Bunny Lunch

Since we can’t really get too religious in schools these days, my Easter Lunch was renamed the Bunny Lunch.  I collaborated with the help of my Neighborhood Walmart and Mike (Manager) and Miranda (Assistant Manager), who managed to give some 4th graders a whole lot of Bunny a.k.a. Easter joy.  My Neighborhood Walmart donated spiral hams, potato salad and three Bunny Baskets to the 3 winners of the Coloring Contest.

I put together some quick and easy treat bags for the kids along with picking up some healthy snacks and some cookies for dessert!

I think it’s important to do what you can for those that might not have the little luxuries in life.  The school is located within the city limits and most of the families are Hispanic.  Not every family makes a 6 figure income and for those that don’t and have multiple children, it’s nice to be able to spoil them a little bit for random holidays.

Fred the Bunny came to the classroom too, although I am not too sure how thrilled he was, he came along anyhow.  The kids loved him.  He sat in his little bucket and ate his greens and just chilled out.

The oodles of smiles and joy filled the classroom and it was really a joyful experience.

Happy Easter weekend and I hope it’s lovely for all of you.

XOXO, Melissa

Angel Food Cake

Light and fluffy and soooo scrumptious!!!!


  • 1-1/4 cups egg whites (about 9)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 20-30 minutes.  Sift 1/2 cup sugar and flour together twice; set aside.  Place oven rack in the lowest position.  Preheat oven to 350°.  Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.  Gradually add remaining sugar, about 2-3 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form.  Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.  Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan.  Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry.  Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.  Run a knife around side and center tube of pan.  (I use a silicone tube pan which makes the removal of the cake  a wee bit easier.) Remove the cake to a serving plate and enjoy!

Then cut up some strawberries to eat along with it and enjoy.

You don’t need a lot, a thin little slice and a handful of fruit and you’re set.

Sunday Supper

Grilled New York Strip – Bone in

Collard and turnip greens

Roasted red potatoes, carrots and cauliflower


Dessert: a once in a blue moon kinda thing: angel food cake with strawberries

After a long day of basketball practice and me playing tennis I wanted something worthy of a Sunday Supper but with Monday ease!!

It doesn’t get much easier or low maintenance as this dinner and it’s just divine. It’s so scrumptious!!!


Friday Tacos

It’s Friday

Long week

Long few weeks

Time to make something fun and easy

Grass fed ground beef

Pinto beans


Sides: chopped red pepper, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeños, lettuce and tomato

Homemade salsa

Sour cream

And whatever else fills your fancy

Make a taco, salad or nachos

But have fun, be messy and be full of this scrumptious and easy dinner!!!

Standing Room Only

Or is it standing ribs only. Standing rib roast with a homemade rub it is. Plus roasted tomatoes and asparagus and some mustard ridden potato salad. Yum and more yum.

Happy easy Monday to you all!

And happy post Easter Sunday…

400 degree oven

Place rib side down and sprinkle the seasoning all over it….and let it cook up for about 30 minutes

Turn the oven off and let the roast sit for about 2 hours maybe more depending on how rare or cooked you want it.

Carve it up and serve it with your favorite sides. For kicks I made cheesy broiled croissants too!!!

Scrumptious I tell you!!

Friday Frenzy

I only say frenzy because I ended up with a few more kids this afternoon. I decided to make a batch of egg rolls with garlic broccoli and steamed rice. It’s scrumptious and fills your belly and keeps you happy 😃.

Enjoy Friday with your munchkins! We do over here….

Happy Unicorn Birthday

The girl child wants a Unicorn Birthday party this year for the big 1-0.  Ha!  So thank you TJMAXX for your unicorn party in a box and matching napkins and cake plates.  I have decided to do a mid-afternoon birthday shindig with an ice cream sundae bar.  Last year, her birthday was at a pool and we almost died from the heat.  The ice cream melted, the people melted, misery was shared by all, along with sunburn and early skin cancer.

So inside it will be with friends and unicorn stuff, a ton of ice cream and a side of air conditioning and hopefully some happiness.

As a side note, for birthday parties, I always have a full bar for the adults.  No one really wants to go to a kid birthday party and drink Capri Suns.  Ugh.  I even have my one girlfriend make a super rummy rum cake that eating that alone can get you tipsy.

Since it’s the afternoon, I don’t have to have a full on meal and I can just relax.  I am thinking the sundae bar, cupcakes and some dishes of her favorite candy.

Dinner will be a strawberry chicken salad to counteract the afternoon of sweets, LOL.

I can’t wait and it will be here before you know it!