Easter’s Coming in a Big Way to my House

If you’re like me, you want Easter to be a little extra special. From choosing the meal to serve, setting the table and choosing the dinning table center piece I want it special for the folks I love. I even go a few steps further when it comes to holidays! Door baskets to welcome guests filled with flora fitting the occasion; entry-way table decked out in holiday glee; special touches added around the house make me feel very celebratory.

The meal: This has always been an issue for me. Turkey. Ham. Chicken. Sides. Desserts. My mind whirls around like a whirligig. —- can you say: Order Out Please —– Not that I do not like to cook. I just see little advantage in wearing myself out preparing a huge meal that everyone eats in under thirty minutes, burps, pats their bellies, slides bums in chairs away from my lovely set table to set on the porch (or worse in front of the television) while I clean up the mess created. Think I’d like to pass on this scene. So, what I’ve come up with for most of my holiday meals is more simple than not, more like a barbeque/picnic meal that I can begin up to two days ahead. Good eating. Simple. Easy. And I’m joining the folks on the porch for more conversation. A-Win-Win.  (of course the trick is to gauge the amount of food so you do not have a lot of leftovers to store and little clean up after the meal is finished. Putting a few plates and glasses plus eating utensils in the dishwasher is a snap as opposed to hand washing pots and pans stacked to the roof — usually five to seven minutes and I’m out of the kitchen! I like that :))

Some pic’s of what I plan on making for the big day:

take two rounds of cake and make a bunny cake! Exactly! Good me, huh.

take two rounds of cake and make a bunny cake! Exactly! Good me, huh.

A second cake is a Rainbow Cake. Get out the flavored Jello and go for it! I need two cakes for Easter so....I'm going for this one and the bunny cake.

A second cake is a Rainbow Cake. Get out the flavored Jello and go for it! I need two cakes for Easter so….I’m going for this one and the bunny cake.

Just a suggestion but if you can find cupcakes at your local bakery --- I suggest you go for that as well. Make your life simple this Easter.

Just a suggestion but if you can find cupcakes at your local bakery — I suggest you go for that as well. Make your life simple this Easter.

As for the center pieces: Over the years, I’ve done elegant to simple center pieces for my table but the ones I have enjoyed doing the most are the whimsical ones, clearly whimsical spikes my whimsy-mode, so each year I look for something new to ignite my whimsy ways.  This is just the way I roll. I like the weird things in life. Always have.

This year I think I’ll keep the table setting on the simple side as it will be only the three of us, Royce, Mom and Me setting down to the table but it will be whimsical!  Still, I would love to do something unique as a centerpiece. I’m thinking ”green-grass-in-a-jar with jellybeans and some posies with a kaleidoscoop-eyed bunny grabbing onto the side” — if that doesn’t get Royce’s attention to my being a little weird at holidays I honestly don’t know what will. :)

[Note: According to celebrity cooking show host and author Sandra Lee, I should say: Tablescapes but she’s not Southern and I am! So, I’ll just call it what it is: a table setting and a centerpiece on the table]

Here are a few pictures of tablescapes — Ahem, table settings & centerpieces — I found on the good old Internet to share with you…..enjoy.

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I’d never do the dog out of ‘whatever that is’ but I like the colour orange so much (ask Jude) that I’d definitely do the rest of this scene.  Looks like a fun inside picnic to me.

For the crafty-challenged souls out there just tie some ribbon around dyed Easter eggs and your crafty-challenged self can do a victory dance around the table. And this one is rather cute.

 

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This is the perfect table for the kids and it even comes with a coloured Easter egg on each place-mat. What could be more fun.

Something a little more upscale (and blue) is this one. Just make sure the kids eat the veggies first before emptying out the birds nests!

This one for the kids is a little more upscale (and blue). Just make sure the kids eat the veggies first before emptying out the birds nests!

Now we come to the adults. This is simply beautiful. Clean and festive.

Now we come to the adults. This is simply beautiful. Clean and festive. Each plate has placed in it a little gift box of sweets to enjoy with coffee or tea after the meal.

A small gathering?

A small gathering? Place a cherry table cloth on the kitchen table and decorate a nearby side table with the centerpiece!

This one is too adorable for words. It is for a very young child, as you can tell. So why not have a small table near where Mommy or Daddy sets at the big table for the tiny tot. Well. I'd do this in a heartbeat. Keeping Moms & Dads happy is always a great idea.

This one is too adorable for words. It is for a very young child, as you can tell. So why not have a small table near where Mommy or Daddy sets at the big table for the tiny tot. Well. I’d do this in a heartbeat. Keeping Moms & Dads happy is always a great idea.

take it outside to the patio! Enjoy the out of doors for your Easter meal. Why not is what I say!

take it outside to the patio! Enjoy the out of doors for your Easter meal. Why not is what I say!

Speaking of "tablescapes" and Sandra Lee .... yep! Over the top kind of thing to do and not my thing but the devil made me include it here for your gaze. Sorry Sandra, just not my thing but sure is festive.

Speaking of “tablescapes” and Sandra Lee …. yep! Over the top kind of thing to do and not my thing but the devil made me include it here for your gaze. Sorry Sandra, just not my thing but sure is festive.

 

 

 

EASTER EVE BLESSINGS

EASTER EVE BLESSINGS

May the spirit of my Lord be in my heart and in my actions on this day as I prepare for my baptism ~~~

From this day forward may I be Your shining example to all that know me ~~~

I am a simple woman Lord, quiet & reserved, softly spoken; I am not a star on the world’s stage; the gifts you have given me have served me well — compassion, kindness & empathy, discernment & wisdom — over the years in the rearing of my children and in of my career. I know I have been blessed! Father, I ask for your conditioned blessings ~~~ bless Me a Lot Lord God ~~~ as I renew my spiritual path.

(excerpt taken from one of the (untitled) poems I’m working on for the newest collection of poetry)

“The path taken deepens under the twilight of my years;
the soft sands of time swept — brushed aside
by the hands of God,
giving way to a future filled with the softness and beauty
laid out before me — sweet as honey. 
I always knew this place;
In retrospect I can see it always was —
waiting — waiting — waiting for me to arrive!”

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Sometimes I just need a little SHOVE . . . .

 

 

 

Sometimes I just need a little SHOVE to get into the mood of an upcoming holiday.  

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When it comes to — h-o-l-i-d-a-y-s — I can be my families official pain in the back-side CEO of procrastination. Not that I don’t enjoy every holiday that comes around because I truly-truly do, but sometimes I just don’t have the interest to get with the program as early as I need to. Thankfully, other folks in my family take up my slack and bake a few cookies, pies and other goodies while I’m completing things I’ve already begun. You see, I’m the craft person in the family and this means I need to be in the mood a couple of weeks before the holiday arrives to get my idea’s under way and completed.  No one in my family wants me making a large Easter Egg out of crate paper on Easter Eve when they are finishing off the Easter Eggs so I try to make my projects one to two weeks before the big day.  This is where my procrastinating ways get in my way, or in other folks way :) 

This year I am making a long narrow ”sea of green grass” that I’ll stick Lolly-Pops and Blow-Pops in for the kids. To begin I take a long narrow tray and fill it with potting soil, sprinkle grass seed on top, pat the seed down to make contact with the soil, place some shiny blue pebbles on it in the shape of a ”river running through it” and begin to make a hill at one end that I cover with moss for the bunnies to come out of! In two weeks time the grass is tall enough to look like a meadow, the blue pebbles look like water when wet and the Lolly-Pops and Blow-Pops look like little trees.  But, I need to get with it in order to get this done and I haven’t even bought the long tray yet! And Easter is less than two weeks! See my problem with procrastination? 

Yes, Yes, I know Easter is fast approaching and we have lots of little hands who will want to help color eggs and make yummy birds nests (cookies) and the such things that make this holiday really fun and special for them. I know I really need to get myself in gear, and fast.  Making memories is the one thing I’m really good at.  I just wish I wasn’t such a Johnny-Be-Late to the Party!