At this time of year I like to go and look for the first signs of spring . . . even in the wild . . . tiny bright green leaves or delicate buds of all colors making their first appearance.
A few sprigs in a vase can add a simple, yet beautiful look to the table.
One Easter I used a bunny shaped chocolate container to cut out some large cookies
and they added some fun.
I rolled them out slightly thicker than the small cookies and baked them until golden around the edges. I let them cool on the cookie sheet for fear of breaking them.
I've been asked for the icing recipe and, although I gladly share it, it's not one I measure.
Start with about 2 Tbsp of soft butter or margarine in a 4 cup measuring cup or bowl.
Then add about 2 cups of icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and a few Tbsp of milk.
Stir well and adjust to a consistency that spreads nicely ...
adding more icing sugar or milk, as needed.
For piping, make sure it's not too runny.
Spread on cookie and let air dry a few hours until set.
I froze these cookies and thawed them, leaving them to air dry,
as the icing thawed out wet and then dried again.
Another way to make a pretty centerpiece is to display sugar cookies in a basket.
Behind this bunny, you will notice the Paska used as a centerpiece.
I got that idea from Ellen.
Still another way to use Paska in a decorative way, before it disappears,
is to make Paska in cupcake tins and put them in little cupcake baskets or holders.
I hope these ideas inspire you today.
You can find the sugar cookie recipe here
and Lovella's Paska recipe here