INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted DIRECTIONS Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. (Dough will be very soft.) Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap 1 dough disc on a well-floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with 3 1/2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disc. Bake at 350° for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until …
Have you already thought about what your Easter table will look like? No? Thankfully, I have a DIY idea to show you how to decorate at home. This is a really easy and inexpensive idea. You can do it by yourself or with the kids. Be creative! I used just pink tulips (my favorite flower), but you are free to choose your favorite flower and play with colors. What you’ll need: *White and pink ribbons *White zipties *Flowering tree branches *Tulips or your favorite flowers *Eggshells *Garden clippers *Scissors
The Spring Garden plate collection by Willian Sonoma is so cute and can be used in an elegant springtime celebration. Each piece showcases original artwork created by Williams Sonoma by in-house designers on glazed porcelain, accented with a profusion of blooms, lace-inspired detailing, and gleaming gold rims. http://www.williams-sonoma.com Set 4: $59.95
Serve 8 Ingredients Butter, for greasing Generous 1 cup ricotta cheese 4 eggs, separated 1 tsp almond extract Generous 3/4 cup sugar Finely grated rind of 1 lime Toasted silvered almonds, to decorate Confectioners’ sugar, sifted, for dusting Directions Preheat the oven to 300F/ 150C.Grease and line a 9-inch / 23cm round cake pan. Beat together the ricotta, egg yolks, almond extract, and sugar. Stir in the almonds and lime rind. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they form soft peaks. Fold the whites lightly into the ricotta mixture using a large metal spoon. Spread the mixture in the pan and bake in the preheated oven 50-60 minutes, until firm and lightly browned. Cool the cake in he pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and sprinkle with silvered almonds. Leave to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve. Enjoy!!
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I Love Easter! Do you ? It’s another excuse to gather the family around the table for a long leisurely lunch of roast lamb, new spring vegetables and a lovely indulgent cake. I hope you love all theses ideas of decoration for giving your table a fresh spring look! Happy Easter !!