Ideally, this post would have appeared a couple of weeks ago, but this early Easter caught up with me quickly! I thought I’d share a bit of spring and Easter decor and the fabulous cake (if I do say so myself!) that I made for our Easter dessert.
It’s based on this Country Living recipe, but I used two Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mixes, filled the layers with chocolate buttercream, and iced it with vanilla buttercream. I added blue food coloring, just a tiny drop at a time, until I achieved the right shade, then I grated chocolate into the icing and sprinkled a little more on top to create the speckles. I followed the directions for the puff pastry nest, but they were a little vague and I’ve never worked with puff pastry before. I shaped the pastry layers the best I could into a nest for three Cadbury chocolate eggs. Pretty easy to make with an impressive result!
I also finally switched out my winter wreath for this one that I made several years ago. I use this one the rest of the year and change it throughout to fit the seasons. I found most of the faux succulents and the white flowers at Micheal’s and the mushrooms, seed pods, lichen and moss came from a bag of terrarium supplies I found at World Market.
It’s so easy to pull things off and put new things on if you’ve used a glue gun. The glue just peels right off and I can swap the white flowers for something more “fall” and add acorns or pine cones or whatever. I’ve even stuck interesting things from the yard in the wreath like twigs or berries.
These minis were $5 for a six-pack at Walmart! I gave two away and temporarily planted the rest in my vintage brass bowl. I’ll put them in the yard when they start to look bad and they’ll come back next spring.
I cannot resist plants in the spring, and I HAD to pick up these geraniums when I spotted them at a local nursery. I’ve never seen geraniums like this before! The color and the interesting shape of the leaves…
This dahlia had to come home with me, too. That bright pink and yellow!
These ornaments have been around since the boys were tiny. I sprayed the branches white and stuck them in a glass vase with cheap jelly beans.
Of course, I have to keep little hands from sneaking jelly beans even though they have plenty of Easter treats of their own 🙂
Hope your spring is off to a happy start!