Easter is My Favorite Holiday

If anyone knows me well, they know I love Easter!

No I mean I really LOVE Easter!๐Ÿ’—

I was thinking about this the other day as we had a few sunny days and all this spring decor had me thinking about Easter and why I liked it so much. ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‡


Well for one,  I grew up in southern California where it was always WARM and SUNNY, ๐Ÿ˜Ž so Easter had us buying new, spring clothes with all the beautiful colors.

My mom sewed almost all my clothes and Easter was extra special as we browsed through huge pattern books and admired all the pretty pastel fabrics.

Then, what followed was looking for the accessories: white shoes, purse and little white gloves, with lace.

I loved my little, white gloves so much that I wouldn’t take them off when eating chocolate in Sunday school. ๐Ÿ˜‚

And occasionally I had a “bonnet” or kerchief.

We had so much fun coloring Easter eggs.

And then there were the HUGE, SEE’S Chocolate Easter eggs beautifully decorated with pastel flowers. They were almost the size of an ostrich egg and usually filled with a rich creamy filling. That  big ol’ egg would be rationed to last me 2 weeks HA.

Oh, I just loved waking up to big, stuffed Easter baskets, putting on my Easter best, going to church with the family, singing all the special music, smelling the flowers in the air, then enjoying a big Easter spread.

Just lots of really warm memories.


Now, compare that to my first Easter in Indiana.

I was so bummed when I realized my pretty, new sun dress was going to be covered by a winter coat, and it was way too cold โ„๏ธ to even want to take it off for any pictures.๐Ÿ˜’

Year after year.

Why did we even bother getting new clothes for Easter?๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Yep, Easter in the midwest has pretty much always been cold, rainy or overcast. Sometimes it even snows! Just makes you feel all cheery inside when looking forward to spring. (Insert sarcasm) ๐Ÿ˜’

Then, I grew up and my own kids came along.

SAME STORY.

I’d try to dress them in cute, little outfits but worried their little legs would freeze off, so I added tights, a sweater,

a parka. ๐Ÿ˜ž

And we still tried to provide an Easter egg hunt…most were INDOORS.

But I mean, who wants to hunt Easter eggs INDOORS? ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ

And guess who else likes little, white gloves?๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

He just had to have a suit.

So, my thoughts going way back to sunny California have always brought fond memories. โ˜€๏ธ

As I reflect, I can say one constant has remained.

That Easter really has NOTHING to do with any of this.

Not weather, not new clothes, or a big yummy meal, not even another “holiday”…

That it’s all really only been about Jesus.

Easter always caused me to reflect on what Christ has done for me, personally.

Rereading the resurrection story and the hours Christ submitted to his father’s will just grips my heart every time. I try to slow down taking in each detail of what really took place.

The torture, the betrayal, the extreme love and sacrifice for all mankind.

Every year of my life, even as a kid, I tried to imagine the scene, and it always moved me to tears.

No matter how I try to contain myself, the tears always flow.

Because I know no one could ever love me that much, nor willingly sacrifice their life for me.

And so it’s not the new clothes, the candy, the sunshine…not even being with family.

It’s about pure love. Unimaginable tenderness for ALL mankind.

You never have to earn this love nor question his love for you.

Bottom line…

He came as a baby

to die as a young man.

For you and for me. โค๏ธ

He created us and He wants to see us again with Him someday.


Hope you have a very blessed Easter!

What are your traditions on Easter Sunday? Please tell me in the comments.

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Today I Reflect

Have you ever been betrayed? Betrayed to the point it will cost you your life? Choices. Today, Maundy Thursday is observed by Christians everywhere…the Thursday before Easter. ๐ŸŒทIt also signifies the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles prior to his betrayal and ultimately his death. Can you imagine loving another so much that youโ€™re willing to die for them including the one that betrayed you? Heavy, heavy choices. Today I pause to reflect on both the turmoil and burden Christ mustโ€™ve had in his heart. Life brings many choices… some, very difficult. You just pray youโ€™re hearing correctly. Yesterday, I had to help make such a choice for my mother who could not make the choice for herself. Seeing her cry, being continually scared ๐Ÿ’”(esp since her cardiologist stroked her) just put through SO MUCH since October and now yet another, major, choice followed by surgery. I sure hoped and prayed I was doing the right thing on her behalf. AND praying the doctors were right this time. My heart felt like it would burst. Only time will tell if we made the right one. So today, I lean hard on my Lord and reflect on choices and the heavy decisions that Christ would face as he walked this lone road. ๐Ÿ’— Life can be hard, not at all like we expected and yet we still have to believe this is the path God intended us to walk. Ultimately, he is in control and knows beginning to end. Itโ€™s our path to walk. Our story. Our testimony. Hard or not. May I make the right choices and may I be found worthy in the end. ๐Ÿ™Œ

My backyard

Easter Decorations

I LOVE Easter and all the spring colors.

I bought a lot of Easter decor this year; probably more than I’ve ever purchased before.

My mother painted this little chick many decades ago, and I decided to use all the wild violets in the yard as a backdrop. I’ve never seen this many. It looks like faint, purple blankets laying all over the yard.spring chickI’ve been playing with flatlays on Instagram.

bunny flatlay

I just thought these bunny plates were so cute and vibrant!

bunny plates

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Did anyone else decorate?

Are you having a big Easter dinner with family?

What yummy things do you cook/bake?

The Newness of Spring


Spring is my FAVORITE time of year.

New.

Everything is new!

After experiencing cold, bleak days with no sunshine nor sign of color.

Thereโ€™s now visible life!

Spring signals Easter is around the corner…bright colors, cute rabbits, and chicks.

Bringing a resurrection story detailing the ultimate sacrifice for a dark world.

It,ย too, brings change.

phlox flowers springing up in April

Newness.
HOPE.


Warmth is on its way!

I love how it feels on my face.

Oh, I don’t usually go out to enjoy spring as my allergies and asthma have kept me indoors, since childhood, but I still enjoy it from inside unless I get a rare day where the pollen count drops drastically. (Thatโ€™s usually if a storm has rolled through like today.)

Thunderstorm in April in Indiana

Some years, I miss catching the bluebells in the woods, but here they are!

Bluebells growing in the woods in Indiana.

Bluebell flowers in the woods of Indiana

And I just got an early birthday present from my sweet hubby. ย A larger iPhone…the 7! (I think he was surprised at how poorly I saw things, tooโ€ฆlike his messages to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So, I just had to test it out!

Physically itโ€™s been a really rough couple of weeks, so I bolted out the door like a puppy that had been cooped up all day!
Enjoy the pictures.

Look! Even the weeds look pretty.

 

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Ham and Beans with Moist Cornbread

ham bone for ham and beans

Ham & Beans with Moist Cornbread

Never know what to do with that ham bone after Easter?

Well, wrap it in foil, put it in a freezer, Ziploc bag and store it away in the freezer till it’s chilly outside and you get a hankerin’ for some bean soup! ๐Ÿ™‚

Preparing the Beans

I recommend soaking any DRY beans, whether they be pinto, white (or whatever) overnight to diminish the cooking time the next day.

First, wash the dry beans (careful to look for those pesky little rocks) and then make sure your beans are covered with water and place them in the fridge to soak overnight.

Adding to the Beans

The next day rinse the beans and add your salt and pepper, any other seasonings you prefer and 1 small onion. And make sure you have a big enough pot to add that bone you’ve been saving. it will add more flavor to your soup.

Later add items that won’t need to cook as long. Add some diced (cooked) ham and any other veggies you might like to add.

In the end, I like to mash a few beans to add a thicker broth to the soup.

Then make my fav cornbread recipe!…so moist & very quick!โ™ฅ

(I’m not sure where I got it, perhaps off a Jiffy box; I would give credit if I knew who to give it to. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

NOTE: I don’t use the skillet for baking, but just use a regular loaf pan. I just watch it for doneness.

Jiffy Corn Bread with Creamed Corn Recipe ๐ŸŒฝ

2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

14oz can of creamed corn

2 tablespoons butter

Put a #8 โ€“ or 12โ€ณ cast iron pan in the oven at 375F for about 15 minutes

Mix together the 2 boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix with the eggs, milk, creamed corn.

Pull the cast iron pan out of the oven, drop in the butter and swirl it around, make sure it gets up on the walls of the cast iron pan.

Pour the batter into the cast iron pan, and bake for 30 minutes.

Check for doneness, the edges of the crust should be starting to brown.

Let it cool for a few minutes, run a spatula up under the pan to loosen the corn bread.

Flip onto a plate.

I’ve also made it into muffins.

ENJOY!!