Saturday, April 6, 2013

Easter In Our House

(Easter garland idea from Jen.)

This year I didn't decorate with Easter items until Holy Saturday.  We were in such a good place during Lent...(and it's been a couple of years since we've had a fruitful lent)....I didn't want to disrupt it.  I got the idea from Tiffany.

Hard to find a pretty and modest dress for my 5'8" beauty!  We went to Kohl's (misses dept) and this was the first dress she tried on.  The only dress she tried on!  This will be her confirmation dress as well.

(Thanking God for a crazy-easy dress shopping experience!)

I made a cream cheese stuffed blueberry french toast breakfast.

Pina Colada Pound Cake is one of our spring/summer faves!

A new one this Easter...Coconut Cream Fruit Dip.  The family was all over this one.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Again, Easter greetings to you all!

~  Patty  ~


  1. Oh Patty! What a beautiful, yummy, blessed, family day you had! And the pictures are beautiful!!! Your daughters are stunning and your son is a handsome young man as well.

    I love the lamb cake. I will have to "talk" to you about how you made it...I have a heavy old cake pan that belonged to my sweet grandmother. When I was little I always went to her house while she made it for Easter. The last time I saw her in the nursing home as she entered the depths of that horrible disease called Dementia that took her farther away from us, we were talking about it. She looked up at me and told me that the lamb mold was on a certain shelf in her kitchen cupboard, and she wanted me to have it. It was right where she said it was! I just don't know exactly how to make it...

    Anyway...Happy Easter, dear friend!

  2. Hi Billie Jo! I have a Spring Lamb 3-D Cake Pan from Nordic Ware and I just lost the recipe/instruction booklet in the past 48 hours!! Since I recently used it, I remember the instructions thank goodness.

    The key is to grease the heck out of every inch of both molds (it is two pieces altogether) and lightly flour both pieces prior to pouring in the batter. Four is a MUST.

    I used a box pound cake mix. Follow the pound cake directions on back of box. Then, I use about 3 cups of batter to fill in one side (the bottom - NOT the one with the little steam hole). Any more batter, and the cake will expand and break open the mold while baking, oozing out all over the place.

    Next, place the top mold on and secure the grooves, place on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven of 375 degrees F. for 55-60 minutes. I use a toothpick to poke in the steam hole to check to see if it is done.

    Now, your grandmother must have the old cast iron mold, and I'm sure it will take a couple of tests to see how long to bake in the cast iron molds or you could research the web for baking directions. I'm sure it is not that much different than what I wrote above.

    Once the cake is done, allow the entire mold to cool on a rack for 15 minutes before carefully lifting off the top piece (the one with the hole/vent).

    Next, allow the cake to cool at least 60 minutes prior to removing from the rests of the mold. I loosened the edges before I attempt to take it out. The cake should sit and cool completely before keeping it upright, or I heard the head may fall off. *I've never lost the lamb head.

    Before I frost it, I put a patch of frosting on the cake dish so the lamb doesn't try to slide off :) Believe it or not, I use my fingers to frost the cake. It is easier to put some swirly "wool" marks on the lamb that way. I decorate with jelly beans, and green-colored coconut.

    This is really SO easy to make!! Hope this helps!

  3. Oh Patty!!! Thank you so very very much! And I think my sweet grandma must have had a hand in bringing us together...she named her first daughter Patty!!! : )

    I was thinking that your frosting looked amazing!!!

  4. Beautiful children; and I love the simplicity of your decorations!

  5. What a beautiful Easter! Happy Easter!

  6. OH, you kids are so cute and home so springy and Eastery! So pretty and the food looks heavenly!

    Love your daughter's dress, very pretty and modest! It's so sad it's so hard to find modest dresses.

    My 3 oldest girls are going to be tall...did you ever do that double their height at age 2 thing? Well, my oldest and 3rd daughter are supposedly going to be 5'10" and my 2nd will supposedly be 5'8", and my 3 year old, tiny, petite one, she will be only 5'2" (the only one shorter than mama!)Our pediatrician said it's accurate!

  7. What a beautiful Easter you had!

    Love the dress! They all look so cute, but you are right it gets so much harder as they get older. I miss the days when I could pop into Gymboree or Hannah Andersson for sweet, easy little outfits.

  8. Oh that French toast... oh my word does that look soooo good! It sure looks like you had a beautiful Easter! ~tara

  9. Lovely dress! I understand the dilemma- my 5'10" daughter attended a dance tonight that required dresses to the knees. The dress she wore was actually made in the 50's and purchased at a retro shop! Your family looks fantastic! As does the food and decorations... So happy you had a fruitful lent!

  10. You have such a beautiful family, Patty! Modesty for teen girls of any size is difficult!!! My girls are only 5'2ish, and I just can't find anything for them to wear! Blessed Easter season to you and the family!

  11. All of you looked wonderful on Easter! Glad you had a nice day. Your table looks gorgeous and all the food looks so yummy!

  12. I'm salivating! Everything looked delicious!!! 5'8"!!! Wow!!!! Mary might be that tall...pedi estimated between 5'6" and 5'8" (TALL to this barely 5'4" mama!). Her daddy is 6'4", uncle 6'5" and FEMALE cousin (volleyball star) is 6'1"!!!) Your daughter looks beautiful in her dress!!!!! (All your kiddos are cute!) Happy Easter.

  13. Beautiful pictures of your Easter celebration. You have a great eye for color that pops on your blog. Your daughters are gorgeous and your son handsome :) The food looks very good and your table setting festive and fun.

  14. I'm Wayyyyy behind on my "visiting"! I'll have to catch up slowly. I love all of your beautiful Easter-ness...So colorful and pretty:) The kids are getting so big and beautiful/handsome as ever!


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