easter!

might as well have been called ‘eater’ this year, because all we did was EAT!

the weekend was off to a great start saturday morning when it was time to dye eggs! i dont’ know if i’ll do this with my kids (jury’ s still out) but it was fun to get in the spirit of celebrating.  also,  for our family get together dan and i were assigned to the easter egg hunt, so i was set on making it super special for our nieces!

i confess. i have never once, in my life, boiled an egg. it’s true! i had to search online how to do it, ha! but i knew i wanted to use real eggs and knew there had to be a way to dye them without store bought chemicals. :)

it’s actually really easy, just time consuming. the basic solution is 1 pint of water per 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. so if you need 3 pints to fill your pan…you add 6 tablespoons of white vinegar, and so on and so forth.

i made three dyes. the first was using 3 tablespoons of turmeric. this one is the easiest because you put the raw eggs IN with your water and vinegar and bring to a boil, and boil for about 30 minutes. it was a gorgeous yellow-gold color! these came out the best.

the other two dyes i made, i used beets (4 cups worth) and red cabbage (also four cups worth). for these, i boiled the eggs and let them cool. same method as with the turmeric, except you leave the eggs out and just boil the veggies. everything must be at room temperature for best results when you get ready to soak the eggs.

  

the blue eggs were done by soaking eggs in the cabbage solution overnight (or for about eight hours). the purple eggs were made with the beet solution, soaking for about 30 minutes. i was pretty happy with how they all turned out!

sunday morning, we started off our day with cinnamon rolls, and then attending services (and working them, ha!) at our church, soma austin. we had a wonderful morning reading from 1st corinthians about the resurrection of Jesus and the gospel.

we realised saturday, that we had no lunch plans for easter, after all! so we sent out a big tweet and ended up with about 14 guests to easter lunch! we had a lot of brisket to share, and it was just enough, with everyone who came. i took a few pictures but none of them came out very well, so here’s a picture of my attempt to make our silverware look like carrots, ha!

we ended our day on a wonderful note, hanging out with my two sisters and their families. i LOVED getting to watch ruby and isabella hunt eggs! they were SO excited!

  
we had a beautiful dinner of potato salad, ham, salmon, goat cheese, tomatoes, bread…etc etc. with the family. amy made these awesome bunny shapes with the napkins. it was so fun!

what did you do for easter?

thanks for reading!

peep smores

in an effort to become more celebratory of holidays, i decided yesterday afternoon that i was going to make an easter treat for some of my coworkers. i think i particularly have a hard time with easter, because american culture has just commercialized the heck out of it, and it doesn’t leave much for the actual meaning.

i have read somewhere that dyeing eggs goes back to the passover (before Christ came), but i can’t really verify that or give you any more history than that. but the easter bunny? since when does a bunny lay eggs? just saying.

i’m going to do a post later today on good friday, which will explain what easter really is, but until then i’ll hang up my cranky pants and tell you about my treat. :)

PEEPS!!!

i was inspired by a link i saw on facebook yesterday. i also saw a link for peeps sushi, and had i gotten it to work, this post MIGHT just be titled, ‘peeps sushi.’

so here they are, it’s very simple. graham crackers, chocolate and peeps. at first i started out with just one peep, but it looked so lonely.

i put all of these things in a little celophane bag and tied it shut with a twisty tie. and ta-da!! some lucky soul gets the mix matched peep set. :) it’s my favorite.

right after i posted this, i gave my first one away and the recipient thought it was so cool! success. and it cost…maybe 5 dollars to make 8 of these. that’s pretty good, i say!

thanks for reading!

happy new year!

dan and i spent new years eve with our great friends and neighbors, larry and jana gross. their kiddos were tucked away in bed by this point but here are a few pics we captured of the evening. :)

christmas 2009.

this has been one of the most stress-free holidays ever! it was a really special time for me because i got to spend it with BOTH of my nieces and watch them enjoy their first christmas!

this year, my family did a ‘secret santa’ gift exchange so we all got one thing. it was awesome. here’s my gift. oh yeah, plus tickets to see david sedaris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thanksgiving prayer

so…i dabble in the liturgy and readings of the episcopal (holy catholic) church a bit. i find a lot of God’s power and beauty in words that have been spoken to Him for hundreds of years. as we approach our holiday of thanks, i give you the thanksgiving blessing, found on page 837 of the common book of prayer. may the Spirit move you and bring you joy.

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.
We thank you, Lord.

For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ,
We thank you, Lord.

For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends,
We thank you, Lord.

For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve,
We thank you, Lord.

For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play,
We thank you, Lord.

For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity,
We thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice,
We thank you, Lord.

For the communion of saints, in all times and places,
We thank you, Lord.

Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord;
To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen

merry christmas: the traditional holiday post. (with links!)

santa came to visit me this year. i think it’s been about 15 or 16 years since that happened…maybe more. he left me some new bamboo cutting boards (i don’t know why i used the word ‘new’…that’d be both disgusting and insulting if santa gave me used ones), brooks brothers perfume, some ornaments, and a bag full of goodies like cookies, nail files, and of course a talking santa gnome.

i was shocked! oh, santa. it’s because i tweeted about you yesterday isn’t it?

christmas has felt and looked so much different for me this year, probably because it’s my first holiday to stay in austin and have the family visit me…but also because i have great friends who have encouraged me to study this season of advent, or the “coming” of Christ with them. i love and enjoy this tradition of the Christian faith each year in specifically communing together over the day chosen to celebrate the birth of baby JC.

i dunno. i think at the ripe young age of 27, i’m beginning to grow up and maybe mature a little bit in my faith and in life, and the world just looks different when you take a moment to ask for guidance and perspective.

anyway, i have had a most joyous day, and i sincerely hope that you have, too, oh blogging world.

here’s a picture of some incredibly awesome flip-flop socks that my sister, amy, gifted me. i’ve been wearing them now, for two days. don’t judge me.

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oh yeah. i also got this and this. WAHOOO! i heart my tech-savvy family.