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You’ve still got time to plan a special breakfast or treat for Mom (or your most-deserving wife).

Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started!

chocolate crepe

Chocolate Banana Crepes  by Liv Life

coconut toast plated

Coconut French Toast

Chocolate French Toast

Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

bellini finished

Peach Baby Bellini

summer drinksGrenadine Sunrise

norita's pan quicheEasy Quiche

pavlova platedRaspberry Pavlova

strawberry finishedStuffed Strawberries

Strawberry Bundt Cake

Strawberry Bundt Cake

lemon-cookie-platedLemon Cookies

flourless choc cake finishedFlourless Chocolate Cake

She Who Wishes You All a Very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Since Cinco De Mayo is fast approaching, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes with you today.

 

Devour in bliss.

Devour in bliss.

Fruit Salsa

The combination of cinnamon-y chips with the fresh fruit is amazing.

Taco Bites are always a crowd pleaser.

Taco Bites are always a crowd pleaser.

Taco Appetizers

These are so yummy and easy to make and disappear almost as fast as you can make them.

enchiladas plated

Beefy or Chicken Enchiladas

Cheesy, filling and delicious!

You can pour a glaze over the top, lavish on a ganache, dust with powdered sugar and accent with berries or whipped  cream.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

The perfect finish to any meal!

She Who Needs to Do some Baking

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Easter Cookie cups platedIf you’re looking for a fun and simple dessert for Easter, think about serving Cookie Cups. The kids (and young at heart) will love them!

easter cookie cups cut to fit silicone

Start with sugar cookie dough (either homemade our from the store). Roll it out and cut into circles, then form the circles over an oven-proof container like custard cups to bake.

 

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

 

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

 

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

 

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

 

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

She Who Wishes You All a Very Happy Easter!

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Years ago, back in my newspaper reporter days, I interviewed a very talented woman who made Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Eggs). They were so cool!

Pysanka are blown-out eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. The art of the decorated pysanka is said to date back to ancient times. The colors used as well as the symbols selected for each egg have meaning.

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I watched this woman teach a group of middle school students how to do the process. It involves adding layers of wax and dye as the design of the egg progress. When finished, the wax is removed with heat (like from a candle) and what is left is a brilliantly colored, intricately designed egg.

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As a thank you for doing the article, she gifted me with three eggs that I have carefully kept.

They are, eggshells, after all.

egg red 1

I found a website that was step by step instructions, if anyone is interested in trying this at home.

eggs 2

She Who is Still Utterly Fascinated by the Process

 

 

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