I’ve been spending the day getting ready for Easter brunch here tomorrow. A quick trip to the farmers market for flowers for the bunny centerpiece for the kids’ table:
Fitz and Floyd bunny planter — an estate sale find
And colorful carrots to set out with ranch dip:
What’s up, Doc?
The weather is cooperating, thankfully. My window box of geraniums is happy in the Spring sun:
Lilo, our 9-year old shar pei, is soaking up some of the gentle warmth in the driveway:
While Jasper, our 2-year old duck tolling retriever, prefers to keep an eye on the kitchen action:
I know lots of you are making cute deviled eggs for your Easter table. I found another cute Easter appetizer that I’m sure will have my husband rolling his eyes. Caprese Chicks are an easy and fun way to add a little whimsy to your Easter meal. I found the idea here, at the same, unfortunately defunct blog that brought you the Chicken Egg Family.
I began with Formaggio marinated fresh mozzarella balls that I found at Costco:
Instead of marinating the mozzarella in curry, I opted to use yellow food coloring. I found that it didn’t work by adding it to the oil marinade. Instead, I rinsed and drained the mozzarella, then placed it in a jar, added enough water to cover, and then added the food coloring. I left mine in the refrigerator overnight, but they pick up the yellow tint in a few hours. Although they worked out fine, I’d recommend using a product that is not packed in oil, such as this Bel Gioioso fresh mozzarella, which is also sold at Costco:
Now comes the fun part! Using small wooden skewers or long wooden toothpicks, skewer a grape tomato, a mozzarella ball, and another grape tomato. Insert a small carrot triangle into the cheese for the beak, and press two black sesame seeds into the cheese for eyes: I’m setting out ranch dip for the kids, and an olive oil herb mix for the adults, to dip the tomatoes in.