Spring Has Sprung, The Grass Has Riz, I Wonder Where The Flowers Is
Utah is playing a trick on all of us who live here. The weather is high 50’s, sunny, beautiful and the snow has almost all melted. It feels like Spring has arrived, but I will not be fooled. The forecast is already predicting snow and lots of it over the next couple of weeks so I will savor these warm golden days now and use them as inspiration to start planning our Easter celebration. Next week when we’re knee deep in the cold stuff it will be hard to think about tulips, Easter egg hunts, and fresh spring salads. So today I plan, next week I surrender!
I love Easter for many reasons, not the least of which is the coveted Easter basket. When I was growing up my mother would put together elaborate baskets of candy and small gifts that we could hardly wait to receive. Though wait we did! My older brother Jason was in charge of hiding the baskets and every year his hiding places got more and more elusive! My sister and I would spend what felt like hours hunting for them, before finally stumbling upon one hidden deep in a storage closet under a pile of unused clothes, or eventually looking up and finding another on top of a bookshelf in almost plain sight. Like my mother, I love to go all out in the Easter basket department, and like my brother, I love to make finding them a serious challenge!
I also love the food! To me Easter dinner is all about ushering in the fresh, farm-to-table meals we have forgone all winter in place of chilis, soups and stews. In our greenhouse on the ranch the radishes are bulking up, the sorrel and arugula are filling out and the figs are staring to ripen. Digging through the dirt hoping the radishes are ready is almost as exciting to me as finding my Easter basket, though not quite!
The Dinner Table and Tulip Baskets
Inspiration for the tulip baskets came from the great Martha Stewart while I was browsing Pinterest. I chose to make mine a little less structured and a little more wild to suit the vibe of our ranch. I love the combination of rustic and elegant, so I threw down a burlap runner I purchased at Michael’s, some burlap placemats my mother had and used vintage china I’ve had for years but never broken out of the china cabinet! The result was my Easter table.
It was impossible to choose from all the beautiful colors I found at Dollar Store Mom so I ended up doing far more than necessary! Poor Josh had to keep running to the store to buy me more eggs!
I loved how beautifully all the dyed eggs turned out so I ended up using some of them to dress up the Easter table by putting them in pastel vintage espresso and tea cups. The rest we hid all over the property and watched as the girls hunted them down.
I’m a huge Rice Krispies fan and when I found this recipe for multi-colored ones made with my all time favorite Easter treat PEEPS, I knew they were perfect for my Easter baskets and that not only would I love them, but so would my kiddos! These pastel mint patties were incredibly easy and really fun to make. They were the perfect project to include the kids in and they tasted delicious!
Easter dinner tends to be a pretty heavy meal whether you’re serving ham, lamb or beef, so I love to add a few lighter dishes to balance it out. One of my favorites is a radish appetizer that’s as easy as slicing the radishes in half, arranging them on a platter and adding small bowls of fresh sweet cream butter, coarse sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to dip them in.
A fresh simple salad of baby arugula tossed with olive oil, fresh cracked pepper, sea salt, heirloom tomatoes, avocado and green onions is the perfect accompaniment to the roasted rosemary leg of lamb we served this year.
Easter Sunday always has a way of bringing rebirth, renewal and gratitude to mind. It comes upon us at exactly the right time and when we need it the most to remind us that winter will not last forever and that the tulips will be blooming soon.