- Cullman, Alabama


April 10, 2014

DINING: Decorating for the Easter table


Egg Shell Candles

You can make beautiful individual candles with those peeled egg shell halves.

Dye several of them in pale pastel colors according to directions on egg dye package.

Air dry on paper towels. When completely dry, fill with melted wax. I use the wax from my scent burner.

Take a small length of wick (which you can purchase at a craft store) then tie one end around a wooden shish-kabob skewer. Cut the other end approximately the depth of the egg shell half, probably an inch or less. Lay the tied end across the egg shell with the wick centered in the middle. When wax is hardened, snip with scissors where the wick is tied to the skewer. The wick should be less than half inch long above the top of the wax.

Place one egg shell candle near each place setting in an egg cup or a small bowl. Names can be scripted on with a colorful marker (bright pink on pink, blue on blue, gold on yellow, etc., or use silver marker for all), and used as place markers.

Always make sure that lit candles are attended.


Sunshine Orange Easter Rolls

These rolls complement your Easter breakfast table, adding the scent of freshly baked bread spiced with orange zest! Yummmm!


Zest of three oranges, Valencias are best

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Juice of three oranges

1 cup (more or less) confectioners’ sugar

1 large roll of canned biscuits, not the flaky kind

1/2 stick of butter

Cupcake liners

Spray cupcake liners and place in cupcake tin. Preheat oven to 350º.Roll out each biscuit into a long oval. Sprinkle each oval with sugar and orange zest. Dot with three triangles of butter (start with a square about the size of a pat served in a restaurant, then divide into thirds for each roll).

Roll up in the shape of a crescent roll. Twist to fit and place in cupcake liner.

Sprinkle a little more sugar, any leftover orange zest and a little dot of butter on top of each.

Bake at 350º for about 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

While rolls are cooling, stir juice from oranges into one cup of powdered sugar. You might not need all of the juice, just add a little at a time to make a thick paste. Top each slightly cooled roll with sugar glaze.


Decorating with Easter edibles. Setting a festive Easter table is fun and shows off your collections. Use pastels mixed with white dishes. If you have colored glasses in green or pink, use them so that the light will dance through them and onto your table.

If you have vintage egg cups, intersperse them around the table filled with the egg shell candles (above) or with eggs painted with the names of your family and friends.

Break out the good linens for this tablescape!   

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