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Easter Baskets for Grown-Ups

March 29th, 2015 Posted by Easter, Holidays, Sweet Sundays 2 comments

Easter baskets for grown ups
We are having Easter at our house this year. This started last year, and I love carrying on the tradition. It’s just an excuse to eat ham, really (I mean, let’s be honest), but family dinners, even if they are small, are fun for me. Planning menus, cleaning, and organizing what dishes to use, these are all things I get really, really excited about. 

So when I was a kid, we always got Easter baskets. Sometimes my mom and dad would make little scavenger hunts for us to find them too. Since we have all adults coming to dinner, I’m making Easter baskets for grown ups! 

It’s fun, and it involves chocolate. SO WHY NOT!? 

There are a couple tips I’d like to share when it comes to Easter baskets for adults: 

1. Include some of the “good” chocolate. I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy, but lately candy like Snickers, M&M’s, and things like that are so overly sweet tasting to me. I’m a dark chocolate lover, and I like chocolate that tastes good, deep and rich, and doesn’t have a waxy texture. So I added some higher quality chocolates, maybe some Lindt with sea salt, or Ghirardelli, for a nice treat. 

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2. Go with nostalgia. I added some candies from our childhood: Robin’s Eggs, Twix, and a small chocolate bunny. But other good options are Cadbury Eggs (if you like that sort of thing) and Peeps! 

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3. Add small things that aren’t candy. I found some little things that could be fun for an adult, like grow your own herb kits and scratch and sniff stickers (because who DOESN’T like scratch and sniff stickers). I also added a wind up chick and bunny toy, because I thought it would be hilarious to harass the cats with these.

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4. Add one or two things that are useful and lasting. Getting one small thing that I will actually use is always a great surprise! Joel has been lamenting that we never have enough measuring spoons, so that’s what is going into his basket. I like the kind that are narrow enough to dip into a spice jar, so it’s like a gift for both of us! 

Sources: Herb growing kits and Easter eggs: Target. Easter baskets, wind-up toys, Robins Eggs and other candy: Safeway and the Dollar Tree. Measuring spoons and scratch and sniff stickers from Cost Plus World Market. 

Grown-ups just want to be kids again! 

Happy Easter! 

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Rosemary Raisin Bread

February 3rd, 2015 Posted by Bread, Easter, Holidays, Sandwiches No Comment yet

rosemary raisin bread sweet Hawaiian bread

I saw this recipe back in the summer, and while you could make this bread anytime, something about the combination of rosemary and raisins got me thinking fall or winter. But really, this would make excellent ham sandwiches with leftover ham from Easter Dinner. 

rosemary raisin bread

Yes, I’m already thinking about Easter dinner. I don’t celebrate Easter, per se, but I cook on Easter without a doubt. Easter bunny? Sure. Chocolate? Hell yea. Ham, au gratin potatoes, pineapple upside down cake (or maybe this cake from the late Everyday Food magazine) the whole shah-bang is going down in my kitchen. This year I’m thinking the Parker House rolls will be replaced by this bread, formed into sweet, soft pillows. Are ya with me? 

This bread tastes just like those sweet Hawaiian rolls I used to buy all the time (before I started reading the back of the package). I was so pleased that these tasted just like an old store-bought favorite, but even better! This bread also tastes like it has butter in it, but it’s actually olive oil! And it only has one long rise, so it’s done a little faster then most yeasted breads. Can this bread file my taxes and cure cancer too? Maybe for an Easter miracle….

Check out the full post on the Slice of Life site, view the recipe and see how to make it. Recipe slightly adapted from the The Bread Bible by Beth Hensperger

rosemary raisin bread ready for sandwhiches!

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