Easter is always such a strange time for me…when I was small it was a time of precise preparations and even more precise foods. Easter breads and nut rolls and ham and kielbasa…my grandmother prepared a huge basket of foods that she took to church to be blessed by the priest. My Aunt Annie made something amazing out of eggs that looked like cheese but really wasn’t cheese. There had to be pink horse radish dip, too. Then there was stress about whether we were eating blessed foods or not and my grandmother would literally freak out if we didn’t like or finish a food that was blessed. In between all of that there were regular Easter baskets filled with jellybeans and Peeps and Chocolate Bunnies. I once kept a Chocolate duck for three months because I couldn’t bear to hurt him. I didn’t like dye on my hands from coloring Easter Eggs. We couldn’t watch TV on Good Friday. My sister and I were dressed alike in hats, dresses, coats, shoes and even purses. Our purses had a real ironed lacy handkerchief inside and our little rosaries. And money for the collection baskets. My dad took Easter movies of us walking to church. My mom died near Easter. One of my beloved aunts died near Easter. My mom was the one who made loaf after loaf of special Easter Bread. My aunt made the yellow cheese that really wasn’t cheese.
I have a ton of Easter issues. Sigh!
I don’t like making a big deal out of Easter so I don’t. I don’t even like saying Happy Easter! Yikes! After rereading I think I may have more Easter issues than I thought! Oh well…
I just finished this and I can’t tell you enough about how good this book was. Little gullible 12 year olds and a mysterious man called Wither! So good!
Up next…I am loving the Deborah Crombie book and craving something beachy!
Den loves eggy casseroles so I want to make this one from the NYT…we love Veggie Sandwiches…this one is from Cup of Joe…and I think we are having this Very Cheesy Rice Bake…I think it’s from Food 52…tonight!
So…have a lovely weekend!
See you on Monday!