Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter dinner and more

Good evening Folks ~ I hope you are having a good week so far. Since a few of you mentioned our Easter menu, I thought I'd share pictures and recipes here and a couple of rose pictures taken yesterday.

For quite a few Easters now I've been roasting a boneless leg of lamb. We love it. This year, I also fixed mashed potatoes, LeSeur Peas, cooked carrots drained then served with butter and fresh tarragon, for dessert key lime pie with raspberry topping. To start we had a margarita and then merlot wine with dinner. We always drink out of these glasses for Easter. We picked them up at a local flea market many, many years ago for $1 each. One of the glasses is smoky where the rooster is because of air/moisture being able to get inside. I hand wash these for obvious reasons.

As I was taking the dinner plates away, I spied a piece of mashed potatoe left on the plate, and had to take a picture, as I am very partial to hearts of any kind. I thought it was very fitting considering the holiday. God loves us so much He gave himself for us.

Here are the four Don Juan blooms fully opened.
What rich, velvety, wonderfully scented blooms they are.

This is Dainty Bess.

Easter Lamb recipe.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary


* 1/4 cup honey

* 2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard

* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

* 1 teaspoon lemon zest

* 3 cloves garlic, minced

* 5 pounds whole leg of lamb

* 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1. In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, rosemary, ground black pepper, lemon zest and garlic. Mix well and apply to the lamb.

2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

3. Place lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and sprinkle with salt to taste.

4. Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and roast for 55 to 60 more minutes for medium rare. The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer. Let the roast rest for about 10 minutes before carving.

Key Lime Pie with Raspberry Topping

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1/3 c. lemon juice, fresh or bottled (not lemon extract) (or key lime juice)
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat all together, pour into a graham cracker pie crust and chill for several hours.

I used a can of raspberries, cooked and thickened with arrowroot powder, for the topping.

Today I mowed and weed wacked, which always wears me out. For supper tonight I made home made pizza, always one of our favorites no matter what day of the week I fix it.

Enjoy the rest of the week whatever you do.
Laugh, love, enjoy life.
Count your blessings.

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Dirt Princess said...

Yummy! You are such a good cook! The heart mashed potatoes is special! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

Nancy's Notes said...

Now that is some recipe I'll have to try, thank you for sharing!


Ami said...

Your easter dinner plate made me mouthwatering when reading.... :) Those two glasses with roosters are very beautiful, good deal as well!

Love your roses!

Thanks for the receipe as well, I think I will try that Roast leg of lamb someday! Good night!

Catsngrams said...

Beautiful roses. I love the recipe I will have to try it. Easter is one of my favorite holidays. It has so much meaning. Thanks for sharing with us.

LeSan said...

Between this and the Easter concert it sure seems as though you had a lovely, wonderful time. I love your rooster glasses. Those are just the most adorable things!
Thank you for sharing such a warm and pleasant part of your life.

Anonymous said...

Umm! You have quite a feast there. I love the glasses. I am always looking for special serving pieces also.

NanaK said...

Thanks for the recipes. The lamb sounds scrumptious. Your plates really show off the food well. Lovely presentation of food and flowers.

I always feel so peaceful when I visit you here.

tina said...

Those glasses are very cool. I've never seen anything like them. Your Easter dinner looks fabulous. Don Juan is so silky. It is a rose I've long admired.

gld said...

Dinner looks delicious.

The glasses are beautiful and very unique.

I didn't realize Don Juan was fragrant. I bought a pink Don Juan because it is supposed to be very fragrant. So far, I have very few blooms on it. I promise to do better with my roses this year!

Have a wonderful week.

Linda said...

Your lamb recipe sounds delicious. I've been wanting to make a cheese cake and I have a recipe for a lime one. It sounds delicious. I've never seen glasses like that, cute. Linda

Rambling Tart said...

Your dinner is GORGEOUS!!! I love your recipes too. :-)

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

your dinner looks wonderful..and i love your flowers...beautiful

i have this secret garden c.d. too

it is one of my favorites

thanks so much for taking the time to stop by Farmhouse and leaving the kind words about Buddy and Teddy..it means alot to me....


sweet bay said...

I love your glasses and your roses. Your Easter dinner looked delicious! Thank you for the recipes.

Sandra said...

Oh my goodness that Key Lime recipe is making me drool. Yum!

Skeeter said...

Your Easter Menu sounds so yummy! The heart is amazing and yes, I believe a sign from above!!!

Anonymous said...

I've heard that 'Dainty Bess' is anything but dainty--a real stalwart in the garden. Do you agree? I don't grow it but if I had the space...

Your dinner sounds wonderful.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

This sounds and looks delicious, now I'm craving lamb.
I always love to see what roses you have in bloom, so pretty! I actually noticed tiny little buds on some of mine today!

Bren said...

I love the music you share on your page. I was thinking about adding that to my site as well.

Your Easter Dinner share looks wonderful. Happy Spring to you.

I followed my friend TOostie Time over to your site!

Kudzu said...

i've never made, or eaten, roast lamb! but i've had to come back to your post a few times......i think i may jump in the water and try it..using your recipe, of course!
looks like a lovely meal and you made it very special!

Gayle said...

Fantastic dinner menu! Also...love love love those glasses.