Sunday, April 24, 2011



I hope each of you had a blessed Easter Day. Ours was fairly quiet but that was fine since we'd enjoyed a very nice visit with our daughter and her family on Friday (and brought home some yummy leftovers). I'd traveled to visit my mother last week and took her some Easter goodies at that time. Today I called and talked to Mom, my nephew, and both of my sisters.

This year I'd lamented not having baskets to fill or eggs to hide for the grandkids. I had no one for whom to color eggs and didn't think I wanted to go to the trouble of preparing a traditional Easter meal today. Spouse and I had decided things would be low-key and I was fine with that - or so I thought.

Daughter had asked me to bring Dirt Pie as a dessert on Friday and I had so much fun making it, I decided to also allow myself the joy of filling Easter bags for my grandkids. I'd already filled a "hostess bag" for my daughter and thought the rest of the family might enjoy receiving something as well. I know we don't need those things as we get older, but it's still fun to receive them. Do we ever really outgrow chocolate bunnies and peanut butter eggs?

Earlier in the week, I'd received a frantic long-distance call from my mother, asking what she was going to do when the great-grandkids came to her house. She didn't have plastic eggs to hide nor was she able to go out and buy any. I told her I had plenty and would fill them and send them to her. She was thrilled when she received them on Thursday. It made me happy to think my mother would be able to provide an egg hunt for the little ones. In years past, I often organized Easter eggs hunts for all the grandkids and I miss those special times.

For me, Easter just isn't complete without brightly colored eggs. On Saturday I boiled some eggs and made my own coloring dye and had fun doing it. It doesn't take much to thrill me sometimes. I filled a vintage fruit bowl with Easter goodies for Spouse to enjoy and took a few shortcuts in order to prepare a traditional meal for us today. We didn't need a whole ham or turkey so I bought two thick ham slices, some store-made potato salad and cole slaw, and then fixed deviled eggs from two of the ones I'd colored. I opened a can of baked beans and added my own touches and voila! We had Easter dinner in about 10 minutes. It was very good, if I do say so myself. I even stopped and bought myself a small fresh flower bouquet on the way home from church, just because I wanted to. I'm sure Spouse wondered why I bought myself flowers, but he didn't ask. I had an answer ready for him though.

So, as I've known for a long time, we make our own happiness and I'm glad I took the opportunity to fix Easter treat bags, dye some eggs, prepare a "semi-homemade" Easter meal, and purchase a pretty floral bouquet. This turned out to be a festive Easter afterall. However yours was spent, I hope it was thoroughly enjoyable.


nancy huggins said...

It was low key here too.. It was a sit around the house and do nothing day. I did work on a mug rug for a swap I am in and then gave the 2 white dogs (American Eskimos) their bath. I already gave the huge pups a bath on Friday.
Billy leaves tomorrow to drive by himself from Central IL to S AL to get the rest of our things out of storage and of cours I will be worried all week until I see him back home safe and sound:)

Merilyn said...

All quiet here too, but that's how I like it sometimes!!!

Firecracker Kid said...

Hi Kady, We were low key too. I talked hubby into cooking his chicken noodles and daughter brought some candies home with her visit. My sister and nephew stopped in for awhile and fur babies slept most of the day away.
Now as a grown up, I can attest to the fact that I still like getting and giving lil easter baskets and surprises. Sounds like you and hubby had a wonderful Easter together. You made wonderful fun and happiness happen sweety:)

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Sounds like you had an enjoyable Easter. I would have preferred yours ~ such a busy and rushed day for us.
Prim Blessings

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hey there Kady..glad you both enjoyed a quick tasty meal together and enjoyed the day..I put out one sign for easter and that trencher that was on the kitchen table..sometimes I go all out and others..I just like the simplicity..;) glad you had a nice easter.;)

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I think it sounds lovely. I did miss all the kids being around, the running around, squealing and laughter. I miss my parents being here and the big baked ham with cloves and pineapple rings, the chocolate bunnies and the yummy jelly beans. I miss seeing the littlest ones losing as many as they find. I miss the bubble-blowing and the dogs chasing them. I miss the coconut cake shaped like a bunny. But the kids want to create their own traditions. They think they can come over on any day and have dinner with us but they want the holidays to be special for them in their own homes. Makes me think maybe I did something wrong somewhere along the way.....But Mike and I did have a very pleasant day together. He mowed and I cleaned the garage. It was a good day, just not what I really dreamed of. I'm just feeling sorry for myself, I guess....