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 used Susan's recipe~
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.
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~
For my 42 year old basic cake recipe
Courtesy of Denise Cardin and she called it Butter Cake
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.
Stick to tried and trues for certain things;)