With Easter just a few days away and the arrival of a plethora of peeps, we thought we’d try a great recipe from one of our favorite blogs…How Sweet Eats
All you’ll need is a few of your favorite peeps. We chose Easter eggs, pink rabbits and yellow peeps. The yellow might even be considered vintage now…what with all the colors and shapes on trend now.
Then reach into your pantry and grab a bag of chocolate chips. We used semi-sweet because that’s what we had but feel free to mix or use milk, dark etc.
The only other item you will need is an oven proof skillet or dish. We used a pie plate because we were serving a smaller number of folks.
Now let your creativity shine…
Belles beware !!!
Now we have to admit, this where we ran into a wee bit of trouble. We put it under broiler and flames emerged within 30 seconds!!! And it wasn’t warm enough underneath…not exactly what we had hoped for.
Thankfully we are partial to burnt peeps and we can’t show a pic because we ate the top right off in mere seconds.
We re-peeped and it went in at 500 for a very few minutes and then we hit the broiler (one rack further down this time ) until gently browned, The teen belles entered en masse and inhaled giving their thumbs up of approval.
Full and original recipe Here
Here’s what we did:
The Belles Easter Peeps
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
About 25 peeps
Graham crackers for dipping
Preheat oven to 500
Place chocolate chips in an oven proof skillet or pie plate
Dollop peanut butter over chips
Arrange peeps, and feel free to crowd them
Place in oven for about five minutes at 500 degrees to allow chocolate and peanut butter to melt
Now crank up the oven to broil and watch carefully and constantly!
Carefully remove and serve
Watch the belle-bunnies devour!
Easter is just round the bend, so it’s time to fill the grocery baskets and prep to feed the egg hunters, bonnet-wearers and seersucker-dressed. While y’all are figuring out where to hide the golden egg, we’ve come up with some golden egg-worthy recipes to round out your Easter menus…
We’ve actually been enjoying some beautiful weather these last few days, so we would much rather be outside rather than over a hot stove. Go figure!! But we still need to eat, and since Easter is one of those celebrations that can take up all the appliances…all at once…we tested a crockpot ham with humongous success. Yay us!! This is a fix (with 3 ingredients!!) and forget while you go enjoy the Easter parade type of dish!!
The Food Charlatan is a fantastic blog. She has a great wit and even better recipes. Her easy spicy slow cooker ham is a recipe worthy of making for Easter or really anytime you don’t want to be in the kitchen.
Here’s how ours turned out:It is beyond delish and not really spicy in our minds…we describe it as having more of a kick. So, tender mouths need not fear, and the brave can add extra bang to their liking!
Side-note…this is one of the few recipes we didn’t feel the need to tweak (shocking, we know!), and many of her other recipes are just as spot-on. We just adore this site and suggest you go get the recipe here and spend a little time perusing!!
Next up…a to-die-for side dish. Here in the South, we can’t do without pimento cheese…evah!! We belles were recently in the midst of the truly southern James Farmer…more on that incredible experience to come (y’all know what they say, keep ’em wantin’ more!)
We each have a couple of his books (again…more on that later), so we couldn’t resist trying, tasting, and sharing his recipes for pimento cheese. We even sent them out to a tasting panel of sorts! They were both met with rave reviews, but the spicy version won by a smidge. Both are worth making…and we suggest a taste test of your own. Would love to hear who makes it to y’all’s winner circle!
Jalapeño Pimento Cheese from James Farmer
8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese
4 ounce block of Monterey Jack (We used jalapeño jack because we couldn’t find jalapeños in the recipe!!)
2 green onions chopped
1/3 cup pimentos
Dash of garlic salt
Dash of salt
Fresh ground pepper – white, black or red, depending on taste (we used black and red)
3/4 cup mayo (we used Hellman’s)
1/4 cup reduced fat mayo (if you want it creamier…we did not)
Toasted pecans, optional
Grate cheeses by hand (it makes all the difference). Place all ingredients in bowl and fold gently with a wooden spoon; don’t over-stir!
Farmer’s Pimento Cheese from James Farmer
Makes 2 1/2 cups
1 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese (please hand grate!!)
1 cup finely shredded sharp Vermont white cheddar cheese (again, grate by hand)
1/2 -3/4 cup mayonnaise (we used Hellman’s, a scant 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup pimento pieces with some juice
Squirt lemon juice
Dash of Lawry’s seasoned salt
Dash of Morton’s Nature’s seasons
Pinch of cayenne
Fresh ground black pepper
Fresh ground sea salt
Combine cheeses with mayo to taste, pimento, lemon juice, and seasonings to taste.
Now, how about a grilled pimento cheese with ham for lunch the day after Easter?! Sounds like a perfect way to wind down from the holiday to us!!
And remember…everything tastes better on motha’s silvah, just sayin’!!!
Focusing on the eggs…because Easter decor and egg hunts would be a bit lame without them…our gift options today are eggs-tra special!
For table decor that will be used year after year…
…these alabaster eggs from Williams Sonoma are deemed totally belle-worthy!
For the powder room…attention to detail, belles…
…these robin’s egg soaps from Terrain are just the ticket!
And for an edible treat…also from Williams Sonoma, we are thinking these Speckled Egg Petit Fours would be extra-belleicious…
This next item can be used year-round, but wouldn’t it help display those colorful eggs in style? We think you and yours need these colorful crates from Anthropologie…
then you can hide ’em with some little “hints” for the kiddos with this egg hunt kit…
…and to occupy the little ones while the egg-hiding happens…
…aren’t these coloring egg cookies perfect?? Order from Eleni’s New York, and everyone’s happy!!
Well, belles…we hope you have gotten some great ideas this week, and hope you are well on your way to having the Easter baskets filled. We’ve done our best!!
We are back, belles, with more eggs-ellent gift ideas…this time with a focus on accessories and the fellas in our lives (can’t forget the poor dears!). Get ready to do some clickin’ and buyin’!
For the “techie” in your life…or really pretty much anyone over the age of 10 with opposable thumbs…a phone accessory or two would be sure to please. Put a spring-y twist on it and you have yourself a perfect little Easter treat…
This sweet little beauty is from Zazzle…and they have like a thousand-plus more options! Good luck with that decision!
And because small mobile accessories tend to “grow legs” and disappear, just about anyone would be happy seeing one or two of these amongst the jelly beans:
Find these at Urbanears
Next, remember this post on tassels? Well, how about a fun, Easter-egg-colored tassel from Clare V. to add a little sass to a spring bag?…Perfect to nestle down in the teen-belle’s basket with all that chocolate…and peeps, of course!
And any belle would love to have this little beauty on her arm…
…doesn’t the pink just scream spring? It’s from Tory Burch (surprise)…available at Nordstrom
Or how about this on the wrist…
…the Michael Kors Golden Runway watch with a pink dial! We found it on Amazon at an awesome price! Click and see for yourself!
Now, for the fellas…we kinda like the idea of sprucing up his wardrobe with some spring-y options…and swimsuits are always in order this time of year!
For the little crowd, how about these Island Board Shorts from Gap…
or maybe this preppy little option from j crew…
And to dress him up a bit, we are loving this big-boy look…
…the Secret Wash gingham shirt, also from j crew comes in every color of the rainbow! Belles just love options!!
Now for the big fellas…maybe a little spring-y wardrobe addition or two…
…or a “not-your-everyday-ho-hum” tie? He will thank you when the ladies can’t take their eyes off!
And finally…we saved the absolute best accessory for last, belles…this might be a little something we “spring” for just for ourselves…
To. Die. For. Available at Amazon, this is the ultimate mode of transport for any belle ready to celebrate spring in style!!
Go for it, belles! Times-a-wastin’!
Here’s our second installment of all the best Easter gifts for the chickadees on your list. Granted…a basket full of all the usual suspect Easter candies might suffice on Easter morning, but we kinda dig giving the bunny a little nudge to include something a bit more substantial…lasting…useful…and belles just love giving (and receiving) a good gift!!
So…this edition of the “Great Easter Gift Guide” is for the girly-belles (think teens and beyond). Again…get ready to do some clickin’!
First up…for a stylish, yet comfy, evening…morning…and beyond, how about these spring-y pj’s from Plum Pretty Sugar?
Or these from Cosabella…
And every belle wants to feel pretty “underneath it all”! We think these will do the trick in a very colorful way…
…from one of our favorites – Hanky Panky.
For a colorful way to put a spring in her step…let her get her kicks with these…
…the Nike Free Training shoe from Amazon
And for the little girly-belle…
the Nike Kids Free should bring a sunshiny smile!
And for another comfy yet more “dressed” option, how cute are these Soludos Flamingo Espadrilles??
Or for something a bit more fancy…’cause that’s how we tend to roll…we are loving this Sophia Webster Crystal Embellished pump from Farfetch.com
The heels make us think of jellybeans…oh my!!!!
Whew! Stay tuned, belles. There’s more to come! We have accessories and some ideas for the fellas coming your way tomorrow. You’re welcome!
Here it is….drumroll … yes, belles, you can and should wear white before Easter! White jeans that is. Some rules are made to be modified and this is surely one of them! Now, may we gently remind you we said modified and we said white jeans. Wearing white linen, cotton voile and the summer weight items must still maintain the shorter wearing season. Oh, and those white shoes (unless they are sport shoes) should be donated or tossed and never worn again…ever. Well, at least in our ever so humble opinion.
White jeans are denim. Denim can be worn year round. It’s the way you put it together that increases the wear of them. Booties and a turtleneck, boots and a sweater, pumps and a blazer, flats and a tee, sandals and a tank. Options are endless and just think how wearing white jeans all the time expands your wardrobe tremendously!!
Here are a few examples we pulled from Pinterest to motivate and tempt y’all:
We love our white jeans and keep several pair in rotation…washing is sadly more frequent with these.
And in anticipation of the approaching warmer weather…and Easter…here are some examples to take you on through the next season:
So go on…be daring, break the rules and hold your head up high! Sport some white jeans and celebrate your fashion forward selves!!