Easter Menu Decoration

Easter Menu Decoration

I found the template for this cute bunny at “Holiday with Matthew Mead” and I saw the template used in a variety of ways, one of which was a cut out with the menu printed on it and a pretty white carnation as the tail.  I thought I might replicate that for each place setting for our Easter dinner but I decided to frame my menu and I added a cotton ball to the outside of the frame for the bunny tail.  Take a look!

This year we had chicken breast baked in the oven with Cranberry Gravy.  On the side we had stuffing with onions and apples and pecans, roasted whole carrots with crushed pistachios, and green beans with sesame oil seasoning.  We also had deviled eggs, but I didn’t remember to bring them to the table until I was getting the cream for coffee out of the refrigerator.  I went ahead and put them out and the dinner guests didn’t seem to be bothered by their late arrival as they dug into them.

Dessert was a lemon meringue pie and a chocolate eclair cake with some freshly brewed coffee.

BB_Easter Menu.4Dinner was rather low key since it was all adults.  No kiddies pushing for Easter egg hunts or other such activities.  I enjoyed all my guests but always see the four empty chairs at the table from those who are too far away.
  I remember the days, not so very long ago, when I was preparing Easter Baskets, assembling a new set of spring clothes for each little one in the house, and putting shiny new shoes on tiny little feet.  Who knew it would all go so fast?

Bunny tracks..……….DebraJ

I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Fantasy Menu Planning – Easter Dinner # 3

 

 

Fantasy Easter Menu Planning - Easter Dinner #

 

Easter Dinner Menu # 3

 The third menu will satisfy some of our vegetarian readers beginning with a beautiful Garden Lasagna packed with spinach, mushrooms, roasted peppers and other good items, including a fair amount of luscious cheese.  This recipe was found at “The Curvy Carrot” and the description of the preparation is an enjoyable read.

A rich cheesy lasagna is just begging for some warm crusty bread, and I found some at “Roxana’s Home Baking” that looked perfect.   Visit the site to read the recipe for Chickpea Flour Bread.   There are some great photographs of the bread and it made me long for a knife and some butter.

I think this entrée and bread should be preceded by a lovely salad and I found one at “Garnish with Lemon” that will be spectacular.  It is titled Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsalmic Vinaigrette.   What’s not to love here?!

I think this meal would be accompanied well with some chianti or cabernet.

To bring this lovely meal to a close we will sign off on the cutest dessert from Buttercream Blondie.  The Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Dessert – is so cute!  But as cute as it appears, it has some serious rich goodness with all the fresh creamy butter, brown sugar and Cadbury Eggs!  Go take a look!

So, for one more time….
Let’s recap…………

Spinach salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and Balsalmic Vinaigrette

Garden Lasagna

Chickpea Flour Bread

Red, red wine

Cadbury Mini Egg Cheesecake Dessert

and of course….hot coffee!

 

So this concludes our fun with the Fantasy Easter Menus.  I have found so many great blog sites during my research and I hope you enjoy visiting them.

We’ll do Fantasy Menu planning again – for sure!

Now it’s time to plan the REAL menu……………DebraJ

I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Check Fantasy Easter Dinner # 1 and Fantasy Easter Dinner # 2 for more ideas.

Fantasy Menu Planning — Easter Dinner # 2

Fantasy Menu Planning - Easter Dinner # 2

 

Easter Dinner Menu # 2

Holidays are the perfect time for friends and family to gather and enjoy each other.  An appetizer and cocktail period is a nice touch for catching up before the main dinner begins.

This Easter menu will have a different format.  As guests arrive they will be served a flute filled with Verdi Peach Sparkletini.  A couple of fresh sweet raspberries will float around in the wine.  This will be paired with a Spinach & Artichoke Dip served on a side table while guests are mingling.  This recipe can be found on “Cooking Tip of the Day.”

After your guests are seated they will be served a small bowl of Chilled Pea Soup with Crispy Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Croutons, which looks completely yummy and exotic and was found at “Farmgirl Gourmet.”

The main entree will be Cranberry Raspberry Pork Tenderloin. Head over to “Delicious Shots” to take in the beautiful photos and interesting story surrounding this great-looking entree.

A visually appealing main dish like that requires a worthy partner to serve on the side,  so I have chosen Roasted Asparagus found on “Key Ingredients” with some great photos to show just how beautiful a basic vegetable like asparagus can look on your plate.

A fine holiday dinner is never complete without the final course — dessert.   On “Crunchy Creamy Sweet” I found Lemon Bundt Cake based on a buttermilk batter with a delicate and drippy powder sugar glaze.  Served with piping hot coffee, of course.

So, let’s recap……..

Verdi Peach Sparkletini

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Chilled Pea Soup with Crispy Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Croutons

Cranberry Raspberry Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Asparagus

Lemon Bundt Cake

Steaming Hot Coffee

Holidays are a wonderful time to entertain and experiment with some new recipes.  It’s a lot of fun to drag out the fancy dishes and utensils that don’t get used very often.

Still on the prowl for another menu..………...DebraJ

Check back later for Fantasy Easter Dinner # 3

Click here if you want to review Fantasy Easter Dinner # 1

I have not received any compensation or free gifts to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.

Easter Sunday is early this year — Let Spring rush in!

 

Fantasy Menu Planning - Easter Dinner 2012

 

Easter is rushing in early this year.  This holiday holds a high and jubilant meaning for us, but it also signals the end of winter and the beginning of SPRING!  Spring –  when all things are new, all possibilities are renewed, and the great orb in the sky shines brightly.  Ah, the smell of the air, the dew in the mornings, the buds on the trees, the birds chattering, the texture of fresh earth as you turn it over in your garden.  God surely uses this season to remind us of His presence everywhere we turn.  Probably the only thing in nature that is more spiritual to me than the joy of Spring is watching the ocean.  But, since I am land-locked in the Midwest, I don’t get to see the great ocean very often. But I love spring – have I mentioned that yet?

Easter dinners have frequently been eaten in a restaurant but there have been times when I have prepared the meal at home.  This is a great opportunity to bring out the spring accessories and refresh your household just as God’s nature is renewed.

One of the most enjoyable phases of planning for Easter dinner (or any entertainment, for that matter) is deciding upon the menu.  I have collected cookbooks for many years, but with the prolific foodie talent on the internet, that is hardly necessary any longer.

With that in mind, I have a thought.  Fantasy football is certainly a successful and entertaining activity for many, so we are going to do some Fantasy menu planning.

I will search food blogs and create three Easter menus.  The menus will have links back to the blog where the original post can be found.  I don’t know if I will make all the recipes I use for these menus, but I plan to have a LOT of fun creating the possibilities.  Who knows, perhaps one of them will end up as the final cut for our own Easter Dinner here at home.

Fantasy Menu Planning begins………………..DebraJ

I have not received any compensation or free products to create this post.  The ideas and opinions are my own.