Saturday, March 20, 2010

Teddy's Easter Giveaway and a Yummy Recipe

Teddy picked out some really nice items for this weeks giveaway. The teapot is so cheerful with all of it's pretty flowers. The charming jam pot comes with a sterling jam spoon with a heart design. To win, leave a comment telling what you will be having for Easter dinner. Do you make a traditional meal each year or experiment with new recipes? If you don't already follow, sign up and leave a comment. The winner will be picked next Saturday morning.


*** This weeks winner of the doilies and milk glass compote is: Marjorie
Contact me and I will send it right out to you!


I love dates and recently tried a new recipe which was a huge hit. I made two recipes to give some away. The instructions will be for a single recipe. I started by spraying and lining a bar pan with parchment paper.


Use an 8 oz. package of pitted dates.


Chop them into small dice.


1 cup of chopped pecans


1 cup of chopped walnuts. Put the nuts and pecans in a bowl.


In a separate bowl, melt 3 sticks of butter.


Add 3/4 cup of white sugar


And 3/4 cup of brown sugar. Stir this all together.


Combine 2 cups of flour with 1/2 tsp. salt


And 1/4 tsp. of baking powder. Whisk to combine.


Mix 4 eggs at room temperature into the butter and sugar mixture.


I mix the eggs in using the paddle attachment to my mixer.


Back to the nuts and dates....


Sprinkle in about 1/2 cup of the flour mixture and stir it around to coat all of the dates and nuts. This will keep them from clumping in the batter.


The dates stick together but you can separate them as you stir.


Add the rest of the flour mix to the moist mixture.


Stir just until blended.


Then add the date and nut mixture to the batter. And stir just until this is blended.




Pour it into the sprayed and lined pan.


Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. Test it with a toothpick. When the toothpick comes out clean it is done.


These are moist and chewy and hard to stop eating.


*** Just a side note here.....anyone out there want to join me in flying to California and finding that G**d**m Jesse James and opening a can of whoop ass on him. How dare he cheat on Sandra Bullock. I love her!! She was in Practical Magic after all!!!!!

32 comments:

Linda said...

Love this recipe! yummmy! I'm with you on giving mr JJ some whoop Ass!
that said I would love to be entered into your giveaway. For Easter we always have ham, onion casserole, green beans and rolls. YUM!

pastrywitch said...

Sandra Bullock is awesome. So is her sister Gesine. She wrote Confections of a Closet Master Baker, has a blog of the same name. It's bad enough to have to go through a partner's infidelity; having to do it in public must be excruciating.

I'm not planning to do anything for Easter. Although I might try making these date bars with rice flour.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

What a nice tea pot and jam pot! They really brightens up the day!

Well I´m not sure I´ll be eating at home at easter, but where I´m going it´ll probably be an easter variation on the christmas table. With chicken, eggs, salmon, all kinds of pickled herring, swedish meat balls and prince sausages :-)

To be honest I haven´t eaten that much dates in my life. I can´t remember how they tasted. But I love all kinds of different nuts so I might actully try this one. But all baking has to wait until I know my leg works properly. Suddenly I get tired in it and has to lay down. If I fall asleep then disaster will happen in my kitchen :-) :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Autumnforest said...

Wonderful prizes! I love the recipe. We have a giant date farm in Arizona that sells every exotic kind of date imagineable and even makes date shakes (they're yummy). Next time I go by there, I now have a new recipe to try with the yummies I bring home.

Moncha said...

That recipe looks so very wonderful. The finished product looks yummy !!!!
Oh that poor Sandra, I love her and Practical Magic is my favourite movie ; )

Pricilla said...

I do not love the date but I am thinking I could substitute my dried cherries...

We don't do anything big for Easter. When I was at home with the family I would make a big dinner and have an egg hunt for my nieces and nephews.

I didn't hear about the cheating.
*sigh*

Mama Feoneafey said...

Congratulations to Marjorie! Lucky you!



I posted ( as usual) about your lovely giveaway on my blog.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that tea pot and that jam pot is to die for!

These date bars sound scrumptious! to say the lest.. i have got to try them!


I'll go to California with you ... shame on him .. He need a good A$$ woppen'. Actually .. I would rather just hug and tell Sandra B. to drop him like rock in the river.. she deserves better!He's just stupid!

Blessings on this the First day of Spring to You and all yours Lady!
Ma Fey

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Yummy recipe!!

I'm half Greek, so every Easter (the normal Easter; we don't usually celebrate the Greek one) we serve a traditional Greek meal consisting of Pastitso, Spanakopita, Lamb, and Orzo (that's marinated in the lamb juice.)
I look forward to it every year- it is SO delicious!♥

Krissy said...

I really havn't thought as far ahead as Easter! Is it bad to admit that? I always try new recipes! Your recipe looks awfully good!

the wild magnolia said...

Congratulations to Marjorie on the win!!! :))

Wonderful giveaway, good job Princess Teddy Fluffs!

My Mom and my Aunt Martha Jane prepared the same Easter dinner and I have adopted the same tradition.

Easter Dinner: Baked Ham w/cherries/pineapple/bourban; Potatoe Salad; Baked Macaroni & Cheese; Green Bean Casserole; Green Zucchini Casserole; Asparagus; Creamed English Peas; Relish tray; toasted Kaiser Rolls; Ice Tea; Pecan Pie and Sweet Potato Pie; Coconut Cake w/plum preserve layers; Ambrosia. That's it..

Date nut bread looks warm and ready to eat with a cold glass of milk.

Bad, bad Jesse. Need whoop up real bad......Sandra Bullock deserves so much better.

Enjoyed my visit....loves to Teddy

Suzie said...

Congratulations Marjorie! I'm sure that you're going to enjoy your treats for many years to come!

And as for your next give-away, now how cute can a teapot and jam jar get? They will bring smiles and sunshine to whomever gets them!

Those bars look luscious! I'm trying to incorporate more good things into my hubby's diet. .he tends to love the sugary things, although he does love nuts. I think that we would both enjoy these! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

As for Sandra Bullock, I rarely get up in arms over celebs break-ups, but this one has me p*ssed. So yes! I'm ready to head out there with you. Nothing like a bunch of irrate women to give him what he deserves!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

oh - date and nut bars...a favorite from my childhood. 3 sticks of butter, eh? LOL I can hear my arteries harden just reading about it.

I have a feeling Sandra Bullock can take care of herself. Besides, Jesse James is très ordinaire anyway.

Blessed Ostara to you!

Melodie said...

The recipe looks great ,I love dates!

We have to have ham for Easter! The Boy would have a fit if I caused him to miss an opportunity to eat ham!

Max's Mommy said...

Oh I love Sandra Bullock! I was shocked and sad for her. :(

For Easter, we visit my husbands family and they always make lamb. I always put a tiny piece on my plate to try, but I can never bring myself to eat it!

Nydia said...

The recipe looks so yummy! Sandra Bullock is one of the sweetest actresses of her generation, and yes, I'd love to join your giveaway! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.

Bridgett said...

I hear you about poor Sandra! She's one of my favorite actresses. She seems so down to earth and mellow. And I've ALWAYS thought she looked WAY to good for that jackass. So count me in, sista-friend!

As for your cake/bread recipe...yum. I don't love dates, but I bet they taste great in that recipe.

My family sticks to very traditional Easter dinners...usually ham, potatoes, various casseroles, hot rolls, tons of veggies, noodles, devilled eggs, etc. It's good, but I would LOVE some new ideas on the dinner table. :)

oldblackcatboo said...

LOL! Too Funny!
I was just ranting and raving at work today about that stupid Jesse James. I feel so bad for her after she talked so lovingly about him in her acceptance speech at the Oscars! Especially the part where she said that he was the only person who had ever "had her back" and he sat there with tears in his eyes. Probably because he knew what he had done! A-hole! I'd be glad to join you but I agree with Tristan, she can probably take care of herself. That guy! What a loser!
Hey! you REALLY don't want to know what our family tradition for Easter dinner was when we were growing up! My Dad and step-Mom would go to her relatives and me and my sister had "Harris"(the best pizza joint in town) Pizza...But really, Harris pizza is delicious! YUM! Ha! Ha! and after that we would go to the movies! I know you are probably mortified! Now that my sister is married, her husband wants a NICE meal...so HE cooks it! and I drop by! LOL!

Litty said...

Mmmm looks delish!!

Sharlene T. said...

Please put me down for the drawing.

I love the recipe because it has dates and nuts (is there a better combination anywhere on earth?!) Definitely going in my files.

I think Sandra and Jesse have made up. I just wish that the blankety-blank press would leave them alone.

Amanda said...

What a lovely giveaway!! And wonderful recipe too-I may just try it out. Thanks!
For Easter we usually make stuffed acorn squash, some sort of dish involving asparagus, and we always have my mom's recipe of marinated carrots. Delish! (And I follow you!)

muskratholler at gmail dot com

Amistis Reudan said...

Yesterday we celebrated Ostara, we had ambrosia, deviled eggs, a yummy chicken wrap that had dried cranberries cheese mayo apple celery and chicken and who knows what else--yum, baked beans, bread, potato salad, it was a potluck which was very cool to have such variety. And of course, topped off with some merlot!

Maeve said...

I was just thinking this morning what I could do with the monster bag of dates that I got at Costco that are currently living in my freezer.Thanks for this recipe! I would love to be entered in your Easter Giveaway. We get together with both my family and my husbands and we do a bit of a pot luck. Pre meal: Cocktails, munchies are usually wee pastries, shrimp, nuts, and maybe a new recipe one of us has discovered, Main Course, Wine, Spiral Sugar Ham, Forever Coleslaw, Scalloped Potatoes, tossed salad, Dinner Rolls, two or three other vegetables. Desert, Coffee, Tea and Liquer, Apple Pie(or another Pie), Sliced Cheddar Cheese(if it's apple pie), Ice Cream. When the kids were little I would make chocolate suckers,Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies and an egg shaped cake( I haven't done this in a number of years as all the kids are Teens, maybe this year for fun!!!) Blessings & Gratitude, Have a wonderful day!

Sugar said...

We usually do a traditional ham or something..not sure this year..we've had lots of family things so it may be just whatever I cook for my kidlets n hubs... I would love to be entered in this giveaway. I love your recipes. I have to share them with my friends! And omg how dare jj cheat on her! any man would die to be in his spot! I know my hubby would! lol

Sugar said...

We usually do a traditional ham or something..not sure this year..we've had lots of family things so it may be just whatever I cook for my kidlets n hubs... I would love to be entered in this giveaway. I love your recipes. I have to share them with my friends! And omg how dare jj cheat on her! any man would die to be in his spot! I know my hubby would! lol

Beverly's Back Porch said...

Thanks for stopping by Beverly's Back Porch. I truly love your blog. I also love witches, maybe because I am one. Really. I'm a water witch. Give me a white birch branch and I can find water in the desert.

I'll be back later with the Easter menu. I'm always running late for something.

Chris said...

Love love love your blog! I visit daily. I would love to be entered in this giveaway.

Peace,
Chris.....

Kim and Victoria said...

The teapot and jam jar are beautiful. I need to do a post on the books I won!
We usually don't do anything special for Easter dinner; I'll be working that day, probably overtime.

Debbie said...

Hello and thanks for coming by my blog!! I love yours and the other one you are creating? I am definitely coming back for sure. Let's see now....this Easter happens to also be my husband's 49th birthday too! We are not quite in agreement yet, but what I am planning (in my head at this point!) is to have a spiral ham, potato salad, cole slaw, a crock of baked beans, and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting topped with green dyed coconut and colorful jelly beans! We'll see if that actually happens! Thanks again for coming by and please enter me in your giveaway!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

A sweet hello from Frog Hollow Farm and thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I love meeting new bloggers, and I can't believe that my post today was about my Easter menu, and that's what your give-away is about! So, here goes:
Primi: Linguini with creamy red sauce

Spiral cut honey ham
Chicken Francese

Scalloped Potatoes
Rice Casserole

Asparagus
Roasted Carrots
Cauliflower with bacon
Roasted Tomatoes
Roasted Fennel

A full description is on my website with the names of the cookbooks that I used as well.

And Teddy is just adorable!!And your recipe looks delish and easy!

Ciao, bella!

Jennifer said...

Gosh it will just be hubby and me so we probably won't have anything special. Maybe I will make a nice roast though come to think of it. I would like to be entered in your giveaway!

Hello! I'm Kate. said...

This is great site! Thanks for stopping by mine fro SITS so I could discover it! For Easter we usually potluck b/c we are a HUGE family & no one wants to cook for 65 people so we split it up. I'm making a chocolate pudding! I'm a new follower & i'll be checking it a lot!!!

Nydia said...

As always, a generous and lovely giveaway I can't resist to join! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.