Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Dinner and Cookies

Easter dinner was pretty easy this year.  To be honest I didn't even know what I was making for half of it until I started cooking some of it.

I've been waiting for an excuse to spend the little extra money and buy some lamb.  The only time I've eaten it has been in gyros, which I love, so I thought it would be fun to try making it at home.  Love adding some variety to the platter here and there.

As far as the lamb went I took the easy road and bought a chunk of preseasoned lamb tips from TJ's.  They were super easy to cook up, and in fact it only took about 15 minutes total.

My husband requested homemade mashed potatoes.  Organic potatoes, butter from a grass fed cow, milk, pepper and salt to taste, made for some super yummy mashed potatoes.

I tried a new idea out on some green beans.  First, I sprayed a baking sheet with olive oil, then spread the green beans out on it.  Then I sprinkled the beans with dried basil.  Next, I added chunks of butternut squash (bought pre-cut up in a bag of the grocery section) on to the tray with the beans.  I sprayed the squash with olive oil, then sprinkled it all with salt and pepper.  Finally, I baked it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.

The final touch on the menu was a garden fresh salad topped with fresh veggies, a little fresh basil, and a little gouda goat cheese cut up into very small pieces.  The cheese adds an amazing burst of flavor to the salad!

Just for fun we had some sparkling apple juice so the kids could also join in the fun!

Holidays are a lot of work.  At least for those of us who do all of the prep work, cook, and clean up (my hubby's in school).  So I look forward to holidays, and yet I'm happy when they're over.

However, this year I broke down and put a little more effort into a tradition for the kids.

A friend posted this recipe on Facebook and I thought I'd give it a try.  I like it for 3 reasons.  One, it helps tell the story of Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected, all while giving the kids a cool visual to go with it.  Secondly, it only has a few ingredients so it's really easy to make.  Third, they taste really good!

The recipe makes 32 cookies.  Here's the link.

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