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Easter

It’s hard to believe the Easters with my “little girls” are now memories. Such happy ones, though, and I’m pulling them out today in picture form. I’m also including some favorite Easter recipe links in case you need some last-minute ideas.

Hailey and Ella at the annual Awbrey Glen Easter egg hunt, 2009. I loved those coats and hats. Spring generally revisits winter here, so they dressed accordingly.

Brunch

Let’s start with brunch. That’s what we are doing this year so we can just eat all day. A spiral glazed ham and Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls will be on the menu, for sure, but maybe also some of the following breakfast items.

Crustless Spinach and Tomato Quiche

Deviled Eggs with Chipotle and Chives

Deviled Eggs with Chipotle

Oven Baked Bacon

Smoked Salmon Hash with Lemon Dill Sour Cream

Blackberry Scones

Flax, Citrus, and Berry Muffins

Aunt ‘Cilla with Hailey and Ella

Dinner

Some of our fondest Easter memories involve dinner at my cousin Priscilla and her husband, Mike’s house. They are excellent hosts and cooks! Dinner items vary but always include Grandma’s Rolls. She, somehow, makes them taste exactly like our Grandma Ina’s did. Here are some other Easter dinner favorites…

roasted leg of lamb
Roasted Leg of Lamb

Roasted Red Pepper and Green Olive Hummus

Spinach, Strawberry, and Goat Cheese Salad

Cheesy Lemon Quinoa with Kale

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette and Feta

Roasted Baby Potatoes

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary Mint Au Jus

Dessert

Friends that become family are the dessert of life. We’ve had many fun celebrations with the same crew over the years and are still all the best of friends.

My niece, Alicia, and I have decided on Lemon Coconut Cake this year, but I might change it up and make cupcakes instead. That way, we can leave the toasted coconut off for E & H. Not that they won’t have plenty of chocolate from the Easter Bunny! They may be past the egg hunt stage, but they’ll never be too old for a See’s chocolate bunny.

Here are some more sweet ideas to finish your brunch or dinner…

Carrot Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cupcakes

Baklava

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing (Easter/Spring shapes, of course)

Old-Fashioned Spice Cake with Maple Fudge Frosting

Toasted Coconut Cream Pie

Crème Brûlée

crème brûlée

Happy Easter to you and yours! I hope you have sunshine, freedom, flowers, family, friends, and lots of good food!

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen

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