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Easter Brunch Round-Up!

Oooh, I get so giddy when I have a reason to invite company over for Brunch! :)

And as it is Easter week- a time for reflection, for gratitude, for renewal, and ultimately for celebration- I am hosting a small brunch for a few dear ladies in my life (as well as my sweet husband who won’t mind a morning with the girls one bit!  Especially since there is yummy food involved.)

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If you’ll permit me a moment’s reflection, there are some things I want to share before I round-up some delicious Brunch ideas for you…

This year when we made our New Year’s Resolutions, Chris and I each chose a theme for the year.  He chose the theme “Growth” and I chose “Re-birth.”  At the time, I chose that theme because I wanted to focus on finding a way to heal after my siblings and I got some very hard news that resulted in an intense family conflict.  “Re-birth,” I told myself.  “This will be a year of healing and renewal.”  Little did I know that just 21 days into the New Year, I would be faced with a second terrible tragedy, losing my dad suddenly to cancer.  He was only 55.  My mind still reels at the reality of it.  I had given him a Pretty/Hungry recipe calendar for Christmas, never dreaming he wouldn’t get to use it.  Now it hangs in my house.

And now the Springtime is upon me.  Easter approaches.  And if there was ever a year for me to experience a rebirth, it’s this one.  Perhaps an even more powerful and fitting word for what I need is not “rebirth” but “resurrection.”  I don’t just need to start over… I feel like I need to come back from the dead.  It very definitely feels like life as I know it is over.  Both my parents have passed on, and most of the treasured memories of my last decade of life have turned out to be a lie (so sorry for my vague-ness.)  And all this “yuck” that clogs my mind each day just makes the message of this coming Sunday that much more meaningful to me.  I need resurrection power.  My soul needs it for eternity… and my poor heart needs it like air at this moment.

So I am thankful this Easter.  Thankful for the reminder of God’s power to bring life from the grave.  To turn mourning into dancing.  To birth utter victory from utter defeat.  And with all that in mind, how can I not also be keenly aware of the very literal birth He is blessing me with this year?  Baby #2 will be here in October and I am in my 15th week of pregnancy.  New life.  God, breathe new life into me too!  Resurrect me as only YOU can.

(P.S. You all have been so very sweet and encouraging in allowing me to process through my grief here on the blog.  I’ve gotten heartfelt notes and comments from you that have really ministered to me.  I know that some readers probably come here to gather new recipes and end up finding me a bit of a wet blanket at times!  So sorry!  All I can say is thank you, for being gracious and letting me share the good along with the bad.)

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So on to the food!  If you, like me, are grateful this Easter and are looking forward to celebrating God’s resurrection power, being with family and loved ones, seeing your kid’s faces light up as they hunt Easter eggs, and watching the Earth be reborn with flowers, grass, and trees… then might I suggest you throw a little par-tay?  That’s my plan!

Like I said, I’m giddy about whipping up some delicious Brunch food this weekend, so I thought I’d share some of the recipes I’m excited about!  There are some gorgeous recipes to be found out there, and these are a few I found particularly tempting.  (Next week I’ll be sharing full tutorials for a few of them.)

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1) Tomato Mozzarella Tart with Garlic Basil Crust

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

I’ve made this.  It is as heavenly as it sounds.

Recipe and photo credit to Annie of Annie’s Eats! >

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2) Deep-Dish Quiche

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

Another favorite recipe of mine!  Although I make it in a deep tart dish or pie pan, NOT a spring-form!  I find that using a spring-form pan can create problems because any cracks in the crust let the egg mixture leak out.

< Recipe and photo credit to Food & Wine >

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3) Sausage Stars

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

These are so good, I gave this recipe to our wedding caterer because I had to have them at the reception!  They are also very dainty and bite-sized… perfect for a Brunch!

< Recipe here >

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4) Pain au Chocolat

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

I have never made this but it is definitely going on my Brunch table this weekend!  (Bonus: The prep is quite simple.)

< Recipe and photo credit to Lisa of Panning the Globe >

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5) Cranberry Walnut Yeast Bread

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

This is homemade bread like it’s supposed to taste, silky smooth inside and perfectly crisp outside!  Full of tangy cranberries and crunchy walnuts.  It is toast perfection.

< Recipe here >

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6) Banana Cake with Coconut/Honey Frosting

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

I have yet to make this but it is caaaaallllling my name!  Bliss.

< Recipe and photo credit to Melina of Sugary & Buttery >

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7) Maple Pecan Granola

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

Every Brunch needs a wholesome option that isn’t overly sweet.  Yogurt and granola are a match made in Heaven!

< Recipe here >

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8) Brown Butter Crepes (with banana, cookie butter, & nutella)

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

I’m a little too lazy to make crepes for company, but I’d definitely make these for a “morning in” with my sweetie!

< Recipe and photo credit to Michelle of Hummingbird High >

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9) Strawberry, Spinach, Avocado, & Citrus Salad

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

This salad screams “Spring!” which makes it an Easter Brunch must.  Besides that, salads like these taste amazing!

< Recipe and photo credit to Tieghan of Half-Baked Harvest >

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10) Mini Raspberry Sour Cream Cupcakes!

Easter Brunch Recipe Round-Up!

One that will definitely be appearing on my Brunch table!  This recipe includes instructions for full-sized cupcakes, but for mini-cupcakes simply decrease baking time to 11 minutes and use mini cupcake wrappers. :)

< Recipe here >

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I’m wishing you a wonderful week of renewal and celebration.

Love,

Carissa

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6 Responses so far.

  1. emily says:

    Beautiful post about your grief process. Thank you for the encouragement today!

  2. Kathy Bumgarner says:

    Praying for fresh air for you!!

  3. Fran Chism says:

    Carissa, I think of your family often and pray for your healing. You not only cook and bake well and constantly amaze us with your talent, but you so beautifully share your sadness and your joy. Praying for a resurrection for you and your siblings. Love to all of you and your families. Have a wonderful Easter!

  4. Mallory says:

    Um, can you say ‘brunch crash’? Cause I can…….

  5. […] I thought you might like to see a few pictures of the lovely Easter Brunch we enjoyed here over the weekend.  It was an intimate affair (just six of us) and the toddler was in bed for nap time… so I was able to go “all out” with a delectable menu and pretty place settings.  Many of the menu items I shared with you in this post! […]

  6. […] I thought you might like to see a few pictures of the lovely Easter Brunch we enjoyed here over the weekend.  It was an intimate affair (just six of us) and the toddler was in bed for nap time… so I was able to go “all out” with a delectable menu and pretty place settings.  Many of the menu items I shared with you in this post! […]