Easter Round Up!

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Easter is but a hop, skip and a jump away! And I have rounded up four fun and easy peasy Easter ideas for you to enjoy! 

First up is the traditional Greek Easter bread! otherwise known as Tsoureki. 

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Isn’t it just beautiful? It’s a treasured family tradition at our house.

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We all look forward to the delicious, semisweet bread at our Easter table. Yaya always uses the Tsoureki as a lovely centerpiece for all to admire throughout the meal and I must admit that we all can’t wait for the glorious waft of coffee brewing from the kitchen because we know that the Easter bread will finally be sliced. Hop on over to check out the Easter bread recipe. 

If you want to dabble in some crafty sweet confections give the Adorable Edible Easter Egg Tree a whirl!

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All you need are some pretty pastel candy melts, plastic egg candy molds and ribbon!

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Click on over for the scoops on the Edible Egg Tree! 

Now I don’t know about you, but I just can’t resist the Sweet & Sparkling Sugar Covered Easter Eggs with Fondant. 

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They simply melt my heart! Why should cakes & cookies get to have all the fun? They are a crowd pleaser for sure! Check out all the sweet details here.

And last but certainly not least. My grandmother’s tangy, salty and slightly sweet Roquefort Cheese Dip. 

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This dip is simply swoon worthy.

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A creamy, dreamy dip that will adorn any spring vegetable with grandeur!  Here is the Roquefort Cheese Dip recipe.

Wishing you all a most blessed and beautiful Easter spent with those you love and cherish.

Wenderly 

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Peppermint Patty Recipe

This peppermint patty recipe is perfect for any sweet tooth.

March.

To me the month of March means biting cold blustery days filled with blue skies, fast moving clouds and bursts of bright sunshine poking through.

It’s a month of transition.

Winter is loosing its icy hold as spring ever so slowly begins to unfurl tender green leaves pushing through the semi-frozen earth.   

If I had to pick a flavor combination to express March it would be a cool refreshing minty bite surrounded by smooth, rich chocolate. 

In other words, a peppermint pattie.

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Or actually, a “Peppermint O’Pattie”. They’re fun & easy and even better with a shamrock green center. Let me show you how easy this Peppermint Patty recipe is! 

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 Cool and refreshing, melt in your mouth, chocolatey goodness that just scream Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

*insert bagpipes playing over a gloomy marsh* 

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Enjoy a bite with a cup of steamy coffee (with a splash of Bailey’s cream maybe?) And cheers to the cold blustery winds of March bringing plenty of warm golden sun-filled days.

xoxo,

O’Wenderly

Here’s the recipe!

Peppermint Patty Recipe
 
A cool refreshing minty bite surrounded by melt in your mouth semisweet chocolate.
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 pound box confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2-3 drops of green food coloring
Instructions
  1. Place water, corn syrup, fresh lemon juice, and peppermint extract in the bowl and mix with an electric mixer. Sift confectioner's sugar into a separate bowl. With the mixer turned on low, slowly pour half of the sifted confectioner's sugar into the bowl and mix until incorporated. Then add the shortening and mix on medium speed while adding the remaining confectioner's sugar. Squeeze in 2-3 drops of green food coloring and mix until the color green desired. If the filling seems too dry and crumbly, add some water, ½ teaspoon at a time until it is smooth (not wet).
  2. Scrape sides of bowl and gather the filling with your hands, and form it into a ball. Place the ball on a piece of parchment paper that's on a metal cookie sheet and then place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down with the bottom of a glass pie plate. Apply even pressure while gently pushing from side to side until the ball makes a circle about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Put the cookie sheet with the filling covered with parchment paper into the freezer for 15 minutes (or overnight) until firm.
  4. Take cookie sheet out from freezer, remove top sheet of parchment paper and cut out circles with a 1-1/4 metal cutter. Continue gathering the scraps and rolling into a ball, covering with parchment paper and flattening with pie plate until all the filling has been used. Freeze the circles for 10-15 more minutes.
  5. While the circles are setting up in the freezer, melt the semisweet chocolate chips over a double boiler. Once melted, place one circle at a time on a fork and coat with the melted chocolate. Tap the fork gently on the side of the pan until excess chocolate drips off and use a second fork to scrape the circle onto parchment paper to dry. Repeat until all of the circles have been covered in chocolate.
  6. Place the chocolate covered patties into the fridge to set up for (at the very least), an hour but overnight is best. Patties will store in an airtight container for up to a month in the fridge.
Notes
These make darling little gifts for any occasion. Place them in decorative boxes or bags embellished with bows and tags tied on with storage directions.

 

 

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Who likes hot chocolate? 

Me too. 

Let’s face it. There’s just no better way to warm up a frosty winter’s day than to wrap your hands (and mouth) around a cup of pipping hot chocolate.  

Absolute bliss. 

But I have a question for you… have you ever made your own hot chocolate? 

Me either. 

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Until recently.

You see my sister has this dear friend Amy, who happens to be a fabulous cook, and who was sweet enough to send me some of her scrumptious homemade goodies last year including a lovely jar of homemade hot chocolate.  

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I couldn’t believe that one scoop of this unassuming powdered hot chocolate, added to a cup of hot water, could be so incredibly glorious.

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Needless to say I needed the recipe.

And let me just tell you that isn’t very often my hand holds the cup of anything but my beloved coffee. But after putting my lips up to this sweet and creamy, velvety and chocolaty, decadent hot chocolate, I simply can’t help myself.

Indulging in this deliciousness seems almost criminal.

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Sometimes I even plop a dollop of marshmallow fluff on top.

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And you know what? Before the fluff even has time to melt, my mind has forgotten all about the cold and dreary, and finds itself enveloped in the sweet and creamy dreamy.

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And that’s what a cold winter’s day should be all about anyway, dontcha think?

(Please don’t tell my coffee.)

Here’s the yummy recipe…

 

Homemade Hot Chocolate
 
Creamy, silky, hot chocolate that will melt your cold winter day into a sweet indulgence!
Ingredients
  • 1 - 8 quart box of instant dry milk
  • 2 lbs Nestle Quick
  • 1 - 16 oz jar non-dairy creamer
  • 1 - cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a very large bowl. Mix all dry ingredients until evenly incorporated.
  2. To serve :: Pour a pipping cup of hot water into your favorite mug, and ⅓ cup of the hot chocolate mixture. Stir until creamy. Slowly sip. Enjoy!
Notes
Store in a sealed container.
This hot chocolate makes a great gift when divided up into glass jars! That is if you can stand to part with it!

 

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