Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter is this coming Sunday!  I hope to share some fun ideas with you this week that will make Easter even more special for your family.  First up, we have this family tradition of Easter Bread.  I shared this recipe with you last year, but it needs to be shared again...it's that good! 

This is a delicious bread recipe that I like to make at other times during the year but it's even more special during Easter when you add the eggs to the braids of dough while it bakes.   The bread makes a beautiful presentation if you're giving it away as gifts or to put on your table for Easter dinner.  

Start a new family tradition this year with this delicious recipe for Easter Bread on Walking on Sunshine Recipes


Ingredients:

1 cup warm milk (105 - 115 degrees)
1 pkg active dry yeast
2 TBS Sugar

5 cups flour; more if needed
1 cup butter melted COOLED butter
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp grated Lemon Zest
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract


Directions:

In a small bowl, combine the heated milk with the package of dry yeast and 2 TBS. sugar.  Set aside until the mixture is foamy.
In a mixing bowl with the dough hook attached, add 4 cups of the flour along with the remaining ingredients.  
Once the yeast mixture has "proofed" add it to the mixing bowl as well and begin to combine everything together.  
If the dough becomes too sticky or wet, add more of the remaining flour. 
Once the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and come together, set your kitchen timer for 8 minutes and let the machine "knead" the dough for you.  
Remove the dough from the mixing bowl to a floured surfaced and knead by hand for a few minutes. 
Place the dough in another clean mixing bowl that has a little bit of oil rubbed over the entire bowl. 
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel...set aside to rise until doubled in size. 
While the dough is rising, dye 3 to 4 eggs...keeping them RAW.   
After the dough has doubled, punch it down and transfer to a floured surface.
Divide the dough into two balls and slowly work them into long "loaves."  
Braid the two loaves into one loaf and place on a baking tray that is lined with parchment paper.
Insert the RAW eggs into sections of the braided loaf of bread. 
Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to double again.
Carefully brush with an egg wash of 1 egg yolk and 1 TBS water.  
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.  

***Note:  You must use RAW eggs.  They will cook in the oven while the bread is cooking.   



After the dough has risen once, divide into two balls...


Work the dough into two long strips and begin to braid...


Insert the RAW colored eggs into sections of the braided dough...


Delicious and beautiful...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zechariah 9:9 Scripture Sunday

I love finding scriptures from the Old Testament that tell of the coming Messiah.

Today is Palm Sunday, the day our Lord was welcomed triumphantly into Jerusalem...

Have YOU welcomed HIM into your heart?

If you would like more information, please send me a message.
I would love to help you find forgiveness and peace this Easter season.


Not a printable this Sunday, but a nice devotional on
the above verse can be found HERE.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Ideas for Fabulous Friday Favorites #12

This week it's all about Easter with our Fabulous Friday Favorites post.  There are so many fun and creative ideas being shared.  Here are just five of my favorites...


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party #140

Welcome back to Foodie Friends Friday linky party! 

A place to link up your favorite recipes, crafts and DIY posts. 
Don't forget to check out all the other amazing posts that
 other bloggers are sharing with our party.   

Can it be possible that we have been hosting our party for 140 weeks now?
We love Foodie Friends Friday and we hope you as well.  

Meet Our Co-Hosts...



Microplane Grater Kitchen Tool Spotlight

Today I am sharing with you a kitchen tool that everyone should own...a microplane grater.  I've had mine for a few years now and it's great.  This kitchen tool is perfect for zesting citrus, grating garlic or hard cheeses...even for grating spices or chocolate! 

I love my microplane grater which is why I'm featuring it in our Kitchen Tool Spotlight on Walking on Sunshine Recipes today!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fun Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Easter is next week!  Do you dye eggs with your children for Easter?  When Olivia and Michael were younger we used to go to my parent's house every year on Good Friday and spend some time dying eggs and of course stuffing plastic eggs for their baskets.  As the kids got older, we did the dying of eggs mostly at our house...even last year we took some time and dyed eggs.

Here are some fun ways to dye Easter eggs with your family this year...


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Spring Ball Jar Bridal Shower

Our daughter is getting married in TWO months!  At times it's hard to believe that life has reached this point when it seems like yesterday she was just this little girl.

We had her bridal shower two weeks ago and today I'm sharing photos of the decorating and our family.  I'll share more of the food soon because we all know how important food is to us!  


Sunday, March 22, 2015

He Lives Hymn Scripture Sunday

Not a scripture, but a favorite hymn that I love to sing 
in church on Easter Sunday.  

The words are so beautiful.  
It's sad that we don't sing this more than just one Sunday a year.  



Please go HERE for a printable.  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Edition Fabulous Friday Favorites #11

It's been awhile since I posted a Fabulous Friday Favorites.  Things have been busy here!  We had our daughter's bridal shower two weeks ago and it was beautiful.  I enjoyed every part of it tremendously.  I still have photos to share with you and hopefully that will happen next week.

For now, here are a few things that I found online that in my mind are fabulous...