This Easter, Kyle’s parents will be in town helping us begin our move!!!! I seriously can’t get over the fact that we will be home owners in just a few short days (pending closing goes smoothly of course!). We are so blessed that we have family & friends willing to come & help us out, and are fortunate the distance between our current apartment & new house isn’t too bad. But between the excitement of finding out if we are having a boy or girl (tomorrow!!!) & moving into our 1st house, we definitely want to take time to reflect on the Easter holiday & celebrate with a great dinner.
Our plan is to have a “busy” Wed-Sat with the move & packing & cleaning & organizing…and take Sunday to rest & celebrate the Easter season. We have a great church we attend in King of Prussia (if you’re in the area, totally check it out!) and while these past few weeks have made it tough for us to regularly attend church, we always love making it to the Easter service!
Fortunately, I’m a pretty easy going entertainer, especially when it’s just for the 4 of us, so dinner/late lunch won’t take too much planning. My family growing up always had our holiday meals be very similar across Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas, and I envision our family following a similar path — the food is just too good to switch it up. I’m also a big fan of “semi-homemade” cooking, which eliminates the stress & pressure of too many dishes & too much time in the kitchen.
On the Menu:
- Honey Baked Ham — it can be warmed up, but is best served at room temperature which leaves the oven open!
- Sweet Potato Casserole (similar) — my favorite dish as a kid, it isn’t the holidays without it!
- Party Potatoes (similar) — Kyle’s favorite dish as a kid
- Rainbow Carrots — a new addition, but perfect for Easter! And beautiful!
- Fresh Pineapple — because it just FEELS like the perfect spring fruit to lighten up all the heavy food!
- Desserts (Cottontail Bunny Chocolates and M&M cookies)
As a part of my healthier eating, I’ve realized holidays are all about portion control. Load up on the fruit, salad, & carrots, and enjoy the taste of the heavier foods. I’m also keeping dessert portion size small, so while I need strong will power to not overindulge, I can still enjoy the sweets without sacrificing TOO many calories & eating TOO much sugar!