Easy Easter Dessert:: Chocolate Egg Cream

Baby Shower

This is a fun twist on a dessert: the chocolate egg cream (which ironically has no eggs in it!). If you’re in the South like we are, there’s a better than average chance your Easter might be a bit on the warm side. Cool off with this fun chocolate egg cream.

I love the idea of preparing each one ahead of time in their own glass milk bottles. Not only does it make serving a breeze, but it’s also a cute presentation. Add a fun straw for a little extra pizzazz. If you have the time, add flags that match your theme. In this case, we shot the recipe for a baby shower, but you could easily change the flags to feature each guest’s name instead.

Kids are bound to love this dessert, too. And with only a few ingredients, it’s the best sort of recipe for a crowd.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Chocolate Egg Cream
Makes 1 serving
You will need:

– 1/2 cup chilled milk *(almond milk is an option)
– 3 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup (Hershey’s syrup is great)
– 1/2 cup club soda

To prepare:

Mix the milk and syrup then top off with the club soda.

Photographs by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Prop and food styling by: Me

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Spring recipe:: Asparagus quiche

Baby Shower

If you ask me, quiche is perfect anytime of day. It makes a lovely breakfast, especially for a crowd, but it also makes an incredible dinner. Serve it with a light salad for a complete meal.

This asparagus quiche recipe would be a great addition to any Easter menu, too. You can easily make it ahead of time and pop it into the oven before heading out the door or before people arrive! There’s nothing better that a simple dish that packs a lot of punch. Enjoy this seasonal spring dish!

Asparagus Quiche
Makes 1- 8″ round Quiche serves 8-10
For the filling you will need:

– 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus
– 8 eggs
– 1 cup shredded mozzarella
– 1 cup half and half
– 1/2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:

In a large bowl whisk eggs and cream and cheese and salt. Reserve 5 spears of asparagus for the top of the quiche. Cut the remainder into 1/2 inch pieces and add to the egg mixture. Combine and set aside make the crust.

For the crust you will need:

– 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
– 1 stick of butter chilled and cut into 1/2 cubes
– 1/4 cup chilled water
– 1/2 teaspoon salt

To prepare:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, place the flour and the butter and salt. Using the paddle attachment on medium speed, combine the butter and flour until it resembles pebble size crumbs. Next add water until mixture comes together into a ball. *(note you may need to add more water to combine)

Roll the ball of dough out on a floured board into a 10″ disk about 1/8 thick. Place into an 8 inch ceramic quiche pan. With a paring knife, cut the overhanging dough edge around the perimeter of the dish so there is a clean edge all the way around. Use the excess dough you cut off the edge to make the make the decorative scallop border. Use a 1 inch round scallop cutter, place the scallop rounds on the edge of the shell, over-lapping all the way around the outer edge.

Once you have finished the decorative edge, place the egg mixture into the shell. Add the reserved whole asparagus spears on top and place into the oven. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Photographs by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Prop and food styling by: Me

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Make it Fresh for Spring from Staples :: A Woodsy Themed Baby Shower

Staples Welcome to a series of posts about how to best use the Staples Copy & Print  department of Staples Inc.

Over the next 6 weeks, I will be posting parties tips and easy ways to promote your small business with customized and branded products available at Staples Inc.  I will show you how to create themed parties for friends and family, plus how to incorporate fun party ideas for your customers to ring in spring. It’s really easy with the copy and print customized offerings on Staples Inc. website.

When I tucked into the Staples Inc. website to look for products to use for my baby shower, I was so excited to see the vast selection. One of the things that really struck me was that the graphics were so well done. I decided on a “woodsy themed baby shower” based on the sweet graphic depicted on this invitation.

Staples *Party tip :  I like to start with an invitation; it’s an easy way to pick the theme.

Then it was just a matter of buying items off of the Staples Inc. website that went along with this darling invitation. I ordered a banner with a foxy graphic. I used dragonfly print tissue paper to cover the table, and I used small pieces of log and moss with toy deer scattered about as the table decor. I cut quince branches from the yard for the centerpiece and scattered blossoms around the table .The setting for this baby shower was a woodsy wonderland.

Staples * Party tip :These craft paper tags from Staples Inc. worked great for the campfire mug take away gift for guests. *Note: one of my favorite hostess tips is to put together a little something for guests to take home. It’s a simple detail that goes a long way. How cute is this dragonfly paper?!

Staples * Party tip : Keep food simple and fun! I love the idea of milk and cookies. (*Look for my chocolate chip cookie recipe on the bottom of the post.) Use baby bottles and festive straws for guests to enjoy “milk and cookies.” Cheese and salami with breadsticks look like branches and logs in the woods. Food can be that simple, yet also be party-themed and whimsical.

Staples I had no idea Staples Inc. carries a huge variety of stuffed animals. These 2 cuties went beautifully with my theme and were a great gift to give to our mom-to-be. I love that idea!

Staples This cute wrapping paper and beautiful brown satin ribbon are also available through Staples Inc. Staples Inc. has a great selection of party products including balloons.


1. Satin Ribbon 2. Gift Tag 3. Invite 4. Balloon 5. Tissue Paper  6. Wrapping Paper 7. Bunny 8. Fox 9. Banner

 Chocolate Chip Cookies
(*from my book Picture Perfect Parties)

You will need:
2 cups all purpose flour
– ½ cup whole wheat flour
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup softened butter
– ¾ cup sugar
– ¾ cup brown sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 large eggs
– 1 12 oz package of semi sweet chocolate morsels
– 1 cup chopped walnuts *optional

To prepare:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl place flours, salt and baking soda.

In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle blade, place sugars and butter, and vanilla, blend until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating constantly, then add the flour mixture slowly until blended, stir in chocolate morsels, and walnuts if desired.

On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop rounded tablespoon of dough about 1 inch apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely repeat until all the dough is finished.

*Everything you will need is at Staples (in stores or order online at Staples.com with free delivery for rewards members or for orders over $49.99 (for non-members). This post is in partnership with Staples. All opinions are my own.

*Get 40% off large posters, banners, and lawn signs (other sizes also available on sale)
Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
Link to design: http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/copyandprint/

*Get 50% off custom invitations and announcements
Offer valid 3/29-6/27/15
Coupon Code: Invite50
Link do design your cards: http://design.staples.com/cards/Category/Invitations

Photography by: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyen


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