Wednesday, April 24, 2019

My Easter Menu

*Thank you to everyone who sent me an Easter card, letter, or postcard! They are all decorating my fireplace mantel and I smile every time I see them.

*The photograph in yesterday's post was taken by my husband. We have/had a nest in one of our large bushes. We don't know what happened to them. We didn't see them hatch but the eggs are gone and we have not seen the mother bird. I have a sinking feeling that an animal got to her eggs. Nature is brutal sometimes.

After almost 39 years of marriage and making Easter dinners, I finally got smart. I did most of the prep work on Saturday instead of "doing it all" on Sunday. Why did it take me so long to figure this out?

Saturday morning, I prepared the green bean casserole (made with cheddar cheese soup) and the au gratin potatoes. I put them in the refrigerator to then bake on Sunday. I made our favorite spring dessert ~ Berried Treasure Pie ~ and put that in the refrigerator. We were sorely tempted to eat it on Saturday but we stayed strong and waited until Sunday.

I considered buying a small ham as it would just be my husband and myself this year. Instead, I bought a 9 lb spiral ham (cheaper than the small hams) and baked it after I "dolled" it up. I first basted it with equal parts orange and apple juice and later coated it with a brown sugar, honey, and cloves mixture that I made. The ham was very moist and delicious! We have a lot left over. Most of it is now diced and in meal size portions in the freezer. The ham bone I added to my crockpot with pinto beans. That dinner was delicious as well and as my husband is out of town on business, I will have it again tonight!

Saturday was also tidying up, finishing laundry, and getting the table ready for Easter dinner. We did use our "good" dishes for the dinner and then these really sweet paper plates for the dessert. I believe I bought these last year on clearance to use this year. I am a sucker for all things nature and if a holiday is involved, I'm double a sucker.

And that was my Easter Menu.  Did you prepare anything special for yours?

16 comments:

  1. What a smart woman! And it all sounds delicious! I did a new potato dish from the current Martha mag and got it ready to go the night before! Good thing, because the timetable changed on Sunday morning and the kids were here earlier than expected!

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    1. Jeanie, you are brave to try a new recipe on a holiday! How was it?

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  2. We had dinner with my family and Leta's inlaws. So much good fun and fellowship.

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  3. It was just the two of us but I really wanted to make it special for my hubby so I found some new (to me) recipes for a broccoli salad as well as a fruit salad. I had never done either of those before...nor the cheesy potatoes (or funeral potatoes as they are sometimes known). Then we had a piece of our ham that hubby had cured a while back. And much of these menu items could either be made ahead or prepped so that all I need to do was assemble them on Sunday.

    Your menu sounds delicious...especially the way you fixed your ham. And I love your little bunny paper plates. :) xo

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    1. Dianna, I've not heard of funeral potatoes before. I wonder why they are called that?

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  4. Hate to hear that about the eggs, but you are probably right.
    I try to do most of my prep on Saturday so I can enjoy the family, but it still wears me out. I love to use the pretty dishes for special occasions and the kids kind of expect it after all these years. I still enjoy doing it even though I am pretty tired when it is all said and done. We had ham as well and I put it in the crockpot the next day with limas:) They were yummy.
    I am barely getting around to all my blog reading and really need to update some things on my blog. One of these days I WILL get to it.

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    1. Sandy, I'm with you in trying to catch up on things. Let's hope we both do!

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  5. Your Easter meal sounded positively delicious, Gina. We were invited to dinner at the home of one of our neighbors. We enjoyed a good meal, good conversation and good fellowship. The bunny paper plates are adorable. Sorry about the nest with eggs.

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    1. Robin, what fun to enjoy Easter with neighbors! It is sad about the eggs. I do have some good news to share soon though!

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  6. I did a lot of my prep the day before also, we had a small ham that I put in the crock pot so that it would be done when we got home from church, we really liked it done that way. I tried a recipe off of pinterest for our desert and we were not impressed, won't be making that again. Those plates and napkins are very cute, I can see why it was hard to pass them up :)

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    1. Connie, I've not tried cooking the ham in the crockpot before. I bet you house smelled so good! Yum! It's too bad that you didn't like the dessert. xo

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  7. I did enjoy my Easter card, Gina! I sent you and Ecard, but may have sent it to an old email address of yours, because it wasn't opened. Your menu sounded wonderful. I remember your berried treasure pie!!

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    1. Kitty, I'm sorry if my email address had changed and I didn't let you know. I've always had this blog one - bylanternlight@yahoo.com. I'm sorry I didn't get your card. Glad you remembered the berried treasure pie! xo

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  8. Your Easter dinner sounds wonderful Gina! Great idea to get most of it done on Saturday. I did not make a traditional Easter dinner as we had sunrise service at the church, and a large breakfast afterwards. We were so full that we didn't eat again until later, when I made a lasagna for us to eat. It was a lovely day, the sun was shining, and it was so warm and beautiful outside for Easter. My husband and I walked together in the sunshine :) So sorry about the missing eggs! Nature really is cruel and difficult to understand many times. Hoping you are having a lovely week!

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    1. Marilyn, years ago, we would go to a sunrise service and pancake breakfast afterwards. Oh those are the days! Your Easter sounds lovely!

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