Monday, April 18, 2011


Hey, hope you had a great weekend. Today's recipe is a staple around our house for Easter brunch or dinner. Also, a few tips on entertaining a crowd for Easter. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: 8 oz. cool whip (thawed)
3 oz. pkg. Strawberry jello
20 oz. can of Pineapple  chunks (drained)
11 oz. can of Mandarine oranges (drained)
1 cup Coconut
1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
Whole cherries w/ stems for garnish.

Mix jello with 1/4 cup of boiling water in glass bowl. Let set for 15 minutes. Add cool whip and mix thoroughly. Blend in pineapple, mandarine oranges, coconut and pecans. Cover and chill for one hour before serving. Serve in decorative bowls and garnish with a cherry. I like to die coconut green like grass and serve this on a small platter with the coconut around it. Makes a great centerpiece.

TWIST: You can substitute the cool whip for sugar free brand and jello as well. Recipe still taste great.

NEXT:  "Carrott Cake w/ Cream Cheese Frosting"

DESIGN TIP:  I like to make an inventory check list at least a week prior to event. Helps me stay focused and keeps me from getting the "entertaining jitters". Yes it's old school but it works. Remember, your amoung friends and family so if something goes a little "off schedule", relax. Learn from my mistake...don't try to do everything yourself.
Prep part of your meal ahead of time. Makes cooking a lot easier when entertaining.
Do a check list of dishes, linens, glassware that you will be serving.
Set the table the night before to save time.
Create a beverage area and dessert table for easy access.
For a relaxed dinner create a buffet where even you can sit down and relax with your guests. Most of all, don't forget the music to help create the ambiance while entertaining.

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Mark: for Remodeling/Construction q's
George: for Realtor/Construction q's

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