Sometimes we have snow..sometimes we have rain..sometimes freezing..rarely sunny and mild..and never ..ever..ever..what I see on blogs or IG w/ daffodils and tulips and bright green grass and little chicks running around..
..here..you just never know..
Wuthering Heights heavy..misty..spitting rain kind of day here..it was..
once a week ..about..I wash my hair and blow dry the kinks out..straight..I ironed it as a teen..w/ wax paper..lol..
one of my daughters arrived earlier in the AM to hide clothes pegs all over our property..more later...she told Jacques:"Tell mom it's frizzy hair day.." I was making the salad inside..
and thought..just let it go..so I dampened the ends..and stuck 3 bobby pins in it..and went outside later in the rain to take photos etc..
so Janis Joplin I was again..(Respectfully.)
Easter is so different for us now..
Little ..I had my dress coat..gloves..shiny shoes..went to church all my life w/ my mom until she went to see Him up close and personal..I was 19.:( You all know how many tears I have shed over that day throughout my life..
I married that yr..and was saddened to learn I could not marry in church because Jacques was a divorced man.He was divorced when I was 13..
At 19 I was still going to church..
so we married at city hall and the Justice of the peace said to Jacques:"Better Luck This Time"~
Well my romantic notions of a wedding in church..being blessed by the priest..didn't happen.
I stopped going to church.
When we had the girls..we went back..they were baptized..had their first communions..etc..then the girls grew up..and it was harder to get us all to go..
and by then..I was ready to stop.
we returned for about 1 yr a few yrs ago..and have stopped again..
All this to say..that Easter here..is really all about the bunny.
Our children and their children..are ..well of a newer generation here..that seems quite prevalent.
It does not change what our beliefs are..just the way we live them.
So all this to say..
this post is all about cake ,braided breads,cookies and straws.
No religious context..so forgive the materialism of the whole thing.
Mylène..brought empty baskets and the boys had to find 25 clothespins each to earn their filled basket..the last few yrs..the eggs were found in a heartbeat,this made..the hunt outside last even longer..in the spitting mist..;)
so the pins were packed away and the filled goody baskets brought in..and the fun continued..I think they had a ball..at one point it was pouring and they all went out and took their shirts off..and ran in the rain..(I had daughters in pretty dresses w/ dolls..) this is all new to me..but I find it hysterical and wish I had done that.;) Not yesterday..but young..:)
I made cookies..the ones I make every yr..just used a unicorn cutter....let me tell you that horn..is FRAGILE..in case you ever make them..I made the speckled cake..I had Pinned some last yr..just used a coconut white chocolate cake recipe..(Part boxed lol)..my girls loved it little..
the spattering is messy..I did it outside..you can do it a few ways..just Google around;)
I made these cute breads..all the kids ate the eggs too!
Just a word of caution..one recipe makes 8 rolls..not 4:) I doubled it..lol..
the last thing you want to do one hour before everyone arrives is braid 16 buns..I had made 8 eggs so only 8 had eggones..the rest I put sprinkles on them..
..I felt so silly..I often..do not read through a recipe..I read..makes 4..done..double it..later in the body of the recipe it says form 8 balls blablabla..I have told the more than delightful fabulous talented accomplished fantastic blogger..just so she fixes it:)
You can find the recipe here..
Made a clam chowder..you can see the lovely ladle..lol..the basting brush for the loaves..the tulips Noah gave me:)
A clam chowder..made te oyster crackers..we don't have any here..a spiral cut ham..a Goat's mustard sauce:)..and chinese salad..where it got that name must be because of the bean sprouts..it's a classic 1970's salad w/ spinach and rice and raisins and cashews and sprouts etc..
The day was..
Chaos.my beautiful chaos.
Mylène ordered adorable straws for the Littles..(not so little anymore..)..
and I loved that shot Caroline took of me w/ Lucas..I hate having my photo taken.. not crazy about the bobby pins ..frizzball hair..the bright nail polish that is already OFF..LOL and all the at the moment clutter lol..but I love the feeling..this is how I love them..so much.
Here's a funny little story...
Katie and Brooklyn..Oli's friends..walked by and saw me working in the garden..Saturday..they had baskets ..I said:" Hi Girls!"
Katie said: "Hi!"And walked up to me w/ Brooklyn..they were selling cookies they made $1.00 each♥
Brooklyn still had a few..I bought her bunny..Katie..had that half egg left..lol.
I asked her if someone ate half? She said ..:"Oh no..Vanessa broke off half.."I told her I would of course buy it♥That it looked delicious.
In the words of Art Linklletter..Kids say the darndest things.and I love that.
They don't care if their hair is frizzy..if they have bruises on their eye (Oli.. a helping Nana in the garden mishap)....or missing teeth..they don't care if they are shirtless in the rain..and they are such good people.
If I had to pick friends..they would all be children.
So those were my Easter purchases apart from 3 large Kinder Eggs:)
P.S. I always post about Easter because my blog is my journal..not my deep down personal one..just my every day one.
I like to come back and look and read..
Have a great day..
I'll be washing my floors lol.