Easter Celebration – Simple Lifestyle Tips

Easter can be an exciting holiday for everyone.  It’s the ultimate symbol of the Spring season and a time of rebirth.  Although celebrating Easter can be a lot of fun, preparation for this joyous holiday can also be overwhelming!

As a new mom (many years ago) I wanted to attack the holiday from all angles.  My eagerness stemmed from the excitement of having my very own children.  Over the years, I’ve learned to focus on what really matters.   The small details will come together once you concentrate on the priority of the day.

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Easter Brunch 2015 – Flemings Prime Steakhouse
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Caesar Salad and Omelett
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National Aquarium with the boys

Easter Celebration Tips:

  1. Create your dinner menu – Decide whether your family will dine in or out.  Either option provides a good opportunity for quality fellowship.  Traditional Easter meals (if you’re cooking) include a honey glazed ham, roasted leg of lamb, baked salmon, green bean casserole, rice pilaf, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or home-style dinner rolls.
  2. Coordinate Easter crafts with the kids – This particular tip can vary depending on your interest but the idea is to teach your family the meaning of Easter.  Quick holiday crafts include decorating eggs, planting a Spring garden, or designing Easter bookmarks.
  3. Consider taking Easter photos – Start thinking of the right location, lighting, and even the weather.  Also, we can’t forget to coordinate the perfect attire whether a traditional suit or casual spring outfit.
  4. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate – Nothing brings more excitement than putting out spring decorations.  Add a wreath to the front door, create a tablescape, or flower arrangement in the hallway.
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Easter Tablescape
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Pre-school Easter Celebration

Some of my favorite Easter traditions include Sunday morning worship, egg hunt, brunch, and spring photos.  What are some of your favorite Easter traditions, share them with us here?

Woodbridge Wines – March Madness Entertaining

For any viewing party, Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon-infused Sausage Balls are sure to be a slam dunk – especially when served alongside Woodbridge Merlot Chili. WPaired with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, you’ll please every palate.

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is also a choice your listeners can feel good about. Every March, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi partners with The V Foundation, helping find a cure for cancer by generating awareness and broad-based support for research. Over the past five years, Woodbridge has helped to raise more than $1 million for the V Foundation and will continue to work towards ensuring a better future for generations to come.

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Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sausage Balls
Prep + Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 30-40 sausage balls

Ingredients:
Sausage Balls
· Wood1 cup cornmeal

· 8 ounce block of sharp cheddar cheese, grated

· 1/2 tsp kosher salt

· 2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves

· 1-pound ground spicy sausage (or mild if you prefer)

· 3 oz cream cheese

Cabernet Honey Mustard
· 2/3 cup brown sugar

· 1/2 cup whole grain Dijon mustard

· 1 cup of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon

· 2 fresh thyme sprigs

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir cornmeal, cheddar cheese, salt and thyme together.

3. In a separate bowl, combine sausage and cream cheese with your hands.

4. Add sausage mixture to cornmeal mixture and combine the two. Your dough will be dry and crumbly, and somewhat difficult to combine. Form 1-ounce balls and place on baking sheet one inch apart.

5. Bake at 350º for 20 minutes.

6. While the sausage balls are baking, make your Cabernet Honey Mustard.

7. Add all Cabernet Honey Mustard ingredients to a medium saucepan, bring to medium heat. Stirring often, cook for 20-25 minutes or until sauce has reduced by about half. Remove thyme sprigs, and serve in a bowl alongside sausage balls.

8. Enjoy sausage balls hot or at room temperature, serving with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon.

*Entertaining Tip: These sausage balls are great at room temperature, making them the perfect tailgating food. Let the balls cool completely, and then pack them between paper towels in a storage container to transport them to the game.

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Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot Chili
Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:
· 1 tbsp olive oil

· 3 large cloves garlic, chopped finely

· 1 large jalapeno, chopped finely (remove seeds or omit completely if you don’t like spicy chili)

· 1 large yellow onion, chopped

· ½ pound hot Italian sausage, removed from casing

· 2 pounds ground 80% lean ground beef

· 1 tbsp salt

· 1 tbsp pepper

· 1 tsp cumin

· ½ tsp cayenne pepper

· 2 bell peppers, chopped

· 1 28 oz. can of whole tomatoes

· 1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn

· 1 15 oz. can reduced sodium red kidney beans

· 1 15 oz. can low sodium black beans

· 1 cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot

Directions:
1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add next three ingredients and stir to coat with oil. Add lid and let the onions sweat for 3 minutes.

2. Add meat and all spices and stir frequently until all meat is browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. This will release a lot of moisture, so continue cooking until most of the moisture evaporates. You may have to ladle some out.

3. Using your hands, crush the canned tomatoes over the pot. Add the entire can this way. Add the remaining canned goods.

4. Lastly, add the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Merlot. Simmer with the lid on for at least 30 minutes, but up to two hours. (Like all chili, this is best reheated and served the next day, making it a perfect dish for weeknight meals or easy entertaining!)

5. Serve with your favorite chili toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onions, chopped jalapeno, tortilla chips or corn bread.

*Entertaining Tip: Make chili up to three days before serving. Reheat individual portions in microwave-proof mugs, or store in the pot that you cooked it in and simply reheat the entire pot.

Tailgating Menu Ideas with BJs Wholesale Club

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It’s football season and you know what that means, fun and delicious food!  Get ready to cheer on your favorite team with help from BJs Wholesale Club. It’s easier than ever to plan party menus at BJs for tailgating (or homegating) at home!

With their wide selection of festive, fresh and fine-quality foods, BJs makes it convenient to order deli platters, cookie assortments and custom-order cakes made exactly to your specifications.  There’s no need to stress out, simply plan your menu and pick up items.

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To make the process easier, browse through the brochure, then fill out an order form in-Club — or download one to print and fill out at home then, simply drop it into the kiosk at your local club.  There’s a wide variety of foods such as Wellsley Farms® or Dietz & Watson® Sandwich Ring, Wellsley Farms ® Entertainer Platter, Perdue Party Wing Platter, and Classic Cheese Tray.

BJs Fruit Platter

Your order can be ready for pick-up in as little as 24 hours!  I’m looking forward to hosting my next tailgate party with yummy treats from BJs Wholesale Club.

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Delicious Tailgate Menu

Hotdogs

Cheese & Vegetable Platter

Assorted Soft Drinks

Chicken Wing Platter

Grilled Hamburgers & Sausages

7 Layer Dip with Tortilla Chips

Cupcakes

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