Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Dinner

I try to keep it simple when there will only be my husband and I for a holiday dinner.  When the kids were young there were always colored eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies, jelly beans and so many wonderful treats.  This would be followed many times by an egg hunt, and breakfast always combined with lunch buffet style, grab something while you go affair, deviled eggs, green & black olives, celery with peanut butter or cream cheese, crackers, chips, ranch dip, green olive dip, and we would snack all day long.  Then would come ham with all the trimmings, pineapple, maraschino cherries, candied yams, lima beans, broccoli w/cheese sauce, fresh rolls, all the things that filled your tummy and made you want to overindulge.  This would be followed by a pie, and by the end of the day we were filled to the brim and wanting a nap!

Yesterday I made a pan full of 100% Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns, with raisins and pecans.  They were a nice treat and were sugar free totally.  I had fresh eggs that I made into a corn beef hash for breakfast.  Rather a large breakfast for Easter morning, but there were no candy Easter Bunnies, jelly beans, or any other kind of confection.  As usual I built a buffet style snack plate, with celery stuffed with peanut butter and cream cheese, carrots, green & black olives, rye mini baguettes cut into slices with cream cheese, and others with salmon/onion/mayo on them. 

Not bad for two people, and tasted pretty good as I cooked the ham and relaxed all day.  The salmon of course went quickly, while the rest lasted through the day, and has been reduced down to one plate now. 

We had a mid afternoon meal, which I also reduced down to a few things.  This year we chose a spiral cut ham, glazed in a honey glaze (the only sugar we had today); yams with splenda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter; lima beans cooked with butter, milk, and chicken broth; and a rye caraway mini baguette cut in half and covered in butter.  It made a really nice meal for just the two of us!

Andy seemed to be looking forward to the ham, yams, lima beans, and rolls.  Overall a wonderful day, even though we missed the kids, the extended family, and good fellowship with those that we love. 

What a happy Easter!  Christ has risen, and He died for my sins and for your sins, because we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!  How extremely awesome!  God loves us more than we can imagine.  Bless you all on such a glorious day!.

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