Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ideas for Easter Menus

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It's amazing how the lack of sleep can affect one's disposition!

Hubs fell asleep on the couch last night {and yes, I left him there} only to wake up and stumble his way to the bedroom at 2 a.m., promptly waking me up and then he near immediately fell off to a very major snore fest, preventing me from being able to get back to sleep from that point forward.

To top that off, I finally give up and get out of bed at some ungodly hour of the morning only to find that all of the settings {font size, windows appearance, screen resolution and contrast} on my laptop have been altered, apparently by one or more cats who for some reason love to sit on computer keyboards, or in this case, my laptop that I left opened. This apparently triggered an automatic switch to ease of access settings intended for the visually impaired because of depressing one of more unknown keys for an extended period of time. This has happened before last on my Mac, which I discovered when as I began to type, the computer began to speak every word that I was typing! After fiddling with this laptop for more than several hours pre- and post-coffee {with none of the fixes I googled working} I have given up for now, but boy has the grouch fully set in this morning! Maybe a nap later today will help.

In the meantime, I wanted to mention in a post that I am not doing a big Easter dinner, so that's why I haven't put up any menu links. It's basically just Hubs and me since my one and only son is usually wrapped up with family things with my daughter in law's very large family on most holidays, and much of my family are now deceased, so Hubs and I will probably visit with his mom and dad and just have an easy day of it relaxing. Heck, we might even hit one of the casino Easter buffets, who knows!

Anyway, I did want to mention that I spent the better part of yesterday trying to organize links to the recipes that I have put up on my blog in the last oh, 6 months or so of food blogging. It seems a lot in such a short time {as my waistline will attest} but I see that I still have so many more things I want to cook and share! Anyway, there are lots of possibilities here in my little blog for ideas for Easter dinner.

If you look at the sidebar to the right there is a list called "Recipe Index." I'm still working on organizing each link there a bit better and making sure that I actually have everything listed there, but in the meantime this should give you a much more user-friendly format to be able to see all of my recipes posted by category. Rather than having to scroll through a whole page of recipe posts and tutorials, recipes are listed there by links, making it much easier to see what's here on the blog. {thanks Tina for the tip on that!}

If you look to the left sidebar you'll find a list of the "Most Popular Recipes" on my blog. Two of the most popular searches in the last few days have landed on my Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Coca Cola Pan Sauce and my Oven Braised Beef Brisket either of which would be great for Easter Sunday dinner. Closely on the heels of those has been my Oven Roasted Beef Rump Roast with Mushroom Gravy, my Oven Braised Beef Eye of Round Roast and the Roast Pork with Spicy Sweet Onion Pan Sauce.

Right under that, is a list of "Holiday Recipes" that I have posted for past holidays or events. You might pick up some ideas there, but I haven't gotten around to organizing those yet, so you'll get full pages of posts instead of the easy to use links. I'll get to that eventually! The Super Bowl link does have a post with some pretty good appetizer ideas by link - including good old standby Deviled Eggs, so be sure to check out that link for sure.

Hopefully among these links you'll find some helpful ideas!

Oh and congrats to Krissa who won the Toddler and Baby Burp Cloth and Bib Giveaway sponsored by Oxford Impressions! It goes to show you that those extra entries by Twittering and Posting, really are worth the effort. Be sure to swing by Shaylynn's blog and let her know if there are any of the bibs and burp cloths that you just have to have!

Happy Easter to all of you, hug your kids, tell your mom and dad you love 'em, tolerate the annoyances that family {and husbands} often bring and by all means, eat, drink and be merry! Stay safe - if those drinks are of the alcoholic variety, make sure you have a designated driver too.

Back soon with more recipes - till then have a great weekend everybody!

7 comments:

  1. I find your blog nice and easy to read now...LOL...don't change a thing...thanks kitties ;D

    Oh...I have a new link to my blog with a Spring Giveaway goin' on, so drop by when you can!

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  2. Hi Tammy - I sure will!

    Don't worry I only changed the archived posts by label page to be a links page LOL. THAT is definitely easier to read since I often do long tutorials. I hate having to scroll through all those long tutorials to read over each post, so hopefully that will make things a little easier to browse through!

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  3. As one of the readers who has bookmarked your ham recipe, I thank you for your hard work! This will be my first time making an Easter ham and I just bought the ingredients to make yours. I'll let you know how it turns out!
    Happy Easter!
    Becky

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  4. Thanks Becky and yes, please do! I LOVE the sauce this produces. It is delicious - but I do want to know how yours turned out, so I'll be waiting to hear!

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  5. Well, the ham was a hit! It was a 5 lb Pit ham, whatever that means. The sauce was so delicious, everyone loved it! I made it with the brown sugar and mustard included. Thank you so much!
    Becky

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  6. Hi Becky!!! I'm doin' the Happy Dance! So glad your family liked it - it really does produce a great pan sauce. Coca cola ... who knew??! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know - that really means SO much to me!!! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

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