Easter: Fun Recipes to Add to Your Holiday Dinner

Easter ham or a leg of lamb are the things we think of when we start planning our Easter dinners. But we don’t always have to follow our traditions. With that in mind, we put together a short list of fun recipes to add to your holiday dinner.tulip-tomatoesSpring Flowers How adorable are these tomato tulips? Surviving a Teacher’s Salary came up with these. And, because she’s a teacher, she’s a master at making things easy AND cute! The most work you have to do is cut the cherry tomatoes to make them look like tulips. From there, you just add the cream cheese filling and stems (chives) and you have an cute little appetizer worthy of an Easter spread.italian-easter-breadBreaking Bread Family dinners almost always include bread. In Italy, on Easter, they serve a sweet bread to showcase one of favorite Easter symbols: eggs. Seeded at the Table put together a step-by-step on how to make the bread to add to the beauty of your Easter table as well as your traditions.carrot-casseroleCarrot Cravings We love to eat carrots at Easter because of the association with the Easter bunny. While roasting or glazing carrots are the traditional methods for cooking carrots for Easter, there are other, more fun ways to serve it. Num’s the Word put together a recipe for carrots that include cheese! Carrots are plenty tasty on their own, but coupled with cheese, your Easter ham may go untouched!easter-pieEaster Pie Italians have a way with holiday food and Easter is no exception! On the Italian menu, you might find Torta Pasqualina (Easter pie). It is NOT a sweet pie, but it’s delicious! It has vegetables, cheese and eggs to cover your basic food groups in one dish! Cooking with Grazia shared her recipe on her blog. It’s a very involved process, but she includes pictures for each step that you can follow.Easter-basket-cookie-cupsDessert At Lakeside, we would NEVER forget dessert — especially not on a holiday! Though there are dozens of unique Easter sweets recipes on the internet to fill the dessert slot, but we picked these Easter Basket Cookie Cups because, well, they’re cute!  Lil’ Luna mixed up this recipe — it’s not much more difficult than making cookies, they just require a little bit more designing.

The Lakeside Collection has ideas and inspiration for all of your holiday entertaining! From Easter decor to ideas for pulling off an awesome Memorial Day cookout, shop Lakeside for great ideas and quality products.

Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Easter

The days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising — that means Easter is on its way! We’re excited for the Easter Bunny’s arrival and we want to be prepared so we picked out a few items to welcome him that we think you’ll like. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Easter.

storytime-bunny

Kids will love watching and listening to this Animated Easter Storytime Bunny tell the classic tale of Peter Rabbit. His mouth moves as he “reads” the words. Squeeze the musical note on his foot to start and stop the story. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. Approx. 9-3/4″H. Polyester and plastic. For ages 2 and up.

lighted-chickLighted Geo Mesh Bunny or Chick makes a cute decoration for Easter and the spring season. It features 15 white lights intertwined in the mesh that makes up its glittered body. Requires 3 “AA” batteries. Bunny, 20″ x 12″ x 3″. Chick, 18-1/2″ x 16″ x 3″. Polyester, foam and metal. Comes ready to hang.

bunny-cake-standWelcome the joy of spring with this collection of delightful critters, eye-catching designs and bright colors.  Display appetizers, snacks and more on the Bunny Cake Plate (10-1/2″ dia. x 3-1/4″H). The Treat Jar (6-1/2″W x 10-1/4″D x 12-1/2″H) gives you quick access to a cookie or piece of candy. The Salt & Pepper Shakers (approx. 1-3/4″ x 2-1/2″ x 3-7/8″, each) are a practical addition to your dining area. Serveware and kitchenware, dolomite. All serveware and kitchenware, dishwasher safe. A Pastel Tablecloth adds beautiful colors for cheery table settings. Cotton. Machine care. Our exclusive 3-Pc. Easter Garland Set features 6 ft. of garland held on either side by 2 sand-weighted polyester bunnies (approx. 11-3/8″H, each). Add a pop of color to your walls the Bunny Ribbon Wreath (13-1/2″W x 24″L) with its wire frame that easily folds for storage. Polyester and metal. Ready to hang. All fabric items, imported.

inspirational-sculpturesBring a fresh, uplifting look to your decor with this Inspirational Word Sculpture. The word is spelled out in block letters and detailed with stitch lines, vines and 3-D birds. A coordinating sentiment is inscribed on one of the letters. Looks great on a table, shelf or mantel. Approx. 9-3/4″W x 5″H. Cold cast ceramic.

 

flower-towerCreate a breathtaking display of beautiful blossoms with this Flower Tower Freestanding Planter. It has room for 30 plants you purchase from your local nursery. An internal watering tube distributes water and fertilizer so plants grow evenly in the display. Tower has finger-hole handles on top to easily move it around the deck or patio. 9-3/4″ dia. x 33-3/4″H. Recycled polypropylene. Easy assembly required.

How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

hard-boiled-eggEaster is on Sunday — it’s only Wednesday, so you still have a little time to get all of your Easter decor out, dinner planned and, of course, dye your eggs. But, before you dye your eggs, you have to boil them. It sounds easy enough, but how you boil your eggs will determine what happens to the edible parts. They never have to be perfect, but it helps when you’re peeling them for the whites to separate neatly from the shell and, if you’re planning to make fun things like deviled eggs for your Easter dinner, it’s best if your yolks aren’t green. Here’s a fool-proof formula to make perfect hard boiled eggs.

 

1. Place your eggs in a sauce pan. Fill it with water until the eggs are just covered.hard-boiled-egg

2. Over high heat, bring the water to rolling boil.

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3. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for 9 minutes.

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4. Remove the eggs from the pan using a slotted spoon.

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5. Immediately place them in ice water and let them sit until they’ve cooled completely — about 15 minutes.

 

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Quick tip: Fill a bowl of water and stick it in the freezer for an hour to make ice water.

The result is an easy-to-peel egg with sunny, yellow yolks. The outside of the whites will be smooth and crater-free.

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Now that you know how to boil perfect eggs for Easter, you can let the kids dye them, and you can set to work on planning the Easter egg hunt, putting together baskets and making a fabulous Easter dinner.

Happy Easter!

Easter Recipe: Hot Cross Buns

Hot-cross-bunsWe’re close to the end of Lent with Good Friday and Easter just ahead of us. With the spring holidays, traditions abound and they come in all forms — our favorite form is food! Easter is loaded with fun food traditions, but Good Friday holds one of the more interesting one: hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns are more common in the United Kingdom, but there are a few Americans who carry out the ritual of making the buns and hanging one in the kitchen for a year for good luck or sharing one with a friend to protect the friendship. Though they’re made for the symbolism, they also make a pretty tasty treat. However, there are many more versions of the recipe than there are superstitions. Here’s our hot cross buns recipe.

Hot Cross Buns

  • ¾ cups milk, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (but not hot)
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (about half of a packet)
  • 2 TB light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tsp  baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 egg (if you want extra moist hot cross buns, use two yolks in place of the one egg)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (traditionally, currants are used, but cranberries are tastier)

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In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, add butter, sugar, milk and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let stand for five minutes so the yeast gets foamy. Whisk together the remaining dry ingredients and add it all to the yeast mixture. Using the hook attachment, mix on medium-low speed for five minutes.

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Add the egg yolk and continue mixing until it’s all well-combined to make a sticky dough. Add the cranberries and mix until they’re distributed evenly in the dough. Cover the bowl with plastic and set aside for one hour. Divide the dough into six balls and place in a prepared pan. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for one hour.

Hot-cross-bunsEgg Wash

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 TB milk

Preheat oven to 375℉. Whisk together the milk and egg white. Brush egg wash on each ball of dough. Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops of the buns are golden brown. Let cool for about ten minutes.

Hot-cross-bunsIcing:

  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • Pinch salt

Mix together all the ingredients. It will be a thick paste. Place in a sealable plastic bag. Pipe icing onto each bun in a cross. This recipe makes six muffin-sized buns, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a big breakfast to celebrate the end of Lent.

Hot-cross-bunsThe Lakeside Collection has dozens of products and ideas to make every holiday fun, tasty and memorable. Whether you need cookware to put together a spectacular holiday meal or you’re looking for delicate decor for the big day, shop The Lakeside Collection for great products at discount prices.

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Easter Items

It’s finally starting to feel like spring in most parts of the country! Soon, flowers will be blooming, birds will be chirping and the Easter Bunny will be on his way! To celebrate the end of the week and the upcoming holiday we’ve picked out a few items to remind of the new season! Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Easter Items.

easter-bunny-figurines

Get ready for spring by displaying this adorable 3-Pc. Figurine Set on a shelf or tabletop. The friendly-faced characters are tall and slim and hold props in their hands that set a theme. The Butterfly Fairies are tending their garden, and the Bunnies are getting ready for an Easter egg hunt.

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Celebrate the changing seasons throughout the year with the Debra Jordan Bryan Flags with Stake. You get 4 seasonal flags and a stake. Features colorful artwork on both sides of each flag and has a rod pocket.

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Welcome springtime with the adorable flowers of the Girls’ 3-Pc. Dress Set. The pretty dress is easy to wear with a button-up back and a tie waist for a comfortable fit. The headband is elastic with an attached bow. The adorable bunny is made of matching fabric, and girls will love to carry it around while wearing this outfit.

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Plant the Easy-to-Grow Bulbs in the spring, and you’ll have beautiful blossoms in the summer–no experience required. Simply choose a spot with good drainage and follow the instructions.

door-bunny

25″ Lighted Bunny Door Hanger is a charismatic decoration for springtime. Hang it on your front door to welcome guests or display it inside your home. Made from twigs for a handcrafted look, it has 15 white LED lights, beaded accents and a festive polka dot bow.

 

 

5 Gift Ideas for Easter

 

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Photo credit: sciencelakes.com

The Easter bunny comes around every year, but knowing what to bring can be a challenge sometimes. Here are 5 gift ideas for Easter we think can help you out when the holiday rolls around.

Stamped for ApprovalWood-block-stamps

For crafting kids, these adorable Woodblock Stamp and Ink sets can add flair to even the most creative scrapbooking project. But the uses go beyond scrapbooking; the stamps make journaling and letter writing more fun. The sets include 18 stamps and one ink pad.

Charming CharmsBunny-charms

Bunnies add beauty to your little girl! These darling necklaces will make Easter delightful while dressing up your little lady in her Sunday best. The bunny necklaces come in an adorable bunny box. The lamb necklace comes in a gift box with Bible scripture.

Sweet Treats Fudgie-wudgie

It wouldn’t be Easter without a sweet treat – and even adults can enjoy Fudgie Wudgie Gourmet Fudge. The fudge is hand-crafted with all-natural ingredients and it doesn’t require refrigeration so it’s guaranteed to be delivered fresh.

Easter Challenge Cube-puzzles

Easter doesn’t have to be all about chocolate – Cube Puzzles are the perfect addition to the Easter basket. Spring scenes are all mixed up leaving a test for the toddler to match up the blocks  to complete the pictures. They come in sets of Pets or Farm Animals.

Bible-storiesEaster Education

Easter is a great time for an introduction to faith. Bible Stories for Girls or Boys engages children with rhymes and inspirational illustrations in a padded book. Sneak this into a basket and you’ll have a fun explanation of the day that brings us chocolate bunnies and egg hunts.

Preparing for Easter: 4 Healthy Alternatives to Traditional Recipes

Easter is a mere four days away and many of us are nailing down the final details. Easter basket? Check! Kid’s Easter clothes picked out? Check! Dinner planned? Possibly. More and more of us are trying to find healthy (and delicious) alternatives to dinner classics. Easter is no exception. If you are still planning your menu, check out these great healthy alternatives to traditional Easter recipes.

Ham it Up
Ham is a staple for many Easter dinners. When purchasing your ham, make sure it is extra lean. The nutritional information for this cut isn’t as bad as you think. For one serving size (27g) there is only 29 calories and 1 gram of fat! Ham is also a great source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, potassium, zinc, protein and other minerals. If you are on a low cholesterol, low sodium diet however cut out the ham—it’s high in both of these. Check out Self.com’s overview below.

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Leg of Lamb
If ham isn’t your family’s first choice for Easter, lamb is another great healthy alternative. With only 168 calories and 7.5g of fat per serving, you won’t feel guilty indulging in this delicious choice. When choosing any meat, make sure you get the leanest cut possible, if not you’re bound to add on extra calories and fat. CalorieKing has a great leg of lamb recipe that has us drooling. Their nutrition information is below.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Everything is better with bacon, and prosciutto is bacon’s healthier counterpart. Delish.com has a great low calorie recipe that will have everyone’s mouthwatering. Sneaking in a great vegetable like asparagus is much easier when it’s wrapped in prosciutto. Below is the nutritional information for this side dish.

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Carrot Cake
Carrot cake seems like a great option for Easter. After all, with a bunny themed event carrots seem to take center stage. Eatingwell.com reports, “Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect—people think it’s health food, but it’s usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most.” If you are having a carrot cake craving then head on over to Eating Well to get their reduced guilt recipe. Their nutritional information is below.

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In the end, it’s ok to splurge on a few calories here and there for special occasions, but when you can substitute great healthy alternatives – why not? The above choices are just a few of the many great recipes for you to find. A quick search on Google yields thousands of pages of great tasting low-calorie options.

Do you have a great healthy recipe for Easter? Share with us in the comments below.

5 Items You Need for Easter

It feels like we just survived the holidays and New Years and it’s almost time for Easter! With the date being so early this year, many of us are playing catch up. Try not to stress too much, there is still plenty of time to get all the Easter goodies you want. Check out some of our Easter products below.

 

Seasonal-Dishwasher-Magnet-Art

Seasonal Dishwasher Magnet Art makes sure your dishwasher is festively dressed for the holiday. Order each design individually or save and buy them all as a 4-piece set. Magnet backing makes them easy to switch as each new holiday approaches.

 

LED-Lighted-Bunnies

Cute Set of 5 LED Lighted Bunnies glows in color-changing springtime pastels. The bunnies make a charming decorative accent when displayed on shelves or scattered around a room.

 

Easter-Lighted-Seasonal-Block

Cheerful seasonal designs from artist Tina Ledbetter highlight these decorative lighted blocks. Diffused lighting emanates from inside the glass for an appealing look.

 

Springtime-Easter-Yard-Stakes

Greet friends, family and neighbors with the friendly rabbits on these Springtime Easter Yard Stakes. Adorable yard decor is sure to make your holiday complete. Order them separately, or get the 3-pc. set and save!

 

Milk-Chocolate-Dinosaur-Eggs

Milk Chocolate Dinosaur Egg is a fresh take on the Easter egg. The egg is loaded with 6 solid milk chocolate baby dinosaurs: 2 each of T-Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus.