I received a Hershey’s Easter basket. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
For as far back as I can remember Easter is a holiday that my family has celebrated.For us Easter started a day or so before the actual holiday. Why? Because that’s when we dyed the eggs. Dying eggs was a family event in my family. My om would boil tons of water and get out every coffee cup she owned for egg dyeing. In early years we used food coloring, In later years we used the little tablets. Sometimes she’d even get out some bowls and containers if she didn’t have enough cups. We dyed a couple dozen eggs. We loved to personalize them, which we did with crayons. Once they were finished they’d go in the fridge and we’d eat them as Easter snacks for days.
When Easter arrived, the first thing that we did in the morning after waking up is open our Easter baskets. We looked forward to those Easter baskets pretty much from Christmas on. Why? We were raised in a house where Easter was special and meant something. We didn’t get candy all of the time, mostly as an occasional treat or on special occasions. So when Easter rolled around and we got our baskets we were happy kids. Our baskets could ALWAYS be counted on to contain a chocolate bunny, and some other assorted candies as well.
Later in the morning or in the early afternoon if weather permitted we’d often do an Easter egg hunt. My parents would fill plastic eggs with coins, jelly beans and little candies. Sometimes my parents would hide eggs in the house. Sometimes they hid them in the yard. And as was the case in later years, there were many times where we’d go somewhere like the American Legion for an egg hunt.
In the late afternoon we’d have a big dinner. For years my Mom cooked dinner. After I got married I took over cooking on that holiday. I have been cooking Easter dinner since approximately 1988. There have been years where we’ve had as many as 20 people. In recent years it’s become a bit less crowded, due to different things going on within our extended family. As much as I enjoyed those crazy years with the mobs of guests, in some ways I enjoy years like this year more, where it’s just us and my parents.
After Easter dinner we always had dessert. At my Mom’s house one thing you could count on was cake. The cake I am referring to are cakes that my Mom made every year. Actually she still makes them to this day. She has bunny and lamb cake pans. She would make a bunny and lamb cake every Easter. The lamb usually had white icing and the bunny would have white or chocolate icing. If by chance the cake came apart if she couldn’t fix it and hide the break with icing she’d likely make another one. Sometimes she even gave the cakes to people as little gifts.
Mom is 70 now and still making the bunny cakes. She brought one yesterday. (Don’t mind him, she did nude cakes this year.) The bunny and lamb cakes are her thing. I made two cheesecakes, a Lemon Oreo and an Oreo. And you bet, we sure did have Easter baskets. We’ve been munching on a Cadbury bunny, Hershey’s Kisses, Reese’s Bunnies , Hershey’s Eggs and Jolly Rancher jelly beans.
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