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Easter Re-runs!

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings,

Still crushing on Easter – only 1 more day!

If you are looking for inspiration, here are a couple of my favorite blog post about my favorite spring day. Enjoy!

It’s a Swoozie’s Easter!

Easter With The Fam

Peeping Easter

I’ll leave you with a link to the lemon meringue pie I’ll be making on Sunday. The recipe is by my sweet friend, Brookie Lark, who created the Anatomy of A Dinner Party logo and makes everyone swoon with her famous blog, Cheeky Kitchen. I LOVE Brooke.

Isn’t this pie a beauty? Thanks Brookie!!

Happy Easter my Bunnies!

xoxo, Patti

Hop To It Bunny – At 14th Street Antiques!

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Good Morning Darlings!

Easter is right around the corner. I LOVE Easter – all the pretty colors, the nice weather, the leftover ham. What’s not to love?

My favorite thing is to set the table. I attended a meeting this week at 14th Street Antiques and Modern Home and wowza, do they have gorgeous things to set the table with. Take a gander, my little geese.

All that glitters, might be gold!

Swimming in glamour.

Always welcome your guests with a drink.

And for all you Easter fans like me, there’s even a sale on all things spring and gilded. Love.

Color me glitter!

Go visit my fabulous friend Lisa over at 14th Street Antiques and Modern Home and tell her I sent you. You could spend the entire day in there.

xoxo, Patti


Saturday, March 26th, 2016

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh My Goshy! How much do I love Easter? What do I love best? The PEEPS of course! I mean – really! They are totes adorbs and so yummy.

I got a special Peeps cookbook in the mail called Peeps-a-licious! and I’m completely smitten. Apologies for not writing about this sooner, but this book has all the ways you can cook with our little marshmallow buddies. And if you score them after Sunday, 50% off! Voila!

 Look at how cute this cake is – any little one would adore this, so it’s not just for Easter! Okay, not just little ones, I would be totally melty if someone made this for me.




And it’s not too late to make these adorable Peeps In A Nest!

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I would use these at each place setting with a sweet pastel place card. What do you think?

These are not just Easter ideas – use them all through Spring!

How about Peep Creme Brulee? Buy the book and learn how to make this! You’ll make somebunny very happy, my little chickadee! See what I did there?


Hoppy Easter my darlings!

xoxo, Patti


Friday, March 25th, 2016

Good Morning Darlings!

I’ve been so busy lately, but I’ve missed you! And now it’s almost Easter.

Bestie Melanie is cooking dinner and I am contributing deviled eggs and lemon meringue cupcakes. Don’t these cupcakes sound divine? Take a look at how pretty they are!


Now, that isn’t my finished product, but it did come from the lovely people at Nielsen-Massey, who were so kind to send me their gorgeous vanilla AND lemon extract so I could recreate this masterpiece at home.

And, it would not be kind of me to keep the recipe all to myself. Here you go – make these and look like a superstar this Sunday!

Lemon Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue(Makes 2 Dozen)

For the Cupcakes:
2½ cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon zest (3-4 large lemons)
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
3 large eggs
½ cup low-fat buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350?F. Place paper liners into two standard cupcake tins; set aside. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt; whisk to blend and set aside.In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla and lemon extracts. With a handheld mixer, beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients one-half at a time, alternating with buttermilk; beat after each addition and scrape sides of bowl as needed. Do not overmix batter.Fill each liner with about ¼ cup batter and bake until done, about 18 minutes. Carefully place cupcakes in 2 (9 x 13) pans and cover with plastic wrap; set aside to cool. Make sure the wrap does not touch the cupcake tops; this method of cooling will make deliciously moist cupcakes.

For the Marshmallow Meringue:
4 egg whites
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ cup sugar
1 cup marshmallow creme
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract

In a large bowl, add egg whites and cream of tartar. With a handheld mixer, beat on medium-high speed until foamy. Increase mixer speed to high and gradually add sugar until soft peaks form.Add marshmallow creme, vanilla and lemon extracts, and beat until combined. Using the back of a spoon, mound and creatively swirl meringue onto each cooled cupcake.Place cupcakes on a rimmed sheet pan. Use a handheld kitchen torch or place under a broiler and toast until golden brown. If using the broiler method, watch to ensure meringue does not over brown.

xoxo, Patti

Easter Ideas!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Good Morning Darlings!

Hippity Hoppity! Easter is this weekend and I couldn’t be more tickled.

Hop on in!

An Easter Snapshot

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been way behind on my correspondence with you. May I make it up to you by posting some lovely photos of our Easter soiree?

Photos of our dinner inside…

Easter Is Four Days Away! Must Organize…

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

With Easter just four short days away, have you selected your menu? Thought about table decor? Invited your guests? Thought about cocktails?

Whatever shall you do?

And in Other Cocktail News – Kahlua

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

How I love getting a package in the mail…you know, brown paper packages tied up with string. Or packing tape. Either way.

Kahlua came knocking on my door this week. Let’s mix up some libations!

Isn’t Kahlua the yummiest?

Easter Envy

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I am still dreaming of Easter entertaining. We will have a small group of friends over for dinner (when I told Eric we were hosting 20pp, he was a bit surprised. My answer? “It is small compared to 175 for the Christmas Party!”) God bless my husband for putting up with my antics.

Anyhoo, I am still poring over ideas for our special spring soiree. Take a look and see what I’ve found.

Hop to it, Bunnies!

Truffle Truffle…Yummy Yummy!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

When I arrived home from St. Simons yesterday, this precious package was waiting for me. I think this is the best idea for Easter. Especially those of us with no children.

You will love this!