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April 2009

Easy Cheesy Brunch Bake

Here is another easy breakfast casserole to serve your crowd over the weekend!

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Prep Time:
20 min
Total Time:
50 min
Makes:
12 servings
 
Ingredients:
 
12 large eggs
1/3 cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 lb. pork sausage
4 oz.  sliced fresh mushrooms
1 onion, chopped
2   tomatoes, chopped
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup  KRAFT Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese

HEAT oven to 400°F.

BEAT eggs and sour cream with whisk until well blended. Pour into greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake 10 min. or until egg mixture is softly set. Meanwhile, cook sausage, mushrooms and onions in large skillet on medium heat 6 to 8 min. or until sausage is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Drain.

REDUCE oven temperature to 325°F. Spoon tomatoes over the baked egg layer; top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with cheeses.

BAKE 30 min. or until egg mixture is set in center.


Here are my other favorite brunch casseroles:  Good Morning Grits and Sausage Casserole

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!!


(photo and recipe from kraftfoods.com)


Under the Sea

Are you daydreaming of days on the beach, hearing the crashing waves with a fruity concoction in your hand like I am?  Ahhhhhhh...   Then you will like these pictures.

I'm loving the new more natural look of beach/sea life decor.  The creams and tans are just so clean and fresh.  Plus you don't have to live at the beach to incorporate them into your existing decor!  These new neutrals go with everything.  Not only is it great for homes but also looks amazing at parties and weddings.

These are a few of my favorite sea things:

Sea Life Pillows

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Japanese Float Table Lamp

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Natural Starfish

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Shells on Strings

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Mini Recycled Glass Tealight Holders

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And my favorite of all!  Seascape Table Setting

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Pretty in Pink

This photo caught my eye for its pretty pink color.  Then the recipe sounded just as good as it looked.  What a great punch to serve at Easter!  The recipe includes instructions for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions so you can please everyone.  This would also be great for Mother's Day and wedding and baby showers (especially if mom is having a girl!)

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Sparkling Punch 

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Makes about 9 cups

Ingredients

  • 1  (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4  cups  white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1  qt. club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Preparation

1. Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Champagne Punch: Substitute 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine and 1/4 cup orange liqueur for club soda; proceed with recipe as directed

(photo from southernliving.com)


Wicked Theme Party Inspiration

I saw Wicked for the second time this past weekend and was reminded of just how amazing it is!  Nothing compares to seeing it in NYC but this was very close.  Not to mention my six year old niece went and it was great seeing it through her eyes too.  We both share a love of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. 

It got me thinking about doing a party around the musical.  Here is my first Photoshop collage...I still need practice ;)

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Photo credits:

Top left:  black gossamer has many uses, hang from ceiling, drape around chandelier, tie on backs of chairs

Top middle: Ticket Invitations you can personalize to your Wicked event, so cool

Top right: Green paper plates and below green napkins

Green apple martini  as signature green cocktail

Middle Wicked image from Google

Purple I Heart Oz magnets would make great party favors.

Caramel apples for snacks (for green color)

There are so many different ways you could go with this party.  You could even do a whole "Guh-lenda" themed party with iridescent items and light colors.  I would try to incorporate quotes and lyrics from the musical like "Defy Gravity" and "Popular" in your surroundings.  Printing them out on colored cardstock, framing and setting them around the room like HWTM did with her Twilight Party.  Add sparkle with green colored gems in vases or candlescapes to imitate emeralds.  HWTM demonstrates this with red sea glass at her Twilight Party.  Have the soundtrack playing in the background with posters, Playbills and programs sitting around would also add to the Wicked mood.

Have you thrown or attended a Wicked party?  Do you have any ideas on other elements to include?


Twisted Nests

Change is Good

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Large peonies sit in nests instead of eggs!  I love the simplicity of the white flowers in the nests.  What a pretty table setting for Easter, Mother's Day, weddings or "Nesting" baby showers.  These open peonies are sitting in a shallow plastic bowl of water then in a basket of twisted fern vines.  If you can't find fern vines, I think you could buy two medium nests at your local craft store and set one on top of the other and blend the sides to get the same depth shown here. 

Continue the theme with miniature peony nest place card holders.  You could use a bud of the centerpiece flower or one that is more closed.  These stems sit in a water tube within each nest.  Finish the setting with large round glasses that mimic the roundness of the nests. 

Of course you can use any flower you prefer and hopefully one you have in your own backyard!


(photo from marthastewart.com)


Happy Hour

Well I'm already getting ready for Cinco de Mayo!  I love celebrating Mexcian-style and I love margaritas even more!  Enjoy these Margarita Bites at your next Fiesta! 

Margarita Bites

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2 cups boiling water
2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) JELL-O Margarita Flavor Gelatin (or lime flavored)
1/2 cup tequila or cold water
Zest and juice from 1 lime
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

ADD boiling water to gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir with whisk 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in tequila and 2 Tbsp. lime juice. Add COOL WHIP and 1 tsp. lime zest; stir until COOL WHIP is completely melted and mixture is well blended.

POUR into 8-inch square pan.

REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 36 pieces to serve.

 

(photo and recipe from kraftfoods.com)


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EGGcellent!

For your Easter table centerpiece, try this twist on the traditional Easter egg tree.  Your children will love it!  Bonus:  this would also be cute for a "Mama Bird/Baby Bird" or "Nesting" baby shower.

Swinging Birdie Egg Tree

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First find a branch in your backyard and set in sand or pebbles.  You will also need:

 

Egg carton
Hole punch
1/4-inch-wide ribbon
Colored tissue paper
Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors
Blown eggs
Glue stick
Colored feathers
Colored card stock
Marker

Time needed: About 1 to 2 Hours

Rock-a-bye Birdies - Step 1 1. For each, cut a cup from the egg carton and punch 3 holes as shown.

2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, each about 9 inches long. Thread an end of each piece through a hole in the carton and knot it, then tie the other ends of the ribbons together.

3. Cut two 2- by 6-inch rectangles of tissue paper, one with the pinking shears. Lay the pinked rectangle on top of the other. Wrap the papers around a blown egg so that the pinked edge peeks out from behind the straight edge. Secure with the glue stick.

4. Place the wrapped egg in the cradle. Use the glue stick to attach a small tuft of feather and a card stock beak and eyes to the egg. Make pupils on the eyes with the marker.

(photo from familyfun.com)