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Monday, March 4, 2013

Family Favorite EASTER goodies!

I miss all of the old, sentimental Easter traditions, don't you? When I was little, I remember all the ladies coming to church on Easter morning - and they ALL wore HATS and GLOVES! Isn't it sad that we hardly dress up at all anymore? Well, not this year! I am determined that I and my girls WILL wear Easter Bonnets this year, and I'll post pics when we do. Here are two yummy Easter recipes that we love, enjoy your holiday - and WEAR A HAT!!! "In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade. I'll be all in clover and when they look you over, I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade. On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us, And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure. Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet, And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter parade." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HOT CROSS BUNS >>>INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup warm water 3 Tb butter 1 Tb instant powdered milk 1/4 cup white sugar 3/8 tsp salt 1 egg 1 egg white 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tb active dry yeast 3/4 cup dried currants (optional) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons milk >>>DIRECTIONS: 1. Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program. 2. When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till double. 3. Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes. 4. Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes. 5. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls. 6. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack. 7. To make crosses: mix together confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and milk. Brush an X on each cooled bun. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PEANUT BUTTER EGGS >>>INGREDIENTS: 2 cups creamy peanut butter 3/4 cup butter 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 3 cups crispy rice cereal 1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips 2 tablespoons shortening >>>DIRECTIONS: 1. In a mixing bowl, combine peanut butter and butter. Stir in confectioners' sugar and crisp rice cereal until a dough is formed. Place this mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow it to cool until it is easier to work with. Shape mixture into egg shapes and freeze for 20 minutes. 2. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler over low heat. When melted, dip egg shapes in chocolate. Place on waxed paper and allow to cool. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Here comes Peter Cottontail Hoppin' down the bunny trail Hippity hoppin', Easter's on its way Try to do the things you should Maybe if you're extra good He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way You'll wake up on Easter mornin' And you'll know that he was there When you find those choc'late bunnies That he's hiding ev'rywhere"


  1. I do miss wearing Easter dresses and bonnets! When I was little I always got a new dress for Easter and I looked forward to it. Maybe I should continue the tradition :)

    Your hot cross buns look soooo yummy!

  2. Thanks - they ARE yummy! It's sad how many traditions seem to be fading away. I want to do a push for May Day with the secret baskets and the May Pole too - it's my favorite holiday! :)

  3. My mother used to make she and I matching Easter outfits. I miss the big family gatherings!! Thanks for sharing great recipe ideas! :)

  4. OMG!!! Gramma used to make me wear a new outfit/dress on Easter, used to kill me, and then I did it to Connor...Do you remember his first Easter Picture...with the Knickers, hat and LO and Behold the tights...Yes I said tights on my son for his first Easter...I dont think he would let me do that now....Love ya Lizzie, are you coming home for Easter? we could do an Easter Egg Hunt...Think Ky and Con would be up for it now?

  5. I miss not having my girls at home during holidays as we always did the old fashion traditions! No grand babies this Easter to share with, but I know my girls are carrying on with the things they did as girls.

    A friend brought me some Hot Cross Buns, which are yummy, so that helped.