Happy Easter * He Is Risen | Fresh Fridays, April 15

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I feel as though we just put away our Christmas decor (raise your hand if you are still finding a few Christmas things around the house 🙋🏻‍♀️) and yet Easter is Sunday.

But instead of feeling behind, take it as an opportunity to slow down and to shine God’s light and grace, a chance to forgive and share mercy, a day to choose joy.

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No matter where you stand right now, no matter what burden you are carrying I hope you will let these words soak into your soul, right here, right now!


Image of a cross with the sun shining behind it.

Whatever cross we’re carrying grows light when we let Jesus carry us.

Ann Voskamp

Check out Ann’s series on Holy Week, it’s so beautiful!


He Is Risen image of sandled feet on sand, walking away.

What are your Easter plans? I hope you will be spending time with loved ones, family and friends. We are hosting dinner; my parents, brother and sister-in-law and some family friends will join us for dinner. Everyone chips in to help and brings a dish to share, so I typically only make a ham, drinks and the potatoes.

But first we will share this Resurrection Sunday with our home church family, oh I love this group of men and women who are real, transparent, fun, full of life, insightful and bring great wisdom.

We always start our time together with a potluck brunch, which works great for me, because I am always testing new recipes on them! Like this White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake, a huge hit!

While I love cooking and baking; it seems that if you are here serving delicious food is your love language too! On this Resurrection Sunday, it’s about more than that, it’s about the monumental sacrifice Jesus paid for each and every one of us, past, present and future. It’s about His invitation, His free gift available to each of us, out of His death came life, abundant life. If you’d like to chat more, shoot me an email!

What’s Cooking?

I’m so terribly late in getting these recipes up, but, better late than never! In the blogging world, many bloggers work 3-6 months ahead, I just can’t wrap my arms around that, so there you have it, that’s me, being me — being real with you!

I was able to get two recipes out this week and I’m excited about both of them! Plus a refresh on my ham recipe. And I’ve been keeping this Oreo Dessert Pudding a secret from you, because I wanted to wait until now to reveal it to you. It’s so easy, dreamy and creamy, no Cool Whip and you make it ahead of time! Keep scrolling, it’s the first dessert in the recipe carousel.

Traditional Italian Pizza Rustica (Easter Pie)

If you love quiche, you are going to love this double crusted, meat, cheese and veggie Italian Easter Pie.

Traditionally made on Good Friday and eaten on Easter Saturday or Sunday. You can easily make this ahead and rewarm when ready to eat.

RECIPE HERE

Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes

Did you ever think you could have creamy, cheesy, tender scalloped potatoes in 30 minutes! Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can!

No Instant Pot, try this traditional Potatoes Au Gratin recipe!

EASY RECIPE

Easter Desserts

As promised last week, all of the best dessert recipes along with breakfast treats and sweets, be sure to browse through all of my Easter recipes! If you are looking for Easter side dishes or main dishes, pop back to last weeks Fresh Fridays post here.

Oreo Dessert with no Cool Whip on plate with fork.

Best Oreo Dessert Pudding (Oreo Delight)

Easter Dirt Cake Recipe square image of slice of dirt cake on plate with chocolate chick and coconut grass.

Easter Dirt Cake

No bake chocolate pie with graham cracker crust with wedge removed on pie server.

No Bake Chocolate Pie

Bowl full of stabilized whipped cream, homemade Cool Whip.

Stabilized Whipped Cream (Cool Whip Substitute)

Square image of whole easy key lime pie with dollops of whipped cream and decorated with wedges of key limes.

The Best Key Lime Pie | A Traditional Key Lime Pie Recipe

Square image of three stacked lemon bars with drippy lemon glaze.

Old Fashioned Lemon Squares Recipe

A full size Lemon Cream Pie square shot with wedges of lemon on top of dollops of whipped cream.

No Bake Lemon Icebox Pie Recipe

Lemon Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

Square image of copycat nothing bundt cake white chocolate raspberry bundt cake.

Best White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake {Nothing Bundt Cake Copycat Recipe}

Nothing Bundt Cakes recipe with slice of chocolate chocolate chip nothing bundt cakes on plate with full cake in background.

Nothing Bundt Cake Recipe | Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlets and Bundt Cake

Chocolate shortcake on plate with scoop of vanilla ice cream and dollop of whipped cream and fudge sauce.

Easy Chocolate Shortcake

Image of orange scone on white plate with wedge of orange and fork.

Orange Scones (Panera Copycat)

Sliced loaf of strawberry bread on pretty platter with fresh strawberries.

Healthy Strawberry Bread

Cadbury Easter Egg Cookies + Video

Cadbury Cookie Cake | www.thefreshcooky.com #eastertreats #cadbury #giantcookie

Giant Cadbury Cookie Cake

Best Strawberry shortcake cookie recipe with wedge of shortcake in bowl with ice cream, whipped cream and strawberries.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Recipe

Oreo Crumbl Cookies a copycat recipe with image of 6 giant cookies on a wire rack.

Oreo Crumbl Cookie | Crumbl Cookie Recipe

Crumbl Sugar cookie recipe copycat with image of giant sugar cookie with wedge removed and frosted in light pink frosting.

Crumbl Sugar Cookie Recipe

image of slice of easy chocolate loaf cake on white plate with fork, dusted with powdered sugar and whipped cream with chocolate jimmies, red napkin in background

Easy Chocolate Loaf Cake

Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

Wedge revealing layered inside of mud pie cake.

Best Mud Pie Recipe (Ice Cream Cake)

Blueberry Crumb Cake image on aqua tray with pretty serving spatula and spring napkin.

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

Mixed Berry Scones on a plate with fresh raspberries and blueberries on top, square image.

The Best Mixed Berry Scones

Wedge of Starbucks coffee cake on white plate with full cake in background.

Starbucks Copycat Coffee Cake

Pretty Easter Drinks (Mocktail & Cocktail)

I love making a pretty drink to enjoy on Easter, below you will find some of my top delicious recipes, there is something for everyone!

Gorgeous shot of strawberry refresher drink on wooden cutting board with pink straw and a strawberry garnish with limes and strawberries in the background.

How to Make a Homemade Strawberry Refresher

Two pretty tall glasses with strawberry gin and tonic on bed of fake leaves with strawberries and ice cubes.

Fresh Strawberry Gin Cocktail

Image of a blueberry limeade drink in a pretty textured glass with a garnish of lime, mint and blueberries.

Easy Blueberry Limeade Drink

Image of a bluebuerry gin fizz with pansies and blueberries strewn about.

Blueberry Gin Cocktail

Tangerine and Thyme Gin & Tonic

How to make a fresh, Blackberry Bourbon Moscow Mule #thefreshcooky #moscowmule #bourbon #cocktail #mocktail #blackberry #gingerbeer #qdrinks

Blackberry Cocktail | A Blackberry Mule

Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade in glass starbucks cup with fresh hibiscus flour and half of lemon.

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Texas Tea punch recipe square image, with pitcher filled with bright pink tea and a glass poured with texas tea lemonade.

The Best Texas Tea Punch Recipe

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

crystal glass filled with red liquid, hibiscus ginger beer, dark rum and lime. with a wedge of lime. Garnished with a bamboo stick, lime and hibiscus flower

Hibiscus Dark and Stormy Drink Recipe

This refreshing recipe for a Hibiscus Mojito from thefreshcooky.com is perfect for summer patio sipping or a GNO. The minty, fizzy mojito is jazzed up with the tangy, floral, lemony flavors of Hibiscus syrup. #hibiscusmojito #mojito #hibiscussyrup #mocktails #hibiscus #summerdrinks #fallcocktail #summercocktail #gnococktails #craftcocktails #qdrinks #clubsoda

Best Hibiscus Mojito {Cocktail or Mocktail}

Pomegranate Vodka Punch in three different crystal glasses with decorative ornament ice cubes.

Pomegranate Punch

Weekly Inspiration

This song will forever be one of my very favorites during Easter, probably dating myself, defintiely dating myself! Haha enjoy Keith Green singing Easter Song.

But this one by We Are Messengers, God You Are. “That’s just the kind of God you are!” It has been on repeat for me this week!

He is Risen!

With grace and peace,

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About Kathleen Pope

Recipe Innovator | Food Photographer | Food Writer

Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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2 Comments

  1. Sweet Kathleen,
    Your faith and joy are so uplifting!! Each day I truly look forward to reading your heart on the Fresh Cooky…not to mention perusing all your yummy recipes….today I am literally glued to the lemon sandwich cookies…I see those in my near future. So thankful to be doing life with you….what a Good God we have!
    He is Risen, Indeed!!
    His Love and mine….
    Beth