Easter 2013. How is it already possible that it’s Easter?! Where has 2013 gone, and how do I get it to S-L-O-W down?!
My parents & sisters were able to visit over Spring Break, and on their last day here in Texas, we got a chance to “play cookie” together. Meaning, they each picked shapes & I cut out the dough as desired. Then I made an array of colors of icing, and we sat down at the table together to “play” with a few designs. I got a chance to use a few cutters that I’d never used before, and really just enjoyed decorating however I felt. Fun!
I love these simple little mini chicks that I first saw from Elizabeth at SweetArt Sweets, and they were perfect for my mom to make without too much trouble. She broke her wrist on Christmas Day, and while the break is healed, she is still recovering her strength. These chicks were perfectly cute without a bunch of piping necessary.
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!
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.
I also seem to recall bringing two Pineapple Carrot Cakes:
And lastly, the pièce de résistance, the 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:
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.
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.
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:
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!