Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

Normally, Easter is my least favorite holiday. I don't know why, but this year was different. This year I REALLY enjoyed Easter. Maybe it's because we've been in the house for over a year and are settled or maybe because the boys are both big enough to understand/enjoy Easter activities. I was majorly excited to host Easter dinner. It was the 1st time we'd be able to use our new dining room table and my fine china which has been packed away for so long.

I planted flowers out front for spring. It's so nice being in a permanent house where you can make little investments.
We cooked and baked a lot. By "we" I mean Christopher and I. He loves watching and helping (he's seriously pretty helpful too).  We made one of my favorite pies, Ricotta cheese pie and they turned out SO good! They're simple easy to make, you can find the recipe here
We put out the fine china. 
Dyed a dozen eggs (one didn't make it). 
I never knew that what you add the dye tablet with effects the color. We went with vinegar for really bright eggs. My family always used water which creates pastel colored eggs, but you can also use lemon juice for traditional colored eggs. Note the boys protective clothing :0  For whatever reason it really dawned on me while dying eggs that I have my own family now and were doing our own traditions and making memories.  
We dressed up for Easter morning Mass (side note: we go to Mass every Sunday, it really bothers me that many people show up only once or twice a year).  
The kiddies dove into their Easter baskets :) I made the baskets for less than $5 each! I got the metal bins at Target for $1 and got the candy at our dollar store (we have such a nice dollar store!)
Loved these sport themed chocolates! Funny story: Christopher saw the Easter candy in my car a few days before and I figured it was no big deal, he's never put two and two together on Easter morning. Well...when I told him the candy came from the Easter bunny he insisted it came from my car. Haha! 
There was lots of good food too (salad, mashed potatoes, green beans and ham), but these were the only pics I got. Oh well, I guess that happens when you're the cook.

Of course the holiday wasn't picture perfect though. I attempted to make Easter bread, but failed terribly. Remember when I said I wasn't good at dough? I wasn't kidding. I tried twice to make the dough for the bread, but couldn't get it to rise. Two hours and two batches later, I did what every good cook would do and gave up and bought one at the store :0  I also forgot to get salad dressing. We arrived 2 mins late to church which is a fatal mistake since everybody that doesn't come to church ALL year comes on Easter (can you tell how much that bothers me?). There was barely even standing room for us in the vestibule, but that was okay since the kids were much easier to handle out there. So in all everything ended up working out :)


  1. Looks like such a beautiful, classic, simple family Easter! I think it's great that you added a classic touch to the Easter bunny tradition with Peter Rabbit books! Glad you had a good one. I was traveling that day but made it to an evening service (I'm Anglican).

    AND---I love your hat!!!

  2. Hi Marjorie -
    I had such a nice time. The dinner was absolutely delicious. Christopher and Andrew were totally enjoyable. They are both so cute and fun to watch. Thanks for the invite.

    P.S. I love your hat, too.

  3. Being settled makes all the difference. Chris and I are really looking forward to the day when we're more permanently settled and can start making traditions with our family! Everything looked great!!!