Hello again. I wonder how things turned out for this little lamby? I can’t believe how much the girls have grown since this photo.
With Easter just days away we really need to get moving. This is such a busy time for snowbirds! Packing up the car to go home, organizing the house and still entertaining guests all the while trying to keep up with our regular household routines, fitness and hobbies.
Are you and hubby alone this year or are you able to celebrate with family or friends? This year we are on our own but we will definitely be celebrating Easter dinner with a group of friends at our club.
Easter here in Bonita Bay, is over the top as is everything they do for the members! They do our egg hunts on Saturday morning of the Easter weekend so as not to interfere with anyone going to church and personal celebrations. This is a pic of the girls from a few years ago enjoying one of the many activities that the club offers. Cutest little faces!!!
Feeding a crowd…what do you usually serve at Easter when you have a crowd? I have attached a couple of breakfast/brunch recipes below from friends with an emphasis on keeping it simple so that everyone gets to enjoy time with family. There is nothing worse than being stuck in the kitchen on your own trying to be super woman to get it all done.
When we think of charcuterie boards we think of meat, cheese and crackers, etc. But what about this cute twist… a yummy dessert board…just in case the little ones didnt get their sugar quota throughout the day. Since I wont have my granddaughters here for Easter this year, I am making these for a couple of neighbours that are blessed to have their little ones visiting them.
Not everyone has (or wants) table runners or placemats specifically for Easter…use gift wrapping paper instead. You will find the cutest papers at Target or Hallmark. I love to use six pieces. One down the center length wise and two going across width wise. Choose a paper that compliments your dinner dishes. Even if you have earthen ware in darker tones of taupe or green you can find really sweet paper with natural colours ….think bunnies in the forest….and take your inspiration from that and incorporate some natural elements like tiny bird nests. In the photo above I bought squares of paper from Michaels to use as placements and doilies for the center of the table. You can read about this entire Easter post HERE
I loved these little nests made out of pretzels. You can do this at every place setting or just at the kids. This was a couple of years ago…an Easter tea party with the girls. The kids loved everything about this table setting.
Fun breakfast idea….serve cereal out of a pail and into egg shaped bowls. Bowls are from the $1 area at Target. Pail was from Home Goods a few years ago.
These place settings are from one of my favourite Easter posts HERE
This is another really simple center piece I made. You could swap out the limes for lemons or grapefruit depending on your colour scheme. All you need to do is use two different sized vases. Put one inside the other and place the sliced fruit in between them.
I like to to get creative with the place settings making them personal for each person. When I don’t do it, Savannah reminds me and does it for me. She doesn’t want “massive confusion nana” This little tag could be tied around a napkin or the sliver wear. A small stuffed bunny at each place setting with the name tag would be cute too for the little ones.
Whatever you do this Easter weekend try to keep things simple. It can be a breakfast as simple as the one pictured HERE
Or maybe try one of these fabulous make ahead breakfasts……
HASH BROWN BACON BAKE
Ingredients – preheat oven 350
- 4 cups refrigerated hash brown potatoes
- 1 package of bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups of 2% or full fat milk
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- S & P
Combine the first 7 ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a 9 inch greased pie plate. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle paprika, add salt and pepper.
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
Serve this with a fruit salad and scrambled eggs.
ASPARAGUS AND CHEESE FRITTATA
- 5 eggs
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup veggie broth
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 slices Italian bread (1/2” thick”) cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups asparagus cut into 1/4” – 1/2” pieces
- 1 medium onion finely, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère cheese – makes everything better
Whisk first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in bread cubes
Heat oil in an 8” oven proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and onion. Cook/stir until tender (approx 10 mins)
Reduce heat to medium low and pour in the egg mixture. Cook uncovered for 6-8 minutes until nearly set. Sprinkle with yummy Gruyère cheese.
Broil 3”-4” away from heat for approximately 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and eggs are completely set.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Serve with fruit salad a plate of greens.
Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter!
Love Steve, Marion and the Easter Bunny!
MarieApril 13, 2022 at 2:09 PM
What a fantastic blog with lots of great ideas!!! That first photograph of your young granddaughters with the lamb is priceless. I would love to know how that turned out! HA HA
The breakfast you did with the pail/cereal is amazing. I am going to do this for my grandsons…I have a plastic beach pail and shovel that will work just fine!
Happy Easter to you Steve and the Easter bunny.
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 2:23 PM
LOL…Yes, the first photo leaves a LOT to the imagination. I crack up every single time I see it. Their mom is a baby photographer OH SO SAVVY PHOTOGRAPHY..she is amazing. Every Easter she borrows a lamb and some bunnies for her photo shoots. When I see this photo is says Easter to me!
A plastic pail and shovel would definitely work. You could line a few different coloured ones and put different cereals in each. Would be fun to mix them up as they’d like.
Thanks for stopping by Marie! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the blog.
SonnyApril 13, 2022 at 2:12 PM
I am so happy that I came across your website. Just in time too because I am going to the craft store today. I love the paper placemats. Great idea!
I have subscribed to your site. I cannot wait to read your next post. Once my family is gone I plan to sit back with a glass of wine and go through all of your blogs. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 2:25 PM
Hello Sonny, I just received your request to sign up…thanks so much and welcome!!
I am so happy that you found my blog in time for your trip to the craft store.
There are a lot of posts…so perhaps more than one glass of wine will be required!!! LOL
I am so glad to have you! Happy Easter to you and your family.
DebbieApril 13, 2022 at 2:36 PM
Happy Easter to you and Steve. I don’t think I know anyone with such an amazing imagination. Your granddaughters are lucky.
Your tables are so pretty. 🤗
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 4:56 PM
Debbie!!! Miss you lady!!! I hope you are doing super, duper, fantastic!!!!
Some might say I have too much time on my hands! LOL
Happy Easter to you and everyone you love. Xo
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 2:49 PM
Yum hash brown bacon bake will be my addition this year. Thx M.
Sweet pics of the girls. Love the cereal idea as well. All suggestions are cute. Busy lady. I know you’ll take time to enjoy your day in between the ‘go home’ chores to be done. Hope the predicted snow storm doesn’t affect our area at home.
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 4:54 PM
What!!!!! Snowstorm??? OH NO….that’s terrible. I hope you are still in AZ! LOL…maybe you’ll be stranded there for an extra couple of days!!
Happy Easter to you and your handsome Doc!!!
JApril 13, 2022 at 3:05 PM
Thanks for your great wishes and ideas! Happy Easter and stay safe! Jackie
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 4:52 PM
Happy Easter to you and your entire family JW…I am always so happy to know that you have popped in to have a read!
MaryApril 13, 2022 at 10:11 PM
Your breakfast settings are so precious. I love your charcuterie board! What a great idea! I am definitely going to try some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing your fun ideas.
MarionApril 13, 2022 at 10:14 PM
Hello Mary. I am so happy that you found some ideas that you like! Have fun with your own creations. I bet they all turn out beautiful!!! Happy Easter Mary.
Suzanne ColasimoneApril 14, 2022 at 7:08 AM
HAPPY EASTER Mare!! What fantastic and beautiful ideas. My mouth is watering at all the very yummy recipes. Thank you always for sharing your creativity. That charcuterie is over the top!!! 😘
MarionApril 14, 2022 at 7:51 AM
Happy Easter Sue! Thanks for stopping in. The recipes DO look good don’t they? My g-friend that shared them is like you…great in the kitchen! I am definitely going to try them!
Have a great day! Xoox
JanetApril 14, 2022 at 7:08 AM
Hi Mare, what a great read! I love your creative ideas and your recipes, make you want to host Easter!!! The girls are so adorable, can’t believe how big they’re getting!
Wishing you both Happy Easter! 🐣🐣🐰
Miss you…looking forward getting together with the housewives when we get back home.
Cheers, huge hugs!!! 🐰🐣🐥💝💝💝🌷🌷
MarionApril 14, 2022 at 7:48 AM
Thanks so much Janet. Easter is a beautiful holiday.
Happy Easter to you and yours. Miss you…and cannot wait for a Housewives party!
BethApril 14, 2022 at 8:25 AM
What a precious picture of the little girls and the lamb! I love the little one in her tights and ballet shoes! The older one is definitely in charge! LOL
It took me over an hour to get through this blog! I click on all of the links and get lost in them. I love it!!! It is so relaxing and I am not nearly finished. I love the Easter charcuterie board. Great idea instead of a dessert.
Happy Easter Marion.
MarionApril 14, 2022 at 8:29 AM
Good morning Beth. Yes, I love that photo too! The poor little lamb!
Enjoy your down time getting lost in my blog!
I am so happy that you are enjoying it.
Happy Easter Beth.
Mary LynnApril 14, 2022 at 9:34 AM
Always love your blog with my coffee. You are so creative and I am not, so great ideas. Love the recipes, will for sure try those. Look forward to seeing you when you return, we will have a housewives reunion. Safe trip back and see you in May. 😘😘
MarionApril 14, 2022 at 2:23 PM
Thanks ML. I am so happy that you enjoy my blog ideas! 😊
Thanks for the well wishes and see you soon.
Happy Easter. 🐣 💕
JoanneApril 15, 2022 at 1:06 PM
So many great ideas in this blog! I love the nests and the place setting on a wreath is a great idea. So pretty and can be used on a spring table not just an Easter table. Thanks for all your ideas. Lots of fun!
MarionApril 15, 2022 at 1:10 PM
Hello Joanne. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love hearing from everyone.
You could definitely use the wreath as a spring time table setting as opposed to an Easter setting. You don’t want to use it if you are serving steak though…lol…it can be a tad wobbly!
For sandwiches and light foods it worked perfectly fine.
ValApril 15, 2022 at 2:07 PM
You always make Easter look so pretty, Mare!! So creative!
Happy Easter to all and love Steve’s new friend in the pic!❤️🐇
MarionApril 16, 2022 at 8:17 AM
Thank you so much Val!! I can probably get you an autographed copy of the pic if you’d like! LOL….
Happy Easter to you and Paul.