It’s time to CELEBRATE

04.04.13

So many things to celebrate RIGHT now!

It’s spring!

It’s getting warmer!

It’s stays lighter longer!

The main reason to celebrate . . . EASTER!

It may mean many things to you but to me it’s the season to revisit something that was done for me a very long time ago. 2000 years ago, to be exact. I believe, as does my family, that God sent His son to die on the cross to save us from our sins. We were separated from God and He gave us a way back to Him. The freedom this brings to my life is indescribable and the joy and love that permeates our family is palatable. One of our traditions is to have our Easter Family Dinner together, an egg hunt with our granddaughters and then to all attend one of the special services at our church (www.cathedralofpraise.org)!

Several of our family members are usually involved in the service and this year was no exception. My son was the host of “Jeopardy”, a comedy spoof (pulled off Alex Trebeck to a tee) to open the service and my sister-in-love was a part of the choir that would be an integral part of the worship sets.

Holidays around here are one of our favorite things. I start making lists for the menu, shopping, timing items, etc. If it’s gotta get done, I’ve gotta write it down, email it to myself and put a reminder on my phone! Seriously!!! One good thing about emailing your menu or lists to yourself is that you can pull them up year after year to use again or revise. Saves a ton of time!

One of the major players of our get-togethers is our table . . . love, love, love setting the table. My mom always had a beautiful table, even for everyday dinners and thus, I love to set a table!

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 I feel like when you put a little more effort into your table, adding special touches, it not only shows but brings a bit of your personality to your table, the celebration, the reason you’re all sitting down together . . . for this holiday, it’s to celebrate new beginnings, a fresh start . . . HOPE! Nothing says that like COLOR! For this year’s table I purchased a few yards of fabric (yellow) and pulled out a piece of gingham I had bought a few years ago for a baby shower. The baskets are individual baked potato baskets that my grandmother had. I used some scrapbook stickers to put the initial of each family member on a plastic egg to mark their place setting.

All I did for a centerpiece was make a cake!!!! Add the fabric, a few extra eggs and voila!
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If you are on VINE (the new video app equivalent to Instagram), you can find my profile and check out the stop action video i did of a place setting. TOO FUN! Why? Because I can! Remember, if you can . . . you should . . . I did!

I set out to make a gathering a little special with a few things I already had on hand. Brought in a little of the excitement of the season through color, some fun objects and a great dessert and set the tone for a wonderful day with my family . . . the most important part of my life!

Here’s a few more pics of our day . . .

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Great Easter “baskets” from Lands End!

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IMG_2362Caroline reading her new book to Sarah

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Scrumptious Green Bean Bundles
1/2 slice bacon
6-8 green beans
1 stick butter (melted)
1/4 cup soy sauce
tsp garlic powder
Wrap beans with bacon and use toothpick to secure; Mix sauce and pour over each bundle; bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until bacon is to your liking! Wait for the applause . . . it will come!

This was our side dish that has become one of our holiday dinner staples. We had it alongside our new crockpot roast!

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Coffee Marinade for Roast
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1 cup Italian dressing (any brand)
1/4 cup of beef broth or worcestershire sauce or Dale’s steak seasoning (we use the Dale’s)
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Salt/Pepper to taste
Mix in ziplock and add roast of your choice (we use either churck or sirloin tip)
Marinate overnight. Before placing in crock pot, sear each side of the roast (optional) in a little olive oil. Cut up 1-2 onions in rings on the bottom of your crock pot and place roast on top of onions. Pour in marinade. Slow cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. ENJOY!

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Caroline Grace enjoyed her “loot”!

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Our angel, Sarah Elizabeth, wasn’t feeling well and STILL had her beautiful countenance!

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Our son, Brad and his beautiful wife, Julia, with their daughters along with my in-loves, Bill and Shirley . . . proud great-grandparents to Caroline and Sarah!

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Ryan, the host of “Jeopardy” and his precious wife, Jenny Lynn!

Celebrating the season with those you love and cherish is a true blessing! I tell folks all the time that I am the most blessed person I know!

It was a HAPPY EASTER and one we will drink off of for a long time.

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