Easter Brunch: Fun, Festive Ideas and Recipes

Easter is a great day for a Sunday brunch. Here are some ideas to help make the day fun and festive:

Easter Table Decoration Ideas

Simple Easter centerpiece ideas: Use a decorated Easter basket, a single flowering potted plant or a glass bowl filled with plastic colored candies. For a more elaborate centerpiece, place upturned bowls, bricks or other items to the center of the table to give it different heights. Place a table cloth over these items and then place several flowering potted plants or vases with fresh spring flowers on top of them. And light some tea candles on each level.

Home-made place cards: Ask your children to make place cards for each guest. They can also use plastic eggs with names painted on them. Or help your kids make cookies in Easter shapes and decorate the cookie with the guest’s name.

Flower arrangements: Easter lilies, hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips are common flowers in early spring. Many Easter lilies have a strong smell so you may not want to place them in the dining room as they may be overpowering.

One flower arrangement you may want to try is to place several daffodils and crocuses in a large pot. Stick a small tree limb with several branches into the center of the daffodils and then hang tiny Easter eggs on strings on them.


Easter Brunch:

When it comes to food, focus on freshness and variety. Here are some ideas:

* Fresh fruit platter with two dipping sauces: one a chocolate base and one with a  cream cheese base.

* Fresh squeezed orange juice, apple juice, or juice cocktails made with sparkling cider or grape juice.

* Spinach quiche.

* Baked omelet roll or other omelets.

* Home-made muffins, biscuits, rolls, or banana nut bread.

* Strawberry and Banana Stuffed French Toast.
Here’s the recipe:

You’ll need:

1 loaf French bread (cut into 1 1/2 inch slices)

2 tablespoons strawberry jam

4 ounces softened cream cheese

1/4 cup chopped strawberries

1/4 cup chopped banana

6 lightly beaten eggs

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 10-ounce package of frozen strawberries in heavy syrup, thawed

Instructions:

Combine the jam, cream cheese, and fruit in a small bowl to make the filling. After you’ve cut your bread into 1 1/2 inch slices, make a pocket in each one by cutting a slit into the bread from almost the top to the bottom on one side. Put a heaping tablespoon of filling into the pocket and then close the pocket by pressing the sides together.

Beat together the eggs and the milk. Use this to soak the bread, being sure to coat both sides.

In a large skillet, heat three tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat. Place one to two pieces of coated bread into the pan and cook until it is golden brown. Flip the bread and cook the other side. You may want to heat your oven to 150 degrees for the cooked French toast if you have quite a bit to make. This will help keep it warm until all of it is cooked.

This recipe makes about 8 servings, so if you’re planning on more for your brunch, you can easily increase the recipe to have enough for everyone.

More Easter Recipes at Momscape:
Build your Easter Family Traditions with these yummy, kid-friendly Easter recipes
Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
Orange Glazed Ham
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roasted Red Potatoes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Honey and Lime Carrots
Honey Sweet Potato Mash
Easter Brownie Cupcakes
Easter Ice Cream Nests (A perfect kid-friendly desert – guaranteed to be a hit!)

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Encouraging Your Children to Appreciate Their Taste Buds

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By Cheryl Tallman

www.FreshBaby.com

Encouraging healthy eating is about balance – even when it comes to taste. Here are a few tips that can help you expand or improve the balance in your child’s taste buds.

Experiment with Tastes: Allow your child to experience and identify the four unique tastes that make up flavor – sweet, salty, sour, bitter. Taste small amounts of different ingredients to identify which taste category they belong to. This can be a fun kitchen activity when preparing dinner!

Stay Balanced: Good taste is a balancing act. Include a variety of tastes in your meals and encourage your child to try all foods. Experiencing the same tastes all the time is not a path to healthy eating.

Ask Them and Talk About It: When you hear “that’s yummy!” or “Yuck – that’s terrible!” – ask which flavor is best or bothering. The more you understand your child’s taste preferences the easier to guide (and expand) their food choices.

Sweet Tendency: Both breast milk and formula are sweet. It is the first taste we develop and as a result we’re already “off balance” when we begin eating foods. It is believed the earlier you introduce your child to other tastes, the better chance you have of keeping a “sweet tooth” from overpowering the taste buds.

About the author: Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, and author of the So Easy Baby Food Basics: Homemade Baby Food in Less Than 30 Minutes Per Week and So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips and Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.