Tag Archives: Easter

Easter Pancakes

16 Apr

On the list of food items that I admit I am no expert at are pancakes. I am a fan of the Shake and Pour variety that comes courtesy of chef Betty Crocker. However, Easter weekend I was without and attempted to make not just pancakes from scratch, but Easter-shaped pancakes from scratch. Who hasn’t seen the video of those crazy detailed pancakes that look like The Beatles?

I Googled and found this basic pancake recipe from AllRecipes.com. The only adjustment I made was that I added a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Now the fun part, making freehand animals and shapes! Easy? Not at all and my first attempt at an Easter bunny ended up looking like a pancake from the black lagoon. Plan B, cookie cutters! Lucky for me, my mother bought me springtime cookie cutters that I found while looking for anything that might resemble a bunny shape.

I made a pancake sheet using my griddle aka my new favorite kitchen tool, and cut them out! So simple and pancakes became pancake dippers, perfect for a breakfast finger food.

C’est si yum!

Pancake Sheet

Cookie Cutter Shapes

Easter Pancakes

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Bunny Memory Game

1 Apr

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? I have a “Crafty” board with fun stuff that I like, love and do not have the time or patience for. One of the projects I re-pinned is a Popsicle Memory Game that inspired me to make a bunny memory game for Easter.

What you need:

At least eight scrapbook pages, printed

Two or three solid color scrapbook pages of your choice

Bunny stencil, I think you could do eggs too

Scissors

Double-sided adhesive

Popsicle sticks, optional for this
I took scrapbook pages that I had leftover from past projects (no not scrapbooking, you can actually use scrapbook paper as a decorative background for picture frames. Maybe that’ll be my next post). The best place I’ve found for this paper is a craft store like Michaels.

I printed out this simple outline of a bunny. I traced it on the back side of the pages and cut them out as best I could. You also want to trace the bunny, on the back of the solid paper. Make sure you have the bunny facing the same direction because if not, unless your paper is the same on each side, they won’t line up…trust me, I did it…twice. Cardstock works too so you have a thicker side.

Put the adhesive on the blank sides of the bunnies and stick a popsicle stick in between the sides. If you need to trim down the sides you can. You could probably do this with kids, the tracing part, or you could have them as place cards for the Easter table, just have names written on the solid side. You could even stick the popsicle stick end into a small plant pot with styrofoam.

Mix them up and lay them out and enjoy a game of memory!

C’est si Fun!

Ham Improvisation

6 Apr
I don’t enjoy the deli-style ham that is sliced thin in the store.  I do enjoy home cooked spiral ham.  This year for Easter, I made my first spiral ham.  It’s pretty much one of the easiest things you can make and it looks super impressive when it comes out.
What you need is:
1 – Spiral Ham from the store – if it comes with a glaze packet perfect, if not that’s ok too.
1 Cup of Pineapple Tidbits – canned or frozen
3 to 4 Cups of Orange Juice
1/3 Cup of Brown Sugar
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Tablespoons of Brown Grain Mustard
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – I did not measure this amount.  I did two swirls out of my bottle so I guesstimate that it is 2 Tablespoons.
Preheat your oven to 325 or whatever your ham directions say.  I drizzle a bit with extra virgin olive oil.  Put ham in the oven and set timer.  It should say about an hour.
Bring out the blender!!  I actually used a blending tool similar to the magic bullet. I had frozen pineapple but if it isn’t frozen, you might not need as much orange juice.  Blend until smooth.
In a sauce pan, combine the ham glaze that comes with your ham, pineapple/orange juice puree, mustard and brown sugar.  Bring to a boil and let reduce.  This takes about 20 – 30 minutes.  Keep warm but watch it because you don’t want it to burn.  When the ham has been in for about 45 minutes take out and pour/brush the sauce over the ham.  Put back in the oven for the remaining 15 minutes.
Serve warm!  Enjoy!