An Effortless & Elegant Easter Buffet

An Effortless & Elegant Easter Buffet


My mother & grandmother always set up buffets for family entertaining. This allowed everyone to visit with one another without having to sit down to a formal meal. A  buffet also allows family members to come & go as needed. Sometimes people need to come early & leave early while others may arrive later. No one needs to feel left out because of a work schedule, small children or other family event when you set up a buffet for your family event.

Easter is a wonderful time to set up a buffet. A buffet enables you to serve a variety of dishes throughout the day. Also, a buffet allows your guests to contribute dishes of their own to your event. You can set your table so guests may eat at the table or you can arrange your home or yard so people are able to eat wherever they are comfortable.

Good Housekeeping offers you tips & ideas to make your buffet easy to create & fun to attend. Take the stress out of your Easter this year. The bunny won’t be the only one hopping with joy! Enjoy!

Easter Buffet

10 Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

10 Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs with your kids is a tradition that goes back many years. The mess, the funny colors, the laughter. None of us would miss this annual ritual for the world. However, you still may want to decorate your home with a few of these beautiful eggs. Southern Living has done an excellent job with these eggs. I’m not quite sure which ones I like best. Perhaps I should make a few & THEN decide! Enjoy!

Easter Eggs

Easy Easter Baskets

Easy Easter Baskets

Easter baskets aren’t just for kids anymore. I enjoy making them for my entire family, including ME! The traditional basket works well but this year, BHG offers a selection of basket ideas for you to create. The rag baskets in the photo are especially charming. They are the perfect gift for adults in your family. This year, your whole family can help the Easter bunny by making & filling baskets, then spread some Springtime cheer! Enjoy!

Easter Baskets

Coconut Easter Egg Cookie Nest

Coconut Easter Nest Cookies

These cookies are easy to make & fun to eat. They are cake mix cookies so you can make a batch in no time!


  • 1 box Duncan Hines™ Classic White Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • green food coloring
  • 1 bag jelly beans

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. I have 2 cookie sheets but I use 4 sheets of paper. This way, I can prepare all the cookie batches for baking before the first sheet goes into the oven.

In large mixing bowl or batter bowl, combine oil, eggs & almond extract. Add cake mix & mix until lumps are gone. This takes some work but keep at it.

White coconut with drops of food coloring

White coconut with drops of food coloring

In an empty plastic container, place 3-4 drops of food coloring. Add coconut. Add 3-4 more drops of food coloring. Put lid on container & shake until all the coconut is the desired color. You may want to begin with less food coloring & add more gradually until the coconut is the shade you desire.

Tinted coconut

Tinted coconut

Add tinted coconut to cookie batter & blend thoroughly. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet. I made the cookies in this batch larger so only 9 fit on each sheet. You can make them smaller so 12 will fit.

I rolled these cookies into balls, flattened them & made indentations. This isn’t necessary. The cookies puffed up & the indentations went away. I will probably continue to roll them into balls & flatten them though so they have a nice round shape.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

Bake 10-11 minutes in a 350 oven. Before removing cookies or parchment from sheet onto cooling racks, gently press 2 jelly beans into center of each cookie while still hot. If you make smaller cookies, one jelly bean may be enough. Then carefully slide parchment paper onto cooling racks.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

I place these cookies on one of my buffet plates with a floral patterned paper plate I bought at Dollar Tree. The plate then went on my cake stand on my living room sideboard.

My Easter sideboard featuring Easter nest cookies!

My Easter sideboard featuring Easter nest cookies!

These are a keeper so I plan to make a larger batch of small cookies for church one Sunday during Lent.


Next time, I plan to add green food coloring to the egg, oil & extract mixture to color the batter as well as the coconut. The coconut tinted the batter but it was speckled. I would prefer it to be a consistent green. This should also help the coconut to stand out.

I also plan to use pastel Easter plan M & M’s instead of jelly beans. I like the jelly beans but I thought the chocolate would be a nice change of pace.

13 Things To Do With Marshmallow PEEPS!

13 Things To Do With Marshmallow PEEPS!

You know I choose this article because I couldn’t resist the photo! I recently saw a photo of a dress covered in Peeps! I would eat my way through it before church was over on Easter! Then I would be a majorly sticky mess! Good Housekeeping has come up with ways to enjoy Peeps long after Easter. With all the different colors, I may need to try all 13 ideas! Enjoy!

Fun with Peeps

Impossibly Easy Bacon, Egg and Tot Bake (With Make-Ahead Directions)

Impossibly Easy Bacon, Egg and Tot Bake


Easter morning can be hectic. The kids want to hunt for eggs & candy. You need to get everyone ready to go to church. And, it’s probably a good idea to give everyone a nutricious breakfast before diving into those Easter baskets & heading out the door! How do you find the time to prepare breakfast, let alone eat it?

Betty Crocker to the rescue with some help from Jean Ann! In this episode, Jean Ann share a simple recipe for egg casserole that includes Bisquick, Tater Tots & BACON! As if that isn’t enough, you can make this recipe the day before, put it in the fridge, then bake the next morning.

This is also perfect for after church brunch! Enjoy!


Easy Egg Bake