4/8/12 - It's time for the annual feast and festivities in honor of Jesus' Resurrection! The kids are pretty hip to the commercial aspect of this Holiday (easter bunny, eggs, baskets), but its moreso important they are aware of what it religiously stands for as well. I've been reading a children's stories from Jesus bedtime book to them this week. They're becoming familiarized with and can follow the sequence of events and that's refreshing. I just plan to keep instilling education in them, so that one day, they truly KNOW, respect and appreciate all that this means to develop their own defining moments in this wonderful holiday.
All that said, we have a few family traditions we love to share together each year. #1 for me is Easter eats: Like my Bunny Berries! Cute, fresh & fun!
I make an annual Shepherd's pie. (Always makes me think of Biblical Shepherds, although I know its name and origin do not relate. Indulge my Folk Etymology why don't ya! ) This year I used ground turkey , with organic carrots, peas, mushrooms, white cheddar garlic mashed potatoes and a top layer of white and yellow sharp cheddar!
...and instead of the traditional "potato crust" , I actually like to put my potatoes on bottom, meat mixture on top of them and then a cheese crust! Somehow my tastebuds think that's better. LOL
That visual bubbling cheese top just excites me!
Last year I made marshmallow sheep and baby chic deviled eggs. While cute, they were a LOT of work. So, my quirky food art this year are chipotle cheddar crescent bunnies with mini pepperoni noses.
They kinda look like rudolph in the raw...
Once I added in the shredded cheddar whiskers, it tied together nicely. They were very tastey I might add. Chipotle Cheddar has a smokey firey flavor and is sooo delicious.
I also made cornbread stuffing and roasted herb & butter cornish gens, a fresh fruit basket, corn on the cob, callaloo and deviled eggs.
Before dinner, I prepared the boys' easter egg hunt in our backyard. I got a little more creative this year with the egg fillings since I'm not big on candy. There's tons of options that are equally as great if not better than mere candy. Ya know... like cheetos! LOL
I also threw a couple curve balls in like carrots growing off the tree and a couple mini pineapples "planted" in the ground. I told the boys the Easter bunny is a vegetable lover and therefore promotes healthy food choices! (Plug for Fruits & Veggies)
In the baskets: They had their 2012 white house eggs, cereal bars, organic milk, a bunny m&m figure, endangered species chocolate bars, bunny ears, crafts and their catchers net. Not too much, not too little and this is actually the 3rd year I'm reusing the baskets. Gotta love that! The little guys got thier gear on and were READY to hunt.
My favorite part to watch was Nathan "catching" a pineapple!
He and Nick went from excited, to confused to impressed!! LOL
They had a good time hunting. I'm glad they were happy and those little random things I threw in just tickled them even more.
After hunting, they came back in and had fun opening all the eggs and discovering the treasures inside them with their Dad while I set the table. They also rolled out some sugar cookies and cut them into bunny shapes for dessert later. I let that be a guys only task. They looked rather thick going in the oven. We'll see the outcome sooner, rather than later. Hahaha. All smiles and ears below!
...and the great thing about letting them loose gathering loot right before the meal is, it's absolutely pure incentive for them to eat well so they can "have" the loot and treats after!
I always feel great when the food I cook with love, can be served with love and also eaten with love, appreciation and satisfied tastebuds!
Dinner was great! Immediately after, the boys were eager to decorate their bunny cookies.
They did a great job on rolling and cutting, but the dough was a little thick which made for ROBUST rabbits in the end!
That didn't stop our show. They decorated as planned.
...and ATE them as planned too! Same great taste!