Happy Easter


How to Host Easter Brunch


Many people would love to Host Easter Brunch but either can’t cook or simply don’t have the time or know where to start

It’s not as difficult as you might think and you don’t really even have to be a good cook or know how to

Easter is one of the Easiest Holidays to Host, so if your family takes turns in Hosting the Holidays, opt in for Easter and leave the Thanksgiving Turkey to someone else

There are so many options available to you that you barely have to cook at all

I did this Super Easy Easter Brunch one year when I really didn’t want to cook for hours and hours like I usually do

Most of it was done for me because I threw a few quick things together (that cooked themselves in the oven) and I added store bought goodies to go with them

Not that difficult to throw together at all!


I think the most time consuming thing I made was the Bacon Wrapped Chicken, which wasn’t that hard at all

The Potato bake at the front is so easy to make. See Recipe


I bought all the bakery items to save me time, Easter Eggs and put them in Mason jars around the table



  • 1 Package Frozen Dollar Pancakes
  • (3 per person ) Breakfast Sausage Links
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter
  • 2 lbs Bacon (1 lb to cook, 1lb for Bacon-Wrapped Chicken)
  • 1lb Chicken Breasts, skinless, boneless
  • (1 per person) Potatoes
  • 1 Small Butternut Pumpkin
  • Donuts
  • Croissants
  • Tub Soft Cream Cheese
  • 1 Fruit Yogurt per person
  • Apple Turnovers
  • Mini Blueberry Muffins
  • 5 jars Stonewall Jams
  • Honey (for Croissants)
  • Fresh Fruit (optional) Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon Chunks

For Potato Bake – Super Simple to Make

  • 1 Bag Hash Brown Shredded Potatoes
  • 1 Large Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 8 oz Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 8 oz Grated extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

At the $1 Store:

Easter Eggs, sssh i won’t tell anyone

Any decorations you may want

Panera Bread/Bakery:

Asiago Bagels

Everything Bagels


Cook Ahead & Reheat or cook for 1 hour on the Day

On the Day:

Preheat Oven 375F

While that is heating up, Set table with Jams, Pastries, Bagels, Croissants

Make sure toaster is able to be plugged in near bagels

Once Oven is Hot

Place Potato Bake,  & Bacon Wrapped Chicken on Top Shelf & Vegies in Baking Pan on Bottom Shelf

At the same time they are cooking/reheating

Start cooking Sausages & bacon

Stove Top:

Cook Sausages Med-High in Non Stick Skillet

Cut 1 lb Bacon Rashers in Half, Cook Med-High in Non -Stick Skillet



Dollar Pancakes

If you do it this way, everything will be hot and ready at the same time

While you are plating the meat and vegies, Place Croissants in hot oven, they don’t need long if the oven is already hot, by the time you have everything else out on the table, they should be ready


When you are setting the table make sure the cream cheese & jams are close to where the bagels will be

Your guests can toast the bagels in the toaster as needed (Even fancy Hotels do it this way so they are not wasted)

Make sure you have spreading knives for each of the jams, honey, butter &  Cream Cheese

If you are doing Fruit, Cut into chunks (these days you can buy them already cut up) and put tooth picks in them, you can make a mini Edible Arrangement if you want

Make sure the Yogurt is the last thing to go on the table so it is still cold

Have a Cold Food table & a Hot Buffet Station

A Drink Station


Orange Juice

Tomato Juice

Fruit Spritzers

Tea/Coffee if you want them

In the pictures shown above were bread rabbits I made from pilsbury dough & Some Gravies, but in hindsight, we really didn’t need either – I wouldn’t bother doing them again

There are a lot of Carbs with this Buffet, I will list some other buffets soon that are lighter and Healthier

Surviving Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us again.  For most of us, single or not,  it’s not filled with sweet kisses and romantic cuddles. It can be a painful reminder of losing a partner (breakup, divorce, death) or make us painfully aware we are alone when we would really prefer not to be, even married couples often feel crappy this time of the year…one person is into it, their partner is not, some have to work, some are together but have nothing in common any more or are indifferent to each other, it’s not always champagne and roses

For some who are yearning for love, or to be loved, it can be an excruciating time of year we are unable to escape, unless you are a hermit living under a rock, or an astronaut circumnavigating outer space

You just have to turn on the tv or take a trip to the mall and you are bombarded with sparklier diamonds than are ever available in a stores and retailers who are more than happy to help you part with your hard earned cash

Happy couples are everywhere you look, at the store, in restaurants, at the movies, snuggling, laughing, sneaking a kiss, holding hands… thoughts of them and your single life can reduce a normally sane person to tears and sobbing, or make you second guess yourself…

It always makes me laugh when people automatically assume single people aren’t happy, I know more miserable couples, than I know happy ones

People make judgements about you, that you need a partner, even if you are quite content and happy on your own, some will assume you are lonely when you are not or ‘need to be fixed up with someone’, when you didn’t realize you were ever broken…could this day just be over already ?


No matter how irritating it is, or what absurd things your friends and family might say to you, keep in mind, their intentions are good and they really just want you to be happy.

You don’t have to explain yourself to anyone, ever…it’s no-ones business if you are on your own, voluntarily or not

Let me tell you, being single has plenty of up sides, you don’t have to answer to anyone or put up with others idiosyncrasies, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, your time is your own, your money and resources are your own, your living space is how you like it, it’s a pretty sweet deal

Take a day to pamper yourself, catch up on some reading, get take out, wine, music, rent a movie, whatever your thing is, make it a day about celebrating you.

You don’t have to bow to the pressure society wants to impose on you, just say no thank you and treat it like any other day if you don’t even want to acknowledge it

If you are someone who would like to be in a relationship and aren’t, ask yourself why you are not…do you like yourself? Are you someone you would date?  Ask yourself why you need a partner to be happy…. if you aren’t happy with yourself, why would you expect others to be?  Happiness can  not be found externally, it comes from within, from learning to like/love yourself and appreciate the things that are great about you, once you get to this realization, that you don’t need someone else to make you happy, chances are you will exude happiness & confidence and people will be naturally drawn to you and want to be around you

Do you make it a priority to find a partner or do you expect one to come to you? Do you repeat the same habits over and over again? If you do, you can pretty much expect the same results


Maybe you need to work on a few things about yourself? Do you put time and care into taking the very best care of yourself you can?  Are your expectations too high or unrealistic?  Do you date people you know aren’t available or right for you?

Get real with yourself and start working on yourself, your priority list, visualize it happening and take steps to make it happen.  Chances are mr/ms charming isn’t going to miraculously find you and come charging into your bedroom on a white stallion

People attain what they spend most of their time and energy thinking about and acting on…if work is your only focus, start focusing on finding someone and make it a higher priority.  Be the kind, considerate loving open minded person you are hoping to find

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a bust, make it a day where you spend time doing things you haven’t had time to do that make you feel good in your own company




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