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Entries in easter (8)



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Happy spring! Did anyone else get a sunburn on St Patrick's day this year? Personally, I've enjoyed this fair weather trend and have happily sent my wool coat and boots to the back of the closet. It's also a time to change up menu offerings, and that includes drinks. I found the four spring-appropriate recipes below, just in time for Easter brunch. Cheers to warm days ahead!


Butterfly Martini Cocktail by Grey Goose

1.5 parts lemon-flavored vodka
2 parts White Grape Juice
3 Basil Leaves
3 Mint Leaves
1 tsp Elderflower Cordial
1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Rind
Fill a cocktail shaker with shredded basil and mint leaves, and combine with all other ingredients. Shake with ice and strain through a fine sieve. Top with a squeeze of lemon rind. Serve in a cocktail glass and garnish with an edible flower.

Lemon Drop Sparkle by Korbel

(12 oz.) can lemonade frozen concentrate, thawed
1 bottle of extra dry sparkling wine
4 oz. Tuaca liqueur
1 1/2 cups sparkling water
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/3 cup lemon drop candies, crushed

In a pitcher, stir to combine lemonade concentrate, champagne, Tuaca and sparkling water. Using a slice of lemon, moisten the rim of each glass. Dip rim into crushed lemon drop candies. Pour in the champagne mixture and garnish with sliced lemons or lemon twist.



Sapphire Revelation by Bombay

3 parts Gin
2 drops rose water
1/2 part elderflower liqueur

Stir in a mixing glass filled with ice then strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with a single rose petal.



Bacardi 8 Rum Julep

2 parts Bacardi 8 year old rum
6 parts mint leaves
2/5 part sugar syrup
2 dashes peach bitters
Cubed ice
Spring of mint to garnish

Gently bruise mint with sugar syrup and bitters, in the base of a mixing glass. Then pour rum, add ice, and stir well. Fill a high ball glass with crushed ice, pour the liquid from the mixing glass using a strainer, stir, and add more ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.



 Don't forget to pop in on my friends' posts. There are lots of great ideas here...

Housewife Bliss  |  Easter Brunch for Chocolate Lovers
Celebrations At Home  | Spring Garden Tablescape
PaperandPigtails.com  |  Polka Dots & Pastels - Free Printables
The Partybluprints Blog  |  "Little Peeps" Easter Table Centerpiece
Second City Soiree  | Cocktails that say Spring
SkimbacoLifestyle.comEuropean Easter Traditions Galore
Thoughtfully Simple | Simple Easter Brunch
Valley & Co. | Table Top Elements for Marvelous Easter Brunch


Simple Easter Craft - chocolate bunny place cards

I spotted this really simple craft on the Kodak web site - chocolate bunny place card holders!  Perhaps you have a budding hostess in the house who would like to contribute to the day's decorations?


Six Creative Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

I don't know what it is about me and Easter Eggs.  Despite my yearly promise that this is the year I'll do fancy eggs, every year I resort to vinegar-and-food-dye.  How about you?  Are you any better at this than I am?  If you are, a) check out these six cute ideas and b) send me pictures!

1 - Chalkboard egg via Apartment Therapy
2 - Place card eggs via Reader's Digest
3 - Bluebird egg via Reader's Digest
4 - Faberge Egg via Dot.Com Women
5 - Eggs + Glue + Beans via PurpleTrail (this is my favorite!)
6 - Multi-sized eggs via Better Homes & Gardens


Peeps for Easter!

Easter is approaching, which can mean only one thing...it's time to use and abuse Peeps.

What do you like to do with these little marshmallow animals? I know putting them in the microwave is popular, but that's so gratuitous. Much better to use them in a recipe or craft, I think. If you're new to Peep usage, here are some suggestions:

Peepsicles, Peep S'mores, Peep Centerpiece, Peep Wreath, Peep Sunflower Cake (via EverdayCelebrating)


Edible and adorable Easter basket

Here's a project for you ambitious types.  When I saw the challah basket from the charming food blog Na Miotle (via Foodgawker) I immediately thought of Martha Stewart's Chocolate Robin Eggs.  The two were meant to be together!  If a big basket seems like a daunting task, how about making several mini versions, filling them with lightly toasted coconut shreds and a chocolate egg?  Wouldn't that be a great placecard setting? In addition to dressing up your Easter table, these would be perfect for a baby shower.

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