marshmallows in ground nuts (of your choice) if you want to. I'm planning on putting them on sucker sticks.  It takes quite a while for the chocolate to harden so don't panic.  And wax paper works better than foil.

White chocolate with pastel coloring would have been adorable, but at this point....I'm just dipping the chocolate.


I made some cobblers (strawberry and black raspberry) another recipe I found on Pinterest.  Here is the recipe  What?  I'm not typing it all out!  I don't have time!  Click on the word recipe.  I will say I haven't tasted them yet though so I'll let you know after tomorrow.


I might be adding in some Florida succulents or some violas for color on the table for color.  (I know they aren't really Florida succulents, but they are to me.  I bought them on vacay in Florida.  You can buy them anywhere.)
Sorry Wendyroomcreations....I had to throw out the balloon eggs.  I just don't have time to 'cry over spilled milk' girlfriend...I got stuff to do!

Cindy Bee

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Martha help!


I've been preparing for Easter. 

 I bought this wire thingy at the Winter Woolen Workshop this past year.  I'm not sure yet exactly what I'm going to do with it besides grow rye but I have ideas!
 Not sure yet what I'm going to do with these either, but I have ideas!
 We are going to Mom & Dad's for Easter dinner, then to our house (room) for dessert and the egg hunt.  We've also been stuffing eggs....lots of eggs with candy and treats. 

We used to have the meal at our house too, but since we are living in one room right now, we have a progressive type dinner/dessert situation! Here is a good recipe for ham.  After years of getting up in the wee hours of the morning, we started cooking the ham the day before, let it cool, slice it,  refrigerate it until the next day.  Then heat it up, put it on a platter, and serve.

 So anyway, I'm getting my "Martha" back right?  And I decided to make the ice cream look pretty.  So I got out my new molds I bought a couple of months ago.  I let the ice cream soften, and filled the molds. 



 

 I used a warm cake decorating tool to push the ice cream firmly into the molds.  (I dipped it in hot water first)  Kind of messy looking as the hot icing tool melted the ice cream quickly, but it was going into the freezer and when they pop out you won't see the messy part.
 I took an ice cream break!
 I then took to stuffing balloons with candy.



I melted chocolate.
  And put it all over the egg-shaped balloons.
 As I was dipping the chocolate...
  and bouncing it off of the balloons....I found if you bounce the balloon, the chocolate will be smooth looking on the balloon....
 I was visualizing our local choclatier (delicious bakery - J Edwards) finding out about these, and wanting to hire me to make them for Easter....

I was visualizing taking orders.  EW! - I'll have to do a better job of the air bubbles I see....
I put them in the fridge to make sure they were extra hard.  The plan is to pop the balloon and pull it out.  And wow everyone with hollowed out eggs with candy inside!
 Only the balloons are stuck to the inside of the chocolate! I've made chocolate nests before and they never stuck.  I'm wondering if bouncing the candy inside the balloon, made the balloon stick to the chocolate too much. 
 CRAP!

Back to the ice cream....

 AAUUGGGHHH!!!!
Then I got to thinking....we don't need chocolate ice cream anyway...we need vanilla.
 I'm thinking about serving the chocolate eggs like this!!!!!!  
What can I do?
Martha help!!!!

Cindy Bee