Desserts to Make for Easter Brunch

After the Easter bunny has delivered baskets and treats to your home, you can begin planning brunch for your family and friends. When all of the ham, vegetables, and other dishes are gone, you can enjoy a few Easter desserts that are full of flavor and that have a fun design for the holiday.

Egg Cookies

Sugar cookies aren’t just for Santa anymore. After preparing sugar cookie dough, roll it out so that you can cut egg shapes. Bake the cookies, and decorate them to look like Easter eggs. Have fun while decorating by letting your guests design their own cookies.

Cake Pops

Instead of making a large cake for your Easter brunch, bake these Easter cake pops that can be decorated to look like fun characters. Dip your cake pops in white chocolate to make a bunny or pastel colors to design Easter eggs. Add sprinkles and other decorations to the cake pops to bring out the design that you want to convey. Place the cake pops in a basket of grass so that they look like they’re poking through.

Bunny Cupcakes

When you look at an Easter bunny, one of the things that you might notice is his cotton tail as he hops away. You can make bunny butt cupcakes or those that feature his wiggly nose for your Easter brunch. Use white icing for the base of your decorating. Add a marshmallow for your bunny’s butt along with small sugar cookies decorated to look like pink feet. If you’re making a face, you can use candy strips for the whiskers and a cut strawberry for the nose.

Rice Treats

Make rice treats with marshmallows and butter as you would if you were making a traditional dish of the dessert. After all of the ingredients are combined, shape the rice cereal treats into ovals so that they look like eggs. Dip the eggs in melted chocolate of different colors before decorating them. Hide the treats in plastic eggs for a sweet surprise.

Fresh Fruit Cakes

These aren’t the traditional fruit cakes that you might toss in the trash at Christmas. When you prepare cake batter for a large cake or cupcakes, add the zest and juice of your favorite fruit. There are also a few combinations that bring out spring flavors including blueberry and lemon or strawberry and lemon. Decorate the top of your cake with fresh slices of the fruit used in the cake.

When you gather together for Easter brunch, don’t forget to include a variety of treats to enjoy. Add a little color to the desserts that you make as the holiday is usually the beginning of the spring season.
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5 Classic Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Have your children gotten on your nerves at the end of the day? Or has your boss been barking at you all day (heck, sometimes your dog barks less)? Then you’ll need to put your feet up and enjoy a nice cocktail!

How to Make a Whiskey Sour

If you’re interested in learning how to make a whiskey sour, you will need to get some Bulleit Bourbon. After a long, tiring day, you can make lemons out of lemonade and add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your whiskey sour.

Don’t forget to add some sweet sugar and shake with ice. While you may hear that alcohol isn’t too healthy, you can argue that garnishing your whiskey sour cocktail with fruit is plenty good for you!

Making a Vodka Cranberry Cocktail

This is a very tasty drink to enjoy and really easy to make at home. All you need is some cranberry juice and a shot or two of vodka. You can also add some grapefruit juice, orange juice, or pineapple juice.

Drinking a Margarita at Home

When making a margarita, you’ll need tequila or rum. This will surely bring you back to your college days, but now you should know what your limits are!

When making an apple margarita, add some apple juice, apple schnapps, and that bottle of rum. When making a Hawaiian margarita, on the other hand, add some strawberries and pineapple to the liquor. For a peach margarita, add fresh peaches or peach schnapps.

Don’t Forget About the Classic Gin and Tonic

Are you looking for a cheap and easy-to-make drink? You can’t go wrong with the classic gin and tonic. Pick up some tonic water bottles with a bottle of gin and you’re all set. Do you like your drinks to be more flavorful? Then add some fruit juice or a delicious syrup. For example, you can throw some strawberries and sugar in a blender and add that strawberry syrup to your gin and tonic.

Last but Definitely Not Least: Rum and Coke

If you haven’t tried a rum and coke yet, you’ll easily put it on your list of favorite cocktails. All you need is a bottle of rum and some cola. You can also change things up by adding some lime.

There you have it. These five cocktails will keep you satisfied Monday night through Friday night. Enjoy them with your significant other or your close friends!
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The History behind the Cuban Sandwich

You may have happily savored many Cuban sandwiches over the years without giving much thought to its origins. The history of the Cuban sandwich and its introduction to the United States are clearly linked to Cuban culture and immigration. A closer look at the sandwich’s history may give you an even greater appreciation of its rich flavors the next time you take a bite.

The Roots of the Cuban Sandwich

A ham and cheese sandwich is a staple lunch option in the United States, and the Cuban sandwich is a flavorful variation that has been imported directly from Cuba. The specific origin of the sandwich in Cuba is not known, but it made its way to the U.S. sometime in the middle or late 1800s. During this time, travel restrictions between Cuba and Florida were not in place. With relatively free movement of people back and forth, the Cuban sandwich may have trickled over in various immigrant households over the years. However, some sources indicate that cigar factory workers and sugar mill workers ate these sandwiches in Santiago de Cuba and Havana in the 1800s. Some of these workers migrated to Key West in the 1860s and may have increasingly incorporated the Cuban sandwich into the local culture at that time.

The Introduction of the Cuban Sandwich to Southern Florida

The Cuban sandwich did not stay in individual immigrant households or Key West factories. The cigar industry gradually made its way through Miami and up to Tampa and Ybor City. The Cuban sandwich was first mentioned in U.S. written documents around 1900 in relation to cafes in Ybor City, which was home to a large cigar manufacturing facility. Notably, Cuban immigrants also brought the sandwich directly from Cuba to other areas with large immigrant populations. These include New York City, Chicago, New Jersey and a few other areas.

Geographic Variations of the Cuban Sandwich Recipe

As is the case with many areas in the United States, southern Florida has a diverse blend of rich cultures, and these cultures impacted the Cuban sandwich recipe. For example, Tampa had a large Italian population, and Italian immigrants put their stamp on the sandwich by adding salami. In Miami, the sandwich retains traditional ingredients like Cuban bread, mustard, pickles, Swiss cheese, pork, and ham. Throughout southern Florida, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise are common ingredients, but these popular American ingredients are generally not associated with the traditional sandwich from Cuba.

Today, the “right” way to prepare a Cuban sandwich in southern Florida is a subject of intense debate. The debate has been raging for decades, and it was rejuvenated in 2012 when Tampa hosted its first Cuban Sandwich Festival. The sandwich has been featured in movies, books, food contests and more as well. Clearly, culture has had a major impact on the Cuban sandwich, and the sandwich likewise is influencing culture today.
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