Saturday, April 18, 2009

Italian Brunch & Botanical Blooms!

It's such a lovely Spring day today so I thought I would share a picture of the Italian Brunch I made this morning! After weeks of snow and rain we have a beautiful sunny day and were able to eat outside on our new deck. I had seen these recipes on the Today show over the past couple weeks and decided they would all go together for a lovely outdoor brunch.

These recipes were so easy and came out so lovely! I have already come up with a alternate southwestern version of the baked eggs in ham cups.

Baked eggs in ham cups use the thin ham as the liner for the muffin tin, then you pour in your raw egg, drizzle a bit of pesto, top with mozzarella, a cherry tomato and sprig of parsley. After you bake them they pop out like a cupcake! The salt from the ham seasons the egg just right!
I made them like the recipe for my family but for mine I scrambled the raw egg and they come out great that way also!

Then we had almond crusted Ciabatta bread french toast, Oh my this is going to be a family favorite since we love marzipan and almond anything! We topped with powdered sugar (my 6 year old got a little carried away with that LOL) and then real maple syrup from vermont.

For dessert we had Mascarpone cheese cupcakes with strawberry glaze. These cupcakes are so light, fluffy & moist! The glaze is crushed strawberries and confectioners sugar. These would be great for showers. The recipe called for making mini cupcakes but we made full size cupcakes.
If you would like the recipes for these awesome Brunch items you can find them HERE on the Today Show's website.

Cupcakes are HERE

Next time we are going to try a Southwestern version of the Ham cups and use green chile and cheddar in scrambled egg and top with pico de gallo and a sprig of cilantro!

I also made this Botanical Blooms card that covered 2 challenges. One challenge was to make a card that had a frame on it, the other was to use a Stampin' Wheel, an image stamp & one sentiment stamp.
I used the Sale A Bration Botanical Blooms stamp set for this card, It is a 2 step stamp set. In my Stampin' wheel I used the the "Bella's Bloom" wheel stamp.
Designer Paper is Raspberry Tart
Card stock is Rose red, Whisper white, Pretty in Pink & Kiwi Kiss
SU classic Ink is Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Certainly Celery.
BIG SHOT~I used the texture plates #1 set with the big dots on my white card stock, the embossed oval frame was also cut on my Big Shot.
Sentiment was cut out with the oval punch
Certainly Celery ribbon

Have a YUMMY day!

1 comment:

LINDA said...

WOW!!!Next time you have a brunch Invite me!!LOL..Looks yummy..Love your card too.. BEAUTIFUL..
Hugs, Linda