Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sweet Onion Pinwheels

Hello Girls!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  (Here's a peek at my Mother's Easter tree.  She did one too...xoxo). 

We colored 4 dozen eggs and had a big egg hunt on Sunday. 

With ten of us looking (and only 1 of the ten is a child : ) we still managed to miss 4 eggs.  We have yet to have a year when all were found.  Only the Easter Bunny (a.k.a my Dad) knows the secret hiding spots. It's a fun tradition and something we will never grow tired of. 

Easter night while my family was fast asleep in their chocolate coma's I curled up with my tea and watched Mary Poppins.  Another tradition I will never grow tired of.  I've watched it every Easter since I can remember.  This was a big deal before the days of cable TV and DVDs,  when you had to actually wait to see a movie on TV once a year.  Hard to imagine, isn't it?

Oh, how I love that Julie Andrews!  Magical Disney movies are what my childhood dreams were made of.  "Spit-Spot!" Puts me in good mind-set to start the week. 

Lately,  I've begun to put our decorations away and have finished off the last of the stale peeps and jelly beans.  Everyday there are more and more signs of life outside and Spring in New England is a pretty nice place to be. 

This morning I was even able to eat my oatmeal outside on the porch.  I'll enjoy this before it gets too hot to do anything outside, let alone eat.  I hope Spring sticks around for a while. 

My kitchen counter has never been so happy : ) I picked up these hyacinths at the market yesterday. The aroma was just too good. I had the bring them home! I also bought a blue one that is in my bedroom. I can smell it at night while I'm lying in bed.....heavenly.....

So what's cooking?

Here's and idea for an easy appetizer.  I got this recipe right off the website.  It's loaded with ideas that are very easy and  usually only require a few ingredients. 

I made these sweet onion pinwheels on Easter and everyone loved them.  The fresh chives made all the difference.

All you need is...

1/2 cup chopped sweet onions
1/4 cup shredded Italian Cheese blend
2 tbs cream cheese, softened
1 tbs mayonnaise
1 can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
2 tsp chopped fresh chives

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix onions, cheeses, and mayo until well blended and soft. 

Unroll dough on work surface, but do not separate.  Firmly press perforations to seal. 

Spread cheese mixture over dough.

Carefully roll up rectangle. 

Cut roll into 16 slices (about 3/4 inch wide).  Place cut side down on greased cookie sheet. 

Sprinkle with chives.

Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Immediately remove from cookie sheet.  Serve warm. has many variations for these pinwheels.  I saw one that had cheddar cheese and bacon as a filling!  I might have to give that one a try next time : )


Here's a new feature I'm starting on my blog called My Favorite TV Kitchen.  I got this idea while watching TV the other night.  I'm always admiring the kitchens of my favorite TV families and I realized that most of my decorating likes and dislikes have been shaped by the images I've seen on TV.  Who doesn't remember the Brady Bunch's wall oven? It seemed so cool at the time.  Or the swinging kitchen door on Three's Company?  I've always wished I had one. 

Each week I'll showcase a TV kitchen from the past and see if you love it as much as I do.

Can you guess this kitchen?

If you guessed Mary Richard's from the Mary Tyler Moore Show you are correct!  I was always enchanted by this little kitchen.  I love the stained glass peek-a-boo window.  When Mary wanted privacy all she had to do was slide it down.  She has a tiny fridge and her stove only has two burners.  But wow - look at all that cabinet space... ; - ) 

Even though this kitchen is small I love it!  Mary cooked for many dinner parties out of this space and so could I.  This kitchen is proof that bigger doesn't always mean it's better.  Coziness counts ~

Check back next week to see what my next kitchen will be....

Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Danielle xo


  1. Lovely post my dear! Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter holiday & I'm quite envious of your egg hunt! Mary Poppins is one of my childhood favourites & I never tire of watching it. As for those sweet onion pinwheels, they look delicious! The entire time reading the recipe I was thinking of how I could vegan-ize it, so I could actually eat it haha :)

    <3 Shawna
    Serpentine Streets

  2. Danielle, the onion pinwheels look so yummy! I thinki they might make it for our Sunday dinner tomorrow if I can get my lazy self to the store. I have never thought about TV kitchens. I did love Mary! Joni

  3. The egg hint and the coloring of the eggs looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing your easy recipe of onion pinwheels. Good old Pillsbury has some awesome recipes. I sometimes forget to check them out. It's funny, I don't seem to notice TV kitchens either. There's some great ones out there. Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for stopping by and leaving me kind words.

  4. Glad you had a wonderful Easter, sweetie! And those pinwheels sound just delicious!

    Hope you're having a great weekend! xoxo

  5. I bet those pinwheels were fabulous and I cannot wait to try them. The easter trees look fabulous. We had to date our eggs from year to year to make sure no one got a bad one from the year before. Have a great week.. xo marlis

  6. Such a nice comment you left for me! Thanks so much! Your roll ups look so yummy! I think even I could do this! I'd love to try. I don't do much in the kitchen anymore. Have a great week!

  7. The egg tree looks so pretty! What a nice tradition you have of watching Mary Poppins! I love that movie too, in fact, I prefer those older Disney movies....there really is some magic in them! Love those onion pinwheels...onions are one of my fav things every and my family thinks I'm a little weird sometimes! Love your feature TV kitchen idea! I haven't see the Mary Tyler Moore show in forever, but we recently got Deja View and I have been watching Three's Company and All in the Family, which I haven't seen in a long, long time! I have also been looking at the Walton's kitchen fun it would be to cook with a group of women everyday! I love cooking in my Mom's kitchen together, but my kitchen is so small that it is not conducive to having more than 1 person in there unfortunately! Great always! Angie xo

  8. I am going to try your recipe!

    I will be having a Mother's Day giveaway this next Friday with glimpses of whats up for grabs all this week. :)