25 April 2011

Easter feaster

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  We did.  There was some egg dying and some cookie making and two very excited kids while we got ready for bed Saturday night.  My kids are used to doing egg hunts inside because it's usually too cold to go outside, but not this year.  We didn't tell them it would be outside though, so they spent the morning searching all over the house and were very worried that the Easter bunny hadn't come.  We finally told them where to look and headed out to the yard. 

Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed a feast, as my son likes to say whenever I remember to fix a side dish.  Leg of lamb, hot potato salad, deviled eggs (since the baby threw a few hard boiled eggs when she found them) and pickled beets.  As I sat whining about how full I was, I couldn't help but think about family holiday traditions.  Growing up, I always knew what to expect for each holiday and good food was always to be expected.

My family generally had lamb for Memorial Day, as we spent it with the grandparents who raised sheep.  Thanksgiving was always at great aunt Allene's house-on my Mom's side of the family.  Christmas Eve with Dad's parents, then Christmas afternoon we went to the other grandparent's.  Easter was always at my mom's mom's house and it was always ham.  I associate ham with Easter because of that.  Now that we've all gotten older, and most of the hostesses have passed on, those traditions have died too.  And since there was no ham to be found in my freezer, we started a new tradition... lamb.  Okay, I don't know if it'll be a tradition, but it sure was good.  Not as good as how my grandma used to fix it, but I think I'm improving.

I was inspired by Resweater to make these little eggs.  I used scraps from my baby slippers project, so the kids thought they were slippers the entire time.  I wanted to make more from another sweater, but I just didn't get to it.  Maybe next year I'll make some more.  They sure are cute.


  1. Love the little eggs you made. Adorable. Are they made from fleece? :)

  2. It sounds like you had a really good day! I didn't boil the first egg, I simply forgot. Deviled eggs sounds good! Your egg project turned out quite cute!

  3. Nancy, they're made from an old wool sweater. I didn't take a picture of the backside... it's got a flap so you can fill it with candy.

    Sharon, it's good to see you!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter! I always liked those old traditional dinners made by the older generations in my family. Since I had many that came right from other countries it was a international mixture of meals.

    Love those little sweater eggs!

  5. Cute eggs.
    We usually have ham also but this year we decided to do a picnic instead, fried chicken and potato salad.
    I'm going to check out the link to the sweater projects. Thanks