March 25, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
While big Easter dinners were typically how we celebrated as a family when I was a kid, I have to admit that I’ve become a bigger fan of Easter brunch as an adult. Maybe because I’m just a sucker for brunch in general? And the fact that a holiday brunch makes day drinking (you know, mimosas) totally acceptable? Or it could very well have to do with the fact that I just love breakfast foods so any chance I get to mix sweet and savory in one meal is a chance I’m going to take. So today, with Easter brunch in mind, we’re making mini asparagus frittatas! Made in little crème brûlée dishes or ramekins, these are perfect for hosting a few or a bunch and they’re super easy to make. Plus, these are really quite healthy, making a handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs later in the day absolutely acceptable.
If you’re into such meat things (which we know I’m not), a side of crispy bacon would go really well here. Definitely don’t skimp on thick-cut crusty toast! Otherwise, some fresh fruit, loads of yummy jam, a pitcher of mimosas and coffee are all you need to round out your Easter brunch. There is nothing difficult there! Just how I like to roll.
Makes (4) mini frittatas
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 20 stalks fresh asparagus
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or cooking spray
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 450° and then chop down the asparagus to slightly shorter than the width of your dishes. Lightly steam in a saucepan with a bit of hot water for 2- 3 minutes until bright green. Do not steam all the way through, the goal is to just start the cooking process so the asparagus is nice and tender after baking. While the asparagus is steaming, vigorously whisk together the eggs, half and half, pepper and salt in a small mixing bowl. Add more or less salt and pepper to taste. For a Paleo-friendly variation, skip the half and half and sub in a bit of water or plain, unsweetened almond milk. Then add in chopped red bell pepper and whisk again.
Lightly grease your dishes with the olive oil or cooking spray. Place all of the dishes on a baking sheet, then pour egg mixture into each to about halfway full. Arrange five or so asparagus stalks across the top then slide the baking sheet into the oven. Bake on the middle rack for 18 – 20 minutes or until ever so slightly brown around the edges. The egg will puff up as cooking. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
I used 4.5″ crème brûlée dishes for my mini frittatas. If you use something that’s deeper or wider you’ll need to adjust the baking time accordingly. Start by baking for 8 – 10 minutes and then check every couple of minutes until done. I intentionally keep these simple so that it was very easy to whip them up on Easter Sunday when most of usually have a zillion other things going down. That said, they’d be amazing with some caramelized onions, a bit of parmesan or mozzarella, or whatever other veggies you’d like to add. Yum! They’re seriously even easy enough for a weekday breakfast – just set them to bake before you jump in the shower.
[Photos + recipe by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
March 24, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I am willing the weather to change and to start feeling like spring this week. Willing it! So far, my will is not enough, but I am not giving up. This time of year I always get the itch to plant things and to watch things grow. Spring is definitely my favorite season, hands down. There is just nothing like watching flowers pop up and getting to plant a garden and herbs and big flower pots. While we’re waiting for all of that to be feasible, there’s certainly no reason we can’t add a burst of spring inside the home, which is where today’s round-up comes into play. We’re talking pretty DIY planters just perfect for these early spring days.
Most of these projects are based on very basic, terra cotta planters that you can find for just a few dollars basically any and everywhere. All of their transformations are centered on paint. Do you know what that means? These planters are as easy to make as they are pretty! Love that. So, get your spring on and click through to check out these gorgeous painted planters!
March 23, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Happy Monday, everyone! It’s the first Monday of spring, so I’m pretty sure that calls for the brightest, happiest spring-inspired color palette that one ever did see. I think this one fits the bill. I posted this image of these tulips, which was a part of this DIY centerpiece post, on Instagram yesterday, and I don’t know if it’s the rich sunshine yellow or what, but it has definitely been a hit. So from there I decided it had to be the inspiration for today’s color palette! Now, if only it would warm up just a smidge and actually feel like spring! We’re still dealing below average temperatures and occasional sub-zero wind chills (right now it “feels like” -3° according to my weather app) so needless to say, I’m glad I’m jetting off to Charleston this week for a few days. In the meantime, all the yellow and all the tulips will have to see me through. Here’s wishing you a great week full of lots of sunshine in your world!
[Photos, from top: Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion | Donal Skehan | Lauren Kelp.]
March 22, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends! Happy Sunday morning to you. I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend! Today I wanted to do something a little different and make a rare weekend appearance to pop in with a little bonus post for you. I’m thinking I might start doing this on Sunday mornings, if it’s something you enjoy. Just a quick little post sharing a handful of DIY ideas or recipes or that kind of thing, things I think will inspire your Sunday crafting or cooking. Sound good? Good! Today we’re kicking off The Best of Sunday with 5 easy DIY projects that are perfect for welcoming spring. Some of these are so simple that you likely already have the supplies at home! And they’re all really pretty and fresh and some of my favorite DIY projects of all time. Enjoy!
[DIY Ribbon Flower Necklace]
[DIY Sharpie Mugs + Bowls]
[DIY Paper Flower Pencils]
[DIY No-Sew Cloth Napkins]
[DIY Canvas Magnets]
March 19, 2015 | by Cyd Converse
I feel like St. Patrick’s Day was literally three seconds ago (which I suppose it kind of was) and already it’s time to shift gears and start thinking about Easter. You know what, though? I’m totally ok with that because nothing says spring like Easter! And after the winter so many of us have had, spring is going to be so welcome. I actually really love and look forward to Easter brunch every year, which is why I’m love this pretty pastel inspiration. The mix of mint and pink and metallic gold. The pairing of cool succulents with classic pink roses. Champagne served up with rock candy swizzle sticks. Cake and macarons and flowers everywhere. While our Easter breakfast typically revolves around Belgian waffles and we’re very often still in our pajamas while it’s all going down, I seriously love this idea for a super pretty, real fancypants Easter celebration, too, what about you?
[Photos by AveryHouse.]
Stationery + styling: Paper Stories + Indie Wed / Event design + wardrobe styling: Lauren LePine – Ryan Alexander Events / Floral design + styling: Lynn Fossbender of Pollen / Photography: Stevi Savage of AveryHouse / Styling support: Shannon Spellman of Plate / Venue: room1520 / China rental: Plate
Editor’s Note: This content originally appeared in 2011. See the original post.