Easter Brunch: Spinach, Mushroom and Artichoke Bread Pudding, Florida Citrus Marinated Shrimp, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Grape Salad and Banana Nut Muffins with Cinnamon Honey Cream Cheese Filling
Spinach, Mushroom & Artichoke Bread Pudding. Florida Citrus Marinated Shrimp. Garlic Roasted Potatoes. Grape Salad. Banana Nut Muffins with Cinnamon & Honey Cream Cheese FIlling. Doesn’t that sound delicious? That’s what’s on the menu this year. I’ll probably add in a cocktail or two to liven things up a bit more,
My kids are no longer kids, which is terribly sad, but I’m proud to say all four boys are doing well. They are scattered across the country now, so when they come home, it is truly a cause for celebration. They want all the things they remember fondly from years past. Of course I always cave, and fix whatever they want.
Food has always been an integral part of our family life. It was important that we all sat down to dinner together to share our experiences from the day, and celebrate our life as a family. We laughed a lot! We made decisions together. We discussed what to do and what not to do. We made plans for the future. We just enjoyed being a family. Most importantly, we prayed, thanking God for all the good gifts He continually showers down upon each of us.
Now that it is just me and CR, I am having fun trying new “traditions.” This year I decided on something different: brunch. No formal sit down dinner like we usually do. I love cooking and baking, but some days you want to make things ahead and enjoy the day vs being in the kitchen..
I love brunch. Mixing breakfast foods with luncheon fare opens up lots of wonderful possibilities. My mind went wild when I started thinking about what to cook. There are so many things I love, and lots of new things to try. Of course, I couldn’t make everything all at once. Too bad.
This year it will be just my youngest son and Mom, and my sister and her family. When my kids were growing up, we all gathered at Mom’s house. It was quite a crowded dining room, but we were together, sharing a special meal, celebrating Easter dinner in our own special way.
Easter is such a joyous time!
“Christ has Died, Christ is Risen, Christ Will Come Again!”
What a powerful message. We say these words from the Book of Common Prayer every Sunday, but on Easter they take on a much deeper meaning. Church services on Easter morning are always glorious; the music, kids home from college, families gathered for the weekend, and of course, the Easter egg hunt. All the children running around the church searching for eggs is hilarious. The older ones running over each other to see who can get the most, and the little ones in their own area, thankfully, who are enthralled just to pick up one single egg and break it open to see what treasures are hidden inside. Oh, to be a kid again.
I remember egg hunts when we used real eggs. They were boiled and dyed of course. Every year, mamma, my sister and I, spent a lot of time getting them just the right colors with the Paas Egg Dye Kit hot water, and white vinegar. Watching those little tablets dissolve in the cup was like magic. The smell of vinegar always brings back those happy childhood memories. The last ones to be dyed were not so pretty, but it sure was fun to see what happened when we mixed the leftover colors together. Every year, there was at least one egg that wasn’t accounted for. Mamma would search the yard diligently, trying to remember where she had hidden each egg. We usually discovered it later by the horrible, smell coming from the flowerbed.
My children were curious about where things came from. Where did the Easter Bunny live? Why did he only come once a year? Why did we have eggs on Easter? Why, why, why? I remember telling them that Jesus dying and then rising again was like a chicken growing inside the egg. The chick has to break open the shell in order to be born. From something that appears dead, comes new life. Butterflies are another great example of re-birth. The butterfly starts out life as a lowly caterpillar, crawling around on the ground before spinning a cocoon around itself. The caterpillar essentially has to die in order to be transformed and emerge as a beautiful butterfly. I never did get very far explaining the Easter Bunny.
This caterpillar is ready for Easter. I am so ready to turn into a butterfly. Right now, I am going to fly into the kitchen and prepare brunch. Come along with me and try a few of my favorites. Spinach, Mushroom & Artichoke Bread Pudding Spinach, Mushroom & Artichoke Bread Pudding