Easter 2015

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Easter celebration!  I promised to give you the details of ours, so here goes.  Jeff’s parents were visiting the week leading up to Easter and left for home on Good Friday, so we had a Good Friday egg hunt and feast to send them off consisting of:

The Barefoot Contessa’s Perfect Roast Turkey

The Barefoot Contessa’s Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

The Barefoot Contessa’s Roasted Asparagus

Bulk Herb Store’s Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake

Water Kefir Lemonade (fermented water kefir plus 1/4 cup lemon juice)

As you can tell, I love the Barefoot Contessa.  I am always delighted with how her recipes turn out; these recipes were no exception!  I’m sad to say I was disappointed in the cheesecake recipe (sorry Bulk Herb Store!); though it’s not nearly as healthy, the Cheesecake Factory original cheesecake copycat recipe presented here is still my favorite.

We celebrated Easter at church on Saturday evening, which is our normal time to attend church.  Then, we had a pretty typical Sunday morning, but we did dye and decorate hard boiled eggs and take baths so that we would look our best for our EASTER PICTURES!  Here are the family picture highlights:

2015.04_Family Pic

(best family picture)

2015.04_Couple pic 2

(best couple picture)

2015.04_Kid Pic

(best kid picture)

2015.04_Worst Pic

(and, lest you think all our picture taking endeavors are magical, here’s the worst picture)

Then, we did our Easter egg and basket hunt.  For those of you who are curious, I stuffed my kids’ plastic Easter eggs with:  nickels, dimes, stickers, Barbara’s Vanilla Animal Cookies, nuts, Yummy Earth Gummies, Annie’s Gummies, “chore pass” coupons, and “free smoothie” coupons.  In the past, I’ve also stuffed the eggs with bracelets, xylitol sweetened gum, pretzels, hair ties/clips, Legos, lip balm, balloons, dice, etc.  In their Easter baskets this year were a small toy (car/plane), fun pencils, summer hats, a few crafts, and a chocolate bunny.  Other great ideas I’ve heard or used are spring/summer clothes, shoes/sandals, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, garden/sand toys, games, books, art supplies, and Legos (do they ever get old?!).  In any case, here are some pictures from the action.

2015.04_Egg Hunt Gwyn

Gwyn (22 months) got a 30 second head start in the Easter egg hunt, which didn’t help her very much because she would find an egg, then open it, eat what was inside (if edible), and then go searching again.  In the picture above, she’s opening an egg, happy with what she found and probably surprised that we were letting her eat so many sweets.

2015.04_Egg Hunt Ben

Ben (almost 5) started the Easter egg hunt 30 seconds after Gwyn.  He doesn’t have the same sense of urgency or keen attention to detail as his older brothers yet (as you can see from the picture where there’s an Easter egg hanging in the bush beside him), BUT he had still fun AND found the most eggs!

2015.04_Egg Hunt Will

Will (7) and Elliot started the Easter egg hunt 60 seconds after Gwyn.  Lest things get too easy for them, we hid their Easter baskets very well this year.  Here’s Will pointing to his in our backyard tree.

2015.04_Egg Hunt Elliot

Here is Elliot (9) jumping for an egg.  You can see his Easter basket in the background on the roof!  Like I said, we didn’t want it to be TOO easy.  (We also didn’t want Gwyn finding their baskets and eating their bunnies!)

After the egg/basket hunt, we made dinner.  The boys were excited to get to use their dyed eggs to make dinner.  On the menu was simple dinner of:

Tarragon Egg Salad on toasted English muffins with tomato and bacon

Salad of Mixed Greens with Brianne’s Poppy Seed or Honey Mustard Dressing

Chocolate Milk

Easter Candy

Throughout the weekend, we talked, sang, and thought about Jesus and his sacrifice.  It was a sweet, simple time of talking with our kids about who Jesus is, why Easter is important to us about it, and why we celebrate!  Though I believe fun and food are important parts of our celebration, I believe our dialog is even more important, so we’re hoping to make that experience deeper and richer in the years to come!

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