Looking for a cool, refreshing, easy side vegetable that stays good for more than a couple of days? Enter Nana’s 4-Bean Salad, which I made last weekend for Easter and we ate all week on the side of our many ham-based leftover dishes. Even though most of the ingredients are canned, it tastes so fresh because you wash the beans before mixing with the dressing and it is served cool. Enjoy with fresh parsley as you please.
I have been really into DIY wreaths on Pinterest (search it!) and worked up the courage to make my own. I love it! It makes our door happy.
My mom and grandmother visited this weekend and we started prepping for our Easter company next week. Mom is really into Pinterest these days and found a great recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter cups, so we whipped them together in about 30 minutes and treated ourselves to a little preview of the chocolate-tastic holiday to come. The milk makes the chocolate oh-so-soft, and the sea salt flakes really add to the flavor and make these little guys look elegant.
Did you know I decided to NOT give up chocolate for Lent this year, for the first time in 5 years, just so that I could keep eating this? It’s true. I made them last night and dreaded the thought of seeing them on the dining room table every day without the ability to take a bite. They are pretty and delicious. These chocolate amaretto Bundt cakes come from a Magnolia Bakery cook book that I received for Christmas, and while the recipe calls for a 10-inch Bundt pan, I used another Christmas present — 6 mini-Bundts in a pan — to form these beauties. All I have to say is this wasn’t easy. So kudos to you, Magnolia! Oh, and I’m not going to go into details because the recipe belongs to them. And, by the way, I’m giving up chips instead.
Last April we celebrated my auntie’s birthday and my other auntie prepared about a dozen different types of desserts, fro scratch nonetheless. My uncle said that he made the frosting. I just love the way the desserts were all displayed by the huge window, individually placed into paper muffin cups and on tiered plates with flowers and candles. My family knows how to party, and eat.
My mom’s book club is crazy, in a good way (I think), so they threw me a second bridal shower with a delicious buffet and lots of wine. Just look at that braided bread… And the pasta was insane. Later on they “surprised” me at my wedding by putting on habits and singing a certain song from The Sound of Music, but that’s another story.
One time I decided to make my dad his favorite dessert, Baked Alaska. It was easy! He lit it on fire using rum and what a presentation it makes. This is a great summer party dessert.
A humongous antipasto is a Christmas tradition at my parents’ house. This year my husband and I shared chopping duty and had a blast making it look aesthetically pleasing. My mom go these cute flags to make it look fancy.
Here’s a family favorite that is so easy and inexpensive, I can’t believe I hadn’t made it myself until yesterday. I’m happy I thought of another way to use our ground beef staple, and thinking of this recipe gave me a chance to call my grandmother for the recipe. It could be a great Christmas dish as well, using red and green peppers.