Bunny Tablescape and Easter Desserts … Carrot-patch Cupcakes & Cottontail Spice Cookies

“Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!”

Today was a glorious Easter and celebration of Resurrection Day!  Our day was spent rejoicing in Christ’s resurrection and also reflecting on the gift of everlasting life that Jesus has given to all that believe that He is God’s Son.

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(Our front yard and neighbor’s yard with beautiful Azalea Majestic and Flowering Dogwood)

 Before this day is over, I wanted to share this sweet bunny tablescape with you.  It all began with this soft brown table runner with white fuzzy bunny’s from TJ Maxx.

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I was thrilled when I saw how well the bunny runner matched the embroidered napkins I had already ordered, made by Mud Pie.  The napkins were “almost” too cute to use, edged with white pom-poms and the word “HAPPY” sewn on each napkin!

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  I slipped each napkin into little grapevine wreaths that I made into napkin rings.  They seemed like the perfect pairing since they are trimmed in green ivy and blossoms … which every bunny loves!

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White serving pieces, also from Mud Pie add to the whimsy and “hoppy” theme of the table.

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White Porcelain dishes edged with swags of pink rosebuds are piled into a favorite bunny crate and are ready to be placed at each setting.

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Silver Cutlery looks elegant even casually “bunched” into a matching flower vase and are ready to be passed around the table.

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Time for desserts! … chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting are sprinkled with ground graham cracker crumbs dyed with Wilton Green paste dye to look like grass.  A foil wrapped carrot, with the foil removed from the tip of the carrot is inserted into the chocolate frosting to look like Mr. McGregor’s carrot patch!

cupcakes.jpgInstructions for dying Graham Cracker Crumbs

  1. To blend the paste dye into the graham cracker crumbs, add dye to a small amount of water and stir water to blend
  2.  Pour the tinted water into a ziploc bag filled with graham cracker crumbs
  3. Knead the bag until the color spreads throughout the crumbs, adding more dye as needed.
  4. After crumbs are the desired color, spread crumbs on rimmed cookie sheet and place in 275 degree oven until moisture is removed, 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Remove crumbs from oven and let cool before sprinkling on cupcakes

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Speaking of Mr. McGregor’s carrot patch … Here’s a sweet little Peter Rabbit vignette I have displayed in my Music Room.  These Wedgewood dishes are made in England and were just the right size for our daughter’s little hands and tea parties!  Each dish is painted with Beatrix Potter’s charming pictures and inscribed with the words from her book “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.”  This is also a little teaser to one of my next blog’s all about … “Spring Vignette’s!” (;

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Back to the desserts!  Cottontail Spice cookies are “Cake Mix” Cookies and they are delicious and so easy to make!

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. To any cake mix (I used a Spice Cake mix) just add 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of oil
  3. Mix ingredients together and scoop cookie dough onto a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper
  4. Bake approximately 9 minutes
  5. Remove from oven and cool for 1 minute before placing cookies on wax paper to finish cooling.
  6. Top with choice of frosting, using a decorator bag and tip.

 

Every bunny welcome!  

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Hope your Easter was filled with blessings and “sweet” endings!

From my cottage to your’s ~  Trenda

 

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“No Tricks just Treats”… by Trenda

It’s almost here … the most “spook-tacular”  evening of the year!  The days in October have slowly “peeled off the calendar” until finally, to the children’s delight, the “countdown” and last preparations for this very special night of costumes, late-night curfews, lots of candy, and fun are winding down.

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It’s Halloween Night!

Unfurl the tablecloth, set out the plates,

put out the punch bowl, if tarnished, that’s great!

Pumpkins by moonlight, a cauldron of sweets!

There’s Reese’s, and candy corn, Kit’s Kat’s galore!

If there’s not plenty, the ghosts are forlorn!

C’mon, let’s hurry … it’s Halloween night!

Giggles and doorbells, signal the start.

Small faces peering ‘neath masks, some quite scary!

Proffer bags, shouting, “Boo … trick or treat!”    

by Trenda

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Getting the “table set” for our traditional family chili dinner and desserts (before all the hay rides, dunking booths, bounce houses, and slides …at the Harvest Festival, held at our church.  It’s a “Happy Halloween” indeed when I get to see all our family and grandchildren! (:

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Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins …

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I LOVE everything about these cupcake liners “Simply Baked – elegant entertaining everyday by Christy Designs, LLC.” … the playful design with scalloped edges and black stripes against the orange background; how sturdy they are compared to traditional cupcake liners, how easy it was to pour the batter in these little baking cups … and the easy clean up.  My cookie sheet was clean after baking my cupcakes!  I bought my Baking Cups (20 paper baking cups per container) at Home Goods for only $1.99!  Here they are setting on my cookie sheet, when I was filling them.  Directions on the clear plastic sleeve they are packaged in, says to fill each baking cup, 1/2 full.  Tip:  One of my favorite time savers and tricks is to use a baking funnel (I bought mine at a Kitchen Supply shop) to fill my baking cups and cupcake liners! 

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Here are the cupcakes after baking, frosted with vanilla frosting and topped with miniature bats and ghost sprinkles. Tip 2:  When in a hurry, use your favorite tub of frosting.  Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the tub of frosting for a homemade flavor, stir well to combine.  To color white frosting, use food coloring (I use Wilton’s concentrated gel for coloring my frosting, to create the bold orange color I wanted, without thinning my icing.)

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Our Traditional Halloween Dinner Menu

Chili con Carne with toppings … Fritos, shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, and diced jalapenos (recipe in subsequent post)

Tossed Salad with Iceberg Lettuce and Fresh Spinach, diced red onions, chopped celery, chopped red onions, sliced radishes and peperoncini

Desserts:  Chocolate Cupcakes w/vanilla buttercream frosting and “Cake Mix” Candy Corn Cookies (recipe in subsequent post)

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” … the moon and the stars to govern the night; His love endures forever …”  Psalms 136:9

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Hope you have a safe and fun-filled day and evening with those that make your face and heart smile!

From my cottage to yours  ~  Trenda

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