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Easter Egg Fun

This year, we are planning a huge….HUGE Easter egg hunt at my mom’s. Mixed into that will be my mom’s legendary Easter dinner followed by a Wii Dance Revolution competition, some more birthday cake from my sister (and you thought I was joking about the whole birthday week celebration…nope, I wasn’t), and I am sure a variety of silly shenanigans that I will just have to blog about next week. ūüėČ

However before we even get to my mom’s we still have a lot of prep work to get done. Last night I made up a batch of super-busy-mom cookies. ūüėČ My camera battery went dead before I could load the pictures onto my computer so that post will have to wait until tomorrow. In the meantime here is a sneak peek:

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Tonight we will be painting Easter eggs. There will be the traditional dyed eggs, similar to these:

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And maybe some more extravagant, some may even say super¬†Easter eggs that is more my little man’s speed:

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How cool are those?! I may be more excited to paint these than JBear.

Why stop there? I saw this jelloy¬†egg goodness on Pinterest and thought ‘why not?’.

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And last but not least, I need to make something for JBear to take to school and share with his friends. He is such a sweet kid, and every time any holiday rolls around he just loves to bring in goodies for the class. So I am torn between these two ideas (toys or treats).

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What are you planning on doing for Easter? Any fun egg decorating ideas you thinking of trying?

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Stuffed Flounder

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I’ve never had Flounder before and wasn’t quite sure how to cook it; so what’s a gal to do?¬†Get on Pinterest and look up so pinspiration! I found this¬†recipe¬†which sounded delish.¬†

Since I tend to modify¬†recipes based on ingredients that I have/don’t have/or just want to try I must admit, even with my¬†modifications, this recipe and it turned out great.

Okay,¬†enough¬†jibber jabber!!!¬†Let’s pull¬†on our aprons and get cooking! ūüôā

Ingredients:

  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and thinly sliced (8 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled or garlic powder
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 10 ounces spinach, cooked and chopped
  • sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, diced
  • flounder fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • paprika

Step 1: ¬†Pre-heat oven to 400¬įF.

Step 2: In small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add potato, garlic and salt. Cook until potato is tender, about 10 minutes.

With slotted spoon, transfer potato and garlic to medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of cooking liquid and mash with a fork or potato masher.

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Step 3: Stir in parmesan, pepper, nutmeg and a pinch of salt.

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Step 4: Add spinach and sun-dried tomatoes then mix it all together.

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Step 5: Spray non stick spray on your pan. I use aluminum foil for easy clean up.

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Step 6: Lay out the flounder fillet’s and sprinkle with lemon juice.

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Step 7: Spoon out the stuffing on each of the fillets equally and then roll them up.

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Step 8: Place each roll on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with lemon juice, olive oil, paprika or black pepper. Pause to admire.

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Don’t they look pretty…..pretty tasty! ūüėČ

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These need to bake for approx. 20 minutes (or until they are fully¬†cooked depending on the thickness of the fillets).¬†They tasted delightful and were a huge hit with the family. I think the potato made it taste ‘heartier’.

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All in all this was a huge success and definitely a meal we will have again. Have you tried this before? Do you have a special recipe for cooking fish?


Eggs and Bunnies

For all of us who celebrate Easter, or just like to get into the holiday spirit for the chocolate ūüėČ here are some cute little ideas to try.

As he did with Christmas, my little man is chompin at the bit for Easter to get here. So to help pass the time, I found these cute ideas just for him to do and help¬†“prep” for Easter (aka keep him busy so he stops asking his mamma when is Easter over and over and over and over and over again) ;-).

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This is super cute and would be a nice little keepsake in his scrap book. We could use mommy, daddy, and JBear’s hands to make the wings.

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I love this game since you can tailor it from counting, to letters, to emotions….the possibilities seem endless.

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We have so many Easter traditions in my family but one that is very special is the Easter Bread (Guti di Pasqua). This year I am going to try my hand at Guti di Pasqua and hopefully (fingers crossed it turns out) surprise my mom.

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What a cute take on deviled eggs for Easter. I wonder if they taste any different? Huh – we’ll just have to make them and see.

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And then of course you must decorate….seriously, I told you guys before,¬†any excuse I can use to decorate, I will! ūüėČ

How stinkin cute is this for the front door?! It is relatable to Spring and Easter, and looks to be a quick and easy DIY piece. Love it!

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Here is another super¬†cute piece that¬†looks super easy to make. The best part about this one is that it is all candy so there is¬†no need to take it down and put it away after Easter is gone…just munch, munch, munch. ūüėČ

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These cupcakes are perfect for JBear’s class….that is if any make it there. They look DELISH!

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So we’ve talked a little about ways to keep you little ones busy, ideas on cooking, baking, and decorating your home.

Now¬†we are on to beautifying yourself for the Easter holiday. This is the look I am thinking of rockin at Easter….

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It has all the elements, candy, easter eggs, her hair sort of looks like a nest….LOL.

Okay seriously, that may be a little too bold for me but the look below is right up my alley. The colours are pretty and if this is too bold for you, then you can easily calm it down for a more wearable daytime look.

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And last but definitely not least, what to wear. I love this look. It is not overly dressy but still cute enough to mark the occasion and¬†it looks comfortable which is always a must have. Pair it with a cute sweater jacket and I’m all set.

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Stay tuned for more beauty, baking, decor, and DIY. If you missed motivational Monday, don’t worry, click here to get your dose of inspiration. ūüôā


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