Easter Dinner Ideas

Easter is just a few short weeks away, and here are a couple gorgeous Easter dinner ideas. A bit most refreshing and refined than the normal glazed ham and thawed peas. Simple and natural, just what you want to gather around for a beautiful family meal.

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  • 1 side of salmon (about 2 1/2 pounds; preferably wild), skinned
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced radish
  • 1/2 cup diced, peeled English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions (about 2)
  1. STEP 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast salmon until just cooked through (it will be opaque around edges), 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Meanwhile, stir together radishcucumberhorseradish, scallions, and remaining teaspoon oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with salmon.

easterdinnerside2Potato and Leak Galette with Watercress

  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small leek, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced crosswise and rinsed well
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup watercress, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. STEP 1

    Place potato in a bowl of cold water, and let soak for 10 minutes. Drain well in a salad spinner or squeeze in a clean kitchen towel to remove excess water. Combine potato, leek, flour, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Scatter potato mixture in skillet, and press lightly with a spatula to make sure it holds together. Cook until underside is golden, about 6 minutes. Flip. Raise heat to medium-high. Cook until underside is golden, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Turn out galette. Toss watercress with lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, and place on top of galette. Slice into 8 wedges.

Love these and want some more clever recipes for Easter?? Go to MARTHA STEWART x

cacao-bliss-8ozI am all about Artisana Cacao Bliss. I feel like I have discovered gold!! Pure, raw chocolate, coconut gold. And that is exactly what it is. A creamy blend of Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter. ALL so good FOR you and TO you.

They sell it is jars and little 1 oz packets. When warmed, it’s like a rich nectar that you can spread on toast, fruit slices, or mixed in smoothies and juices. Or, what I do, is put the little packets in the fridge and wait till they get cold and solid. It becomes the most decadent, sinless chocolate bar you’ve ever had melt in your mouth!

HERE are the little packets I’m talking about. They have many other nut butters to choose from as well, but I just can’t NOT get the cacao bliss.

If you actually have the will power to not spoon the creamy nectar onto everything edible and can actually wait 45 min, you can make these heavenly (and only slightly sinful) almond and cacao bliss brownies. 

 

Do you know what food to not eat that prevent you from good sleep? You probably didn’t think you needed to worry about tomatoes and a bit of cheese and crackers were the reason for restless sleep, but they very well could be. It has nothing to do with some of these foods not being healthy, but it’s the way they react in the body at night that don’t set you up for a super sound slumber. Try a few of these tips and see if you wake more refreshed.

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Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.

Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night.

Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills.

Save the leftover slice of steak for lunch tomorrow. Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there’s more of a chance that you’ll have a restless night.

AARP for lots more healthy and helpful info.

With Winter done and dusted, what better way to welcome Spring than with a gorgeously green cleansing juice! All Winter long, we tend to hold on to toxins, and that creates mucus in the Spring. Then, with the Spring pollen and irritants in the air triggering allergies, we become sick. To help ward off the sniffles, whip up as many green juices with some slightly bitter foods to enjoy throughout the week. You’ll flood your immune system with supportive nutrients so you’ll be fully armed against any pesky allergens flying your way.

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3 large organic kale leaves, stalks included

1 whole lime, peeled

1/2 inch organic ginger, skinned

1 small green pear

small handful mint or parsley

1 tsp. coconut oil

You can either juice or blend. Drink up and enjoy!!

What to do for local Easter events?? Well Happy Hoppy Easter! ‘Tis the season of egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and one of the best services at church all year! Here is a little round up of some local events that are fit for the whole family.

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Mad Hatter’s Eggstravaganza! crafts, tea party, eco friendly egg hunt

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Reservation required) 

Join our mad scientists for some crazy crafts and fantastic fun. Open to kids and adults of all ages. Celebrate Spring Wonderland style. This new member’s event will feature nature inspired crafts, a mad hatter’s tea party, eco friendly egg, and more!

Egg Hunt at Sea Canyon Park! Egg hunt, games, petting zoo, Mr. Bunny

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Sea Canyon Park
  • 33093 Santiago Drive
  • Dana Point, Orange County, 92624

Activities include: Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits. Event begins at 9:00am Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10:00am.

 

Egg Hunt at Pines Park! Egg Hunt, petting zoo, Mr. Bunny.  

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Pines Park
  • 34941 Camino Capistrano
  • Dana Point, Orange County, 92624

Children’s Games, Petting Zoo, Easter Bunny Visits. Event begins at 9:00am Egg Hunt starts promptly at 10:00am.

Plan Special Family Events

 

The Rabbit Run! 5k Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19 8:30am-10:30am, Concordia UniversityIrvine, CA

Easter themed race staged at picturesque Concordia University. Age division awards 3 deep in 5 year age spans. Overall winner prizes. Course full of Easter prizes and eggs. Each participant gets event t shirt, hunt bag, and chance to get 12 prizes. Race, run, walk, or stroller it. Kid’s discounted. Easter Bunny at finish line for photo opportunities! OC Register 

 

Little Church by The Sea, 468 Legion St. Laguna Beach

•Good Friday Service, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary

•Sunrise Service, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, located at the end of Moulton Meadows Park in Laguna Beach

•Easter Sunday Services, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary

 

Having trouble trying to figure out what to wear for Easter after spending Winter in jeans and sweaters?? Spring and Easter are the best excuses to bring out all your floral, fresh whites, and bright colored frocks. But there is a way to over do it and a way to make it classy sassy. We are shooting for the latter. The key is to keep it simple, bold, fresh. And don’t shy away from a bright yellow or tangerine, what other time can you rock a sunshine dress with matching heels?? Get inspired ladies!

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 And…………one for the kiddies!! xx

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easter center 2Spring has sprung and Easter is almost here! Wether you’re hosting Easter brunch or dinner, or simply want to make your coffee table a bit festive, here’s how to DIY Easter centerpiece. It could take as little as ten minutes, and with this, the simpler more rustic the better.

You’ll first need to choose a wire basket, cake stand, or large vase…….or make all three!

  • 1 large package of raffia
  • 1 package of paper Easter basket grass filling
  • Several faux eggs (craft stores have these)
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap of fabric or a cloth napkin
  • and whatever else you want to make it your own

To create the nest, simply pull a chunk (for lack of a better word) of raffia out of the package, keeping the strands easter centerpiecetogether. Twist the entire bundle like you’re wringing out a towel, and shape it into a circle the size of the outside perimeter of your cake stand. Wrap the ends around itself and tuck them under. The raffia tends to get a little unruly and may come undone. If this happens, secure loose pieces hair pins or floral pins.

Heather Libby is the clever creative behind this centerpiece, and to check out all her yummy treats and crafty ideas, go to her personal blog, diydujour.com. Heather is also a contributing author at thebakeryspot.com.

Old fashioned dipped dyed eggs is alright, and maybe a bit boring, but wait till you learn how to make marbleized Easter eggs! Never again will youreggs jar kids become unamused after dunking two hard boiled eggs in a cups of murky dye. With this new technique, you’ll even get a few artsy adults in the mix trying their hand at the marbleizing madness.

What you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Fork
  • Paper towels

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  1. STEP 1

    Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let dry, about 15 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Try various color combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle.

For more Spring Kid (and adult) Crafts, Martha Stewart has you covered!!

In honor of International Woman’s Day, what better way to celebrate than to recognize some of the most iconic hairstyles from the last 50 years by some bold and stylish woman. You can see the whole 50 hairdos in the past 50 years list at Vogue Australia, written by Julia Frank.

Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s beehive topped the list, compiled by Toni & Guy to mark its 50th anniversary.

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Jennifer Aniston’s hair in the early days of Friends earned cult status as ‘The Rachel’. Hairdressers the world over were flooded with requests to cut to its likeness. For that, it made number four on the list.

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The feathered pageboy cut (no. 9) favoured by Princess Diana is still one of the most popular looks of all time.  Supermodel Twiggy’s entire look revolutionized fashion in the 1960’s, and her elfin crop made the cut at number 11 on the list.

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Jackie Kennedy’s brunette bouffant (at number 17) secured her place as a style icon.

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Actor and fitness guru Raquel Welch’s voluminous curls came in at number 38.

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For chopping off her long locks in favour of an attention-grabbing undercut, Rihanna earned herself a spot at number 46 on the list.

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But most importantly……..

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We’ve seen all the Oscar red carpet fashion and cheered for our favorite wins, but did you miss the best photo bombers in the business?? Here you go! And Ellen was right, Mr. Leto wins for (one of the) prettiest.

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For much more fun Oscar times, check out Yahoo! Movies for lots of intel and fancy dress pics x