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Easter From the Archives.


Well, I’m going to call this a win, and not one of my usual “Never-On-Time Series.” Yeah, I’m late in posting these Easter goodies from last year, but they are perfectly on schedule for THIS year. Go me!

Easter Cookies.

Our friends, Matt & Amber, hosted a big Easter party last year, and we were able to attend for a few hours. (Philip had to leave early to go to work, and A.J. is “way too big” for Easter egg hunts anymore. *sniffle*) I can’t remember exactly what Amber asked me to bring, but I’m sure it was something sweet, and that’s how I ended up with a big ol’ platter of Easter-themed cookies. ;-)

Easter Cookies platter.

I also seem to recall bringing two Pineapple Carrot Cakes:

Pineapple Carrot Cake.

And lastly, the pièce de résistance, the Easter Bunny Bread:

Easter Bunny Bread.

I had been saving the how-to for the Easter Bunny Bread for years from an old Quick Cooking, and I was delighted to finally have a big party to bring it for sharing! I could walk you through the recipe, but it’s really SO EASY, and you can find it right here on Taste of Home’s own website. I promise it’s not difficult in the slightest!

I actually bought twice the frozen bread dough I would need, sure that I would mess things up the first time. I didn’t (remember how easy it is?!), and then we had lots of bread for making later. Win-win! Here’s how Mr. Bunny looked straight out of the oven:

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He smelled so fantastically yummy, I really just wanted to eat him all up right then! I didn’t have a big enough tray for displaying him, so I just had to fill up that same half-sheet baking tray with all the lettuce & veggies for dipping, but I think it turned out well enough. I filled his tummy with a simple, yummy spinach dip, and he was ready to hop! :-)

But back to the cookies for a little bit. ;-) I made a handful of different designs, all fairly easy.

Some easy chocolate bunnies:
Easter Cookies.

Some tulips, duckies, and more bunnies:
Easter Cookies.

Some chicks & flowers:
Easter Cookies.

Some BIG chocolate bunnies
Easter Cookies.

Some hippity-hoppity bunnies & carrots:
Easter Cookies.

And a few hatching chicks as well. :-)
Easter Cookies.

But I did spend a little bit more time on one sweet “Happy Easter” cookie. I think it might be my favorite from the platter, too. :-)

Easter Cookies.

Now, if you’re looking for a sweet to share, this Pineapple Carrot Cake indeed fits the bill. Again, the recipe is easy enough to follow, and I didn’t really change anything. (I simply am not as good at decorating cakes as they are over at the Taste of Home kitchens!)

And even though my boys are so grown-up now, I still love looking back at pictures from past holidays. Here’s one I want to share with you from a handful of Easters ago:

The boys on Easter Sunday
(Sweet 8-year-old A.J. and 5-year-old Jack, wearing my favorite handknit sweaters ever from my dear Aunt Edith.)

I hope you each have a blessed & hope-filled Easter! Be sure to have just a bit of chocolate, too. After all, there’s a bit of a “holiday drought” after this for a while! ;-)

Winter in OZ.


For the first time ever, the lovely folks over at Foodbuzz asked me to participate in their amazing 24×24 project. This is a special day each month where, all over the world, 24 food bloggers commit to posting 24 great meals at the same time. It’s big, and it’s fun, and I’m so blessed to have been a part of it!

Now, I must first mention that I live on Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. And even if you don’t know much about North Dakota, I imagine you’ve at least heard of Minot in a joke somewhere. After all, “Why not, Minot?” It’s where, “Freezin’ is the reason!” And to celebrate this, I chose to have a very special, themed lunch with some dear friends of ours that will be moving to a new duty station soon. Dorothy and her friends teamed up with me to present “Winter in Oz!”

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We’ve been lucky so far this season. We’re 3+ months past when snow usually begins accumulating, and we’ve got just this small dusting on the ground. That’s my flowerbed above, and you can still see the bricks! After the massive flooding this past summer, this is a welcome reprieve! Still, our friends are moving to sunny California, so this last meal is helping them to say goodbye to Minot with flair! :-)

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^^ Because I couldn’t leave these out. “Ding, dong, the witch is dead!” ♪♫

Other than decorations, let me walk you through our indoor (because no one wants to sit on snow, no matter how little!) picnic lunch, Wizard of Oz-style.

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