General Conference Brunch

Had such a wonderful morning!  With my family being in town I decided to host a little brunch before the Saturday morning session of my church’s General Conference.  This is an event put on by the leadership where we hear talks, beautiful music and inspiring words from the prophet and apostles.  I look forward to it every 6 months, but with all the challenges lately I was particularly anxious for the guidance of my leaders.

The first session was wonderful with an emphasis on families and on enduring trials.  President Eyring’s talk especially moved me.  He said “Trials aren’t always for punishment, but rather for polishing”.  I’ve felt polished lately! He also said “If the foundation of faith is not embedded in our hearts the power to endure will crumble”.  This a sobering reminder that without studious watch-care my faith could erode.  I will not let that happen.  I will do whatever it takes.

So, back to the brunch.  I love to entertain and make things beautiful and appetizing.  It was a pitch-in (or potluck) but I made 4 quiches and an Easter Cake.I also got some daffodils and have a few other Easter decor pieces.  All and all I think it turned out pretty well.

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I don't usually get to exercise my cake decorating skills very often but that's the fun of having company, they can eat most of the cake! The frosting I made was to die for. You use 1 part butter, 1 part butter flavored shortening whipped well, lots of vanilla, tbsp milk, 1 lb powdered sugar, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1 bar melted dark chocolate. Most of the decor I made. The flowers are purchased (great tip. Wilton flowers. Saves time and making tons of colored frostings). Plus, they look so pretty!
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Madi and I. Don't we look cute?
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Daffodils. One of my favorites. Anyone who follows me on pinterest knows I love fresh flowers of any kind. I would like to learn to make flower arrangements. Anyone want to take a class? 🙂
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The quiches were made using Marie Calendars crusts thawed. Then I bought 4 different meats from the salad bar to save time- bacon, chicken, turkey, portabello mushroom. I sauteed vegetables I had on hand from my bountiful basket including bell pepper, onion, zucchini, mushrooms (you could put anything in it). Then I roasted sweet potato (could use any potato). Put meat, potato in pie plates. Then add chevre goat cheese. Whisk 6 eggs, 1 cup milk or 1/2 half with 1/2 cheddar cheese per quiche. Put in vegetables. Pour egg mixture over other filling until it is brimming. Cover with tin foil. Bake for 30-40 minutes on 400 degrees. Uncover and bake another 10 minutes or until fork comes out clean. Can be served cold or reheated. Freezes really well. Better than any other egg casserole I've tried.
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One of my best entertaining spreads. Isn't it beautiful!

I’m getting my freezer in a few hours so it will be a great to store my leftover quiches in it right away!  Hurray for appliance purchases.

What a great day!

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