Tips for hosting a fantastic Easter Brunch, the Easy Way

Hosting Easter brunch this year? The secret to a throwing  fantastic brunch all while saving time and your sanity is to keep it simple. I’ve scoured Pinterest to bring you  only list you’ll need to brunch with the best of them! 

Keep it simple! Menu and decor tips for a fantastic Easter brunch

First and foremost pick a simple menu. As a general guide try serve at least four or five dishes. Only serve one or two dishes that require cooking immediately before serving. Everything else should be easily thrown together before guests arrive or made the day before. If you want to make it even easier make it a potluck and delegate specific dishes or types of dishes for guests to bring.

Egg – Eggs are a brunch must. A quiche or fritatta are the best and easiest ways to serve eggs for a crowd. Denver mini fritattas and Greek fritattas are quick and easy to make and are sure to disappear before your eyes.

 

Fruit – A fresh fruit salad is easy and delicious. Plus it adds a beautiful spring pop of color to any buffet table. 

 

Vegetable – Of course there are always vegetable trays, which are easy to put together or buy, but a simple green salad or even asparagus topped with feta and almonds will fancy up your menu without much effort. 

 

Meat – Smoked salmon is an excellent way to serve an amazing meat without having to cook a thing. Ham is obviously an Easter favorite too, so if you and your crew are set on ham a simple glaze can dress up a plain old ham.

 

Bread – An easy quick bread such as hearty whole wheat banana bread, or mixed berry flax muffins can be made in advance and will be enjoyed by everyone. 

 

Cocktail – Celebrate the day with a simple and elegant cocktail. A Kir Royale is a step up from your average mimosa. Serve a selection of fresh fruit juices and coffee as non alcoholic options.

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Sweet treat – Be sure to include at least one dessert like treat in your brunch line-up. Something fun such as Crispy Treats Easter Nests or a more traditional Wicked Easy Carrot Cake will add a perfectly sweet ending to your Easter festivities.

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Secondly, set a lovely and simple table. A lovely table can set the mood for a gathering. The key is to keep it simple. By staying simple you’ll pull off a fun look all while saving time.

Add a table runner. A table runner adds a little oomph to a holiday table and instantly dresses everything up. Don’t have a table runner? Lay a length of 10-12 inch wide burlap or colored tulle down the center of the table letting it generously hang over the edge. If you want to take it a step further gather and tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the burlap or tulle 6-8 inches below the edge of the table. 

 

Flowers keep things fresh. Use a bright springy bouquet of tulips of daffodils as a main centerpiece. 

 

Add a bit of whimsy. These peep and jelly bean filled mason jars make for a fun touch. And best of all then the festivities are over you can send them home with guests!

 

With a little thought simple can be quite fantastic. And lovely. And very tasty!

What are your favorite brunch dishes to serve? Do you have any tips for hosting a fantastic brunch?

Best Meat Marinara Sauce Recipe

Best Meat Marina Sauce? Why yes it is! ;) This recipe takes longer than 30 min but is great to make in bulk batches and freeze so you can have quick pasta nights later on! 

My dad was a chef. Not by trade, but as long as he was alive, he was in the kitchen making amazing meals. His chili and meat sauces were the BEST! After he passed away, I inherited all of his recipes and my grandma’s.

Now, I’ve perfected the meat sauce and am ready to share it with all of you.

worlds best meat marinara

 

Best Meat Marinara Sauce
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time
2 hr 5 min
Generous pinch of
  1. Rosemary
  2. Basil
  3. Oregano
  4. Thyme
  5. Fresh ground black pepper
Regular pinch of
  1. Marjoram
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Dry Minced Onion flakes
The rest
  1. 1 tsp+ of Chili Powder
  2. 1 cup, prepared beef bullion
  3. 3/4 cup red wine (I prefer sweet red in my sauce, but experiment and see what you like)
  4. 1 full size, whole bay leaf
  5. 1 med onion, chopped
  6. 3 large garlic gloves, chopped
  7. 1 - 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with puree (I prefer organic fire roasted)
  8. 1 - 8oz can of tomato sauce
  9. 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot or small stock pot. cook over medium heat for 1 hour, or until sauce is reduced 1 inch.
  2. Uncover and cook for 45min - 1 hour or until the sauce is reduced another half inch.
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How to Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets

It’s National Breakfast Week. Why not celebrate by saving BIG on breakfast! 

If you love to save time and money, this one is for you! I bought a large 42 oz canister of instant oats on sale for $2 and a bag of C&H brown sugar on sale for $1. From this I made 30 (THIRTY!) quick oats packets, just like the ones they sell in boxes of 6 packets for $3-$5. My version cost $0.10 per “packet” and the prepackaged ones can cost up to $0.85 per packet. That’s a pretty big savings! 

DIY Instant Oatmeal Packets

These are so simple to make. 

Take 1/2 cup Oats, 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar, put them in a snack sized bag and zip it up. Really. It’s that easy! 

You can add dried fruit, cinnamon, chocolate chips, whatever you love in your oatmeal.

When you are ready to cook them, empty the packet into a bowl, add 3/4 cup of water or milk and microwave on high for 1 minute. Simple as that!

Think of all the wine you could buy with the savings! ;) 

 

 

5 Easy Meals That Kids Will Love

I’m always looking for meals the kids will love. There is only so much Chef Boyardee or Mac-n-cheese a kid can have!

Not to worry parents, here are 5 easy meals ideas that will have your kids licking the plate!

5 kid friendly meals

Sloppy Joe’s are always a crowd pleaser here. Check out Paula Deen’s recipe for Savannah Sloppy Joe’s.

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Lasagna in 30 minutes? Yup! Here is an easy recipe that have my kids begging for more.

 

Pizza is a favorite in many houses. How about mini biscuit pizzas?

 

Pulled pork is delicious and super easy in the crock pot! Here is a three ingredient recipe!

 

Last, but not least, pasta! Cheese, noodles, yum.

Do you have a favorite easy kids meal? Link us to it in the comments!

Quick 5 Ingredient Recipe – Southwestern Chicken Skillet Meal

If you’re anything like me, dinnertime can be a stressful occasion for all involved and more often than not it quickly  devolves into a dash for the quickest meal to-go available before one of your many evening activities.  Enter this handy little meal that hits all the food groups and leaves your family satisfied in about the same amount of time it would take you to make it through the drive-through, oh and it’s super tasty.  With just five ingredients, this dinner can be made with items you probably already have in your pantry in just 10 minutes with minimal work.

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Quick Southwestern Chicken Skillet Meal

Ingredients

  • 1 can Organic all-white chicken packed in water
  • 1 can sliced potatoes (or frozen hash browns)
  • 1 can organic corn
  • 1/2 jar of spicy (or your choice) salsa
  • 1-2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 tsp. red & black pepper mix (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder (optional)

Directions

1) Add the chicken and spices  first and let the flavors meld together for a couple of minutes on a medium high stove.

2) Add potatoes and allow to gook for about 3 minutes.

3) Add corn and salsa. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes and reduce heat to low.

4) Add cheese and serve with tortilla chips and extra salsa for a quick family meal.