Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sidetracked: Easter.

Easter was at my house again this year. In my family this is a completely secular, food-oriented holiday. This was the house we traditionally always had Easter at when we were little kids, so this is the first time everyone has been here since we moved in. All my sisters came with their children, and Matt's brother came with his kids too. This was hilarious because their mom put them in adorable matching lavender Easter dresses with little white dress shoes and cardigans and all my sisters' kids were running around in jeans and thrift store dresses. It makes for a good contrast in pictures, half a dozen little towheaded terrors and two misleadingly perfect-looking little black-haired angels. Anyways, here's the rundown:

smoked salmon,
banana nut muffins (everyone thought these were from the bakery, but I made them),
fruit ring (this was from the bakery, it got inhaled in about 30 seconds, some people didn't even know it existed),
fruit salad,
green salad (sisterly contribution),
quinoa salad (my aunt brings this to all potlucks because everyone requests it, I am waiting for the recipe),
three loaves of bread (one wine-wheat-walnut, two challah, from the awesome bakery),
spinach-mushroom-and-potato frittata (in a big Pyrex, this is great for a big crowd but I think I overdid the potato component a bit), 

and no chocolate. WTF was I thinking?

Incidental Easter-related/ non-Cure house purchases included a bunch of ranunculus that has lasted really well for $3.99 (I will SO be buying those again), as well as a gorgeous Marimekko-esque tablecloth and some cute new dishtowels from my soon-to-be-defunct favorite kitchen store. The auto spell checker does not like me today.

And incidental benefits included being the recipient of a ton of flowers so now my house may be messy but it smells like heaven. And my sisters finally dragged away about half the contents of the garage. Thank goodness. I anticipate actually being able to park in there in the relatively near future. Crazy? Possibly.


Alana in Canada said...

Sounds completely wonderful. Your family has such non-pedestrian taste. (There's a word for that, I'm sure.) Oh wait, I know--csmopoloitian. In min, bringing a cold salad with beans in it (and without pasta) is considered doubtful. Sounds like a fabulous time: except for the missing chocolate, of course.

Anne (no longer in Reno) said...

Oh the kids got chocolate, but I wasn't going to ask them to share... much! This was an unusually healthy Easter for my family. We must be getting old.

And I will post the quinoa salad recipe if she sends it to me, it is weirdly tasty! I'm not sure cosmopolitan is the word I'd use, I was thinking hippie!

iris said...

Haha, Easter in my family is also secular. My dad would say, "Thanksgiving is about telling people you're grateful, Christmas about saying it with gifts, and Easter is about candy." Hahaha.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

ooo reading about all of that food makes me hungry.

Anne (no longer in Reno) said...

Iris and Chelsea, thanks for stopping by! My family is very food-oriented and I love watching my little nieces and nephews eat the most bizarre stuff.

Also if they are full they are more likely to share their candy.