Monday, March 28, 2016

Our Easter

Sorry for the tardiness of this post! I intended to post this menu before Easter, but last week was very busy with church services during Holy Week, work and life in general. I hope your Easter was wonderful. Ours was, despite the damp, chilly weather. However, today is beautiful and I have the day off to enjoy the sun and warmer temperatures. 

I thought I'd share our Easter brunch menu with you. After attending 7:30 am Mass yesterday, I prepared a broccoli-cheddar quiche with a pre-made Whole Foods gluten-free crust (like this quiche; it's probably my favorite). As a side, I made honey-glazed carrots and a fruit salad. We also enjoyed mimosas made with Moscato d'Asti -- delicious!! The fruit salad was super easy and very pretty with fresh pineapple, kiwi and mandarin oranges. 

The carrot recipe was a new one for me, and we all loved it. I rarely make carrots as a side dish, but they are actually one of my favorite veggies, so I have vowed to make them more often. Sorry about the lack of photo, but here is the recipe. Do try them!

Honey-glazed Carrots


6 medium or 8 small carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon pure honey
2 tablespoons dry white wine (such as Chardonnay)
Finely chopped fresh cilantro (1 to 2 tablespoons)

In a large skillet, combine carrots and olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Add just enough water to cover carrots (about 1-1/2 to 2 cups). Increase heat to medium-high and cook until water is evaporated and carrots are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. After the water has evaporated, continue to cook, tossing frequently, until carrots are light golden, about 2 minutes. Add the honey and wine and cook, stirring, until carrots are glazed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve immediately.

After brunch, we watched the movie The Intern (Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway). It was a cute movie, light entertainment. I actually enjoyed it more than I had expected to. I found De Niro very likeable as the senior intern (a funny line was when Anne's character Jules asked if her new intern was a senior in high school or college). And of course, being a Nancy Meyers film, the interiors were lovely with lots of attention to detail. Loved Jules' brownstone and the Brooklyn setting.

I ended my Easter day making a batch of chewy oatmeal-raisin cookies following this recipe. Be sure to line your cookie sheet with parchment paper so the cookies won't stick. 

Here's wishing you a wonderful week. Hopefully I'll get motivated to post more regularly here on the old blog. I need some serious inspiration!



  1. Did you say homemade chewy oatmeal-raisin cookies?? Mmmm, yes, please! I love them with a cup of ginger tea in the evening. Happy spring to you all! Cheers

  2. I always enjoy your decorating posts and the photos and descriptions of your bungalow. Thanks for the continued posts.

    1. Thank you! I appreciate you taking time to tell me that. It's nice to hear.

  3. You're welcome! Also, how are you liking your Vitamix? We are considering purchasing either a Vitamix or a Blendtec. I would use it for smoothies, soups, etc. I think it would be a good addition to my vegetarian kitchen. Thank you.

    1. A, I am loving our new Vitamix blender! I used it almost daily to make breakfast smoothies. I haven't used it yet to make soup, nut butters, cocktails or anything else. But it makes wonderful smoothies! Well worth the money!

  4. Hello Claudia!

    So happy you had a wonderful Easter. I'll be trying your carrot recipe very soon. I have a bag of super-sweet carrots in the fridge, and while I love to eat them raw or shredded in a carrot slaw, I was thinking the other day that I should cook them as a side-dish more often. Your recipe looks good and easy, just the way I like it.

    As always, your cookies look about 10 time better than Martha's! I'd never give her cookies a second look from watching the video, but yours, wow, if I weren't trying to lose a few pounds (yes, packed on from your previous cookie recipe!) I'd whip up a batch of them right NOW!

    Hope you're having a wonderful relaxing Sunday! I'm about to hunker down by the fire (it's prohibitively cold here!) and knit a bit. Have you managed to get a bit of knitting done in the last few months?

    Here's to hoping your weather is beautiful and that you'll regale us with photos of budding trees and spring flowers in coming weeks.

    Hello to Paul and the menagerie!

    1. As always, SO lovely to hear from you!! And thank you for the cookie compliments! Sorry you're having cold weather up your way. It's chilly here today too ... in the low 50s (cold compared to the temps we've had recently). Everything is blooming beautifully, and the leaves are all out on our new Japanese maple. It's so pretty.

      No, I am sorry to say I haven't done any knitting in a very long time. I meant to get back into it this winter, but it just didn't happen. I have a vest about halfway completed, so I do need to get back to it, though I feel as though I'll be starting from scratch in terms of remembering how to follow a pattern and all. I also can't remember the pearl stitch. But hopefully it'll come right back to me.

      Stay warm and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


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