Gold and Pastel Eggs

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I don't know about you, but I am loving that Spring is here (well at least it's here in California).  I'm having so much fun pinning Spring and Easter ideas on Pinterest.  I'm totally inspired by these gorgeous ombre eggs and these beautiful gold dipped ones.  So, I decided to make my own version.

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I love to use paper mache eggs for Easter (like my chalkboard ones).  It's fun to be able to take them out year after year and they are nearly indestructible, which is very important with an 18 mo. old in the house.

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I took my color inspiration from this lovely modern art print, Stacks, from Minted.  This piece reminded me of beautiful painted Easter eggs, so I putting it with my framed Easter cards and white bunnies.   I painted them 3 shades of blue and 3 shades of green.  Then I simply painted one end of each egg metallic gold.  I tried taping them off with blue painter's tape to start with, but then I decided I wanted something a little more free form.  So, I just free hand painted them, making them all unique and one of a kind.  I'm happy with the results.

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Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm

Nectarine and Blueberry Millefeuille

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Aren’t these pretty? I’ve been eating my share of nectarines this year – at least one a day, usually with a paper towel or napkin next to me to catch the drips. While eating my allotment of fresh fruit, I was thinking about a fancier way to present these lovelies – something that looks impressive, but is easy to make. Puff pastry fits that description – it’s easy to use, versatile and looks impressive. Add a little vanilla whipped cream and a couple of blueberries for colour (and antioxidants) and you’re done.

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I use frozen puff pastry – I’ve never attempted to make the pastry from scratch. Having a couple of rolls in the freezer has made many fast meals possible. I’m also using the term ‘millefeuille‘ with creative freedom here. While there are three layers of puff pastry, and there are variations with whipped cream – this version doesn’t include icing and has fruit, which I think makes it prettier.

Nectarine and Blueberry Millefeuille

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 nectarine, sliced thinly
  • A few blueberries
  • icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Cut puff pastry into rectangles on parchment – about 3×2 inches
  3. Transfer pastry on parchment to cookie sheet and cover with another piece of parchment. Cover second parchment with another cookie sheet to weigh down puff pastry while baking
  4. Bake about 12-15 minutes until edges are golden.
  5. While pastry is baking, whip cream with sugar and vanilla. Whip by hand for fluffier texture.
  6. Once pastry has finished baking, remove top cookie sheet and parchment and let cool completely.
  7. Assemble dessert by starting with one pastry base, dust with some icing sugar, add a dollop of cream, some blueberries and 2-3 slices of nectarines. Add a second piece of pastry, push down gently, repeat sugar, whipped cream and fruit layer. Cover with last piece of pastry, whipped cream and decorate with final fruit. Finish with a dusting of icing sugar right before serving.

Notes

Make sure to weigh down your pastry while baking or it will puff too much and you won't be able to stack it.

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Post by Giulia Doyle : Audrey's

Magic Beans to Celebrate Spring

Inspired by the fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk, your little ones will get a kick out of planting their own Magic Bean seeds. It’s really simple too, the hardest part is finding some of those coveted Magic Beans!

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TO MAKE: Download our free printable Magic Beans Seed Packet, print out, assemble and seal in the magic seeds (jellybeans). Be sure to have your child follow the growing instructions on the back of the packet — especially the little tidbit about NOT water the seeds!

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Magic Beans are fun to include in an Easter Basket or give to your child anytime during Spring — maybe on April Fool’s Day?

Reposted with permission by Aimée Lowry & Bettijo B. Hirschi from PagingSupermom.com