Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Cafe, April 2011

I decided to prepare a very simple meal today, for a couple of reasons. I was so tired from work when I arrived home on Friday, that on Saturday, easy still seemed like a great idea! Also, I have twisted my knee (twice actually, it seems to happen much easier the second time around). So today I am doing a little kitchen hobble dance, as I make Easter dinner for our regular Sunday Cafe gathering.

These eggs have been filled with a lot of quarters and a little candy, for an outside egg hunt. Which will most likely be redirected to inside, as it has started raining. But in fairness to the weather folks, they said this was to happen. We had such a lovely day yesterday with full sunshine and blue skies, it really is OK. I had noticed and remarked to Honey, that we would need to water if there was not rain before the weekend ended, now the rhubarb and raspberries will be fine without house water for a few more days.

The Easter Bunny did not leave a basket for  granddaughter, but she did leave this wonderful little Dr Seuss bag filled with, a water balloon kit, pony tail holders, a book, a puzzle, stickers, 2 pair of wild and crazy socks, a little plant kit to grow a tomato, a package of cotton candy (it is a candy kind of day, after all!) and a couple of beanie toys.

In a real departure from my past Sunday Cafe dinners, there is only one dessert. I think it is because spring has slowly come upon us. And although spring has shown itself in fits and spurts, lighter meals seem to be just right. Spring always brings out my craving for more vegetables and lighter fare, and Easter seems to start the spring season.

And now our dinner!
Honey BBQ Ham with Pineapple, adapted from My Kind of Cooking.

Chicken Thighs with Bacon and Thyme, cooked 40 cloves of garlic style.

The chicken thighs were browned under the broiler, seasoned with sea salt, thyme springs and garlic cloves added. Covered with bacon and white wine. Then oven roasted. This will make some find gravy! We also has some fresh brown and serve bread sticks, for all that roasted garlic.
Mashed potatoes. This was a change, as soon as I realized what good pan gravy would be available from the chicken dish.

Layered Spring Salad, adapted from Abundance on a Dime.

 I prefer making this in an over sized bowl. It is much easier to toss with the extra room.

Zucchini lightly stewed with onion and tomato.

Crumbled Broccoli.

Fresh Pineapple Fruit Salad.

Fresh pineapple is dressed with the juice of one lime, 2 T sugar and 1/8-1/4 t chili powder. Stir in chunks of banana, taking care to coat each side. Gently stir in 1 large can of mandarin oranges, let marinate until serving time.

Honey Bun Cake, adapted from The Country Cook.

Cinnamon and brown sugar swirled in the batter, baked and then
glazed, just like a cinnamon bun.
Then "peeped" because all the big kids love these little guys!

And last but not least, an "egg" hunt for the cat. The funny part of this is that Honey declares he does not like cats, but for some reason this one has won him over!

Separate a plastic egg, add a treat or 3, snap closed. Roll on the floor so the cat can chase it and the egg will open (at some point) and the cat gets the treat. Keep in mind Honey does not like cats!

As always, thank you for taking a moment to stop and say hello.
I appreciate your time and your comments. From our home to your, we hope everyone had a day with family and filled with love!

Key words:  Sunday Cafe, ham, chicken, cake, celebration, family


Sage Trifle said...

Everthing looks delicious as usual. I would have been very happy to dine at your table for that meal. And I would have gladly cleaned up, packed away leftovers, and washed dishes so you could rest that sore knee.

Tiffanee said...

Love your meal! Looks so delicious!!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Melynda,
Looks like you had a wonderful Easter Feast. Your Easter gifts were so special and great memories. Hope your knee is better soon. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

Brenda said...

Good morning Melynda! Looks like you had a lovely Easter. I'm stealing your cat toy idea. :o)

Holly said...

I need you to keep in mind that if you keep showing me pics of your yummy dinners, I will eventually turn up on your doorstep. Glad you had a wonderful Easter.

Cindy said...

Wow What a wonderful meal you had for your family!! Lucky them!