I am having a hard time believeing that Easter will be with us in slightly over a week! Wasn't it Christmas just last month? Where does all the time go, dear bloggerites? I just finished co-hosting a very informal Easter Tea at my church along with my friends, Ruth and Janet. It was a lovely time of whimsy, with a few delightful women. We reminisced about Easters of yesterr-year, spent some time thinking about what the first Easter must have been like for Mary, the mother of Jesus and closed the afternoon off by decorating Easter bunny cuppcakes. How cute they were, and how delicious, accompanied by fresh fruit and steaming cups of coffee and tea! There isn't anything I enjoy more than the company of women, and an afternoon of conversation and tea.
Today I made my final decision about Easter Dinner.What should I serve and who should we invite? The guest list was the easiest of tasks, as we have those who it has become a tradition to entertain on holidays. The menu was not so easily decided upon. As I attempt to graciously accept that I am not getting any younger, I am trying to make preparations as easy as possible. I think this year, I have managed to keep the prep time to an all-time minimum. The ham is a pre-bakedand spiral cut, and needs only to be heated to a specific temperature. I am making a scalloped potatoe casserole, one or two vegetables, and a wild rice and barley recipe that is made in a rice cooker and is dead easy to throw together. As an appetizer I am going to do devilled eggs, keeping the eggs in the shell, and serving them in lovely egg cups. That should be fun and different. For dessert, dear readers, I have done the unthinkable. I have purchased a FROZEN CHEESECAKE selection from Costco: six different varieties of cheesecake. It was on sale, and frankly, I couldn't make it for the price they were charging. I have had the Costco cheesecake before and it is quite delicious, so I am throwing caution entirely to the wind, and vowing to take it tres easy this year. For once, I will not be totally exhausted by the time we sit down to eat. One of my guests has offered to bring the salad, and should another guest offer to bring something else, well then, that will be even less work for me. I do feel almost guilty about the whole thing, but I am trying hard not to let it bother me too much. For the past 16 years, I have done the lion's share of the cooking and baking in my home, but, as the British put it, that has become "a bit beyond the rabbit-proof fence" for me at this point. and it has just gotten to be too much. Perhaps this time next year I will feel different, and go back to the way things used to be, but then again, maybe I won't! What are your Easter traditions, dear readers? Do you do any table-scaping? I am looking for something simple but elegant. Any ideas?