This past weekend was wonderful in so many ways that I am thankful for. My husband, youngest son and I traveled back home to celebrate Easter with both sides of our family. The only negative was that my oldest son couldn’t make it home but we will see him next month. We did talk daily though so that helped.
The weather was perfect, not too hot and not cold! We were able to wear shorts and only needed a light jacket at night, a far different scenario than home where it was 23° when I woke up this am, and still have to wear a winter coat.
Because I had so much to do in a short amount of time I had a game plan in place. The first thing was to get the shopping done. I always cook for my husband’s side of the family; and because we were going to visit with my family in the afternoon; I knew I would have to pre-cook the ham and roast the day before. There were only going to be 7 for dinner but when we sat down to eat there were 12 of us. No problem because there is always way too much food. In addition to the ham and roast I made sweet potatoes, yams, squash, green beans, broccoli and cauliflower with carrots, corn and mashed potatoes. As you can see we do like vegetables! Dessert was an egg shaped chocolate cake with a variety of ice cream.
On my side of the family everyone brought a dish to pass. Because we traveled early and with a big shedding dog, I brought the Tom Tucker mint gingerale. It was a request and brought back so many memories of our Sunday dinners at our grandparents.
Us grandkids are now the “old” ones. Our kids are grown now and some have kids of their own. But it was a beautiful time. The food was phenomenal. My one cousin made pasta, sauce, meatballs and braciole-just like we had at grandma’s. My sister brought a ham and asparagus with a lemon sauce. One cousin brought his homebrew ale, and another made cream of asparagus soup. There was homemade bread with bruchetta, and assorted other appetizers.
But the best part of the weekend was getting to spend time with the family. It was the first time most of us were together in the last 3 years. After the rough year I’ve had I really needed this time with my family. We reminisced, laughed and had a great time. Pictures were taken and plans made to do this again soon.
The desserts were homemade beauties. My cousin’s daughter made gourmet cupcakes ( carrot, s’ more, chocolate caramel, lemon berry and several other flavors), all were divine. My sister made a lemon ricotta cake that was heavenly, and my cousin who hosted made strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. If anyone walked away hungry it was their own fault!
Whenever meals are made to be shared with others we all try to have vegetarian and regular items so nobody is excluded.
We had 20 at my cousin’s that afternoon and it was a beautiful time. Good food, family and memories. That is the best. These are the times we carry with us forever. We carry on the tradition our grandparents and parents started hoping our children will continue on also.
Needless to say when we got back to my sister in law’s house I had to get the ham in the oven and roast on. I had the meal on the table 2 1/2 hours later. It was a busy exhausting day and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
These special times we get to share with our children and families are carried through our lives. They bring us joy and happiness and provide a strong binding bond that lasts a lifetime.
Please feel free to comment. Feedback is always appreciated. Hope all of you had a wonderful week and look forward to the next time.
Mangia and enjoy!