*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?