As a kid, Easter was one of my favorite holidays. My sister and I always had Easter dresses (usually that my Mom made) and we spent the entire day with family. Both sets of my grandparents had an Easter egg hunt for all their grandchildren. I loved my Granny and Grandad’s because their eggs were filled with money. Afterwards, we would sit on their front porch swing and swing for hours, just talking. It was always a special day filled with love, home cooked food and family.
My Grandma and Grandpa had 22 grandchildren and had the biggest Easter egg hunt ever in their backyard. It was like a mad dash with all the kids running to get the most eggs. I am pretty sure I recall a few fights breaking out during the race for eggs. It was always crazy, but so much fun. My Grandma also always had one Reese’s peanut butter egg for all the kids. I still associate chocolate and peanut butter with Easter, which is why the chocolate almond butter cups are on my menu.
I didn’t realize how lucky I was growing up. I thought everyone’s family was like mine, but now I realize how fortunate I truly was and am to have so much family. These are memories I will cherish forever.
Cooking for our families is important. I believe it is important to have special meals on the holidays where everyone sits down together and eats. This time allows us to connect with one another, especially family members we may not see everyday. Right now, I live far away from my family and miss them all dearly. Since it is Easter, I still had planned to make a nourishing, special meal just for my husband and me. However, my Dad surprised me at the last moment and will be out here for work. So we will get to spend Easter with my Dad, which is wonderful. I won’t be cooking though because he loves all the restaurants in San Diego and will want to go out to dinner. But, if I was cooking brunch or dinner, here are the meals I had planned below.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter with your family. Enjoy all the food and time spent together!
~Eat well, be well