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 Pillsbury.com 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.
Pillsbury.com 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!