Happy Easter!!! (And Some Recipes)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Lord has risen indeed!

I love Easter. It's a wonderful reminder of God's love for us, and that we all need to love one another more. I strongly feel there's not nearly enough love in the world.

Here's a picture of our niece Arianna hunting Easter eggs. She's pretty adorable.

Since I love entertaining, I offered to make brunch this morning for Tom, myself and Tom's parents.

The menu:

-Baked French Toast (recipe below)

-Bacon, Egg and Cheese Wreath from Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

-Easy Cheese Danish from Lauren's Latest

-Fruit Salad (consisting of cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, peaches and bananas)

-Bluemary Lemonade (Recipe Below)

It all ended up being really good, and we were all pretty stuffed.

Baked French Toast

-1 loaf French bread
-8 large eggs
-1 pint half-and-half
-2tbsp sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-cinnamon as desired

Slice the French bread into 1" slices (or thicker or thinner, depending on your preference). Layer in a buttered 9x13" baking dish like so. (I got 16 slices out of my bread, but you can get more...I ate the ends of the bread)

Whisk together the rest of the ingredients, taking care not to let it bubble too much.

Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread slices.

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 hours. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serve with your favorite syrup.

I didn't take a picture of it all done up on a plate with syrup because I was too busy stuffing my face.

Bluemary Lemonade

I love fresh herbs. I knew I wanted to make some sort of herbal-infused lemonade for this meal, but I was planning on using basil (good gravy, I love basil!). So I get to the store, and they're completely out of basil. Glorious. So I improvise and grab some rosemary instead. I don't regret it.

The easiest way to make an herbal--infused lemonade is to make simple syrup. Making simple syrup is really easy; all you need to do is boil equal parts water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Then you remove the pan from heat and let it thicken. If you want to infuse herbs, add them after removing the pot from heat. When it thickens and cools a bit, just strain out the herbs. Just remember that a little goes a long way!

So anyway, I made some rosemary simple syrup. I mixed a little with some lemonade and tossed in some frozen blueberries. Absolutely delicious.

Happy Easter to all! I'm off to eat some more :)

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