Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Breakfast

Mike and I will be having our Easter dinner tomorrow--He's cooking a ham and asked me to make macaroni and cheese to go with it, while I'm excited about the broccoli-cauliflower salad and cake--but this afternoon I surprised him with a late Easter breakfast so we would have something festive on the table today too.  
I love holiday foods and tables.  My mom is the same way, and our conversations on the subject, usually held while looking at pictures we're clipping from magazines, always find us saying the same things:  "Look at this, Vally!  Isn't this cute!"  "Oh, honestly, Mom, the people who come up with these ideas for magazines have the BEST job!"  "I'd eat themed food every night if your dad would go for it."  And then she tells me again about how when she and Dad were first married, she was in her Daisy-collecting period and had them on everything, so the first breakfast she made for him was sunny-side-up eggs cooked into Daisy-shaped molds.  "I think he started wondering then what he'd gotten himself into," she concludes.  When I called home a little while ago to wish my parents a happy Easter, I told Mom about today's rabbit-shaped pancakes, egg casserole nests with potato eggs, and bacon Tulips, and predictably, she ooohed and ahhed.  
The practice I got painting those bunnies onto my Easter cards last week paid off during batter-pouring today:  Mike's pancake actually turned out bunny-shaped on the first attempt.  :)  A donut hole rolled in coconut flakes made the tail.   
I never did find a bouquet of my beloved Daffodils at the store, so I tucked a couple sprigs of my silk ones around the table.  The yellow gingham tablecloth is actually a small bedspread I found at a thrift shop a few years ago.  It was a simple table and a sweet breakfast with my Mike.  I hope you've all had a wonderful Easter too.    

21 comments:

Carola Bartz said...

That does look yummy!!! I decorated everybody's breakfast plate with tiny Easter chocolate treats, but I love that your is completely homemade. I probably would never succeed getting the pancake dough into a bunny shape. And how did you do the egg casserole? That sounds delicious.

Val said...

Hi, Carola. :) I like the idea of the chocolates on the plates. That's sweet. :)

For the little casseroles, I just greased the insides of two little foil pie pans and poured in a mixture (divided into the two pie plates) of 4 eggs, a slice of torn-up bread, some shredded Cheddar, and 2 shredded-up potato hash brown patties. After they'd baked about 20 minutes, I pressed down the centers of the casseroles with the end of a spoon to make an indentation (so they would look more like nests) and added a mixture of chopped spinach and a little more shredded Cheddar. The "eggs" in the nest are canned small whole potatoes that I just whittled down into smaller egg-shapes with a knife. I sprinkled garlic powder onto a couple and parsley onto others, but that ended up not being very noticeable. :) And then I just baked them maybe another 15 minutes. I was afraid they'd stick a bit and lose their nest shape when I removed them from the pans, but they came out really easily.

And Mike's pancake was definitely the better-looking one! That's why there's only a picture of his. ;)

Lisa said...

What a beautiful display, Val! Yellow is especially cheering when Easter is early - and things are still rather dreary outside.

Happy Easter to you.

Val said...

Thank you, Lisa. :) Yes, it rained a lot here today, so the yellow was a good choice. :)

Kathy said...

Very pretty breakfast Val, I love your table setting. Thank you for the link to Jenny's blog, I look forward to checking it out!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I just love your Easter breakfast that you made. It is so happy.

Your posts always make me smile.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Nellie said...

It sounds like a lovely Easter week-end for you, Val! Very creative breakfast! I'm impressed!

xo Nellie

Barbara Burkard said...

Jenny said I could come taptaptappin at your door and you'd be ever so gracious to welcome me with open arms! Love your sweet Easter celebration!!! May take me a hit to visit your posts...how do you feel about extended stays...lol...I'm off to adventure!!!! Wheeeee!

Barbara Burkard said...

Jenny said I could come taptaptappin at your door and you'd be ever so gracious to welcome me with open arms! Love your sweet Easter celebration!!! May take me a hit to visit your posts...how do you feel about extended stays...lol...I'm off to adventure!!!! Wheeeee!

Fran. said...

Wow great lookin breakfast!! Startin following you after reading about you from Jenny's blog!! Love your style and your awesome generous giveaway!! What a blessing you are!! Thanks for sharing!! Woo hoo!! XOXO Love Fran.

tina said...

Hi Val, I just met you on Every Day is a Holiday with Jenny and Aaron and came over to visit your blog and start following you! Great blog.

Tina
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Val said...

Thank you all. It was a fun breakfast to put together. ♥ 'Happy to see new faces here too. :)

Jenny Lee said...

hi Val. my name is jenny, and i just discovered you at Everyday Is A Holiday. i have had a quick peek at your blog and really like what i've seen. lots of whimsy-which i adore ;) i see we have a couple favorite books in common as well, Little Women and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. i have a vintage copy of that one from my daughter. i wonder....are you a fan of Charlotte's Web as well....? (one of my favorite children's books) thank you for such a generous give away you are doing! my goodness....the assortment of treasures is dee-lightful! i look forward to strolling around your blog some more, are you on facebook? blessings to you and your corner of the world :) jenny in colorado

Tabetha Garman said...

Hiya! Happy to have found your blog through Everyday is a Holiday & even happier to be a new GFC & Bloglovin follower! Looking forward to future posts~*

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HOW ADORABLE is that bunny pancake!!!!!!

Well thank you, Val, for coming on over for a comment! I really appreciate your visit and is that not a sweet little window with the leaded glass? Don't forget to play (but I think you do), for anyone that takes the time to make bunny-shaped pancakes knows how to think outside of the boring circle!!!!!

Happy Friday, Anita

Blondie's Journal said...

The Easter breakfast is so sweet! I used to make Mickey Mouse pancakes for my kids! It sounds like you have a lovely relationship with your mother, I miss those mother/daughter chats.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I'm following your blog now. Its beautiful!

XO,
Jane

Natasha In Oz said...

Hope your Easter weekend was wonderful. It looks like it was a yummy one!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

NanaDiana said...

Hi Val- Thanks for finding my blog and leaving a comment. I backlinked to follow you back. Sweet blog and I love your Easter bunny pancakes. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am your newest follower. xo Diana

koralee said...

Oh my goodness how adorable is your breakfast! Thank you for visiting me the other day..your blog is so lovely. Hope your April is off to a good start.

Val said...

Thank you all. ♥♥ I'll catch up soon. 'Am happy to have met some new people here. :)

And I myself am also still waiting to hear from Jenny as to who won the giveaway! :)

Val said...

P.S.) *Jenny Lee in Colorado!* I tried to find an email address for you, but I didn't see one anywhere, so I hope you see this reply. :) I read Charlotte's Web as a kid and haven't read it since. I should pick it up again sometime. And no, I've never joined Facebook. I'm here and on flickr, and so far, that's enough for me. :) Thank you for your kind words, I'm happy to meet you too. ♥