Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday~















Lucas is the big boy now..
We see a big difference ..






Let's start with Easter Saturday~
It snowed during the night and into the morning..
That's what our backyard  and borrowed landscape looked liked through the window~

 Yeah.. so Saturday had a fresh new carpet of white snow..I love snow..just not in April~
Thankfully the sun shone all day..
So some of it melted..
And our kitchen was bright and cheery to finish some of the preparations..
I had made a Heritage cake..and frozen it..
I made some white chocolate Easter eggs and placed them on top..w/ some Cadbury eggs in the bottom part..
And placed some of my painted geese cookies around.. a slight drizzle of icing sugar mixed w/ almond extract first..and a sprinkling of fairy dust(icing sugar) after.
A few eggs here and there..I love those eggs♥

I made my wedding cake/all purpose great white basic cake..but made cupcakes because I had spoiled myself at Williams-Sonoma  and bought the last package of adorable Peter Rabbit cupcake kit.
WS is new to us..and far ..more than an hour..so I have been twice since it opened:(
I could be a regular.
I made a cream cheese buttercream icing..and it piped beautifully~
It just cuts the sweetness perfectly..andd not cream cheesy ..like my carrot cake cream cheese icing.

Linzers..  bunny faces:)  Some w/ the Laura Secord Nutella..others with raspberry preserves..
I didn't have hazelnuts so picked a new recipe.
This recipe w/out the hazelnuts ..doesn't comapre..I like the real linzers.

The baskets were packed and primped.. and a delicious quiche was baked.
Jacques cooked the spiraled ham..


That was Saturday~

Sunday ,early I put together the dough for Barbara's Honey Rolls..
They are delicious..and not one was left..and jacques didn't even get to try one.
They are puffy and honey..and pillowey.
I prepped Terry's Mustard sauce..
This is great you know..not everyone has a blog..but sometimes we get emails..and email back..and tips and tricks are shared with bloggers.
Terry ..doesn't blog..but still shares recipes and this mustard sauce was her husbands' mother's recipe.
She sent me the hand written recipe:)
This sauce was sooo good..and is now one of our regular recipes for ham and easter too.
Thanks Terry..

It was 20 F..by 9 AM.:(

Caroline came early ..around 10 and hid these eggs here and there..a lot of the snow had melted..see how unpretty Spring can be.

The Easter Bunny had left the boys a note in the mailbox..explaining that since they were bigger now..their eggs had their initials on them;)

And we three girls stayed outside while Jacques stoked the fire and chatted with Frédérick~
The kids came in..frozen..and by the fire they opened their eggs and munched..
By teh time lunch came around..we heard..:"I only want a bread..I only want ham..etc;)"
So they ate then went to play..and we finished up..by dessert they were hungry..then went outside again to play..
Busy busy day..
Max..our 7 yr old is in love with anything Shark related..His birthday is June 6th..he has already prepared his wish list..Max studies in French..so just smile at the phonetically spelled words..(some of them)
So now you can understand why Mylène made them shark hats after lunch~





La Recette
For my 42 year old basic cake recipe
Courtesy of Denise Cardin and she called it Butter Cake


4 eggs
 2 cups of sugar
2 cups all purpose sifted flour
2 tbsps baking powder
1 pinch of salt
+
11/2 cup of milk simply simmered with butter the size of an egg yolk.



Sift your flour  salt and baking powder..set aside.
In your stand mixer beat eggs with sugar until lght and creamy..add flour..mix..add the warmed milk/butter mixture..

Place in 2 8 INCH round cake pans..(prepared..either parchment or greased and floured)
Or make cupcakes..
Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes for the 8 inch pans,tootpick test.
Remember baking varies with sizes of pans.

You can make pineapple upside down cakes with this etc..
It's fail proof.
If you can believe it..I was reading a new cupcake cookbook and tried the recipe in the book.
Failed..
Stick to tried and trues for certain things;)

71 comments:

  1. Aww what delicious and fun Easter omy !
    Really I miss when the twins were little and we hid eggs!!
    But still they love I made little bags with different eggs for them, my mom and hubby.
    My mom love this and hubby too and the twins have 20 but love easter!!
    Aww Lucas is adorable! And the boys are lucky to have a lovely grand mom like you!
    All look magical and pretty:)

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    1. One day..and it happens way sooner than we expect..you will have little ones..to fill baskets for:)
      I am sure everyone in your family appreciates all the care ad attention you give them Gloria..It is evident.

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    2. Thnaks dear !! I would be happy :))

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  2. Our day was grey and misty, so not good for egg hunts ....but a snowy Easter? From the smile on those three guys, it doesn't look like their spirits were dampened. Your Easter treats are sheer delight. I bought the Peter Rabbit cupcakes set too. Too cute to pass up. I didn't order the cookie jar. Reality about my lack of storage reminded me that I must not. It is oh so adorable though. When my niece is settled in her new home, perhaps I'll get one for her. Then I can borrow it when I need to. So nice to have nieces (that love dishes) here close by.
    Happy Week!

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    1. Your nieces are so lucky to have you!
      Honestly once my parents died..I only existed for my godmother..and she passed a couple of years later.I was 21 I think.
      As a family..my brothers and I.. our aunt Elise ..my dad's siter..always kept in touch..always.Christmas and birthdays.. a card..good wishes..
      But she was the only one..
      You are an amazing auntie..
      Those little cupcake sets by meri Meri..I just love them.
      I bought some for next Christmas..on sale when we visited Fl.:)

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  3. It all looker perfect, Monique, and I bet the boys loved it all. I bought my son a giant sharks' tooth on ebay when he was young and he just loved it. The rolls looked divine and I love mustard on my ham. We just had a small Easter this year, but I did get to spend it with Penny.

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    1. I just saw Bumble Bee:)
      We did put a bow on Noah's head at his firts Christmas..pretending;)
      Penny is the perfect Easter..:)

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  4. Bonjour ma chère Nana,

    Je n'ai pas pu m'empêcher de penser tout haut ! Qu'ils sont beaux ces enfants !...
    Je n'ai malheureusement pas eu le bonheur d'avoir mes petits-enfants avec moi cette année... J'ai pu recevoir cependant des photos d'eux avec de si beaux sourires sur leurs faces...

    Brrrr !!!... Tu as encore de la neige chez toi !... Chez nous il fait de temps en temps frisquet mais le soleil est bien présent.
    Je t'en envoie une belle brassée.
    Tes friandises me donnent l'eau à la bouche !... Ce superbe gâteau torsadé avec les petits oeufs... Une oeuvre d'art !

    ❀ Gros bisous ❀

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    1. Nous pensons que le printemps arrivera ..un jour..
      Un hiver pénible cette année..Terriblement froid.
      Il n'y a que l'ail qui se montre le bout du nez:)
      Ils sont heureux ces p'tits gars:)

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  5. How could anyone not have a fantastic day at your home, such detail for everything you made. so much prettiness and charm. Loved seeing the biscuits the beautiful Peter Rabbit cup cakes and the swirly cake looks too good to cut. Can I come next time your having a celebration, I'd never stop oohing & aahing at all the lovely food.

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    1. Well..I think an Easter in France all of us might be pretty special..
      .I have time on my hands..if I didn't..it would be diuifferent..plus we still have Littles..I can just picture later..Hope they still want to come..:)

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  6. What a beautiful family, Monique. ♥ The shark hats! And the bunny Linzer cookies: So dear! My mom always laments the snow at Easter too, especially since she never gives up on the dream of having an egg-hunt outside. The weather has only cooperated once for that, I think. The magazines always make Easter seem like such a SPRING day, but egg-hunts are indoor affairs here. :)

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    1. It's not California..that's for sure..the Clampettes would have left:)
      Thanks Val..my fave people..I told them yesterday..all of them.My world.

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  7. Hunting Easter eggs in the snow is sooo wrong!

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    1. Oh I know..and taking pics w/ no gloves..so wrong:)You made me smile:)

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  8. Sun or snow, your artistry & creation of happiness shines!!

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    1. The boys make me feel loved..they really are quite tender hearted..fun to do things for them..
      Thank you Rita.

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  9. OMG!! Monique, every picture is beautiful, the kids must had such a wonderful time-)

    Hugs,

    Yelena

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    1. Busy time;)
      Great memories..
      Thanks Yelena.

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  10. It looks like everyone made with most out of the day and didn't let the snow and cold stop the fun. I'm glad your family had a lovely Easter.

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    1. I am glad they did too.
      You have all this to look forward to..in no time you will be closer..in your new home..so true what you said about spring being so messy!

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  11. Isn't it just amazing to watch our grandchildren grow before our very eyes through the photos we share? I love Lucas' hat. Very stylish and yes, Big Boy! Lindsay was so upset that yesterday a boy in their neighborhood told Mack there was no Easter bunny. Mack asked her "Who would hide the eggs if there weren't an Easter bunny. Santa Claus?" LOL! He also doesn't think it could be true because, after all, the Easter bunny comes to Nana's house too :) Everything you made looks so beautiful and delicious! You make any holiday so special. I love how you decorated the Heritage cake and Barbara's rolls look delicious. I had a big smile when I read Max's wish list. The shark hats are great! If there is an instruction you could share I'd love to have it as I know two little boys who would love to be sharks also :)

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    1. They seem to be growing up faster than our girls did..maybe it is because I am so much older ..time is flying by in some ways..
      Susan same thing happened with Noah..kids in his grade one class..said there is no Easter bunny..it is your parents..
      Glad we had the letter M wrote:-)
      The rolls are pleasers..and your cake..they all left with leftovers..
      I love that.
      Check your email re shark hats:-)

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  12. Precioso, me encantan los papeles de los cupcakes son una maravilla.
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  13. Every visit here is magical.....
    Your photography is stunning....
    Your baking....
    Your grandsons....
    Awesome Monique....
    Enjoy your evening....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I think we enjoy many of the same things!

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  14. M, I am happy to see your White Easter did not diminish family fun and 'warmth.' Your preparations and photos are all so perfect. A treat to read about as usual.

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    1. Thanks A..your camera took the outdoor shots...still using it for ease and zoom..
      I bet your blooms are coming up already..still see the front..in my mind from last year!

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  15. Beautiful Lovely Easter post . . .

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    1. Thank you Lynne..
      It snowed again today if you can believe it...

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  16. What a beautiful family you have! And it looks like you all had a wonderful Easter.
    Everything looks so delicious, I want to try one of the recipes, but how to choose which one?
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. You have a whole year:) To think about it..Both cakes..Susan's and my 42 year old one..anytime though:)

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  17. Encore des fêtes de Pâques magnifiques. Tu m'avais déjà mise en appétit dans ton dernier billet mais là, je suis définitivement conquise ! Ton univers rejoint assurément le mien sur plein de points. Bon, pas sur celui de la neige à Pâques, hein ? Ici, à Pâques, il fait en général très doux. Cette année néanmoins, Pâques étant très tôt, le temps a été convenable sans plus. On a dû se replier à l'intérieur pour déjeuner. Le soleil est sorti juste ce qu'il fallait pour que je puisse prendre quelques photos ... Me voilà avec plein d'idées pour l'an prochain, quoiqu'il en soit ... Tes sablés façon Lintzer, tellement mignons avec leur découpe en tête de lapins ... Ce gros Bundt cake, décoré d'oeufs tout blancs ... et des mini-oeufs Cadbury dont on fait une grosse consommation ici à cette époque ... je ne les trouve qu'à mon épicerie anglaise d'Antibes et fais le plein chaque année ... ;o) Le kit Peter Rabbit est adorable aussi. j'ai un kit de ce genre acheté il y a quelques années à NY chez Williams-Sonoma, sur le thème du Casse-Noisette ... je voulais l'utiliser pour le Noël qui a suivi et l'ai trouvé tellement joli que je l'ai gardé intact et le ressors depuis, chaque année, en me disant que cette fois-ci est la bonne et que je vais m'en servir. Et chaque année, je le trouve trop beau ... et le range à nouveau, les fêtes passées, dans ma grande caisse des décors de Noël ... ;o)
    Ta chasse aux oeufs a été un succès, c'est sûr. Il faut dire que tout était si bien préparé. Ils ont de la chance de t'avoir, ces jeunes gens-là ! Qu'est-ce que ça grandit, chez toi aussi ! Bon, je vais arrêter là pour ce matin ! J'ai passé un excellent moment en ta -virtuelle- compagnie. Bisous et à très vite.
    Hélène

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    1. Tu devines?

      J'ai acheté Casse-Noisette aussi..et je trouvais le tout trop beau..nous avions assez de desserts..à l'occasion de Noël:)
      Je me suis dit.:."l'an prochain"~
      J'aime ces petits cossins.. pas une énorme valeur monétaire..mais "cute"..cute!
      On reveinet un peu en enfance je crois avec ces petits trésors.
      Tu es exemplaire comme maman Hélène..Heureusement..nos petits- fils ont de bonnes mamans aussi.
      Je trouve que le système scolaire manque au QC..comparativement à la France.
      C'est déjà évident~
      Les Linzers.Ceux avec noisettes sont 100 fois meilleurs..la recette cité ci-haut..n'est pas aussi savoureuse.
      Il est ordinaire et pas du tout "linzer"..à mon avis:)

      Merci!

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  18. So glad you enjoyed the mustard recipe. It is so nice to meet all your family. Your girls remind me of mine. One is more playful than the other. Noah looks so much like his Mom. Everything is so beautiful and the sun helped it look like easter despite the snow. I love those little size cookies. I made sugar cookies and decorated them but would prefer those. Do you have a source? That heritage cake looks yummy even without the egg decorations. The cupcakes must have been a big hit with the boys. Hopefully Max will have a shark filled birthday. But with Nana shopping ebay, etsy, etc, I am sure his dreams will come true.

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    1. Our girls are so different..To the right is Mylène..the teacher and yes Noah's mom..but Alain looks like my daughter too.her husband..so we sometimes think he looks like M and other times A..
      She has my husband's coloring.
      Caroline is to the left..w/ the 3 boys..
      They're both very playful and I thnk God for that.M is the Energizer Bunny though like Noah..they are gogogogogo Terry;)
      The sauce is so good.
      The little cookies in the small milk bottle? The teeny weenie bunnies heads are of course the cut-out of the Linzer ..the other small cutters are Ebay..sets of 4..I will send you a link..

      even the little bunnies..Ebay..

      I did start looking for things on his list;)
      I know everything you made was made with planning..and thought..and I know everything was good!

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  19. What a lovely Easter you had...filled with love, family and food! Such fun when the kids are still in the Easter egg hunt mode. Mine are all to old, even the grands. But we still dye eggs!
    So pleased you enjoyed the honey rolls.

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    1. I know it won't last forever:)
      Buns are keeper!

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  20. Nana, you are an inspiration! My daughter and Izzie were getting on a plane back to Minnesota Easter morning, so first No-Easter day for me. But I'm pinning this to my Easter board so I don't forget next Easter! You are a wonder - and those grands are growing up way too fast!

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    1. I am glad you had them:) Izzie must have been over the moon to see her nana.

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  21. All your little Easter bunnies are so sweet, Monique. It sounds like your home was a busy beehive on Easter Sunday. Snow on Easter is like sunshine on Christmas...it just isn't right. Can't believe how your handsome little guys have grown.

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    1. They just seem to grow every day! If we are a few days not seeing them..we say..you have grown again!

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  22. So many lovely things to see! Love the little cookies in the milk bottle, the bunny linzers and the goose cookies! I bought those cupcake decos at the outlet, hope they have some leftovers marked down for next year. I couldn't use them as there were 16 kids and I didn't have enough. I filled 160 eggs for the hunt. Your boys are growing, much too quickly! I still remember the cabbage leaf cake you made for the shower! Your Easter looked lovely, wishing you some Spring weather and flowers.

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    1. You are like my Energizer Bunny daughter Kathleen:)
      16 kids!! ..That's a lot..there are quite a few toppers in the kit..I have some for next year too..not sure how many..
      I think Meri Meri make the cutest of all toppers..I have picked up a couple more..in the USA...
      They just have good tase I find for their decorations.
      Happy Spring to you and all of yours also.

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  23. That twirly cake is maybe yr best ever!
    Bet it tastes gorge too...miam miam

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  24. Such a perfect Easter. The cake is delightful. I love all the little bits -- they add up to so much, don't they?
    I am rich with ham now, making little favorites. I do love it so.

    You make lovely holidays, Nana!!

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  25. Everything looks magical! I love the little bunny linzers! Just perfect...everything is! You are making beautiful memories for your boys...they will never forget holidays at your house!
    Bisous xoxoxoxo

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    1. They are fun to make:) I have no memories before the age of 10 I think..just blurred..But I remember I was loved..I am sure they will too..
      I mean the house there are here just feels full of it when they are present..

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  26. Your boys are precious. What a lovely Easter. I have missed you.

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    1. I left you a note..here and there:) I have no idea what is up..I received your posts .. and now all of a sudden..the last 4 never appeared..knowing you were busy..leaving Fl..I hought nothing of it..You are not the only one that my feed doesn't seem to receive:(

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  27. Beautiful Easter post. Wow, you did get some amazing snow.... You went all out with Easter...homemade rolls, cake, and cute as can be cookies. Your family will have these special memories forever.

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    1. See what I love about your pics? Green..flowers..warmth:) Etc..It's white here for many months..or grey..
      Thanks Linda!

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  28. What a beautiful Easter Sunday you had, despite that horrible snow that won't go away! I hope you have a nice melt soon! Enough already I know you are saying! Your cake, your cookies, your cupcakes . . . all are so beautiful and perfect. You are the Mistress of perfect presentation! The grass grew really well in your basket! It is perfectly delightful and when did Lucas get so tall! The boys are growing like weeds, but him the most! And nice to see your girls. Sounds a perfect day. I wish we could get spiral hams over here, but alas, we don't even really get ham. Mostly just gammon. But we make do. Love and hugs! xoxo

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    1. It's our first spiraled ham.. pretty I found..Pea soup yesterday..
      Enough already is right..this weekend a lot should melt;)
      X

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  29. Your whole post is eye candy, Monique! Loved every image and my favorite is the shark hats!! I am going to borrow that idea for time with my grandsons! They LOVE sharks, too. Especially Alex.

    We had cold RAIN all day on Easter with a power outage. yuk! Have a wonderful week. blessings ~ tanna

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    1. They love hats ..your family because you make beautiful ones!
      I think they will enjoy being sharks Tanna..thank you..

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  30. Love seeing photos of your family! You made it look like a perfect spring day inside even when there was snow outside. All so very beautiful!

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    1. I can just imagine your Easter:)
      You have such exquisite taste Ry.

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  31. All of the photos are wonderful! I love the shark hats and Max's shark birthday list, what a hoot. I guess I shouldn't bemoan our cool weather, at least we didn't have snow! Your baked creations looke divine.

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    1. It snowed again! Last night..winter wonderland again..enough already;)

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  32. Love the shark birthday list! Of course your rolls,cake and treats are perfect for the day....but the list....It brought a big grin. I love the lists, letters and notes that the little ones write, so precious.

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  33. I was born on the 15th of April in the midst of a blizzard! Not in NC but in Wisconsin. I totally understand how tired you are of cold and snow but it does make the summer so much sweeter and I know you'll have a beautiful one. You totally made up for the snow and cold with all your delicious and fun food. I know everyone loved all of it!

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    1. I remember you lived in Wisconsin..what a difference for you:)
      Looking forward to starting my basil..I even sent your post to Jacques:)

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  34. Well, I must say that the snow did make some beautiful photos! But all you do is beautiful! Sounds like a grand day for all!

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    1. It will melt this weekend I hope..most of it.
      Thank you Abbe.

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  35. Yes, those kahkis have a drawstring waist. They are my go-to casual pants! ;) blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Isn't that funny so many miles apart? They are mine also..I have had them for years.The fabric is just right.
      Walking the beach..etc..

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