I'd love to hear about your plans for Easter Dinner! We are pretty traditional, I assume - turkey for Thanksgiving, and ham for Easter. I often think I should be more adventurous, but I don't want the dinner to be the focus of our family celebration - and I certainly don't want the stress of a possible flop! There is something comforting about the tried and true favorites - and since preparing them has become second nature over the years, my mind is free as my hands work - and I have time to think about God's goodness.
We are so excited to be having a family join us for Easter dinner this year! Mum and Dad will be spending the weekend with my sister and her family, but since we can't be there - the next best thing to family are friends! There have been many times over the years that we have been without family on these special family occasions, and for the most part we have tried to get together with friends or just enjoy the day as a family.
It's been a long while since we served up a traditional Easter dinner, but I am looking forward to it! I thought I'd share our menu here. I plan to do as much as possible the day before, so that our time of worship and celebration of the Resurrection is focused and not distracted by worries of last minute preparations. I also have a most excellent helper in our Dreamer - she is so incredibly capable! I couldn't do it without her now that I am so used to her working along side me in the kitchen. In truth, I wouldn't want to!
So here is the plan - always subject to change! I am used to making plans and then simplifying as we go if time or energy is running out. The extras are just that - nice touches, but nothing to stress over! I have learned that no one misses what isn't there while enjoying what is!
Easter Dinner for 10
Easy Sunday Dinner Rolls - a double batch of recipe here
Fresh butter cut outs
Pickle and olive tray
Spring Greens Salad
Strawberry Creme Mold
(or Mandarin Orange Jellied Salad - there's an ongoing debate!)
Steamed Green Beans with toasted Almonds
Twice Baked Creamy Potatoes with Cheese
(debate here too - some want scalloped potatoes, but I don't know how to do those ahead without them turning black - yuck)
Sweet Baby Carrots
Spiral Sliced Ham
Carrot Cake (graciously offered by our guests)
Coffee, Tea, Raspberry Lemonade
Creamy after dinner mints
That's is - hopefully a nice variety for everyone to enjoy - and simple! I won't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen on Resurrection Sunday - we'll get as much done ahead as possible and make the day about celebrating new life in Christ and enjoying the fellowship of friends!