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Monday Meals: Easter Brunch

Yummmmmmy!!

We were so busy with the giveaway that we didn’t get around to publishing the Monday Meals!  So it’s Tuesday and late to boot but I decided you guys needed some inspiration for Easter brunch.

I themed this brunch off of what my mom traditionally made for us every Easter Sunday – cream cheese french toast casserole.

Maple Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Place the bread cubes in a buttered 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. In a bowl beat the softened cream cheese with sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add in eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add in milk, half and half cream, maple syrup and vanilla; beat until well combined.
  5. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the bread cubes in the baking dish, using a fork or spoon gently lift the cubes so that they coat evenly with the egg mixture.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
  7. Next morning set oven to 375°F.
  8. Remove the dish from the fridge and let sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  9. Bake uncovered for about 45-50 minutes or until set and a golden brown colour.
  10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple more maple syrup.
  11. Delicious!
My mom usually did two layers of french toast and put the cream cheese in between but this sounds yummy in little bread pudding chunks as well.
Instead of scrambled/over easy eggs my mom always made what I now call buttered eggs from our Easter eggs.

Buttered Hard Boiled Egg Mash

  1. Shell 2 hard boiled eggs
  2. Place in dish with 1-2 tablespoons of butter and mash egg and butter together
  3. Heat in microwave until butter is melted (~30 secs)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
It is SO fattening but SO good!
Enjoy!
meg
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DIY from the Blog World: Dying Easter Eggs

As a child one of my most favorite memories for Easter Sunday was dying the eggs the week before and then hunting for them in the house on Easter morning.  Our mom was always so creative when it came to the holidays and had the BEST Easter baskets, made fabulous oven baked french toast, and hid our Easter eggs in the most secretive of places (I remember finding one in our pool table pockets!).  So I decided that this weekend I’d post some DIY eggs from the blog world to reeve the kiddies up for a great and creative holiday.

Make Easter eggs using all natural ingredients.

Tutorial using nylon stockings and suggestions for small flat leaves to use at Family Fun. Photo from KurtFML’s Flickr Photostream.  To get the colors in this photo use all natural dyes.

Japanese paper Washi Eggs

French inspired decoupage eggs from Martha Stewart

These two egg decorating methods employ the same technique found at Martha Stewart but just different papers!  Or cut little pieces from paper that inspires you and don’t cover the entire egg.

No-dye easter eggs with double-sided tape and glitter!

Do the polka dots above or cool stripes like these!

Try out some of these no-dye egg decorating ideas from Better Homes I like the double-sided adhesive strips cut into pretty designs and then dipped in glitter!

Glitter eggs from Martha for decoration

Speaking of glitter – make these pretty decorative eggs from Martha Stewarts again.

Crayon art eggs!

Psyanky-eggs

These pretty as can be eggs also use similar techniques through creating designs with wax and then dying or leaving.  The top uses simple crayons on hot eggs to produce pretty colors on eggs (remember you can use a white crayon to draw pictures and also words on eggs before dying as well).  The bottom picture is an old Ukranian method using hot candle wax to draw designs before dying the egg.

Hand paint your already dyed eggs.

Chalkboard paint eggs

Hand paint eggs after dying with water-based acrylic colors special for eggs – I love the polka dot one!  Or redecorate again and again with  chalkboard paint eggs (use colored chalk too!).  You could also use these as place settings at an Easter party.

And the biggest trend to hit easter egg dying this year . . . silk tie-dye eggs. So pretty!

If you’ve been on pinterest at all you’ve probably seen these beauties around.  Silk tie -dying.  What a good way to reuse unwanted ties.

Real chocolate eggs!

And last but not least . . . why not make real chocolate filled eggs by following Martha’s directions?

Now that the creativity is flowing go and visit our pinterest Easter board for even more ideas on egg decorating!

meg

Also if you haven’t already  . . . go enter our Etsy Easter Basket Giveaway

Featured Etsy Seller: Katie’s creative baking

Perfect Easter themed cookies for those kiddos baskets!

You’ve seen the above Easter themed cookies currently featured in our Etsy Easter Basket Giveaway, but Katie’s creative baking has so many more cute cookies!

She already has a huge variety for holidays and birthdays but she takes custom orders as well!  In addition to all her cute Easter cookies . . .

We LOVE the adorable chicks for an Easter basket as well!

. . . if you’re looking ahead to mother’s day she has these awesome “<3 Mom tattoo” cookies.

Mom Tattoo Cookies from Katie's creative bakery

We’ve been getting lots of “likes” on the giveaway for these cute little balloon pops.  Such a great idea for a party favor!

Balloon cookie pops!

So go check out Katie’s creative bakery because today is the last day to order the Easter cookies to get them in time fore Easter Sunday!

meg

Wednesday Wants: Easter baskets for Boys and Girls

It was one of those lazy spring days around the panda base today with the scent of freshly cut grass and cherry blossoms – it occurred to me that spring is upon us and Easter is right around the corner!  This Wednesday I put together TWO treasuries!  As I was looking through all the cute Easter stuff on etsy I couldn’t help but make up a treasury for both boys and girls.

Hippity Hoppity Boys Easter Basket Ideas from tumblewee treasury on etsy

Hippity Hoppity Girls Easter Basket ideas from tumblewee treasury on etsy

Of course, I cant’ inundate you all with every single one of these pictures in full size but I’ll give you my favs!

The basket:

Make this cute crochet frog basket for you little boy! from cuddlebugkids

Instead of using paper grass or that fake plastic stuff go green (literally) with this edible Easter basket grass from LiensRoyalicing.

The goodies to put in the basket:

Chocolate dipped peeps from LynnesSweetShop (Yumm . . . need we say more?)

OMG these easter cookies are SO cute from katieduran

You have to give your little a cute stuffed bunny right??

Cute bunny PDF pattern from rachelod

Stuffed sock bunny from charliedesigns

And to wear on Easter Sunday (I did girl the girls dresses, because they are SO adorable – wish I could get some of these over here to China for Dee.  But don’t worry go to the treasury to see the little boy outfit we put together!):

I LOVE everything that pitpatwaddlepat makes but her cute dresses are to die for!

I just couldn't resist adding this one from OliviaMadeNew. Just look at the beautiful details!

If you're not tempted to buy our purple and pink polka dot baby shoes then go get these cute ones from revolutionarysouls.

Peep hair clips - ummmm REALLY??!! So freaking cute. from twolittlewrens.

OK so hop to it!! Make those basics super cute and unique.

Next week: DIY egg dying from pinterest

meg

P.S. We’re doing an Easter Basket giveaway next week and some of these treats will be featured!!  Check back next Tuesday to enter and see what we’re giving away!

 

 

 

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