Thursday, 24 April 2014

These Busy Spring Days

We hope you are all enjoying your Easter week! These past few days we have been very busy, and so don't have a regular post for you today. Leah has just finished her exams, Charlotte is in the midst of preparing for shows (which we will announce next week) and I am caught up at work with planning a luncheon for 120 people and organizing two weekend trips.  Today we have a few spring pictures, which we hope will inspire you to go and enjoy the beautiful day!



Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lovely Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue pie appears in our home only once a year. It is an Easter favourite and usually is our dessert for Easter dinner. This year was a bit different, what with the babies and family changes, and so the classic lemon pie was made on Easter Monday. We like to make a graham wafer crust instead of a pastry crust, but you can use what you like. We find the graham wafer crust a nice alternative and compliments the sugary lemon sweetness perfectly.
While at our local grocery store we found Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham wafer crumbs! You can find them here or check them in your local store. : ) We were thrilled because normally we have to find crackers and grind them ourselves. We copied the recipe off of the box and it worked perfectly.


























Do you have a favourite pie that appears at Easter? What is it? Share with us, we would love to hear from you!

Lovely Lemon Meringue Pie


You will need:

1, 9 inch baked pie shell of your choice.

For the Filling 

1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar 
6 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp of salt 
2 cups of water
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tbsp of vegan margarine 
1/2 cup of lemon juice 
1 tbsp grated lemon rind 

For the Meringue 

3 egg whites
1/4 tsp of cream of tartar
6 tbsp of granulated sugar 

How to make it:

Filling: 

Step 1: In a saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

Step 2:  Reduce heat to medium-low; boil gently for 3 minutes, stirring almost constantly.

Step 3: Remove from heat Whisk a little mixture into egg yolks; whisk back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes (there should be no taste of starch or yolk)

Step 4: Remove from heat, stir in butter, lemon juice and rind. Let cool slightly, about three minutes. Pour into baked pie shells. Let cool slightly while making meringue. 

Meringue 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350'F

Step 2: In a bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tbsp at a time., until stiff and shiny peaks form. Spread over the pie, making sure to cover the filling right to the crust. Use a knife or spatula to create soft peaks on the pie.

Step 3: Bake for 12-15 minutes, until meringue is nice and golden.

Let pie cool for two hours before serving.


























Voila! Enjoy! 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter Gratitude

It has been quite a joy filled Easter weekend for us Crazy Daisies. Our hearts are bursting with all the excitement and joy. We hope you all have had been celebrating and treating yourselves to Easter chocolates : )




























We are grateful for: 

A mama who makes her kiddies Hot Cross Buns every Good Friday, and along with our Dad, delivered them to the new parents. 

We are grateful for: 

A parish community like St Mary's which celebrates the Easter Tridium to the fullest capacity. We all get so excited to ring our bells during the Gloria! It sounds like heaven. 

We are grateful for:

Leah's beautiful violin playing during the Easter vigil. It gave us goosebumps. 

We are grateful for: 

Family. On Sunday our Great- Great- Aunt met her Great, Great, Great niece. : ) It was special to see our 98 year old Auntie kiss the teeny feet of her little niece.  

We are grateful for: 

The Spring weather! It was such a treat to go outside and not wear a coat. Hurray for sunshine! 

We are grateful for: 

Amazing waffles, crepes, ham and scalloped potatoes that our creative and talented parents made. There is nothing like leftovers from such delicious meals! 

We are grateful for: 

Our dedicated Dad who lovingly saved a pew for us at the Easter vigil. He patiently waited for an hour while we got ready. We love you.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter friends!
We hope you have had a joy filled Easter weekend! We are all in chocolate- sugar- comas and so will be back tomorrow with an actual post. : )
We wish you a relaxing day full of leftovers, friends and family.
Hurray for Easter celebrations!



Friday, 18 April 2014

A Friday Ritual


One photo without explanation. A moment captured- a time to be still, to breathe and remember.

Happy Friday! :)


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Peanut Butter Eggs

We believe peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect marriage. They are different but compliment each other so well. If you are one of our regular blog readers you will remember this post here where we made a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. We love love love peanut butter and chocolate. : ) : ) and guaranteed when we need a quick chocolate fix, you just might find one of us girls eating a teaspoon of peanut butter and a couple of dark chocolate chips.



























It was a very sad day when we had to say goodbye to Reese Peanut Butter Cups because of the dairy issue. Thankfully though there are so many recipes out there and we have a brave Charlotte who is diligent to make them. If you are looking for an alternative to store bought sugary Easter chocolate, try these Peanut Butter Eggs. They are eggcellent! 




















































Peanut Butter Eggs 

You will need:
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted, natural peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy is fine, too)
  • 1 cup (about 8 ounces) semisweet or dark chocolate (non-dairy for vegan)
  • 4 TBS maple syrup
How to make them:

Step 1: Add dates to a food processor and process until only small bits remain. Next add almonds and peanuts to the food processor and mix well. A few chunks is okay

Step 2: Next add peanut butter in 1 Tbsp at a time (8 Tbsp) until the mixture forms a loose dough. Add the maple syrup and mix. If it seems too wet to handle, add more peanuts. If it seems too dry, add more peanut butter. Refrigerate for 5 minutes so that it's easy to handle.

Step 3: Scoop out large rounds of dough – heaping 1 Tbsp – and form into an “egg” shape. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and pop in the freezer to harden for about 20 minutes.

Step 4: In the meantime, melt your dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. If using the microwave, after every 30 seconds stir the chocolate until  Then work in small batches to coat the eggs. Take just 1 egg out of the freezer at a time for dipping – otherwise they’ll get too soft to dip well.

Step 5: To dip, drop eggs one at a time into the chocolate, flip once, pick up with a fork and gently tap on the rim of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. A little excess is OK. Place back on the parchment-lined baking sheet and pop them  back in the freezer to set.

Step 6: Repeat until all eggs are dipped, re-warming chocolate as needed.
For optimum freshness, store eggs in an air-tight container in the freezer or fridge until serving.




















































Enjoy! 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Favourites List Part 2

Last year was our first Easter and we shared a few thoughts and ideas of what our family does during this Holy Week in preparation. You can go check out that Easter post here


























We thought we would share a few other ideas we have found and loved. 

First:
The Hot Cross  Buns our Mama makes every single Good Friday. They are delicious and don't last longer than an hour in our home. If you are looking for a great recipe check them out here

Second: 
DIY Cadbury Cream Eggs that are dairy free! Charlotte made these babies last year and they are sooo good. Yes they are sugary and sweet and not the most healthy, but Easter deserves a little celebration :  )

Third: 

Here are a few ideas we are loving right now:

Absolutely Adorable Spring Chick Cupcakes we make these for when our Godsons come over, because they are just so cute and perfect for kiddies
Paint Chip Bunny Garland  This looks like such a great and easy project! Now to go scour Home Depot for paint chips.. 
Silk Dyed Eggs A dear friend of our Mama's shared this and we can't wait to try it! Such a great idea!

and if you are looking for some more Easter inspiration, check out and follow us on Pinterest here 



























Do you have an Easter favourite craft, recipe or idea? Share with us! We love to hear from you.