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Easter Recipe Roundup

Easter is a time for rejoicing and celebrating the resurrection. It’s also a time for enjoying loved ones gathered around the family table in renewed hope and spirit. What could possibly be better than that?

To make your Easter this year a bit more fun, colorful, and perhaps even exciting, the editors of Blue Mountain have assembled some creative treats to liven things up. Fancy eggs? Yes. Cute cakes? Oh, yes. Adorable desserts? Of course!

Grace an elegant table or delight your grandchildren. Whatever your pleasure, we hope you’ll try at least one of these sweet ideas this joyous Easter season! Try out some of these delicious Easter Recipes!

03262015_Easter_Recipe_Roundup_BLG_BMA1. Speckled Egg Cake via The Cake Blog
2. Golden Marbled Easter Eggs via She Knows
3. Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake via The Cake Blog
4. No-Bake Chocolate Egg Nest via Chef in Training
5. Bunny Cream Puffs via Land O’ Lakes
6. Easter Chick Cupcakes via Recipe By Photo



Easter Craft Roundup

Easter is a day full of life…and renewal…and blessed joyfulness. Which is why it’s so much fun to make beautiful, colorful crafts to share and enjoy with loved ones on this special day.

To jumpstart your creative process, the editors at Blue Mountain culled their favorite Easter craft ideas to share just with you! These projects include dainty décor items to brighten up both your home and your tablescape. They also include fun and easy projects you can do together with your grandchildren.

Whatever your inspiration, we hope you’ll enjoy these delightful crafts that are sure to make this Easter more special than ever before!

03262015_Easter_Craft_Roundup_BLG_BMA1. Hanging Easter Posies via Gardenista
2. Découpage Eggs via Honestly Yum
3. Eggshell Votives via Martha Stewart
4.  Easter Egg Hunt Bags via The Purl Bee
5. Bunny Ear Headbands via Twirling Betty
6. Bunny-Stamped Easter Goodie Bags via Minted Strawberry



Our New Easter eCards (And the Artists Who Designed Them)


Every year for every major holiday, Blue Mountain unveils several brand new, exciting, never-before-seen eCards. Which means we naturally now have some wonderful new Easter eCards waiting just for you! In fact, there are three special Easter eCards in particular that we’d love to share with you…along with some thoughts from the artists who designed them.

The cards are truly fun, fresh, and beautiful—which is no wonder, considering all the work that goes into them, from concept and composition, to design and production. In fact, it takes nothing less than a small village of creatively talented people coming all together to produce each and every eCard just for you on

So without further ado, here are three of our newest Easter eCards —along with interesting comments from the very artists who designed or directed each of them! Happy Easter, everyone!

His Shining Love

“As I thought of the people who would be sending and receiving this design, I asked myself, ‘What will inspire them? And what is the best way to visually help them to communicate their feelings?’

“This particular card has a religious tone that is meant to inspire, so using that and the beautiful sentiment of the verse to guide me, I really just tried to complement that feeling through the visual design.

“The imagery represents the beauty of God’s creations in the landscape and animals, while the glowing rays of sunlight help to emphasize this feeling of warmth, peace, beauty, and love. Trying to give the environment a sense of atmosphere, I also added a subtle fog effect and floating particles in the air.

“The brief appearance of a simple cross over the sun at the end (as suggested by Assistant Art Director, Alison Osborn) reminds the viewer of the purpose for the celebration of Easter: Jesus Christ has risen!”

David Sommers, Sr. Creative Developer

Bunny Fun

“We actually adapted this eCard from a very high-rated paper card. I worked with one of my editors and animators to adapt it for animation.

“We loved the idea of showing the bunnies slowly multiply until they were all smashed up against the screen with very surprised looks on their faces. We went with characters that had very large eyes so we could show their expressions at the end.

“This design, as simple as it is, went through many changes to get it just right. We originally had a ‘Hugh Hefner-like’ character with a smoking jacket pop up at the end with a pipe, but we decided to take it out.

“I hope our audience gets a good laugh and then shares it with others so they, too, can have the same fun experience!”

 — Tom Page, Art Director

Easter Garden

“Knowing how much our Blue Mountain friends love flowers and gardening, we wanted to make a special card that celebrated Easter and spring.

“We contacted a Russian artist known for her beautiful renderings, and asked her to create a special garden where the receiver could mouse over each flower to discover their meanings. I really hope everyone will love this card as much as I do!”

— Alison Osborn, Assistant Art Director





What to Write…in an Easter card


The sun is starting to peek out a bit more these days and Spring is showing her beautiful colors more and more. With the entrance of Spring, also comes the celebration of Easter. Easter is such a special holiday because it can be celebrated in so many ways. It’s a time of renewal, and hope for the future, and also a time of joy and happiness for both young and old.

Whether you’re sending an Easter card in the mail, or an Easter eCard, adding a few of your own words, or even a special quote or saying is a great way to let those you love know you’re thinking about them. We have put together a quick list of some of our favorite words to add to any of the Easter greetings you plan on sending this year. As always, you can hop over to any time to read more  and find the perfect Easter ecards for this special season.

Easter Sayings:

  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea 



easter_moodboardAlthough Easter Sunday is just one day in the year, the 40-day Lenten period before it combined with Eastertide following it, create the entire religious season of Easter, which coincides with spring and the earth’s renewal. It’s a time of great rejoicing among Christians worldwide and is considered the holiest day of the year.

As with Christmas, there are many other secular traditions that have grown up around this religious holiday in terms of food, festivities and celebrations. Of course those include Easter parades, Easter bonnets, Easter hams and breads, decorated eggs, baskets full of chocolates and jelly beans, and, of course, the Easter Bunny!

Here are somme Easter Fun Facts from PopSugar ( You can visit their website to learn even more!

  • When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76% of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first. 5% eat the feet first and 4% eat the tail first.
  • During the Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps – making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) over dark chocolate (27%).
  • 86% would prefer having chocolate bunnies instead of a live rabbit.
  • Each day throughout the year, 5 million marshmallow chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter.
  • 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter which is enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a 9-story building.
  • Eighty percent of parents carry on the tradition of the Easter bunny by preparing a surprise Easter basket filled with goodies for their children and 90% of adults hope for their own Easter treat.

Of course what they don’t list is how many thousands of pounds of egg salad will be made with all those leftover Easter eggs! Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

In the mood board: “Happy Easter” from






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An Easy Easter Centerpiece

Want to add a touch of springtime and Easter whimsy to your family table this year? It’s easy to do with simple craft ideas designed to bring out the smiles at your house. Here are a couple of ways to add some yummy treats and fashionable colors to your Easter celebration, as featured on the Better Homes & Gardens website.

You can create your own sweet tree of edible and non-edible butterflies and flowers. All you need is a nicely shaped tree branch with numerous twigs, perhaps in its natural glory, or spray-painted in springtime green or white. You’ll also need blank card stock and some Easter cookie cutters.

  • Pop your branch into a basket or pretty pastel bucket that has some florist foam in it to hold the branch up nicely and then spread some Easter grass around it.
  • Next, pick out your favorite cookie cutters, trace those butterflies and flowers onto a good card stock and have fun coloring or painting them with glitz, sparkle, and your own unique designs. Of course you can always use rubber stamps or stencils for your designs if you’d prefer. If you like a simpler look, just use pastel colored card stock and leave the shapes design-free.
  • Tie a few of your finished shapes to your branch with invisible jewelry cord or narrow thread or yarn.
  • Save some room on your tree to add the real cookies in the same Easter shapes! Just bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or use the one below), using the same butterfly and flower cookie cutter shapes as above. (Don’t forget to add a small hole to the top of each cookie before baking for hanging.) Decorate the cookies, hang them on your tree and you’ll have an impressive and tasty Easter centerpiece.

Another Version

Simply place your beautiful branch in florist foam in a nice ceramic vase, and embellish with brightly wrapped candy or eggs. You can then attach some silk flower buds to the tree branch with a glue gun as well. Other suggestions for decorating the branch include hanging wrapped chocolate bunnies, pink and yellow peeps or little bundles of pastel jelly beans or candy-coated chocolates. Your guests will enjoy them all and you’re sure to create an Easter to remember.  This delightful centerpiece can even serve as a gift for your host for Easter dinner or for bringing to the Easter party at school to help make everything prettier and more fun.

For more ideas for decorative trees and other Easter crafts, check some of these websites.

Any holiday is about sharing special moments with those you love and you’re sure to bring extra joy to your family and friends with great ideas like these. You can add even more  the to the season by sharing wonderful Easter greetings from with everyone on your list. Design and sentiment choices range from the most beautiful religious ecards to the most whimsical “you’re some-bunny special” styles!

03182013_easterSugar Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 c butter, softened
5 c all-purpose flour
2 c sugar
2tsp baking powder
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Nest, stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.

Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Roll out dough on floured surface until approx. 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. (You can dip cookie cutter in flour between cuttings to keep dough from sticking to cutter.)

Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on wire racks.
(Makes approx 5 doz cookies)



Tips for Great Easter Greetings









Easter is right around the corner.  It’s time for coloring eggs, fluffy Easter bunnies, and lots of bright, colorful cheer to celebrate the holiday.  What better way to brighten someone’s Easter than by sending some heartfelt Easter eCards!

Hunting for that perfect eCard can be fun.  The challenge, however, comes with matching the ideal Easter greetings card and message with the right recipient when you’re not sure what to send.  To make it easier, ask yourself the following as you select your eCard:

  • Is your recipient more religious?
  • Do they enjoy having their holiday funny bone tickled?
  • If it’s for a child, would they enjoy a cute cartoon character on an Easter card?
  • Would they get a kick out of a Talking Easter eCard? Or, does a general all-purpose Easter card hit the spot and show them you care?

These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself as you sift through and narrow down the choices for each recipient.  Once you’ve decided what kind of eCard your Easter bunny honey will love, another important question remains: what to write?

Unlocking the perfect Easter eCard message is key to making a memorable holiday.  Here are a few fun Easter sayings and quotes that will make a great addition to any Easter eCard Blue Mountain has to offer.

Easter Sayings:


  • Hop over here for Easter
  • You put the hip in my hop
  • You are some bunny special
  • A basketful of blessings
  • My Easter basket is filled with thoughts of you

 Easter Quotes:

  • Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted not simply in terms of things but in term of ideals. _ Charles M. Crowe
  • Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. _ S.D. Gordon
  • Let the resurrection joy life us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. _ Floyd W. Tomkins
  •  I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs…but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs. _ Caroline Rhea       


It’s Easter! Put a Little Spring in Your Step

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”

Easter is alive with springtime rains and pastel flowers which nudge their sleepy heads through the greening grass and stretch toward the sunshine.  We, too  embrace the warmer light of spring and stretch and yawn and bring ourselves back to life.  With renewed hopes, our spirits soar and like the proverbial Easter bunny, we put more bounce in our steps.

Easter reminds us too of God’s love and refreshes us with spring’s celebration of budding trees and flowers.  Mother earth calls out to us to come to the garden and be renewed by her fragrant garments, ready to relax and rewind.  Tender flowers stand up and beckon us closer.  All winter, they stayed quietly rooted to their task and awaited the next call to action.  They weren’t out of the game, they simply stepped back and rested.

Sometimes we run the race, huffing and puffing to the finish line and bursting with excitement as we achieve the goal and take home the prize.  Other times we’re at rest, listening, waiting and watching for the moment when we will run again and fulfill our dreams.  It’s the resting and the waiting and the listening that bring renewal.

Martin Luther called the birds “theologians” because they sang no matter what the weather looked like.  They believed all was well.  We’re ready to sing along with them and create a little “hallelujah” chorus of our own.

Let springtime renew your spirit and bring you back to the light of God’s love. As sunshine pours into your heart, embrace a new mission and fulfill a new purpose. Chirping birds chant a new song, yellow daffodils and shy violets offer to color your world, and warmer breezes beckon you to come outside and join in on the chorus.  Easter is a feast to renew the spirit, and its partner, springtime, graces the table with gentle joy.

Easter is not only about your own spiritual renewal, but is also about rejuvenating the souls of your loved ones.  Want to encourage your family and friends to soak in the beauty of the season and remind them of Easter’s true meaning?  Send them a Blue Mountain Easter eCard today!



Eggcellent Recipes for Your Easter Eggs

Don’t know what to do with all those hard-boiled Easter eggs?  Eat them, of course!  (But remember to do so within 5 days.)  Here are some tasty, Easter-Bunny-tested recipes that are sure to tickle your whiskers!

First, you’ll want to begin with:

The Perfect Hard-Cooked Egg

  • Place eggs in single layer in saucepan.
  • Cover with at least one inch of cold water over tops of shells.
  • Cover pot with lid and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • As soon as the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat and let stand for 2-10 minutes (longest for large eggs).
  • Drain off hot water and immediately cover with cold water and add a few ice cubes.
  • Let stand in cold water until completely cooled.


  1. Never boil eggs.  It makes them rubbery.
  2. Use older eggs.  Fresh ones won’t peel properly.
  3. To keep eggs from cracking while cooking (before placing in water), pierce large   end with a needle, which will also make them easier to peel.

Deviled-Egg Spread


  • dozen large eggs
  • tablespoons  white vinegar
  • 1/2  pound  sliced white sandwich bread
  • cup  mayonnaise
  • tablespoon  yellow mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Paprika, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large saucepan, cover the eggs with water, add the vinegar and bring to a rapid boil. Cover the saucepan and remove it from the heat; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain the eggs and cool them under cold running water, shaking the pan vigorously to crack the shells. Let the eggs cool in the water.

Meanwhile, quarter the bread slices on the diagonal and arrange them in a single layer on a large cookie sheet. Toast the bread in the oven for about 6 minutes, turning once, until barely browned.

Shell the eggs and halve them lengthwise. Coarsely chop half of the egg whites and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the remaining whites and all of the yolks to a food processor along with the mayonnaise and mustard and process until smooth. Scrape the mixture into the bowl and blend with the chopped egg whites. Season with salt and pepper.

Top the toast points with the egg spread and dust lightly with paprika. Arrange the toasts on a platter and serve. Alternatively, serve the egg spread in a bowl with the toast points alongside.

Baked Egg Casserole


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash white pepper
  • 3 dashes cayenne pepper
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 3 slices extra sharp Cheddar cheese, halved
  • 6 slices white bread, toasted and cut into triangles


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually      whisk in evaporated milk and water. Season with salt, white pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  • Arrange sliced eggs in a medium baking dish. Pour sauce over eggs. Place cheese slices on top.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Place toast on plates, and spoon egg mixture over toast points.

Serves 6

Pasta Nicoise



Cook pasta in boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well and rinse with cold water. Shake off excess onion, garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Pour half of dressing over pasta and toss well.chicken, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. Sprinkle remaining dressing over salad. Top with parsley, capers, anchovies, and black olives.

Combine lemon juice, oil,

Cook beans until just tender. Drain, rinse with cold water and drain again. Toss beans with half of remaining dressing.

Arrange pasta in serving bowl. Surround with beans,

Serves 4

Warm Spinach Salad


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon or 4 slices pancetta, chopped
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 pounds triple washed spinach, stems removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, for topping


Heat the olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add bacon to skillet and brown, reserve the crispy bacon bits and add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Cook 3 to 4 minutes then deglaze the pan with vinegar, turn spinach into pan and wilt down a bit but do not fully cook the spinach, just give it a few turns with tongs. Season the greens with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Place spinach on a serving dish and top with quartered eggs, shavings of cheese and reserved bacon bits.

Serves 4 – 6