Easter Weekend and Berry Breakfast Crisp

Hello, everyone! I am finally taking the time to sit down and write a new post…this time including a new recipe!

But first—Easter weekend! I was thrilled that Barbi and her sweet little family were able to drive here for Easter! They not only got to spend time with us all, but they got to meet Baby Gracie! The only disappointing part of the weekend was that my 2Lt was not able to be here since he is still half-way across the country in training!

Here are a few obligatory pictures from the weekend!

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This morning I decided to have something different for breakfast than my usual sunny-side up eggs and fruit. I have been trying hard to get back on track with eating in a healthy manner since the guys brought in lots of sweets and other carbs over the weekend. And of course, I served our traditional Pavlova for Easter dessert!

This recipe makes one serving. It calls for baking it in the oven, but I used the microwave for about one minute. Either way is just fine.

  • 1 cup mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
  • 3 tbsp. low-carb flour blend (I used my own flour blend of oat, almond, and flax)
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp. sweetener (I used Pyure)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1-1/2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

Place the berries in the bottom of a small baking dish. Mix remaining dry ingredients in a small bowl and then stir in coconut oil until it is a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle over the top of the fruit. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, or put into microwave for about one minute or until the berries burst.

Serve topped with about 1/4 cup Greek yogurt.

Pavlova–an Easter Dessert

I love the Easter season!  The time given to meditating on what was accomplished on my behalf is such a blessing!!  It seemed like it would never get here this year, since it was about as late in the year as it can ever be!!  Since a friend gave me some delicious strawberries the other day, I just knew that Sunday’s dessert had to be Pavlova.  My sister introduced me to Pavlova after she spent some time in Northern Ireland.  This particular recipe came from another friend from that part of the world.  It is a melt-in-your-mouth type of dessert that leaves you wanting more!

6 egg whites

1-1/2 c. sugar

3 heaping tsp. corn starch

1-1/2 tsp. white vinegar

Strawberries, halved

Chocolate sprinkles or shaved chocolate

Beat the egg whites until stiff and peaks form.  Add the sugar gradually and continue beating.  Add cornstarch and vinegar slowly and continue beating until all is mixed well.

Prepare pan:  use either a pizza pan or cookie sheet.  Measure a piece of wax paper to fit the bottom of the pan.  Spray oil on one side of the wax paper.  Dampen the cookie sheet and lay the wax paper, oiled side up, on the cookie sheet.  Spread the pavlova on the sheet in the middle and to within 1/2 of the edge.  Keep the top as smooth as possible.  The pavlova can be up to 2 inches thick depending on the size of your pan.  Bake for an hour and 15 minutes at 250 degrees.  Let cool completely.

Put a plate over the pavlova and gently turn it upside down. Peel off the wax paper.  Cover the pavlova with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with chocolate and place strawberries on top.  Serves 12.

Other fruits such as blueberries; kiwi; or mandarins can also be used.

Hope you have enjoyed the recipes that we’ve posted here.  Sunday, May 1, is our first anniversary!  We are pretty busy here in the Gardner household with 2 graduations coming up, but we’ll try to post something special for our one-year anniversary!