Easter fun and a bit of Tomfoolery

We made these little peepers last year to go with our Easter dinner.  photo credit to: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mhuIaduG_









Easter Sunday is a big deal around here.  We enjoy a joyous worship time with our church family, and then we invite our extended family and some friends to our house for dinner each year.  Before this time, we pray for grand weather:  73 degrees please, God, and no rain on this day, please. . . and no gale-force winds like last year . . . and please no snow, just for this day.  Easter is unusually early this year, situated as it is on the tails of a cold and snowy March, so anything could happen.  But I’m still praying for sun and the gentlest of breezes, so we can be outside in the natural splendour, rather than inside my never-clean-enough house.

Last year’s Easter was warm and sunny, and a bit windy, from what I remember.  Our baby sister Mollie and her family weren’t able to come for the day, and we missed them.  We are a clannish group, and when one person is missing, it always leaves a noticeable hole.  So we decided to include a facsimile of Mollie (made with a large photo of her face, and the bones of an old scarecrow) in all our doings.

Little Mack wasn't fond of the Aunt Mollie facsimile. It is true that she's friendlier in person.

Here she is, clearly not as attractive as the real thing.  Little Mack wasn’t fond of the Aunt Mollie facsimile. It is true that she’s friendlier in person.

Food and drink is a pretty big deal any time the Youngs get together.  For parties and celebrations of course, the menu is carefully planned and designed for maximum enjoyment.  I’m in charge of the Easter dinner potluck and I’ve thought it through carefully this year, remembering the infamous Easter dinner when nearly every dish was a shade of white (cloud rolls–fisheye salad–mashed potatoes–turkey breast–you get the picture).  Oh, the horrors of that realization, to me, that I had planned so poorly!

You’ve heard the old story, I’m sure . . . about how to get ride of unwanted company?  I’ve heard it many times:  you feed them an all-white meal.  Obviously that was not my intent on that Easter day several years ago–really!  it wasn’t!–I was just careless in my planning.  But I’m more thoughtful about it now.  This Easter Sunday dinner will include ham and scalloped potatoes, two green salads, cute little stuffed egg chicks, frozen fruit salad, fisheye salad, several (colorful!) desserts, among other brightly-colored foods.  No all-white dinner this year, thank goodness!

We took our Mollie boating on our little pond.

Because we had such an excellent motivation to take photos, we took lots of them and we stayed quite active all afternoon, busily posing our Mollie in as many places and positions as we could think of.  I think she had a good time, and we certainly did.

Here we take a group picture with our Mollie.

Besides eating pretty much constantly throughout the day, we also spent quite a lot of time hunting for cleverly-hidden Easter basket-cups full of candy, and then the rest of the time eating the chocolate eggs and marshmallow peeps tucked inside them.  One year we flew kites, but it was too windy last year to enjoy that diversion!

I took our Mollie up into Amalia’s new treehouse.  

I look at all the greenery in these photos with awe, since this Easter is going to be as cool and brown as last year’s was warm and green.  What a difference a couple of weeks can make in the early spring!

Here big brother Mark gives li’l sis Mollie a piggy-back ride, while Mary and Amalia search for their baskets.

This year, I believe that our big brother Mark will miss Easter at our house.  I have a feeling that we could make sure that that doesn’t happen . . . hehe . . .


12 thoughts on “Easter fun and a bit of Tomfoolery

  1. Suerae Stein

    Oh how I LOVE those little stuffed egg chicks!!! I will have to try to make those this year. We have a Spanish exchange student this Easter and we are going to a pot luck and those eggs will be perfect! It sounds like your gathering will be very special no matter what the weather brings, but I will hope for warmth and sunshine for you!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Suerae, if you make those stuffed egg chicks, here’s a handy tip for you: it’s hard to get them to stay still on the plate. Either you’ll have to shave the bottom of the eggs off to provide a flat bottom, or put a dab of filling on the plate, or line it with lettuce, or something. I struggled with that last year. Or–if you have a deviled egg plate, that’s even better! Hope your Easter is blessed!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      We had a lot of fun with that faux-Mollie, I can assure you! And this year she’s not going to miss Easter!

  2. Alana (@RamblinGarden)

    Have a wonderful Easter. Your menu sounds yummy! I have to mention one thing, which is that I’ve never heard of fish-eye salad. But my husband, of Italian heritage, is familiar with it (although his family never called it fish-eye salad.)

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Our family’s fish-eye salad is made with acini de pepe pasta, and is a great family favorite. I hope you have a wonderful Easter, too!

  3. Toni Nelson

    Love the photo! Looks like you’ll have another wonderful and creative family day together. Eating all day is right up my alley! Can’t wait to see the photos:) Hmm, I have to figure out why comment luv keeps going back to my Sunday post and not my latest one.

  4. Anita-Clare Field

    I loved this post. I think my favourite bit is when your kids are taking Mollie out on the boat. Easter lunch sounds fabulous too. It’s Duck here today. Just one question? What in the name of all things holy is ‘fish eye salad’ ?

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Well, I just might have to write a blog post about that, Anita-Clare. After all, I do believe we have an UBC coming up . . . (gulp!) tomorrow! Keep posted!

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