Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, Friends!  It's been a wonderful weekend with family, enjoying some beautiful weather and fun Easter traditions.  But the highlight of the weekend was our incredibly powerful church service we attended. Holidays like Easter and Christmas tend to get commercialized, and sure, they are also a great excuse to get together with family and friends.  I love Easter traditions (deviled eggs(!!), easter baskets, and egg hunts), but I never want to take for granted the reason I celebrate.  I am thankful for Jesus Christ, who came to this Earth, humbled Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for my sin and shame, and died on a cross so that I could have new life.  Our pastor spoke from 2 Corinthians 5:17 at our Easter service, which reads, " Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!"  My mistakes, my pride, and my shame are gone, and I am free to live life to the fullest.  I am thankful for that Easter promise!

Our neighbors also made getting into the Easter spirit easy this week.  Haha!
I see things like this and think that humanity may not be so bad after all.

On Saturday, we dyed Easter eggs.  My niece, Avery, got quite into it and was easily frustrated if her eggs didn't turn out.  My dad also was quite passionate about the process.  These two are inseparable.

My sister bought some rhinestone stickers for the eggs---they added a little sparkle.

I also tried to snap some Easter shots of my little niece and nephew in their Easter outfits.  As you can see from the photo below, my attempts were fruitful. 

After the chair pose proved to be useless, I let the kiddos run around.

(This little man in his Easter sweater truly kills me.  Add in argyle, and I'm
done for)

(My mom's beautiful Easter cake!)

(My mom also sent us all home with little Easter goodie bags)

In other Easter related news, I think I finally perfected my deviled eggs recipe.  A couple Easter's ago, I offered to make the deviled eggs, and they turned out so bad that my family begged my older sister to take back the tradition (Her deviled eggs are always so good).  Messing up deviled eggs on Easter is like burning the turkey on Thanksgiving, and I'm afraid the family has never forgiven me.  Well my sister, Erin,was out of town this year and couldn't make her eggs, so I was determined to redeem myself.  I combined a couple recipes, and think I came out with a winner.

(Mustard, paprika, Grandma's canned relish, miracle whip (NOT MAYO), ground mustard, and hard boiled eggs (colored is optional)

(I love to see the dye that sneaks through the shell)

I also learned the ultimate tip for easy to peel hard-boiled eggs.  Immediately after cooking, soak in an ice bath.  Seriously, the shells will peel right off.  

(Another tip, use an icing bag and star pastry nozzle for pretty eggs.  A little extra effort goes a long way)

Recipe for Deviled Eggs:
- 12 Hard-boiled eggs
- 1 tsp. ground mustard powder
- 2 tsp. prepared mustard (Note: I like my deviled eggs to taste "mustardy, so I add even more than this....)
- 2 Tbsp. relish
- 4 Tbsp. miracle whip
- Paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste

Cut eggs in half and put cooked yokes into a bowl.  Ground up the yokes using a fork, until they are all crumbly.  Then add the rest of your ingredients and stir together really well.  Place into your pastry bag, and pipe into egg half using the small star nozzle.  Sprinkle with paprika.

YUM!  I'm proud to say I didn't ruin the deviled eggs this year-- Easter was saved!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend with their family and friends.  

"Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live."

Lyrics from "In Christ Alone"

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