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A little bit of history today, as we cannot just ignore something Epic like this Christian holiday as Easter.

Today is a GOOD Friday.

The holiday is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

In this country, many people go away for a short vacation with family and friends. Millions would decorate Easter Eggs with multitude of colors. By the way, this egg coloring tradition comes to the USA from Germany and Austria by ways of immigrants of last century. Look at this picture with 10,000 colored eggs on a tree. Each year the Graft family in Germany gets together to decorate their tree in the front yard. It’s become a tradition with hundreds of tourists visiting their house.

Easter Eggs In Germany

Tradition of Tree Decoration with Easter Eggs, The Graft Family, Germany.
10,000 Colored Eggs Hang Off This Tree.
Tradition comes here every year!

Some don’t stop at tree decorating. They move on to more delicate egg shell craft. Look at these gorgeous lacy Easter Eggs with designs that inspire and put a smile on our face.

Easter Eggs egg shell

Lacey Easter Eggs Carved Out of An Egg Shell. Photo Courtesy Daria

My little tradition is get a new piece of jewelry that is Spring-themed. Here are a few items that I found at Pugster. Amazing deals for quality and very fancy-looking charms and beads. And you won’t break the budget ever with them!

22k Gold Plated Silver Tone Rabbit Bunny Holding Easter Egg Bead Charm

Easter Bunny in Egg Shell Bead Charm

What are your plans for this weekend? Rest or doing some fun stuff with family and friends? What are your favorite dishes, recipes and things to do? I know some who dedicate quite some time to reorganization of their home: putting winter stuff away and bringing in Spring and Summer into the lives again.

Whatever your busy schedule is it is fascinating to know and respect traditions, history of different people this country brought together.

Easter is about great food and recipes galore? What is your family tradition? Let’s feature a good relaxed Friday with Recipes that could be shared and tried at our homes!

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  1. Karen Hinkle says:

    good morning Happy Good Friday to you all well I make Easter dinner and the family comes to my home for dinner we are decorating eggs tonight them dinner tomorrow at my brother in laws then Sunday dinner at my house so that’s what we do but I love them eggs in the pic above have beautiful

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    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Good morning to all. I am staying home but wish I could go on mini vacation. 🙂 We are decorating eggs tomorrow and going to my moms on Easter Sunday for dinner. Then Monday I am having dinner here for my boys and their father.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Good morning!! I wish I was leaving for a mini vacation 😉 My plans are to hopefully dye some eggs with the kids today or tomorrow and to get some candy for our egg hunt (and baskets)

    • Wendi Watson says:

      Good Friday and Good Morning! Its going to be a glorious weekend! Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      I am at home! We only have a 3 day weekend (or at least dd and I do – hubby has 4 days) so we’ll be staying at home! Need to go shopping today for groceries (need eggs! LOL) and we promised dd we’d take her to see Rio 2 today.

    • Morning not able to stay long today. My son is demanding my attention this am.

      Tomorrow am will be usual. Pilates afterward we are heading to a egg hunt.
      Sunday will be at my parents house. This will be the first major holiday since we lost my dad suddenly so I know it will be a rough one.

    • Good Morning ladies. Today I am going to get my grand son and go over to my Daughter’s house and color Easter eggs with my Grand daughter. Going to be a great day. hope everyone has a good day.

    • Good morning

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      Good morning! I’m at home today and this weekend. We spend Easter with our local family.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Good Morning!!! 🙂

    • kelly Hubbard says:

      Good morning Happy Good Friday.. I am heading into the office in a little bit for a little while and then home and having dinner with my hubs and drinks with sister in law afterwards..

    • Mandi Gilliam says:

      I just wanted to drop by and say hello! I have to deal with my Medicaid today so I won’t be able to join this morning! Just wanted to say hello and good morning to you all. And I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

    • Angela McKie says:

      Hello!We are staying home this weekend. Just heading down the road to my dad’s for Easter dinner

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  4. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Salad: Strawberry, Kiwi, And Spinach Salad
    Credit goes to AllRecipes.com
    spinach recipe

    “What a wonderful surprise the dressing is in this refreshing salad. Raspberry jam is swirled into raspberry vinegar, and then mixed with oil. This luscious dressing is tossed with the kiwi, strawberries, walnuts and spinach. Makes eight servings.”

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar
    2 1/2 tablespoons raspberry jam
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    8 cups spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    8 strawberries, quartered
    2 kiwis, peeled and sliced

    Directions:
    1. Mix together raspberry vinegar, raspberry jam, and vegetable oil in a small container.
    2. Combine spinach, nuts, strawberries, and kiwi in a salad bowl. Toss with raspberry dressing.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      Thanks I am going to have to try to make this for my family for something different. I know my kids would love this but I don’t like vinegar. I can eat pickles and olives but no dressings at all. Maybe I will have to try it without the vinegar for myself. 🙂

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I typically don’t put fruits in my salads but this actually looks kind of good to me. I think only my daughter and I would eat it though .I cant get my boys to eat any sort of salad.We have a local grocery store (Wegmans )that I have them sample foods like this at (they have a spinach, mandarin orange, strawberry one very similar that I tried recently and actually liked)

    • Wendi Watson says:

      this is my favorite salad i love this as well as the one the restaurant has that is up the street here with blue chess, mandarin oranges, seer walnuts, veggies and spinach mmmm

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      This looks good! I’m not usually one for fruits in my salads either! But it has 2 of my favorites – strawberries and kiwis!

    • Looks good but not anything I would eat. I’d pick out the strawberries and kiwi and only wat that

    • Sounds gross to me

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      That looks and sounds delicious! I’d never thought to make a salad for Easter.

    • Thanks for the post I am always looking for Healthy things to eat and this looks so good and restaurant quality. I have many people in my family who needs to eat special diets do to health problems. Thank you.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      looks really good would make a great dish, am not a big fan of kiwi, but much of my family is 🙂

      • We have one person that has to have heart healthy and one who has Kidney problems and two more with high blood pressure. So we are always looking for healthy and tasty recipes.

  5. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Dinner: Blissful Rosemary Chicken
    Credit goes to ALLrecipes.com
    rosemary chicken

    Ingredients:
    4 sprigs fresh rosemary
    4 skinless, boneless chicken breast
    halves – pounded to 1/4 inch thickness
    4 slices smoked fontina cheese
    4 slices prosciutto
    1/2 cup white wine
    1/2 cup chicken broth
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    4 cloves garlic, halved
    salt to taste

    Directions:
    1. Use a knife or grater to sharpen the thick ends of the rosemary sprigs. Soak sprigs in water for at least 10 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    3. Layer each chicken breast with 1 slice fontina and 1 slice prosciutto. Roll tightly, and skewer each with a rosemary sprig to secure.
    4. In a bowl, whisk together the wine, broth, oil and pepper. Pour into a medium baking dish. Place rolled chicken breasts in the dish. Place 2 garlic halves under each breast.
    5. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken juices run clear. Remove from baking dish, reserving sauce, and allow to stand 5 minutes.
    6. Transfer remaining sauce to a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Drizzle over chicken to serve. Season chicken with salt to taste.

  6. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Dinner: Crustless Spinach Quiche
    Credit goes to ALLRecipes.com

    crustless spinach quiche

    Ingredients:
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped
    spinach, thawed and drained
    5 eggs, beaten
    3 cups shredded Muenster cheese
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
    2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
    3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
    4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

  7. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Breakfast or Brunch: Breakfast Pies
    Credit goes to ALLRecipes.com

    breakfast pies

    Ingredients:
    3/4 pound breakfast sausage
    1/8 cup minced onion
    1/8 cup minced green bell pepper
    1 (12 ounce) can refrigerated biscuit
    dough
    3 eggs, beaten
    3 tablespoons milk
    1/2 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack
    cheese

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    2. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, combine sausage, onion and green pepper. Cook until sausage is evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
    3. Separate the dough into 10 individual biscuits. Flatten each biscuit out, then line the bottom and sides of 10 muffin cups. Evenly distribute sausage mixture between the cups. Mix together the eggs and milk, and divide between the cups. Sprinkle tops with shredded cheese.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until filling is set.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      ok now you have got me hungry I want to eat now I will have to try all these yummy dishes

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Hmmmm….my stomach is a rumbling too 🙂 I am not a fan of breakfast sausage and only 2 of my kids like it at all but I think if I substituted that for some bacon these Breakfast pies would be a HUGE hit with the family 😀

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This is an awesome recipe and it is so easy and looks professional. Could get you points with in-laws that are staying with you from out of town. Love it. 🙂

    • Wendi Watson says:

      Now this is wendi style especially if i had some type of white county gravy to put on it! thanks for this recipe this will be made!

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Now this sounds and looks good! It’s easy and quick too! I know dh would love it and if the sausage wasn’t too spicy, dd would too. It would be like eating a breakfast cupcake for her! 🙂

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      My Grandmom makes something very similar for Easter brunch and other holidays, but she makes it in a 12×9 casserole dish

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      also looks good, my bf spent a lot of time in Virginia and makes me sausage gravy and biscuits a lot, this would be a great variation. TY 🙂

    • Oh..those looks good..making me more hungry.

    • Oh my you have a lot of wonderful recipes that you are sharing. I want to try them all. Most of them will fit into our diets. Thank you. I am ready to go try one of them today for sure.

    • My husband love to make a sausage pillow for breakfast, will have talk him into making this one. He does all of our Holiday breakfasts. His special treat just for the ones he loves and he does it for everyone.

  8. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Brunch or Dinner: California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
    Credit goes to ALLRecipes.com

    California Grilled Veggie Sandwich

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/8 cup olive oil
    1 cup sliced red bell peppers
    1 small zucchini, sliced
    1 red onion, sliced
    1 small yellow squash, sliced
    2 (4-x6-inch) focaccia bread pieces, split
    horizontally
    1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

    Directions:
    1. In a bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, and lemon juice. Set aside in the refrigerator.
    2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
    3. Brush vegetables with olive oil on each side. Brush grate with oil. Place bell peppers and zucchini closest to the middle of the grill, and set onion and squash pieces around them. Cook for about 3 minutes, turn, and cook for another 3 minutes. The peppers may take a bit longer. Remove from grill, and set aside.
    4. Spread some of the mayonnaise mixture on the cut sides of the bread, and sprinkle each one with feta cheese. Place on the grill cheese side up, and cover with lid for 2 to 3 minutes. This will warm the bread, and slightly melt the cheese. Watch carefully so the bottoms don’t burn. Remove from grill, and layer with the vegetables. Enjoy as open faced grilled sandwiches.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I think this is a great light dinner and so much better for you then all the big dinner like we will have for Easter so it will be refreshing to try it I like new ideal to try gets away from the same old boring things

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Mmmmm….thanks for teaching me how to make yummy bread (I usually only get that when I overpay for a sub at a gourmet shop. I would love this one but wouldn’t go over well with my vege hating boys 😉

    • Wendi Watson says:

      this is what i would call a mood sandwich i dont see myself making this unless i was really in the mood for something like this. sounds and looks yummy but i would have to be in the mood!

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My kids would love to try this. It looks good and is health for you. I am thankful my kids always loved any and all veggies. That would be great for today no meat because of Lent. 🙂

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      This one wouldn’t go over well in my house! Hubby has to have his meat and dd is picky about what veggies she’ll eat!

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      Another one that looks like a great weekday meal.. I’d probably add some grilled chicken to it or leftover ham.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Yet another great anyday recipe, ty 🙂

    • Looks good but I would have to put some chicken or some type of meat on it

  9. CoffeeTime says:

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    Easter Desserts: Mini Cheesecakes
    Credit goes to ALLRecipes.com

    Mini Cheesecakes

    Ingredients:
    Crust:

    1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1 tablespoon margarine, melted

    Filling:
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,softened
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
    1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 egg

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 6-cup muffin pan.
    2. In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and margarine with a fork until combined. Measure a rounded tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup, pressing firmly. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 5 minutes, then remove to cool. Keep the oven on.
    3. Beat together the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in the egg.
    4. Pour the cream cheese mixture into the muffin cups, filling each until 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan before removing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      ok I am not a fan of cheese cake but I have 2 daughters who do so I just might make this for desert on Easter for them they will be happy

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Now THIS is right up MY alley :p Wow!! I want one so bad (lol-but don’t want to have to make it) Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts and this one Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Everything will be super low key this weekend as I am still bedridden but this is another I will attempt after Jr gets here.

    • Wendi Watson says:

      mmmmmmmm my favorite i love love love cheesecake! and it sounds to be a very easy recipe something that i would have time for! Thanks!

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Now these I will definitely try! Easy and would be gone in a day! We love cheesecake!

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I can make this and blueberry pie for dessert. There is only a couple of us who don’t like cream cheese or cheese cake. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.. I like mine extra creamy so I’ll have to try this one.

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      looks amazing, prob not for Easter since am not making but anyday these would be awesome!!!!! 🙂

    • I love cheese cake..its pretty high on my list of favorites. I love the idea of individual little cakes

    • Oh my. My grand daughter loves strawberries and all berries so will make this special just for her. She eat them straight out of the container no sugar.

    • I think I will go make this for tonight when I go over to my daughters house. Just for my little princess and my little buddy. They will love it.

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Tammy,
        These ones when made bite-size are really good!
        You can create your own sauce, too!

        • I know that’s what I like about them. The grand kids are 2 and 3 years old. I love the idea. It will not be as messy as the big (full) sized ones. Thank you. Are you going to post these on your page?

  10. CoffeeTime says:

    amcoffee
    Easter Desserts: The Best Lemon Bars
    Credit goes to ALLRecipes.com

    lemon bars dessert

    Ingredients:
    1 cup butter, softened
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    4 eggs
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    2 lemons, juiced

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
    3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
    4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      and this one I shall make for my hubby he likes it so I also might make it to take with us to my brother in laws for a treat for our dinner thanks I like them all I will keep them and let you know how it went but it was great to have some new dishes to try

      • CoffeeTime says:

        Karen,
        These are great! I’ll make them, too, bite-size. I like rich desserts in small bites.
        Also, ghese are great to freeze. And when you feel like reaching out for desserts – go for a bite-size lemon bar!

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      They aren’t too sour are they? I love lemon bars but only if they are more sweet than sour! 🙂 I know what I’ll be buying at the grocery store today!

    • Jessica Parent says:

      Yum! These look and sound easy enough to make- I’m still deciding what we are going to be eating on Sunday (finger foods for sure-No big dinner this year,we just can’t do it ) These would be good and seem simple enough to make 😀 My daughter loves All things lemon

    • Cynthia Dubuque says:

      These can’t be the best lemon bars because my mom makes the best lemon bars. Does anyone have an extra moist carrot cake recipe? I’m always looking for a good carrot cake but haven’t found the perfect recipe yet.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I love lemon bars and they are my dads favorite. Guess we are going to have three desserts. Lucky we have a big Italian family. 🙂

    • Virginia Rogers says:

      Another to keep for every day!!!! 🙂

    • I think I’m going to have to make this one…I love anything lemon..its making my mouth water just looking at it

  11. Wendi Watson says:

    i have never tried to make lemon bars, but i hear they are kind of hard to make to make sure they turn out right i will let my mom make them for me!

  12. I am a fan of Lemons but never found a lemon bar that I liked. Maybe if I make them homemade it might make a difference. My husbands loves them.

  13. Linda Booth says:

    Hello, Love color eggs, 10,000 eggs on tree.

  14. Happy Easter!! i love the eggs so pretty!!

  15. Happy Easter! Those carved egg shells are amazing!

  16. Martha S says:

    Hope everyone is having a great day. There are 10,000 eggs on tree.

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