Monday, March 25, 2013

"L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs" - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Coincidence that "bonnes" kind of looks like "bunnies"?  I don't think so. 
So, I saw this cute picture on Pinterest and immediately thought, "I should do an entire bunny family for Isabella's Easter basket!!" 
Good intentions: Check.
Road to hell paved with such: You betcha.  Good call Saint Bernard.
"Bunny family" quickly turned into "2, maybe 3 at most"...and there was no exclamation point anywhere in sight.
Bought two pillowcases and ribbon at Wal-Mart for about $5
Turned the pillowcases inside out and sketched the body
Cut him out and then flipped "right side out" so the ink marks didn't show
Quick stitch around the outside
Used plastic bags as stuffing
Ready to go in Miss Isabella's Easter basket
Finished product
Recipe recommendations for the week...
Yogurt-marinated grilled chicken from Dinner: A Love Story
Recipe also available here on Rosenstrach's blog.
Black bean burritos, also from Dinner: A Love Story
Recipe available here

Homemade ravioli via The Backyard Homestead
Mix 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt in one bowl. Beat 3 eggs in another. Make well in center of flour mixture and pour in eggs. Combine and then knead on floured work surface for 5 minutes. Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
Roll dough to 1/8-1/16" thickness and use pizza cutter to shape into rectangle (my own directions). I then sprinkled pepper and a dried herb mix on the dough.
I used the pizza cutter again to make 2" squares and placed fresh mozzarella in the center of half of the squares.
I put the squares together and used a fork to seal the edges.
At this point, I froze the ravioli.  When I want to have a few for dinner, I remove from freezer and cook in boiling water for about 6-8 minutes.

Pistachio cupcakes with butter cream icing
Recipe available here.
I wanted them to look like Easter baskets filled with that grass stuff that gets everywhere.
I'm not sure I've ever used a piping bag. Sandwich bags work just fine.
Finished product
If you're close to Cumberland County, I definitely recommend you stop in Jone's Ridge Market and try their sausage. It is as close to Papa's "Turner Farm" sausage as I've had in a long time.

Homemade biscuits are not hard. Take the time to make them.


  1. I love your willingness to try anything and everything! Life is what you make it, and it seems you have found ways to live a full and happy one.

    1. I've had the best examples 2.9 miles down the road. Love you, Mom.