Tomorrow’s Easter! One of my favorite things about holidays is that they provide an opportunity to gather with your family or friends, when you can forget about your homework or errands for a little while because it’s perfectly valid and important to be spending time with people you love instead of being productive.
When you’re little, Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving and all those holidays are about presents, jelly beans, pumpkin pie, all the “fun, festive” things. But these days, with most of my cousins, my sister and I away at school or jobs for most of the year, I think of every holiday as not just a celebration of a special occasion but also a celebration of family. I’m not going to make it back to Chicago for Easter this year, but I’m planning to set a chunk of the day aside to make calls back home.
Last year, I was home, and my mom was cool enough to let me help set the menu. The result? A very Pinterest Easter.
Hands down, the most exciting thing we had was this Easter Bunny vegetable tray, inspired by this pin. We got a huge loaf of sourdough — Dad’s favorite! — for the body and head, and a small Italian loaf for the ears. Mom cut up the vegetables and made the dip, and I made his silly little face with carrots and cucumber. So much fun.
Dessert was chocolate chip cookie birds’ nests with mini Cadbury eggs, inspired by this pin. Nom nom. Super easy — just make your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough, bake it in muffin tins, and press the eggs on top when they’re done. I used the normal Nestle Toll House recipe, which worked great.
We also made a carrot cake — my first one! Shredding the carrots was a nightmare, but my mom’s a pro, so we got it done. We used an old carrot cake recipe she got from a magazine and frosted it with a cream cheese frosting. I don’t have that recipe to share, but you could try Brown Eyed Baker’s or Sally’s — I haven’t tried either, but I trust those two!
Finally, I don’t have a picture, but I also made Brown Eyed Baker’s homemade peanut butter eggs, and they were amazing. Quick and delicious. But, be careful — they’re super rich, so make them small.
Whatever you do tomorrow, whether you celebrate Easter or not, take the time to call someone you love. Our family and friends are the most important things we have. And that’s all I have to say about that.