Easter Brunch

Easter Brunch

A nice family treat after Ester Sunday service, is to return home to have a lovely family brunch, without having to cook.  You can choose to have the Easter brunch with your immediate family and/or your extended family and friends. For a brunch menu you can choose to have a breakfast buffet, appetizers or traditional dinner favorites.  If you choose a larger get together guests on your list can assist with making food to add to the menu. This could be done as a sort of potluck.

A easy way to cook a wonderful meal while getting yourself and kids ready for church and then attending Easter service is to let the crock pot help you. The crock pot is wonderful for slow cooking delicious meals without the fear of having the oven on while you are away from home. It also takes away the worry of dinner burning or your meal coming out to dry.  Most recipes will cook for eight hours on low or four hours on high.  Below are some ideas for easy dishes to cook in your crock pot. Please click the recipe links throughout this article to obtain step by step directions to some delicious meals.

Main Dish Crock Pot Options

Roast Beef with vegetables in the crock pot

Crock Pot Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Beef Tips

Easy Crock Pot Beef Tips with Gravy

Seasoned Chicken, Potatoes & Green Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Side Dishes Crock Pot Options

Slow Cooker Sweet Buttery Corn on the Cob

Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

Slow Cooker Sweet Carrots

If your plans include bringing your crock pot meal to a family members, friend or church try the 6-quart Cook & Carry crock pot for a good portable slow cooker.

 

I love bigger crock pot for big meals. Try the 8 Quart Programmable Countdown Slow Cooker. This is perfect for larger meals and you can program it so this is a wonderful feature for a busy holiday. The crock pot can be set to stop cooking right in the middle of Sunday services! Also don’t forget the liner bags to make clean up so much easier! I have seen many slow cooker travel bags, but I found this one today. I want to try this one because it carries a wide range of crock pot sizes! It is called the  Travel Case & Carrier Insulated Bag for 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 Quart Slow Cookers.

 

 

Wonderful Make Ahead Brunch Items

Make ahead dishes are just the thing to help achieve a stress free Easter brunch. Any recipe that can be prepared the day or night before are a welcomed addition to a busy day. Perfect items to make in advance are salads and desserts.  Salads are usually healthy for us and help bring a balance to heavy main course around the holidays.  At least we tell ourselves this. Desserts are always wonderful for a festive brunch. They are particularly wonderful because you can make them the day before, which are especially convenient for a busy Easter Sunday. Everyone loves some cake, pie, cookies or other sweet tooth indulgence.  Below I listed a few salad and dessert ideas.

 

Salads

7 Layered Salad

Spaghetti Salad

Apple Spinach Salad

Desserts

Easter Cookies

Carrot Cake

If you are looking for some fun Easter food treats, here is a great link with adorable food ideas.

I hope everyone has a very blessed Easter holiday.  Try some of the recipes listed in today’s blog and mix them with some of your families favorites.  I hope this article helps to take some of the stress out of your Easter Sunday while you enjoy a great meal with your family.

Please Like & Comment.  Let me know what your family traditions are for Easter. What are some of your favorite holiday meals to eat at Easter? Do you plan or have you tried any of the recipes in today’s blog?

Interview With Author Yvette Phillips

On March 25, 2019, I had the pleasure of interviewing debut author Yvette Phillips. Her book is entitled, The Tale of Princess Alicia. It is a delightful children’s book about a little princess who teaches girls to be self-empowered. Mrs. Phillips who is originally from Jamaica moved to the United States in 2000.

 

 

Yvette is  the proud owner and CEO of her online business PadyMart.com where she sells Trendy Children’s Fashion, Educational Books and More. In addition to operating her own business, Yvette is also a School Teacher where she teaches young children. Mrs. Phillips  currently resides in New York with her husband Ivan and son Matthew.

 

 

In her interview she shares that her son was her motivation behind writing her book.

Click here to watch the interview.


Please follow Yvette Phillips on her website, Facebook and on Instagram.

 

To purchase her book click here. A series of matching bookmarks are also available for purchase.

 
 
Please Like and Comment. Comment below after watching the interview with your thoughts and opinions about a sweet little princess who is encouraged to problem solve and not wait around for her prince? What are your feelings about diversity in children’s literature?  Comment about your experience as an author.  Are you a parent or grandparent who has been looking for books with ethnic characters for your child or grandchild?  Are you looking for books like this with strong girl leading characters? Let us know in the comments.  Share your thoughts on this adorable and self-empowering princess.

Interview With Author Mattye Crowley

Author of Sankofa.

On March 18, 2019, I was delighted to interview debut author Mattye Crowley. She is a children’s author of, Sankofa and an accompanying Sankofa workbook. In Ms. Crowley’s Sankofa series she shares African and African American history with young readers and their parents.

In the interview, Mattye shares about the great need for African American children to know their true and full history. In her book she has children join Sankofa on a journey through time to learn African history and facts from the past to the present.  This is a wonderful series to educate everyone on African history.  Click here to watch the interview. Thank you for watching.

Follow Mattye Crowley on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit Mattye Crowley’s website here.

To purchase Sankofa and the accompanying workbook click here.

Please Like and Comment. Comment below after watching the interview your thoughts and opinions on diversity in children’s literature. Comment as a parent, grandparent, relative or teacher trying to find quality African history literature for the children in your life. Comment about your experience as an author.