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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Easter Decor

Busy, busy days make for less blogging time.  As we are just a week away from Easter it seemed appropriate to show a few of my Easter decorations. 


My newlywed daughter and her husband make a quick day trip to town to celebrate a birthday on Dan’s side of the family.  They were only going to be at our house for an hour or so this morning.  I recently ran across this Lemon Blueberry bread that just had my name all over it.  I love lemons and I love blueberries.  The combination seemed so springy and something I knew my family would love.  The timer had just gone off signaling the bread was done when Jamie and Dan arrived.  Knowing they were having lunch at the party I had a very informal brunch for them….yummy bread and hard boiled eggs with coffee.




and a bowl of gorgeous blackberries, my new favorite fruit




Happy, springtime dishes and flowery, bird placemats






Mr. Rabbit shown from behind carrying his load of Springtime carrots

I love this figurine.  He was found a Goodwill with a couple of little chips, but nothing that a little Sharpie couldn’t help with.  You can see where I touched up the brim of his hat.  The gorgeous carrots were made by a friend.



Would you like the recipe for my bread?  umm, humm, I thought so!


Springtime Lemon Blueberry Bread

1/3 cup butter,softened

1 cup white sugar

1 lemon,juiced


1 1/2 c. flour

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t.salt

1/2 cup milk

2 T. lemon zest

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries


2 T. lemon juice

1/4 c. sugar

1.Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour an 8x4” loaf pan.  In a med. bowl, mix flour,baking powder and salt together…set aside.

2.In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Mix in juice of lemon. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk.  Fold in the lemon zest and blueberries.  Pour into loaf pan.


3.Bake for 60-70 mins. or til toothpick comes out clean.  For glaze, combine 1/4 c. sugar and 2 T. lemon juice.  Drizzle over bread while warm and top with a bit more lemon zest.





There probably aren’t many bloggers who don’t have one of these Bunnies on a Stick from Pier 1.  I sold a good many of these at my floral shows the past couple of years but did keep one for myself.  I love the little vintage pot I found for it.  This is in my master bath along with


a little ceramic container that has a basket weave.  As you can see it currently holds cotton balls but I may have to move it to the kitchen for Easter.


 Mrs. Cottontail carries her wagon with real malted eggs and chocolate foiled covered carrots.  I found her last year at an Estate sale and just had to have her.



A big jar of robin blue eggs with a bronze cross inside sit at my kitchen window.  You can see I had a lot of glare from the sun.




I just found this sweet little creamer at a local antique store last week.  The owner was selling old dishes with real spring bulbs included.  This is a hyacinth bulb popping up.  The whole thing was $6.  Now how could I pass up a deal like that?


Moving on to our office area where I blog you will find more ironstone pieces from the thrift store along with



this rabbit plate which I LOVE!   “Rabbit, Rabbit, Run Rabbit Run run run, Don’t let the Farmer have His Fun, fun, fun”.  I leave this up year round.  It’s made in England and was $6.00 marked down to $3.



My last “Decoration” to show you is REAL and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have tried for three years to get Eastern Bluebirds to make a nest in my bluebird house and this is my first year!!!  Just today Mrs. Bluebird laid her fifth egg!!  Aren’t they so pretty?  I hope they all hatch. 


I can see the birdhouse from my kitchen window and have so much fun watching their activity.


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my Spring Easter decorations.  I’m joining in on several parties this week.  Do take a moment to visit and see what everyone else is up to.  Thanks for stopping by!





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Miss Char said...

Donna, what a great mini brunch with the kids, I love that bunny and his carrots.

As for that rabbit bowl I think I'm over the moon for that. Where did you get it and can I get one too?

Babs said...

Donna, The lemon blueberry bread sounds delish. I'll bet there wasn't a bite left. Your bunnies are so cute. I'm going to have to look for more Easter things for next year. I wish I had a BB box but there are a lot of cats around us and I wouldn't want them to get the birds.
Your little Easter treasures are so cute. I love, love the rabbit plate. yep, I do.
Hope you have a great week and a blessed Easter.

Cathy said...

The bread looks so moist and delicious. Your decorations are so pretty. Mrs. Bluebird will be a busy mom feeding her little ones.

Paula@SweetPea said...

Everything looks so pretty! I can't get enough of Easter decorations. Your bread looks some kind of good. I could eat the whole loaf without trying too hard! Hope you'll see some baby Bluebirds soon.

Sarah said...

Donna, this post is full of springtime goodness. That lemon blueberry bread would be perfect with morning coffee or afternoon tea. Thanks for the recipe.
That little "run, run, rabbit" plate is one of the cutest pieces I've seen. I'd leave it out year round! And those blue bird eggs ~ priceless photo. Colors in nature are amazing. Thanks for sharing all this beauty. ~ Sarah

April said...

That Lemon Blueberry Bread sounds AND looks heavenly! What I'd give for a big slice about now! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! Love all of your pretty and whimsical Easter decorations!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That brunch you laid out looks delicious, Donna! You found the nicest bunny pieces! I love them and the dish is great. I leave most of my bunnies out year round too {except those that are obviously Easter-ish}, as I'm such a bunny nut.

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Yum, your bread looks and sounds wonderful. You set a very pretty table too. Your rabbit centerpiece is adorable. My, you have so many pretty Easter decorations and I love every one of them.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Hi, I read your very nice comment and came right over here to see your bunnies ~ they are adorable, and the bread recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for coming by to visit. Have a happy holiday.

Unknown said...

I just LOVE all of your Easter decorations. And call this city girl an idiot, but I truly didn't realize that Blue Bird eggs! They're my favorite decoration!

Anonymous said...

I am flipping over that Run Bunny's charming and your blue birds! I am so excited for you. How did you get that photo of them? We are very lucky to have bluebirds. When I come down our country lane drive they fly back and forth in front of the car. It makes me feel like Snow White. :)

southerninspiration said...

Such pretty, pretty things, Donna! And I love those blue bird fun!


All That Glitters said...

I'm in love with your plate!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rabbit is precious! I love, love, love those placemats, too!

Rettabug said...

Wow, Donna...lots of pretties to look at & enjoy!

I'm pouting because I don't have a green fuzzy bunny. :-( I think I started blogging too late. Waaaaa!

I do the sharpie marker repairs too. I found that Ms. Caroline's pastel set really matches lots of things very nicely.

I had a flashback when I saw your world mugs!! I remember owning a couple of them. I pretty sure I sent away to the Nescafe coffee company to get them. I LOVED THOSE MUGS! As I recall, they don't get hot in the microwave because they were glass. My pottery mugs will give you a 3rd degree burn if I try to reheat anything in them! Yikes!

I'm glad your DD came by to visit. I cherish those moments now that mine is so busy with the 3 kidlets.

Stop by when you have a minute & see the table I've set for them.


Rettabug said...

Pardon me...I forgot to say "thank you" for the yummy sounding recipe. I just copied it! :D

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The nesting birds so close to you is so exciting. I can't wait to see if they hatch! I'm afraid that some of the wild animals have gotten into some our nests that are in the tree's but yours are snug and safe and sound. :)
The cake looks delicious..thank you for sharing the recipe! Your table looks lovely.

Sue said...

I am so over the moon for your Run Rabbit plate! Your other bunnies are precious, as well. Really like the one pulling the cart. :-)
Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter! hugs, Sue

Nancy's Notes said...

You have so many adorable treasures, I love them all! Oh my, that bread sounds absolutely delicious, it's one that I'll be trying soo! Thank you!


Entertaining Women said...

Such a wonderful collection of Easter delights. Thank you for sharing the recipe, your charming vignettes and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, thanks for your nice comments on my yard! I am enjoying the patio already!

Your Easter decor is so pretty, love all the cute bunnies! I am so glad you posted the recipe for the lemon blueberry bread. I don't cook much, but I am making that for sure!! I bet it is delicious! Happy Easter! Kristen

Diane said...

Yummy! That sounds so delicious!

Your Easter decor is so cute. But I am head over heels in love with your rabbit plate from England. How fabulous and only $3? Score!

Marlis said...

Donna, thanks for the yummy recipe.I will have to give it a try. I love all your decorations! and then to top it off, blue bird eggs. You are truly blessed. Happy Easter and may the blessings be many.

Linda said...

How perfectly CHARMING everything is!!! I love it all and look forward to 'following' you to see all your future posts!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Loved all your Easter items especially the flower plate and the Run Rabbit Run. Of course I love those lovely blue eggs too. Joni

we three dogs and me said...

I love all your Easter decor. I really like the rabbit plate.Have a Happy family day

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thank you for the recipe! Two of my favorite ingredients.... blueberries and lemons!!

Room to Inspire said...

Oh my, that bread sounds amazing! I will have to make some for my hubby and kiddos soon! Happy Easter!


Lori said...

Two of my fav things. . lemons and blueberries!! Together in a cake. Can it get any better than that? Enjoyed your blog!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Donna, What a pretty post! Your Easter bunnies are adorable and the cake sounds fabulous. Thank you fo joining my Open House party.
Sherry said...

Ooooooooooooo! I LOVED this post! And the REAL nest with the eggs!!! SO SWEET! I had NO IDEA the eggs were actually blue! I LOVE IT! I want one of those birdhouses! Happy easter!


Rattlebridge Farm said...

I loved the Easter goodies. The lemon blueberry bread looks delicious!

On Crooked Creek said...

Thank you for stopping by @MacGregor's Garden with your sweet comment recently! Right now I'm on overload getting ready for a trade show. I'll be back soon for a nice, long visit!