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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Bunny Birthday Lunch

Easter time is one of the most marvelous
times of the year when life returns and
flowers bloom and we celebrate
Christ's resurrection.

Today's table celebrates Easter in
shades of purple and pink with the
most adorable bunny dishes that I got
this year at a Pottery Barn outlet in Texas.

I knew when I saw them that I had to make 
them the star of an Easter table with the
two naughty bunnies trying to climb up
and snitch the cake!

Could they be any more adorable?

My dear friend Barb was having a birthday
so these fun tiered birthday cakes are what
our darling bunnies are trying to grab a bite of.

They are Cream Cheese Pound Cakes that I will
post the recipe for later.

I decided to fill the table with beautiful purples,
my favorite colors.  I love all of the fun shapes 
and textures.

These beautiful iridescent flower plates I
purchased last year, but I only had four in 
purple so I alternated them with pink ones.

I was going to use pink accents in 
the centerpiece so these worked out well.

I have had these square purple plates for
over a year now and just happened to 
have enough for this table of six.  
What amazing color and I just love that edge.
They were a find at Home Goods.

Little butterfly napkin rings
fit our spring table.

You can see the square amethyst glass plates
that I turned on an angle and set them as a charger.

Some real grass with fresh cut flowers
tuck into a mercury glass urn for
the center of our table.
Real grass is so fun for a
spring table and you can
buy it at the grocery store.

These micro mini daffodils were given
to me last year and after they died
off I planted the bulbs outside.  They
are just perfect tucked into the spring grass.

Chocolate and foil bunnies
sit on a pedestal for the center of the table.  
The table is accented with fresh flowers.

They just can't wait for lunch!

And neither could I!  It was so pretty.

The tiered cake pan was purchased at
 Orson Gygi in Salt Lake City,
The Cream Cheese Pound Cake is
so buttery and yummy that I just piped
a little bit of frosting around all
three layers.

Fresh flowers from the garden in
purple hues were used to garnish the cakes.

Just before lunch I added fresh raspberries
and a candle for each cake.  It was fun 
to have everyone blow out the candle 
on their cakes.

What better lunch to prepared for
our little bunnies than
Lettuce Wraps.
(I will post this recipe next week too.)

Happy birthday Barb!
Glad those little bunnies couldn't nibble
on the cakes.

I will be posting with

Goblets - Horchow (years ago)
Silver ware - Horchow (discontinued)
Tablecloth - Your Chair Covers
Purple glass charger - Tai Pan
Napkin rings - Tai Pan
Square plates - Home Goods
Flower plates - Home Goods
Bunny pedestals - Pottery Barn Outlet
Chocolate bunnies - Tai Pan
Foil and glass bunnies - Home Goods

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chocolate Sugar Cookies - Easter Bunnies

These chocolate bunnies remind me
of my granddaughter's chocolate
colored bunny that she had for a pet.
You can imagine how much fun little 
ones had munching on these and of
course the ears go first.

I found this adorable cookie cutter
and stamp at Wal Mart for $.97
and had too much fun making these
fun Chocolate Bunnies with Pink
royal frosting ears.

You cut the cookie out with
one side of the cookie cutter
and then turn it over and stamp the
other side.  

I found it was easier to stamp and
then cut so that the ear holes didn't
get cut off. 

I left the ear centers in some and 
removed them in others, filling in after
they baked with pale pink royal frosting.

I used the recipe from Allrecipes posted
with the only change that I added 1 tsp. almond
flavoring.  They were beautifully chocolate
and yummy and didn't stick around at all.
I love how the chocolate cookies look too.

Chocolate Rolled Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 C. softened butter
1 1/4 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond flavor (optional)

Sift together the flower, cocoa, baking
powder and salt into a large mixing
bowl.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl cream together the
butter and sugar until smooth.  Then beat
in the egg and flavoring if desired.

Gather the dough into a ball  and flatten
it out and cover it with plastic wrap.  
Refrigerate for 2 hours.

(I rolled mine out on parchment paper
and didn't need to refrigerate it.  They
worked perfectly.

Bake in a preheated oven on
parchment paper for 7 minutes.
Remove and let cool on the pan
for a few minutes then remove to
a cooling rack to cool completely.

Decorate with royal frosting or
regular frosting if desired.

Click here for printable recipe.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Cookies for a Little Girl's Baptism and Homemade Fondant Recipe

One of my favorite things I learn 
to do at Cookie Con was to decorate
the cookies with rolled fondant.

Talk about an easy way to create elegant
cookies (and the fondant keeps
the cookies moist!)

My daughter's niece was getting baptized
and we decided to make her some special
cookies for her party.

I love these darling dresses.  You could use
them for a shower, a christening, any girly
party.  They could be done in colors with
all kinds of decor for the belt.

This CTR shield which stands for
Choose The Right was covered in rolled
fondant and then the letters were piped on.

We had to include an elegant birthday
cake too.  

Fondant Covered Cookies

(Recipe for homemade follows)
Baked and cooled cookies
Piping gel or royal icing

Dust the textured sheets with a little

Roll out the fondant on the textured sheet.

Cut the fondant with a matching cookie
cutter, or if your cookies were like mine
and they grew a little in the oven, turn
the cookie over and lightly cut the
fondant to match the shape of the cookie.

Carefully peel the fondant off of the sheet.
You don't want the fondant to stretch.

Paint the front of the cookie with clear
piping gel or royal icing.  Place the textured
fondant onto the top of the cookie and gently
press into place.

To get the elegant sheen, spray with
(Be sure and check prices if you buy on
Amazon because some are triple.  I linked
you to a reasonably priced one.)

This one was frosted with royal icing
and then sprinkled immediately with
decorative sugar.

I did the same on the dress for the belt.

Color a little of the fondant pink
and pinch it into a long snake, then roll up
to form a rose or desired size.  Then I cut
the top off as I wanted a short rose.  Attach
with royal icing or piping gel.

Fondant Recipe
(This is so easy and tastes so much better than commercial
fondant.  You can flavor it any way you like.)
16 oz. marshmallows
2 T. water
2 lb. powdered sugar, sifted
to remove any lumps
2 tsp. almond extract or emulsion

Place the marshmallows and 2 T water
in a greased microwave safe bowl.  
Heat on high
for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir.  Repeat
until the marshmallows are all melted
and the water is blended in. 

Add the flavoring.
Add any coloring now if you want
to color the whole batch. 

Place in your greased Kitchenaid mixer
bowl or other heavy duty mixer bowl.
You will need a powerful mixer to make
this (or you can knead it by hand).

Use the bread kneading hook.   Add
in the 2 lb. of powdered sugar.  Mix on low
until completely blended.  
Knead it into a ball.
The fondant will be warm.  Let it cool
before you use it or it will stretch.

Once cool, cover or place
in a Ziploc bag to keep fresh.

It will store for weeks in a bag.
It will be hard so warm it for 
about 10 seconds in the microwave
and knead it until soft.

These textured sheets were like
the ones we got to try out at 
Cookie Con.
I got mine at Orson Gygi's in Salt
Lake, but they are the same
price on Amazon.  They come
with six different designs.  
Wilton also has great
molds for creating fondant flowers,
borders and designs.  They are
very reasonable. Search Amazon
under Wilton fondant molds.

These butterflies were made with

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Aqua Bunnies Easter Table

My cutest bunny dishes,
these bunnies sitting atop
a woven basket,
are the star of this
Easter Table.

I bought these a few years
ago in aqua and pink and
they are just so adorable.

They are the perfect for
this aqua Easter Table
set on a pretty aqua 
rosette table topper.

Aqua and white dishes create the
stack and I brought out
the sterling silver to go 
with this elegant table.

The sterling is 
Old Maryland Engraved,
which I received from my parents
when we married,
although I chose to not have it
engraved.  I love the mirror like
surface where the engraving would
have gone.

These fun aqua polka dot chargers
begin the plate stack.

I followed those up with these
beautiful textured white plates
with a spring flower on their border.

These fun aqua and white napkins
will be placed next on the stack.
It is fun to use variety in your
napkin placement.

Finally, another textured white plate
and our aqua bunny finishes off the
stack.  The bunny looks a little
bluer in this photo because he is
filled with Dove Chocolates - Yum.

Textured white or cream plates are my
most versatile plates and can be paired
with almost anything.

A stemmed aqua glass bowl
forms the basis of the centerpiece
and it is filled with mercury glass eggs.

A few more Dove eggs spill out
onto the table topper.

I have plain mercury glass eggs 
and diamond studded ones.  These
were new this year from 
Home Goods.

Two Easter baskets are also
featured in the center of the
table.  One is headed off to our
missionary son in Seoul, Korea
and the other is going to my wonderful
neighbors who are 90 and 95!

I asked our dear neighbor who is 95
the secret to his long life and good 
health and he told me it was
1.  Chocolate Covered Almonds
2.  Chocolate Covered Raisins
3.  M&M's
so their basket is filled with chocolate.

He is a man after my own heart!!

Mercury glass is another one of my
go-to basics!  I just love the sparkle,
shine and elegance it adds to a table.

Here is a shot from the back side of
the centerpiece.  I elevated one on a
small glass cake pedestal.

I brought out another set of
aqua goblets, different from the
ones I used last week.

They were paired with my
favorite clear bubble goblets.

I think these bunnies are sooooo sweet!
They get to stay out all month.

I am so glad you stopped by to see
my Aqua Bunnies Easter Table.

I am glad that Easter is a little
later in the month this year so 
I can play with more Easter dishes.

I will be posting this with

Aqua bunnies dishes - Home Goods
Polka dot dishes - Tai Pan
White Textured plates - Tai Pan
Sterling silver - Kirk-Steiff
Bubble goblets - Tai Pan
Aqua goblets - Tai Pan
Napkins - Home Goods
Aqua bowl - Home Goods
Mercury glass eggs - Home Goods
Aqua plastic buckets - Target


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