Monday, April 1, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 13/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, I give you four photos of happy from the past week, all-Easter style. We had such a nice Easter week and holiday, it was hard to choose just four. So I have made four themed collages instead.

Easter egg-dyeing is one of our favorite family traditions. Everyone has a different style. I like to make mine solid-colored and very bright. That's my blue egg in the top right corner. The Bear likes to give his eggs some personality with funny faces drawn in crayon before dyeing. He also likes to dip parts of his egg in different colors, for a plaid look. Both small Bears like to do lots of crayon and multiple colors of dye. We always have an eclectic Easter egg collection.

Easter morning brought sunshine and mild temperatures. The small Bears were giddy with excitement as they discovered their Easter baskets on the hearth in the family room and began their egg hunt. The Bear and I had placed two jellybeans inside each plastic egg the night before and hid them throughout the backyard and a few rooms in the house. They ate their jellybeans as fast as they could and were wired all morning. Lots of shrieking, leaping, bouncing and laughing happened.

Easter afternoon was a beautiful one. The temperature reached the mid-70's and the sun shone. We spent awhile in the backyard, enjoying the weather and each other. The LB got a new-to-him bicycle on Saturday; I found a very good deal on a nice bike on Craigslist. He had outgrown his previous bike and was really in need of a bigger one. He rode it all weekend and is thrilled with it. The Bear played the guitar for us and drank a cold IPA. The GB blew bubbles and kept us entertained with her chatter. I was starting to come down with a cold and was probably the least fun member of the party, but I enjoyed our afternoon very much.

Last, but certainly not least, we had lots of delicious food this weekend. My Easter brunch was simple and easy, to leave lots of time for egg-hunting fun. I made Overnight Egg-Sausage Bake, a breakfast casserole with egg, sausage, cheese, milk and Bisquick as the primary ingredients. I put it all together the night before and left it in the fridge, then popped it into the oven when I woke up in the morning. I made it last year too; this year I altered it slightly to add prepared grainy dijon mustard instead of dry mustard, thyme instead of oregano, and added salt and pepper to the mixture. I also substituted bulk turkey sausage for the pork. It was much better with my alterations and I'll do them in the future too. We also had Pillsbury orange sweet rolls, orange juice and fruit.

The Bear baked a challah loaf in the afternoon and did a beautiful job with it. Dinner consisted of glazed, spiral-cut ham, steamed asparagus, potato latkes and the bread. The challah and latkes are a nod to my own partially-Jewish heritage; when I was growing up, we celebrated both Passover and Easter. For dinner, I set the table with some of my Dresden placemats and a vintage embroidered runner. I placed bright pink tulips in my strawberry jug and we had ourselves a very springy table. Dessert was apple pie, from the bakery at Costco. Lazy, but oh so delicious.


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  1. Ahhhhh, I loved reading about your Easter! What a lovely time you have had, and how lucky you are to have a Bear who plays guitar - a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. We have never dyed eggs before, it's something we'll try next year. And your Easter brunch sounds delicious too!

  2. Oh it looks like you had a lovely holiday! I am glad you and your family had such a happy holiday. Oh that food looks sooooo good!

  3. Lovely Easter photos. Looks like you all had a lovely time. Love the pretty eggs.
    M xxx

  4. love the easter photos. especially loved the braided bread! i made the same thing! following you from MBC.
    My names linsay. you can find me at... im currently doing a jewelry giveaway.

  5. So much fun and lots of happy!
    Handmade Cuties!

  6. What a lovely weekend you had...
    Love the embroidered tablecloth...
    My cottage is on Lake Erie...just to clarify, as I thought you though it was on Lake Ontario...

    Linda :o)

  7. I love everything about these collages.

    You've certainly had a lovely Easter weekend : )

  8. Looks like a great way to spend the holiday. Thanks for sharing. =0)
    I'm finally here, following you back via GFC from Meet & Greet. Thanks for your patience with me.

  9. Wow, what a bumper list of happies! I love your collages. Your Easter celebrations sound wonderful - family, good food, beautiful weather. Lovely. :-)

    Gillian x

  10. Such lovely images and lots of fun and happy moments x

  11. Such beautiful photos! Isn't Easter such a fabulous time of year???


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