Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter Y’all!! I don’t normally post on Sundays, but my family has a fun Easter tradition that I wanted to drop in and share today.

Every Easter Sunday the dessert for our dinner growing up mom made these fun meringue nests for dessert. They are fairly simple to make, the only difficult part is the meringue.  I made the meringues the day before I served them.

The recipe is:

  • 3 egg whites (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • A dash of salt
  • a scant teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  1. Mix the first four ingredients until they form soft peaks
  2. Gradually add in the sugar until firm peaks form (it should be shiny)
  3. Then lay them out on parchment paper on cookie sheets in circles with an indention in the center (think shaped like a nest) like this: (I was out of parchment paper, so I used the inside of paper bags like my mom always did).   nest2
  4. Serve them with ice cream, fresh berries, and coconut (for added flair my mom always dyed it green with food coloring)


Happy Easter!!

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cake

You may have figured out from our Valentine’s Day cards and table, but my family did Valentine’s Day right when I was growing up.  We have a lot of tradition that goes into it, and as my mom said on facebook the other day: “I always wanted the kids to know, before they ever left in the morning, that no matter what happened at school with Valentine’s Day things (life can be difficult in school on Valentine’s Day) that they were LOVED!!!”  We did know and it is one of the reasons that even through the years I was single on Valentine’s Day, I loved the holiday!

This morning I got to share the holiday with my twin brother and his fiancee (soon to be wife in 2 weeks!) and my husband.  We did Valentine’s breakfast much as we had done as kids.  The most humorous part of the morning was me struggling to read my brothers AWFUL handwriting on his sweet valentine to my husband and me. For this highly traditional breakfast, we always have eggs, sausage and coffee cake.  My mom has made this super simple coffee cake (you better believe its easy if I can make it at 6:15am…)



My mom always made it in a heart shaped pan, so when I found this one at Crate and Barrel a few years ago on after Valentine’s day sale I snatched it up in anticipation of future Valentine’s Day breakfasts.  This baby is DELICIOUS (don’t worry, the four of us polished this guy off before work this morning).

Want to know how to make it?

I thought so…

Coffee Cake

1/4 Cup salad oil (I use EVOO because its what I have around)

1 beaten egg

1/2 Cup milk

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt


1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup nuts (optional)


To make this you have three bowls: dry ingredients: flour, sugar baking powder, salt



Wet ingredients: egg, oil, milk



and your topping.  For the topping I add everything in except butter and then mix your butter in last.


Stir the melted butter in until it coats everything and some of it will start sticking together in clumps (ignore the fuzzy picture, apparently I am not a good photographer that early in the morning!)



Now set that aside and mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients together. If your wet ingredients have been sitting for a minute you will have to remix them since oil and milk separate if left alone (as they are in the picture above). Pour that into your greased pan.  Then add the topping on top:


Bake in the oven for 25 minutes at 375° and you are ready to serve!