Sunday, 31 March 2013

Easter Bunny Pancakes

some bunny loves you....

Easter morning in our house is filled with egg hunts, chocolate, and of course, PANCAKES!  This year I decided to surprise the kids with bunny-butt pancakes. Having kids makes it completely acceptable to play with food right?

From my family to yours, Happy Easter!




Bunny Pancakes 

Ingredients:


Method:
To make body of bunny, use 1/4 cupfuls of batter and cook till golden on both sides
To make feet of bunny, use 1 tablespoon worth of batter and cook till golden on both sides
To assemble, place cut strawberries onto upper portion of "feet" and place 3 blueberries or chocolate chips below.  Place feet onto lower portion of "body".  Using whipped cream create a tail in the centre of body.

Enjoy!







Friday, 29 March 2013

Needle-Felted Spring Eggs



We are still 2 days out from the Big Feast/Chocolate Coma which means there is still time for one more Easter craft.
This one comes courtesy of my Aunt L. from Nova Scotia, known to me as one of the craftiest people ever.  After a visit at her local yarn store, she came to YYC with these super cute needle-felted egg kits.  Beyond easy to make, they were also incredibly fun.  There's nothing like an afternoon with family and a good craft to get you in the Easter spirit!





To make these incredibly cute eggs, you'll need the following supplies:

  • Pre-Felted Styrofoam Egg 
  • Assorted Colour Needle Felt Wool
  • Medium Felting Needle
  • Colourful Wool Yarn

How To:
Working with small pieces of wool, arrange wool in desired shape and use the needle to gently poke into ball.  Feel free to layer colours on top of one another.  Repeat same process for yarn.

Go ahead, use your imagination and start decorating.  These will look great in a vase or wooden bowl, or as part of your Easter centrepiece amidst the glazed ham.  

Happy Easter!


Breakfast Wafflewich | Strawberry & Cottage Cheese


Breakfast this morning just might be my new favourite thing.  I know, I know, I say that all the time it's bound to lose merit, BUT this time I'm serious.   

Eggo's - Check
Strawberries - Check
Cottage Cheese - Check
Portable Sandwich - Yum & Check

Introducing the WAFFLEWICH.  I'm in love.  As far as I'm concerned who needs bread when you can have toasted Eggo's in it's place.  Looks like this is just the start I needed to my Easter Weekend Egg-stravagnza.


Strawberry & Cheese Wafflewich


Ingredients:
2 original Eggo waffles
1 Tbsp strawberry jam
1 1/2 Tbsp cottage cheese
2 strawberries, sliced thin

Method:
Toast waffles in toaster until crispy.  Spread 1 waffle with jam and top with strawberry slices.  Spread cottage cheese over the remaining waffle and bring the two halves together to form a sandwich.  Cut in half and enjoy!

Yields: 1 sandwich

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The Benefits Of Eggs & A Recipe Recap


Being Easter and all, I have eggs on the brain.  Mostly chocolate ones, but also the tried and true classic egg.

Most health experts will tell you that eggs are the perfect food.  Chalk full of important vitamins, healthy fats, all the while being low in calories.  But there are 7 additional reasons you should include more eggs in your diet...



7 Reasons To Eat More Eggs


  1. Instant Mood Boost:  Eggs contain a beneficial blend of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, B vitamins, and iodide, nutrients that work together to battle fatigue and reverse bad moods.
  2. Nourish Your Muscular System:  Eggs are one of nature's best food sources, packaging muscle-protecting protein in a low-calorie food.  The B12 in eggs also aids in muscle contraction.
  3. Guard Against Cancer:  Women who eat higher levels of choline, a nutrient found in eggs, are 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, according to a recent study.  One large egg boasts about 30 percent of your Recommended Dietary Allowance.
  4. Feed Your Brain:  The choline in eggs helps keep your memory sharp while increasing the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps your brain store and recall information better.  Eggs from hens raised outside on grass pastures also contain more omega-3 fatty acids that help power your brain
  5. Save Your Sight:  Eggs are a rich source of lutein an zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help stave off macular degeneration and cataracts.  (Just be sure to eat the yolks!)
  6. Slim Down:  A delicious way to lose weight.  Saint Louis University scientists discovered that eating eggs in the morning led to eating fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.
  7. Stop Extinction:  You can help preserve old-school chicken breeds based on the eggs you choose to eat.  Industrial farming generally uses one or two different hen breeds, which threatens the diversity of the species' gene pool.  Luckily, demand for heritage breed eggs is causing a surge in other breeds- some that were or are on the verge of extinction!

Now that we've determined reasons we should eat more, here are some recipes to help get you started and reap the benefits.  Get Cracking!








Healthy Veggie Frittata



Asparagus w/ Poached Egg




Sweet Potato Hash



Pesto Eggs w/ Toast



Eggs in a Pepper



Baked Eggs



Avocado Baked Eggs



Perfect Hard Boiled Egg



Goat Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Souffles



Tuesday, 26 March 2013

An Ode to the Mini Egg


Remember when Cadbury Mini Eggs were only available at Easter time?  Thank goodness those days are over.  This delicious candy shelled, chocolate coated treat is here to stay, 365 days a year.  
I can remember in years prior, the knowledge of these being taken off the shelves for 11 months at a time, would send my sister into 'hoarding mode,'/tailspin, and she'd stockpile her freezer full of chocolate eggs.  Can't say I blame her, although, my willpower wouldn't be able to take pounds of frozen chocolate just waiting to be eaten.  I'm weak.  I'd cave.  And, I'd be the owner of a massive stomach ache.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think mini eggs taste better at Easter?  Easter wouldn't be Easter without them (or a Mr. Crispy bunny) so today's treat features these pastel beauties atop a nest made of Rice Krispie Treats.  I love spring, or is it chocolate and Rice Krispie's I love?  Let's call it a draw.




Mini Egg Rice Krispie Nests


Ingredients:
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
1/4 cup butter
250g pkg marshmallows
2 tsp vanilla
200g pkg Cadbury Mini Eggs

Method:
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
Add in cereal and stir until well coated.
Using a buttered spoon, divide mixture into 24 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.  Using bottom of a small glass or the back of a spoon, press down to form a nest-like shape. (sunken in the centre and higher on the edges) 
Place 3 mini eggs into the centre of each nest.  Allow to cool.  Enjoy!

Yields: 24



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