Friday, March 26, 2021

Fun with Food and Flowers

I do not know where I saw it (probably Facebook, as I'm not on Instagram, and I rarely scroll Pinterest), but a recent recipe caught my attention that inspired some fun with food and flowers: egg salad filled 'carrots'. 

The recipe called for using sheet form crescent rolls, but I couldn't find them in my grocery. I tried improvising with a regular can of crescent rolls. They ended up a sticky blob of a mess in handling so I trashed them. Plan B? I went for a refrigerator pie crust, and that worked.

What you'll need:
  • Crescent roll sheet form or pie crust
  • Cream horn molds
  • Natural, plant-based food coloring (orange, or a mix of yellow and red to make orange).
  • Brush (I used silicone)

After rolling out the pie crust, I used a pizza cutter and gauged six slices (I did not measure or roll out the dough to make it rectangular before cutting, just winged it🀣). After each slice is cut, roll it into about an 18" string, about 1/2" wide. Start at the pointed base of the cream horn mold and roll the dough around the mold. "Paint" the food coloring on the crust and place seam down onto a foil-covered cookie sheet. I baked mine at 425° for about 8 minutes (the pie crust recipe calls for 450°, 10-12 minutes. Again, I winged it.) Let cool about 5 minutes, and remove the 'carrots' from the molds, and finish cooling completely.

I mixed my egg salad (hard-boiled eggs, sweet relish, celery, mayo and onion powder to taste), and stuffed the carrots. I garnished with parsley. I think Peter Rabbit would approve! Ham salad or even chicken salad would also be good fillers.

Mr. P. picked out a bouquet of flowers for me at the grocery 'just because', so I set a place for fun with the food and flowers. The little cakes in the foreground are lemon bites I buy at Walmart in their bakery (Sam's Club sells a larger packaging size). If you like lemon like I do, they are so good!
Then I played just a little with dishes. I still have my table set from St. Patrick's Day, so those are my backdrop. I just switched up the napkin and salad plate, and now it looks like Easter.
These 'carrots' would be perfect for any springtime fete - Easter, a garden tea, or even a baby shower. I hosted a baby shower for a niece several years ago (see my post here) in which we made foods inspired by children's books. It was a lot of fun, and the idea of gifting books in lieu of cards was a relatively new concept back then. Fun with food and flowers!

Thanks for your visit. Let me know if you try these. I'll keep my eyes open for the crescent sheet form to do these again, but the pie crust version was good enough to repeat, too.

33 comments:

  1. Adorable and I love egg salad. Happy Easter Rita.

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  2. How cute! Thanks for sharing your pretty table too.

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  3. I am going to have to try that carrot idea, how sweet is that!! I love the way you re-invented it, too. It's giving me a ton of ideas.

    XO

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  4. Those are unbearably cute! I bet the boys would like them too. The table is darling -- the St. Paddy's green works perfectly for this, a veritable carrot patch! What a great idea and your explanation is excellent. I might have to add this to my list (once I get the cream horn molds!)

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  5. We're in Ohio. Did you hear us as we drove by your city? We had a glorious day for traveling.

    Your egg salad-filled carrots are so fun!

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    1. By golly, I think I did hear you, Katie. ;) So glad you stopped to say hello here on the blog. HapPy SPring!

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  6. Rita, those are adorable and I am a fan of egg salad. These are perfect for Easter brunch or dinner. Your few changes that you made from your St.Patrick’s table is perfect for an Easter. The hostesses for the baby shower for EM had everyone bring books rather than cards, that is a great idea! Happy Friday!

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  7. How fun!! I love that you improvised with pie crust, they turned out so cute and perfect for your King's Corners plate! Such a lovely Spring place setting, your bunny napkin is adorable!
    Jenna

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  8. Rita, this is such a fun and I am sure delicious treat. I do enjoy egg salad. You were so smart to think of using the pie crust. Love your table setting, especially your salad plates - so pretty.
    Happy weekend to you and yours.

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  9. These are so adorable Rita! It looks like the pie crust worked perfectly. If you hadn't said so, no one would ever guess you 'winged it" on anything! I love your table settings and Mr. P. did great with the flowers. Flowers for no reason are always the best. I saw some 70's in the forecast for next week so I'm excited! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. THese are just too genius!!! How fun are these?!!! Love your bunny ears napkins too. Just adorable. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo

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  11. This is such a festive and welcoming table! I'd love to try the little carrots with my grandsons; maybe next Easter. Your "just because" flowers are the perfect complement to your sweet plates. :-)

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  12. I LOVE it!!!! How clever of you Rita....I think I would prefer the pie crust to crescent roll dough anyway. (and I just happen to have pie crust in the fridge) Now you have made me hungry for egg salad...but then I like ham salad too....however, chicken salad is delish....what a dilemma.

    As you saw, my Jayhawks went down also. The Big 12 has to depend on Baylor now. We lost by 34 points. Only two times in the history of basketball have we lost like that. once in 1900...yes, 1900. and once in 1979. Boo Hoo. Oh well, there is always next year.

    Have a great day my friend....

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  13. These are adorable and fun!! These are great for a summer get together too. If that can ever happen again.

    Cindy

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  14. Your carrots look tasty Rita. Your bunny is the cutest! Your "just because" floral arrangement is so pretty and it was so thoughtful of your hubby. I like the way you transitioned the table. Everything looks so cheery! Enjoy your weekend! Clara❤️

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  15. This is the cutest idea and I know it is delicious. Looks great on your MKC salad plate. How fun to share this cute idea and your darling tablescape. Adorable bunny napkin.
    Have a blessed Easter.

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  16. Your carrots are too cute to eat but they look so delicious how could I resist! Pinning to make!

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  17. Rita, these are adorable, and I so appreciate your perseverance and also keeping it real. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinning!

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  18. That is such a great idea, Rita! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Have a blessed Holy Easter week.

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  19. How Springy!! Love the egg filled carrots...I may try them....thank you for the idea. As always, beautiful blog and I love your new profile picture....you look wonderful!! Happy Easter!

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  20. Oh Rita, these carrot stuffed with egg salad and topped with parsley are the cutest thing ever!! I think I like the idea of the pie crust better than crescent rolls. Puff pastry, I’m thinking, would also work. I’d love to try these! Thanks for sharing this fun food idea. πŸ₯•πŸ°πŸ₯•

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  21. What a creative gal you are Patti, using the pie crust was genius. Love the carrots and yummy salad filling. Such a pretty presentation too. Have a wonderful week..........

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  22. Yes indeed, Peter Rabbit would make a beeline to those carrots. The filling sounds delicious. I think I might have to try a batch. Thank you for the recipe.

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  23. Rita, these are fabulous! I always love a new and creative Easter idea. I'll be featuring you tomorrow at Vintage Charm! Thanks for sharing. xo Kathleen

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  24. These are totally adorabble, came from your feature at VC...Hugs!

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  25. I love the carrots...it would be fun to make this weekend.

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  26. Rita, my first thought was, what kind of carrot is this, and where can I get some seeds. OK, now that I read the entire post I'm feeling kind of dumb. But I really like this food creation, and I love egg salad! You created something yummy and unique!
    Thanks for sharing it at the Friday with Friends link party.

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  27. What a fun idea and so cute!! You did great to keep going the second time around to find that perfect "carrot". They look so yummy, love the idea for the fillings and your table scape. Hoping you all have a blessed and happy Easter weekend! ps love your new photo; too adorable!

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  28. Love your egg salad carrots. I saw these before and wanted to make them. They look so pretty and so perfect for Easter. Happy Easter Rita. I am happy to feature your cute carrots today at Love Your Creativity.

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  29. I'm late to your post, but I'm saving this idea for next Easter. This is such a fun, clever idea.
    Hope your Easter Sunday was filled with delights.

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  30. Your carrots turned out so cute Rita! I've seen these on Pinterest but haven't tried them. It's nice to know the piecrust dough worked well. Love your pretty placesetting with your Taylor ceramics plate and cute bunny egg napkin fold. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. ♥

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