Monday, April 21, 2014

Until Next Year~



Getting ready...I was..





Susan Branch..apart from many other things..thank you for this sweet idea~
Loved making the lamb cake..I added a cake base w/ some green coconut and stuck marshmallow flavored
chocolate lollipops in the background..in that base.. to simulate flowers blooming..because ..well there are none in our QC gardens yet~
That cute little Happy Easter flag is from Amelie's House.. I could not for the life of me download it..so she sent it special email delivery..How nice was that?
Beautiful hand painted cakes on her lovely blog~ Have a look you will love..




Little cupcakes with rose icing..and homemade bunnies..and ducks and eggs~


I started early with the chocolates..  the lollipops and animals keep very well make a head of time..
The cupcakes were made with the first home made white cake recipe I ever made ..about 40 yrs ago..

The little houses were assembled..
Un village Franglais:)




Pinwheel sandwiches for the kidlets..


And my favorite..Pain au fromage.. camouflaged as a cake..




I first made this Pain Au Fromage  about 7 years ago for a shower for one of my daughters..
Traditionally these are made with unsliced breads that you slice horizontally and fill each layer w/ your choice of fillings..
This is a different take..you use brown bread and white bread..crusts removed cut like ladyfingers..and assemble almost like a layered charlotte..
I used her recipe exactly..for the chicken filling..egg filling and pesto cheese..once it is cooled and has taken shape you unmold.. and frost like a cake..so pretty really~



Don't attempt to make this last minute..it requires some preparation:)

You can find the recipe here and a video here..
It takes her 7 minutes..LOL

it takes a few hours..
I lightly frosted the whole cake..:)  lightly and added the garnish..

Some macarons and peanut butter Easter cookies..Soft peanut butter cookies..so good!





Eggs were filled and hidden here and there..there was still a chill in the air..but at least the snow is gone..no green grass yet..no leaves..no flowers..
They don't notice:)




I love that even the bigger kids still enjoy! Teens!
The bigger kids are AMAZING with the littler ones..
The day lasted into the night♥

If I learned one thing again this year though..too many treats..after the hunt..the children are FULL..so full..the lamb is at my daughter's house today..untouched..but we all loved to look at it..
A definite make again and again.
That's it..Easter is now over..and hopefully Spring is about to start..
Grateful for all the ideas.. recipes..inspiration I found on many of your blogs and others..
It makes the whole preparation that much more fun.
I love those kids..I think that's why I just want to always add just one more little thing..
I hope they will always want to come to our home for the hunt.~











52 comments:

  1. I loved watching Anna make the sandwich torte :) What a wonderful idea for a luncheon! I do remember when you made one for your daughter too. I love the cupcakes and the white bunnies and chicks on top. Wee candy molds? They are so pretty! What happy Easter egg hunters. Are the big Easter sign and chick in your yard? I'm sure there were many smiles :-) Your lamb cake is adorable too. I like how it's nose and ears are not frosted. So cute. Everything.

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    1. No the signs are with an online photo program..I am going through Photoshop withdrawal Susan:(
      I know..7 minutes for Anna..♥
      She's a pro,

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  2. Oh, Monique, every detail you do for those boys makes my heart sing. I know they are growing up with special memories of childhood days spent with you. You make everything special! The lamb is too cute for words. I'd rather just admire than partake. I must try my hand using my bunny cake mold. I bought it just for decoration to add in with my chocolate molds, but seeing how cute the cake is makes me dream. ;-)
    Thanks for always inspiring me!

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    1. I want to needlepoint a bunny now because of you!

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  3. How lovely Monique, so much to take in, I've scrolled up & down several times to take in all the details of your lovely Easter treats & the sandwich torte is a work of art . Your lovely boys looked they had had such fun searching for their eggs.
    Thank you so much for your get well greetings.

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  4. Oh, Monique, I would have loved to see it all in person! You really made everything fabulous and gorgeous! I know what you mean about the kids getting full, but the cake will get eaten soon enough! Everything is so beautiful. I agree, we love having the Easter egg hunt here too and hope they will always want to come until we can't do it anymore.
    Yum, I have to go back and see more of your lovely treats!
    I can't wait to make the Pan Au Fromage. I am pinning that one!

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  5. Lovely, lovely....my daughter was going to make a lamb cake this year...but moving got in the way. I am sending her your link...she will adore your lamb!

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    1. She will truly enjoy making Susan's cake..
      Is she moving closer to you?:)

      With your grand daughter?:)

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  6. What a lovely post and so much to enjoy, the lamb cake, the kids, the bunnies and of course that gorgeous white cake with the rose center. Looks like Easter at your house was a big success.
    Sam

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  7. You are amazing Monique! I only bakes some cookies, but you are made so many delicious delights. Looks like you had a superb holiday. Everyone looks so happy-))

    Hugs,

    Yelena

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    1. Youir cookies look superb on Foodgawker and Tastepotting Yelena..I know your Easter must ahve been grand..There are blooms in PA at this time of year~

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  8. Cutest kids ever. Olie growing fast. I love that you left the ears and face uncovered. Splendid idea. We were so stuffed, we also didn't tough the beautiful strawberry pie my daughter made - piled high with whole strawberries and whipped cream. I sure wish I could have a piece today. I didn't even take home leftovers, which I now regret.

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    1. You should have brought home a doggie bag:)I bet you had fun:)

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  9. Thank you for all your nice comments..I want my little ones to remember us with good memories of grandparents since I never had any..and my girls didn't have mine..I think my mom would have done the same things..They would have brought her so much joy..now I know:)

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  10. So beautiful. I love how you left the little lambs face without frosting. I've never seen the pain au fromage: wow, I will have to bookmark for a special occasion. So many treats! I hope some nice weather comes your way soon. The forsythia and magnolia are blooming here now.

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    1. You are way ahead of me..The buds are big on the magnolia..but I know it's far off.
      I hope the nice weather hurries now:-)

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  11. It looks like you had a very GRAND Easter celebration. so much goodness. You have been very busy and I know everyone loved it. How fun it would be to enjoy that lovely cake on Easter Monday. Wish you lived closer :)

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    1. We would never stop Chris..you create much more than I!

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  12. This is all sooo adorable! What a lot of work but I bet you had a lot of enjoyment from this project. I love it! That lamb cake is truly amazing.

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    1. I had so much enjoyment..so much..
      Nice music playing..and me playing...:-)

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  13. This is just amazing! I am like you, though. I never know when "enough is enough!" Always too much food.:-) We are truly blessed, aren't we? You do know that you are making memories with those precious children! That is never "too much!"

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    1. Truly blessed.
      And like you..I am grateful for being able to afford food items to bake etc..
      For the loves of my life:-)

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  14. Sooo many beautiful treats Monique! Everyone must have had a wonderful time. That Pain au Fromage is beautiful! Any suggestions to substitute for the egg salad? I can't wait for my grandaughter to turn two so she can eat peanut/nut based cookies. I found the William Sonoma cookie press cutter on sale so will have things set for next year. Hope the grass greens and your flowers start to bloom soon.

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    1. Ham:)

      My mom's which was the traditional loaf shape..had a layer of ham salad..you could omit the egg for that..?

      She even sometimes had sliced thin tomato..but make sure a lot of the moisture is out or the bread can get soggy with tomato..

      The Williams Sonoma cutter..will be great quality..have never been disapponted.
      I remember the no nuts till 2.. :)

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion Monique.

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  15. It is the most beautiful Easter I've ever seen!! The fromage cake, so good for folks like me who can't eat sugar...The lamb cake is a masterpiece sculpture. I especially loved the photos of the children going on their Easter egg hunt. Quelle fête! Brings back such nice memories, thank you so much...Me, I might post something soon, but mostly I've been out sketching in my private book. Learning, honing skills, etc...It's a COLD one today, probably there too...

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  16. That lamb cake is the cutest I have ever seen, such wonderful attention you paid to everything, your family is so lucky.

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  17. What wonderful memories made. Those grandchildren are precious, beautiful and getting so big. I'm sure they love going to Nana's house.

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  18. all of these easter photos are gorgeous!

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  19. Oh Monique, I loved all the photos. How I miss family times. Your cake is just beautiful, and so spring like. I love it. I bet the children adored it. And that Pain au Fromage, how gorgeous is that!! And the cookies . . . so much to love all so very pretty and well presented. You are so good at this my dear friend! I am in awe of your talents once more! xxoo

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  20. These easter treats are wonderful, the lamb cake so precious, I love it all, and you are creating the most special memories for your grandchildren :) Thank goodness there was no snow, it looks like it was a great day.

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  21. I've never heard of a fromage cake but it immediately made me want to raid the fridge of Emmenthal (a sign of true desperation!)
    Everything looks so lovely.
    What fun you've all had.

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  22. Oh my goodness, Monique. Where do I even start. Your lamb cake is perfect, just like my mother used to make with the boiled icing and coconut. I have to make this cake for my grandchildren next Easter and hope I will be lucky to find the mold in a thrift shop or antique store. I made Easter baskets for my children until they moved out on their own...more for me than for them I would say. Your little white bunnies are so precious perched atop the cupcakes. Everything is lovely. Adorable kids.

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  23. Not only will your Bunny Brigade want a 'replay' of this Easter next year, but I know a couple of kids (J, Mr. Man-Pants and me) who would be thrilled to partake in the festivities. We'll help with the decorations, and look forward to helping devour all of the treats, including the sweet little lamb!

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  24. Oh, Nana - you outdid yourself! I love, love the lamb cake and those most adorable cupcakes EVER! What a joyful day for you and yours and something to aim for in the future. My grands celebrated their first Easter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, far, far away . Happy Spring! My daffodils are blooming:)

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  25. Your pan au fromage looks delicious. We call it sandwich loaf, with 3 layers of ham, chicken and tuna salads, and I've made it now and then for get togethers for showers, etc., but mine aren't decorated as beautifully as yours! I've made many lamb cakes over the years, used tiny jelly beans for the eyes, etc. My MIL was so good at it that she started selling them. Looks like the children had a great time!

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  26. So gorgeous, love all the pictures!

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  27. You're all so nice..no wonder I love blogging♥

    My daffodils are little pokes out of the earth!

    Spring seems so far behind all of you I almost feel QC is the arctic all of a sudden~
    I glean all my ideas from all of you.

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  28. Well, with all your wonderful preparations, they will always want to come home. The lamb cake is as darling as can be. I loved your rose cupcakes, and those embossed peanut butter cookies. They will always remember the sweets -- even if they didn't eat them on the day. Gorgeous grandchildren!! I do not make an Easter meal as my mother-in-law always wants us to come; we want to come too. Yet, there is a part of me that wishes I could do up the big meal, but I want to be able to be with them while we can. So we do things beforehand. We have yet to do the Easter hunt -- my children are all teens -- but everyone is so busy. So hopefully sometime this week. I loved visiting. Joni

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    1. I hope to make cookies almost as cute as yours next year Joni..
      I know how close your family is..I bet every day is a celebration:)You are nice to please the MIL:) As I am one..and you will be one day..:)
      I don't think my girls mind as we switch turns for holidays..Christmas..the eve..birthdays etc..
      Thanks Joni..

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  29. Joyeuses Pâques ma chère Nana !
    Que de beauté sur ton blog, de la perfection culinaire que sont ces réalisations.
    Votre famille a dû se régaler.

    Bonne semaine ~

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  30. Monique, you make every day, not just holidays special.

    ~Ann

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  31. such a sweet little lamb cake & delicious treats ~ isn't it wonderful being a grandmum ♥

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    1. It is my favorite career so far since being a mom:)
      No other career compares:)

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  32. Monique, This is one of my favorite posts!! You always amaze me with your spectacular creations. The Easter Lamb is such a work of art. The cupcakes with bunnies, ducks and eggs are the cutest treats. The pain au fromage is gorgeous! Cookies, macarons and an Easter Egg Hunt. Be still my heart. What a wonderful holiday for you and your family. You are the best grandma in the world!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  33. Beautiful creations! It looks like you had a wonderful Easter.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  34. Simply stunning Monique. You go to so much trouble. How wonderful for your family.
    They are truly blessed. What a treat stopping by.
    Shel

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  35. I'm happy to know that you had a wonderful Easter with your family. You don't have to worry, your family will always want to come to your home. I know each and everyone of your readers wish we could share the joy with you in your beautiful home. You can feel the love in each of your lovely posts.

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  36. Preciosa ovejita, preciosos cupcakes, preciosas galletas,... Todo está de maravilla.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  37. Tu es juste incroyable, en fait !!! Que te dire de plus, si ce n'est toute mon admiration ... Merci de publier de si jolies choses ...

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