Sunday, April 12, 2020

An Egg of a Different Color: Easter 2020

Easter 2020 will be remembered for being so very different, but, despite the loss of so much personal freedom amidst the corona virus chaos, certain traditions would simply not be denied.

Easter tradition #1, coloring Easter eggs! Most years, we do this in a large group, whether at Mom's house, or here, depending on the year. This year, we gathered together virtually to accomplish the goal, and, while not ideal, it was far better than nothing.

Easter tradition #2, We eat ham and Mom's "homemade" scalloped potatoes (inside joke, here: for years, Queen B was under the impression that Mom's scalloped potatoes were made completely from scratch, she had no idea that Mom added fresh potatoes to a box mix. Once she learned the secret, she was semi-devastated, although, certainly not devastated enough to boycott the potatoes).  As an aside, this year's ham was my best effort yet!

This year was a little different, given that we ate the ham and potatoes last night, instead of today. Today's big meal was brunch, which we got to enjoy with The Rodeo Princess and her Prince, and Second-Son, Mikey!

While I am aware that this flies in the face of social distancing and the spirit of quarantine; we all work in fields that have been deemed essential, so we are exposed to the outside world anyway, is what it is. And, brunch was amazing, if I do say so, myself. We had biscuits and gravy, bacon (I made it in the oven for the first time, and, I'll never cook it any other way, again), a ham and cheese egg casserole that was to die for, fruit salad with poppy seed dressing, an assortment of bite-sized pastries, and, raspberry lemonade mimosas that just may become an Easter tradition all on their own.

Easter tradition #3, Easter baskets for my kids. I don't care that my kids are now adults; Easter means a visit from the bunny! This year, the Cub's basket featured t-shirts and a kite (about which he was super-stoked, because BOY), while Queen B's basket was built around art supplies, including acrylic paints, brushes, and colored pencils. Both kids were delighted with their haul.

Hugh got his usual gift from the bunny; Peeps. He is the only human I know who actually likes the things. Go figure. As for me, the bunny dropped off a few items for the next Porch Night charcuterie board... I just need to get the porch ready. And, you know, not be under a quarantine order.

Easter tradition #4, Deviled eggs, because nothing celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and Savior like an appetizer named for Satan. This year, the Man-Cub volunteered to boil and peel the eggs for me, which made the job go that much faster. And, since Mom wasn't with us, we used her recipe, so she would still be included. They were delicious, as usual.

And, that wraps up our Easter! If you celebrate Easter, I hope yours was equally lovely and that you were able to feel the presence of both the holy Spirit and your loved ones, whether they could be physically with you or not. And, if you don't celebrate Easter, I hope your Sunday was especially spectacular, Corona virus or not!

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