Triple-Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake

For Easter I made Triple-Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake.  Delicious!  You can read the recipe here.  One of the aspects of this recipe that I liked the most was the beautiful yellow and blue that delighted the eyes at every step.





A full cup of blueberries in each of the three layers!  Be still my heart!  And the frosting is ooohhhh so light and fluffy!  Amazing!

Easter

Egg dyeing.


Baby cuddling.


Target practice shooting in the woods.  Part of every Easter celebration, right?  Uh...yeah.


Freshly sauteed leeks spread on the Potato Leek Gratin.  Recipe can be found here.  You'll want it!  it's delicious!


The table was set for springtime and feasting.


I hope those you love were gathered about your table, and that joy for the debt paid by Him on your behalf filled your heart this Eastertide.

Easter Menu

Planning and forethought have gone into Easter food...no actual work yet, other than grocery shopping.  Work will come later, but this is the plan.

Breakfast:

Quiche with farm fresh eggs, asparagus, and Vermont cheddar
fresh strawberries
croissants with butter and homemade jams
orange juice
coffee

Dinner

honey glazed ham
roasted red potatoes with chives (from last summer's garden), sea salt, and pepper
leek gratin
hard-boiled eggs
fresh fruit salad
homemade dinner rolls
Lemon-Blueberry Layer Cake

New & Improved Laundry/Sewing Room

For Christmas last year, Technohubby's gift to me was the promise of shelves installed in the laundry/sewing room.  And this week they went up!  This process involved moving everything out of the room, so there was room to work, and then putting everything back in (that was the fun part!). I could not possibly be more thrilled!  They look so much better than I ever even thought they would…and I thought they’d look great!  They have all that lovely, useful, domestic, period look that I adore!  Actually, they’re quite historically acurate because the design for them was taken from shelves in the kitchen of the Peyton Randolph House in Colonial Williamsburg.  (Peyton Randolph was Thomas Jefferson’s cousin.)  So here’s a tour of the new and improved sewing/laundry room!


Here's a closer look at the shelves.  All those baskets and boxes contain sewing notions, ribbons, patterns, and more.


All my antique canning jars full of thread have found a home.


I actually have space to work at my sewing table now!


All my sewing essentials are within arm's reach now.  Well...maybe it needs a little box full of a chocolate stash.  Must add that!


Looking back at the shelves from the sewing table:


And on another wall, I have Shaker peg railing that holds all our cleaning items: brooms, feather dusters, dust pan, fly swatter, and bucket.  I can see why the Shakers loved this peg railing so much!  Functions beautifully!  Incidently, that little silver bucket is a "leakproof" paint bucket from Home Depot (cost less than $5), and is so handy.  Perfect for mixing up a bucket of warm, soapy water for scrubbing something dirty.  Highly recommend!


I love my new space!  Makes me want to sew even more!



Birthday Celebration

A birthday celebration for Felicity today!  The menu for the celebratory dinner was: pasta with grilled chicken in a garlic-cheese-cream sauce, ceasar salads, baguette, and Chianti.


Presents were wrapped in pretty, gentle, springtime colors.


God provided a lovely blue-pink sunset.


Chocolate cake with a filling of fresh raspberries and chocolate ganache, made with much love by Colette for her sister.  Zippy, striped candles added the finishing touch.


And the last candle goes out.

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