Monday, April 01, 2013


I didn't get a nice picture of the kids together, or even our family, but oh well.
We had a really wonderful Easter.
I have been more reflective of the Savior this year than in the past since I am reading the book 
Believing Christ.  It's fantastic.
I've thought more about the joy of Easter.
I am so thankful for that empty tomb.
I felt joy in celebrating that instead of getting too caught up with the Bunny and stress holidays can sometimes bring.

My kids got a note from the Bunny on Easter morning letting them know they needed to be good during church and maybe when they got home there would be treats in their baskets.

During church I was in charge of Sharing Time for Primary so I had a basket full of symbols of Easter and then we read scriptures from Matthew to identify what they represented.  I had a piece of red cloth to symbolize the red garment placed on Jesus as he was mocked and beaten by the Roman Soldiers and a white cloth to symbolize the burial clothes put on him before he was laid in the borrowed tomb.  I reflected on the scripture from Isaiah that says, "though your sins be scarlet, they shall be white as snow."  Through Christ we can be transformed from red to white, from sinner to saint.

Lo and behold...when we got home the kids discovered their baskets.  There was much exclamation of joy over the hula-hoop and jump-rope and Noah had a ball with the Hex Bugs.

I had a couple Easter miracles, I was able to make our Easter Feast and have everything hot at the same time!  I made several new recipes and never had a melt-down, everything turned out great.
We had a rotisserie chicken that I brined overnight in a lemon-garlic-herb brine.  Cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, honey ginger carrots, roasted asparagus, and bunny buns.

Have you seen Pinstrosity?  My buns qualify, although I should note, the Pinterest photo is not of buns, they're cookies.  My buns still tasted good, even if they weren't the cute little bunnies I'd envisioned.


I did have a Pin-Win though.  I made a perfect NY style cheesecake.  Seriously perfect.  
Here is the link.

We went to Auntie Jennifer's for dessert and another Egg Hunt.  

It was such a fun, suger-crazed, but still peaceful, happy day.
I hope you all had a joyful Easter.


Ashley said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful Easter! Ours was fun, but I rather dropped the ball on the spiritual things. The highlight of Easter Sunday was definitely when my mom asked Eliza about Jesus and Eliza said, "Jesus was resurrected." She said it completely unprompted and I don't think I had any sort of discussion with her about it, so on Easter Sunday I felt very very grateful for nursery leaders who taught Eliza this important truth when I was not operating at 100%. I bet your sharing time was fabulous. Your dinner sounds absolutely divine! Were the carrots the honey glazed ones from Best Bites? Yummy!

Kate Eidam said...

Ok, Anna, just tried a piece. Best. Cheesecake. Ever. I mean we love Tony, but you could easily take over as our favorite Onofrio with baking like that!! I took a big piece and didn't even feel bad about it.

Anna said...

Thanks Kate! I am so glad you enjoyed is so good and pretty simple to make.

Kate Eidam said...

I'm going to have to make it for Michael. Saying he loves cheesecake it the understatement of the century. I'm a very, very occasional baker, so fingers crossed!