My friend Tina would scold me and say that I need to be to the point, I need to entice people over so that they come for a reason!
And I would say, "Hey! I gave them three reasons! Eggs, cookie cake and the death of wallpaper as we know it!"
March is a crazy month at our place for multiple reasons. We have six birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Dave retired (had to postpone retirement party due to a gajillion sick kids) Holy Week, 3 books releasing (not my fault!) and cooking and baking for all the aforementioned, and did I mention the marketing side of 3 books releasing?
But we've done it, we did it, we're celebrating the risen Lord, the Savior of the world....
And we've got snow coming this weekend, so we're staying off the 'spring is here' bandwagon for a week or so!
First, the Jello Eggs. SO EASY AND FUN!
Here's what they look like:
First, you need an egg mold AVAILABLE HERE! Wait...
I thought I'd give you a handy-dandy link to the egg mold, but it's not there!
If you ever see one of these, or more, at garage sales or from Jello, buy them! This is such a simple table dressing bowl of yumminess and everyone loves them!
1 6 oz. (or 2 3 oz.) boxes of Jello, various colors/flavors
1 1/2 Cup boiling water.
Lightly spray egg molds with cooking spray. Close mold, sealing edges.
Combine water with Jello, stir and stir and stir, then pour into the egg molds until just to the top of egg-shape. Chill. Unmold by releasing the "lock" on the mold carefully. Slowly draw top back and then tip eggs out, into bowl. Refrigerate.
And because this is a crazy month of birthdays here, cookie cake was a given several times!
Use your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe. Trace circle onto parchment paper about 2-3 inches smaller than platter you're going to use for the cookie cake. If the platter is 12 inches wide, make a nine inch circle on the parchment paper.
Bake at 350° for about 15-20 minutes, checking to make sure you don't overbake...
Cool, transfer to platter and decorate!
And then there was this from my delightful daughter-in-law Lacey:
How stinkin' cute is this for an Easter centerpiece dessert?
Lacey used two 6" yellow layer cakes. She put a layer of frosting between them to stack them, then frosted the outside with chocolate frosting.
Take regular sized KitKats in sections of "2" for the outside of the "basket". Settle them into the chocolate frosting, upright, and ring the entire cake with KitKats... what can possibly be bad about that?
Tie a pretty Easter/spring themed ribbon around the cake, and fill with pastel M&M's. The bunny is a great touch for the top, isn't he?
We all loved this! So fun and so festive!
We had a wonderful busy weekend, some sick kids, beautiful Easter Masses and services, company, joy and prayer.
It was Easter.
And it was beautiful.
The Killing Wallpaper Segment, addendum:
My fifteen-year-old friend Christina has hired on to the crazy!!!!
Wallpaper and border:
Christina and Lizzie working on wall #1:
Christina, Wall Section #3!!!!!
And here is the mess involved! :)
I need to brighten this room, so I'm thinking a warm, soft yellow and white trim, windows??? What do you guys think? The other thought was very "Fixer Upper" friendly, white on white on white...
And we're pulling up the old carpet and refinishing the 162 year old hardwood floor beneath it.
A great project, right?