Sunday, March 27, 2016

On the Homefront: Easter Bunnies Brunch Table

Lily the Easter Dalmatian sports some fuzzy purple bunny ears
for the bunny-themed holiday!

After some minor modifications to my St. Patricks' Day table, we are ready to celebrate Easter!  I took away most of the shamrock-themed décor and added more bunnies, plus lots of yellow and white to brighten up the green and brown from the previous table setting.  The table really did need a lot of brightening, because the sun disappeared a few days ago and has not made a reappearance yet, which is why most of my photos are so dark!

Dark brown wooden bead placemat; green round woven placemat; yellow dinner plate; Pasture Bunny Salad/Dessert Plate; yellow and white-dotted flatware; stainless steel dessert fork; white and yellow bunnies napkin; yellow napkin; white ceramic bunny napkin ring; pale green glass goblet; yellow mug; dark wood coaster.

The other three bunny dessert plate designs.

A closer look at the bunny napkin ring.

The Dalmatian-spotted bunny and "sheeple" family remain from the
St. Patrick's Day table, but the yellow vase with yellow tulips is
new for Easter.  The green lotus candle holders now have yellow
candles and sit atop small white appetizer plates with an Easter design.

A giant yellow egg candle is surrounded by small green plates
holding Cadbury caramel eggs and mini Lindt chocolate bunnies.

The shamrock bunny salt and pepper shakers from St. Patrick's Day
remain on the Easter table, as they fit into the bunny theme.

The brunch menu for this table was kept simple because we seem to be celebrating way too many holidays lately.  I hadn't made a frittata in a while, so I decided that this open-faced omelet filled with spring vegetables would be a nice Easter option.  I almost always serve challah bread as it is available in the grocery stores at this time of year, and a recently discovered recipe for Oreo cookie mini cheesecakes adds to the sugar overload for the holiday (back to sensible eating starting tomorrow)!

Easter Bunnies Brunch Menu:

Frittata Primavera*
Challah Bread/Butter

*Frittata Primavera

8 eggs
2 T. milk or water
1/2 C. shredded or crumbled cheese (any type)
salt and pepper to taste
2 T. olive oil
8 stalks asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 bell pepper (any color), diced
1 small zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
4 oz. mushrooms, sliced
4 scallions, trimmed and sliced into rounds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, liquid, cheese, and seasonings.  Set aside.

Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet with a heat-proof handle over medium-high heat.  Add the vegetables and sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low and pour the egg mixture over the vegetables.  Cook undisturbed until the sides start to puff up and pull away from the skillet, about 10-15 minutes.

Put the skillet into the preheated 350-degree oven and bake for about 10 minutes until the top is set.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before cutting into wedges.  Serves 6.


In addition to the Cadbury caramel eggs and the mini Lindt chocolate bunnies, the candy on the table includes carrot cake-flavored Hershey kisses:

The Dutch rabbit plush toy on the credenza is joined by two Easter
Dalmatians sporting bunny ears and spring posies.

Our terrier mix Ruby was recruited to play the role of Easter bunny last year, so this year it was our new dog Maddie's turn:

I'm afraid she did not enjoy it any more than Ruby did, so I assured both dogs that they would never be required to wear bunny ears again!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter, and that no one was forced to wear bunny ears against their will (at least not for very long)!

And of course it would not be Easter here on my blog if I did not leave you with this annual tradition to enjoy:



  1. Lent is finally over. I gave up all animal products (Oh, that was hard.)But now on to my reward....I just got back from the store with yogurt. I heading to the kitchen to make those mini cheesecakes. They sound delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. (And Maddie is so cute.) Hope you had a great Easter!

  2. Congratulations on your will power -- I don't think I could ever give up cheese or yogurt, not even for a short period of time! I hope you enjoy the cheesecakes. I like the fact that they are a nice discrete unit and just one is quite satisfying. I am really trying to focus on healthier food for now, and hopefully will have a cauliflower and chickpea curry recipe ready to post soon. Maddie came to us aptly named, as she can be "maddening" at times, but she is so cute and funny that she is always forgiven, even by her extremely tolerant big sister Ruby.