Hi everyone – happy Easter!
We started the day off going to Easter service with my family at the church my brother preaches at. There were so.many.people there! Literally, there were traffic controllers ushering cars through the parking lots and a shuttle running back and forth from lots across the street to the front door of the church! There was a “traffic jam for Jesus” as the pastor said, which is a good problem to have!
The service itself was incredible. The mixture of hundreds of worshippers + a full brass and regular band + a joyful choir + sunlight pouring through the massive sanctuary windows + an inspiring sermon, left me feeling overwhelmed…in a really good way. Hard to describe. The service ended with an incredible solo of Amazing Grace that left a good portion of the congregation (me included!) in tears. It was spectacular – truly!
After church we all headed to my parents house for Easter brunch prepared by my mom. Now, I’ve told you my mom is the best cook ever, and today the woman did not disappoint!!! What a spread she had prepared for us!! The menu included:
- Grandma’s Holiday Salad
- Fruit Salad (yes, more fruit salad!)
- Amana Ham
- Party Potatoes
- Green Beans with bacon and onion
- Whole Wheat Rolls
OhhhhhhMG…these are the traditional dishes we have for most Holiday dinners and seriously, I dream about them for weeks before the feast! My favorites are Grandma’s Holiday Salad and the Party Potatoes, and the Green Beans, and ummm…well all of them!! These dishes represent being together as a family and celebrating…and a lot of butter. I’m ok with that.
My sister-in-law‘s birthday is this week and since we were all together, we celebrated with another traditional fave – Pepperidge Farm Vanilla Bean frozen cake. Mmm yeah…sounds pretty trashy, right? Frozen cake??? However, I dare you to pick one up tomorrow and tell me it’s not the best cake you’ve ever eaten in your entire life. It.is.so.good. Exclamation point. I could go on about this cake for two weeks, it’s so good. You’ve got to try it for the next birthday in your family, a promotion, a graduation…ummm I don’t know, you bought a new pair of shoes?? Just find a reason to celebrate and buy this cake and eat it. You won’t be sorry!!!
Today I also decided that I just had way too much fruit salad leftover and some of it was bound to go bad before I got a chance to finish it all, so I made sorbet! Using my blender, I took about 4 cups of the salad, ¼ – ½ cup juice (you could use water + a little sugar, boil until sugar is dissolved and cool), and added a two second pour of…VODKA! Vodka is the key to making homemade sorbet and ice cream and not have it turn rock hard in the freezer! You don’t even taste it – it just works behind the scenes to make sure your sorbet stays creamy and sorbet-like. I had strawberry vodka on hand, which worked out just perfectly! So, I blended up the mixture, added it to my handy-dandy ice cream maker that I always keep chilling in the freezer, turned that baby on and in about 10 minutes I had fruit salad sorbet! Fabulous!
After the sorbet comes out of the ice cream machine, you’re supposed to put it in the freezer for a couple of hours to harden up a little bit, but naturally I had to have a taste…Mmmmm!!! I could definitely taste the marshmallows – a really great addition!
Well friends, Ben and I are going to hang out for the rest of the night and get mentally prepared to face another work week. Our Sunday night ritual is to watch America’s Funniest Home Videos and Desperate Housewives. AFV is pretty much my favorite show ever – there’s really nothing a good ‘people falling over’ montage can’t fix.
Do you have any Sunday night rituals? What are they? Do they help you get ready to face the work week?