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Why I look Forward to Easter

It’s easy to get caught up in the commercial meaning of Easter. Candy, baskets, gifts, & decorations line the aisles of every major store - months before the holiday. 

There’s nothing wrong with that - I’m a fan of the decorations myself, but I’m also a fan of the meaning of Easter.

 

Easter Symbolizes Rebirth

The rebirth of Spring, and the rebirth of Jesus. I know not everyone agrees, but church is central to my Easter celebration.

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Every Easter (really every time I go to church) I feel so refreshed and renewed by my Pastor’s words. I’m reminded again about the grace of God & the blessings He brings. I’m reminded of miracles, sacrifice, the meaning of love, & faith.

All of that puts me in the perfect mood to go home, and get ready for my family to come over. I cook Easter lunch every year, and my family comes over to celebrate with me.

I love cooking and trying new recipes, but I don’t always have the time. For Easter, I make the time.

 

What's on the Menu

This year, I ordered a ham from a local family run meat processor in Sykesville called Krajewski Custom Meat Processing. Well, actually Mike ordered it for me - he’s my son in law (thanks Mike)!

Last year, Mike & Brandy had a Krajewski's ham at his parent’s Easter dinner. They raved about how much better it tasted than the grocery store ham, and said I had to try it to believe it - so this year I'm excited to see for myself!

I’m also making:

  • Party potato bake,
  • Cole slaw
  • Deviled eggs
  • Green beans
  • Cherry pretzel dessert
  • Pineapple sunshine cake
  • I'll buy some rolls that probably won't be eaten
  • And (of course)  the homemade mac and cheese that I couldn't NOT make.

 

When I find a winner like this marconi & cheese, I stick to it. I've been making it for a couple of years now, and it's a must have everytime we get together to eat.

I myself like the mac and cheese better before it's baked - it has more flavor - but my family likes the recipe just how it is.

This comes from the Trisha Yearwood cookbook Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen. 

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Catching up with Family

I never know what’s coming after lunch, and that’s okay - I like to go with the flow. Sometimes Paul plans an Easter egg hunt, sometimes we play a game or two, and sometimes we just eat & catch up.

Either way, we visit. We talk about what’s going on with everyone, and spend quality time together before everyone’s off to their next Easter destination.

 

Happy Easter

No matter what Easter means to you, how you & yours celebrate, and even if you don't celebrate - My hope is that Easter also brings you hope.

 
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