Sunday, April 16, 2017

On the Homefront: Bunny with a Backpack Easter Table

April the Easter Bunny lounges protectively around a little nest of
colorful eggs as she waits for the Easter celebration to begin!

I fell in love with the Lilly the Bunny with Backpack Dinnerware from Pier 1 (on sale now!) and purchased a set of the salad/dessert plates recently.  I decided that these cute plates would be the basis for our Easter table this year.  The cheerful orange, green, and white color scheme was inspired by the plates, as was the choice of bunny dΓ©cor, of course!

Tan cotton place mat (from HomeGoods this year); orange dinner plate (from Publix several years ago); Lilly the Bunny with Backpack Salad Plate (from Pier 1 recently); Printed Carrot Napkin (from Pier 1 recently - no longer available); The Pioneer Woman Cowgirl Lace Flatware (from Walmart - green no longer available); pale green goblet; orange juice glass (from The Cupboard in Fort Collins, CO, ages ago); Milk Chocolate Lindt Gold Bunny.

A closer look at the bunny salad plate.

A closer look at the carrot print napkin.

A begonia with orange flowers complements my table color scheme
perfectly, as do the three ceramic bunnies (the large one is from Tuesday
Morning several years ago, and the small ones are actually salt and pepper
shakers from my St. Patrick's Day table!).

A spring green candle surrounded by carrot-shaped, foil-wrapped
chocolates on a large white plate makes a bunny-friendly centerpiece
(although the chocolates, which I found on sale at HomeGoods,
are not very tasty and will be used as table dΓ©cor only!)

Even my husband thought the bunny-topped teapot from Pier 1 this
year was a fabulous find (it is still available and on sale right now)!
Although it is small, I am probably the only one who will be drinking
the Twinings Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea for brunch anyway.
I don't remember where I found the porcelain mini rabbit creamer,
but it is available from several sites online.

An even closer look at the Garden Bunny Cabbage Teapot.

A simple brunch menu featuring lots of vegetables would make "any-bunny" happy!  Start with mimosas (equal parts orange juice and champagne or sparkling wine), or if you prefer a nonalcoholic beverage serve plain orange juice or juice mixed with soda water.  My Sweet Potato and Kale Egg Casserole is chock full of vegetables, and the healthy carrot cookies for dessert serve up a bunny's favorite treat in an even tastier form.  Meat eaters would appreciate the addition of a breakfast meat, so you may want to put bacon or sausage on the menu.  And of course plenty of tea and/or coffee should be available to anyone who needs a wakeup beverage!

Bunny with a Backpack Easter Menu:

Mimosas or Orange Juice
Bacon or Sausage
Healthy Cinnamon Carrot Cookies*
Hot Tea or Coffee

1 1/4 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. coconut flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C. melted coconut oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. maple syrup or honey
1 C. grated carrots

Combine the first 7 (dry) ingredients in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, whisk together the next 4 (wet) ingredients until smooth.  Combine thoroughly with the dry ingredients.  Fold in the carrots.

Chill the batter in the fridge for about 20 minutes.  Scoop the dough out in 12-18 round dollops onto a baking sheet lined with Silpat or parchment paper.  Press each round gently with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Makes 12-18 cookies.

Note: The original recipe called for 12 rounds of cookie dough, but I actually halved the recipe and made smaller dollops, which gave me 9 cookies, or 18 for the full recipe.


As usual, I decked out the dining room credenza with Easter dΓ©cor as well:

I just love this Pier 1 White Rabbit Mantle Scarf (unfortunately
no longer available).  It is so colorful, and each bunny has a fluffy
little white tail, plus there are large white pom-pons on each end
which are not visible in my photo.

You didn't think I would leave out the Easter Dalmatians, did you?

Zelda the Dutch rabbit proudly presides over her colorful marble
egg collection, while a white rabbit platter I found at HomeGoods
this year provides an appropriate lagomorph background!


And I couldn't possibly end this post without the Easter Peeps video from YouTube which has become my annual blog tradition!  Enjoy the show:

Have a Happy Easter, everyone!

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