We have enjoyed a lovely long weekend around here! Mike had Friday and Monday off and it was wonderful having him around the house for extra time. We spent a great Saturday evening going out with friends in Wimbledon and have watched many movies from the comfort of the couch. We talked about what we wanted to do for Easter because it is such an important holiday but yet we don’t have many traditions that we were missing. We’d only be hunting Easter eggs if we were around Tyler, Reece and Blair, and we would only be making bunny cake if we were with my family (although I have been informed that tradition is on hold until there are small children around again to assist with the M&M bunny ears again- I think that it was a subtle hint). So we decided to just do what we felt like. We made Easter lunch for ourselves and invited Sarah and Ivan over. It was a very simple day, but I felt like I still had a holiday! I was quite excited because it was the first time that I have made a holiday dinner rather than just showing up with something. I was also nervous and have gained an entire new respect for the amazing feat that Nana pulls of several times a year!! Mike and I had fun planning the menu and researching hams and having fun going all out even though we ended up with enough food for an army. (Maybe I have learned from Nana!) I am sure many of you know of the Pioneer Woman and her amazing food but if you haven’t checked her out, please look at the Pioneer Woman Cooks right now, your mouth will thank you for it! I have made lots of her recipes in the past but we made three of them this weekend and they were all amazing. We tried her classic maccaroni and cheese, whiskey glazed carrots and no need to knead rolls. She is easy to understand, unpretentious and her recipes are so easy to follow.
Here is some of the finished product:
I would like to take a moment to note that the Jim Beam in the picture was for the carrots only. We weren’t boozin’ it up on Easter. We have boundaries. Just FYI.
We also had hot pineapple salad and chocolate pie because it is a holiday and that is just how things are done. It was a great low key day and at the end of it I was flipping exhausted. As always, I would have rather been in Corsicana (having Nana do all the work!) but it did feel good to make memories of our own instead of just pining over what we were missing. I hope that everyone had a wonderful day with friends and family, but most of all remembered why we celebrate.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
1 Peter 1:3
Happy Easter and we love you,
Mike and Andrea