Sunday, April 24, 2011

Puppy Easter

We had fun celebrating Easter here this year.  I made the hounds a basket

It had a bunny ear headband from pet smart in it that Bob didn't seem to mind wearing at all, two neck scrunchies and a Bunny Rabbit hat from All You Need is Pug, two Bonzees boiled wool bones, some treats, and five hard boiled eggs (one for each hound).   The hounds really enjoyed the basket (particularly the treats).

Then we went for a walk in the park

We watched some TV.   The best Easter movie is definitely Easter Parade because it has one of Fred Astaire's best dances in it.   Here is the you tube link

The rest of the movie kind of pales in comparison, but the dance is amazing.

For dinner I made my favorite hard boiled eggs.  I got the recipe from a really cute cookbook Babe' Country Cookbook Babe's Country Cookbook : 80 Complete Meat-Free Recipes from the Farmthat I bought used years ago.

Here is the recipe

Deviled Eggs from Babe's Country Cookbook

6  hard boiled eggs
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp sliced scallions (green onions)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Paprika for garnish

Slice the eggs in half and remove the yolks to a bowl.  Mash them up and add the mayonnaise, scallions, mustard, salt, pepper and stir.  Spoon the filling bag in the eggs and garnish with Paprika.

I also made the layered salad from the wonderful Pioneer Woman website.   It was delicious, and some corn muffins.

For dessert I made white chocolate coconut cream pie from one of my favorite cookbooks Chocolate American Style.   


For the crust
5 ounces (40 cookies) vanilla wafer
cookies, crumbled
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted
butter, melted
1/4 cup (2 ounces) sugar
For the filling
1/2 cup (4 ounces) sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (16 ounces) heavy cream
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsweetened
coconut milk
3 extra-large egg yolks
4 ounces white chocolate,
coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) sweetened
shredded coconut, toasted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the rack in the center position.
To make the crust, place the crumbled cookies in the work bowl of a
food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse until the cookie pieces
are reduced to small crumbs, then add the melted butter and sugar.
Pulse until the butter is evenly dispersed among the crumbs. Press the
crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate.
Bake the crust for 18 to 20 minutes, or until it is fragrant and light
brown, and it is slightly firm to the touch. Remove the plate to a wire
rack to cool. Turn off the oven. (The crust can be made up to 2 days
ahead. Cover well with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.)

To make the filling, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a 2-quart, heavy saucepan. Whisk the mixture together, then whisk in 1 cup of the cream and the coconut milk. Add the egg yolks and whisk vigorously to combine. Set the saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly, making sure to reach into the corners of the pan, as the mixture thickens
and comes to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir or whisk the mixture very well, then return the pan to the heat. Simmer the mixture, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the custard from the heat and
stir in the white chocolate and vanilla. Stir until the chocolate melts. The mixture will be very thick and slightly oily looking. Transfer the mixture
to a large metal bowl, press a piece of plastic wrap onto the top, and refrigerate until cold.
When the custard is cold, beat it with an electric mixer on high speed for
1 minute, until it is smooth. Add the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream
and beat on high speed until the mixture is thick and fluffy like whipped cream. Fold in 1 cup of the toasted coconut. Pour and scrape the filling
into the prepared crust. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/4 cup
toasted coconut. Refrigerate the pie until ready to serve.
The pie can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

For the toasted Coconut

To toast coconut in the oven, spread it on a shallow, rimmed baking sheet and place
it in a preheated 350-degree F oven for 10 minutes. Use a metal spatula to stir the
shreds, then bake for another 5 minutes, or until the coconut is a very light
golden brown.

We should probably start post Easter diets but it was delicious.  I hope everyone else had a wonderful time as well!


  1. What wonderful pictures. They look like they enjoyed the day. Bailey and Katy got Easter presents, but no basket. It would have been toppled over.

  2. Looks like a lot of fun ... mine loved their Easter baskets, too!