“Marching” to Easter!

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Hi everyone!  March has been very busy here.  When is it not busy, actually??

I’ve had some fun things going on in TheShortestTallman kitchen.  The Tallest Tallman had a couple of staff meetings at the garage, and although they are, in a way, an inconvenience to things at home, I love to provide a snack for these meetings.  Although I might complain, the 7 hour workday I have at my job is pretty easygoing compared to the long hours of hard work that the guys at the garage put in, so I love making something special for them on occasion.  Two nights where I’d be on my own?  I tried to turn it into something to look forward to.

Healthy? Absolutely!

Healthy? Absolutely!

For the first meeting, I made chocolate covered strawberries using Ghirardelli Chocolate Wafers for Dipping.  Those are always a big hit and involve no baking.  And, they are kinda healthy, right??  I actually made a couple trays of those to give to my Obgyn and my kids’ pediatricians office after I had practically lived there for a month after my last was born, since he took his sweet time getting back up to his massive birth weight (over 9 pounds!  what the heck!!!).  These strawberries are always well received!

Out of hand, ridiculously delicious Oreo cupcakes!

Out of hand, ridiculously delicious Oreo cupcakes!

For the second staff meeting, I made my silly Tallman’s Tire flags again, and pulled out all the stops.  I decided to nix the idea of standard box mix cupcakes in favor of these amazing Oreo Cupcakes that I found on pinterest from this blog:  The Melrose Family blog.  I followed the recipe exactly, and they were totally and completely out of hand amazing.  Yes, it called for Cool Whip; yes, Cool Whip is not exactly whole food; but for every once in a while, these cupcakes were worth it!!!  And, they were so fun to make.  I was excited to put forth the effort to make these, knowing it would be a sweet treat after a long day selling those tires!

The next order of business was to plan Easter dinner, as I had volunteered our house to host the family dinner.  It won’t be a massive undertaking, but it will involve upwards of 16 people.  I don’t think I’ve done a big Easter before, and I was just feelin’ it this year.  I heart Easter, I heart Holy Week, it’s just good stuff and a really great time of year for a Catholic.  All the special stuff goes on at church, all the pomp and circumstance, and of course Easter Vigil is like the macdaddy of masses.  The whole point of it all, the dying for our sins and the resurrection, the entire basis of Catholicism, ah!  I just love it.

Here’s my menu.  Thoughts?

  • Ham (of course!  Can’t have Easter without ham.)
  • Lasagna
  • Tossed salad
  • Deviled eggs
  • German potato salad
  • Picky kid food:  plain pasta, steamed veggies
  • Carrot cake cupcakes

Now, as far as the food goes, I’m trying to leave as little as possible for Sunday.  On Sunday morning, we’ll be having an egg hunt, hopefully outside, so I want to just enjoy that day:

  • Ham will be cooked in the crockpot that morning- great suggestion from my mil, I’ve never done it.  I googled it and it looks like a no-brainer.
  • Lasagna is being made today, as soon as I get off my laptop 🙂
  • For the tossed salad, I’lll be using Ina’s Creamy Vinaigrette recipe.  I love shallots!  This will be made Easter morning.
  • I’ll make Anne Burrell’s German Potato Salad on Saturday afternoon.  This comes out awesome, so delicious!
  • I’ll make your basic, standard deviled egg.  Easy and delicious.
  • For the cupcakes, I’ll probably make those either tonight or some night this week.  Those can be frozen and defrosted on Sunday.  Actually, maybe I’ll just wait and frost them Sunday morning so I know the cream cheese frosting will be perfection.  I’ll be modifying Martha Stewart’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes recipe to simplify it; no raisins, toasted coconut, no fondant mold, nor nuts; and NO freshly scraped Vanilla bean. Who the heck does that or has that?!  Gimme a break!

As I’m on this save-money kick, I went to the Dollar Tree to get a couple of decor items for Easter, and I plan on using bunched carrots with the stems in a vase with flowers for the centerpiece.  Search for that on Pinterest- looks really cute!  This carrot centerpiece is my inspiration; mine will surely be more simplistic than this.  But I’m hoping it will add to the festive mood.  Also at the Dollar Tree, I got the Easter Egg Hunt supplies for Easter morning.  My 3 kids and my niece and nephew hopefully will have a great time hunting for some goodies in the backyard!

What special things do you do for Easter?  I’d love to hear!

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