Easter is a beautiful season. This season reminds me of new life and fertility. Hopefully some of that will rub off on us.
Yesterday we celebrated with Brian's immediate family. The came out for a dinner, giving me the perfect opportunity to use our china. We actually hadn't used it at all since we've been married. I wish we could host more gatherings at our house, but it is a bit out-of-the-way.
The china pattern is Faith by Lenox. I love the elegant simplicity. We only had 7 place settings, but made do. I need to put some more pieces on my wish list. We served a roast, au gratin potatoes, roasted asparagus, and carrot cake. Jeff and Jacqueline made a great olive tapenade and Julie introduced us to her specialty -better than sex cake.
Following dinner, we all went to Easter Vigil mass. Brian was one of several cantors. He really did a fantastic job. You'd have never known how nervous he was. The mass is long, but it really is beautiful in the ceremonious aspect. It's wonderful to consider the great religious significance of Easter for Christians around the world. As an adult, I've really become to appreciate the religious focus of the holiday. Whereas Christmas, with the stress of buying presents and so many holiday gatherings, doesn't feel the same.
Today we took Maggie down to Saugatuck and strolled for a bit in the sunlight. She found a lot of untouched snow to romp in. She looks like she's flying - go Underdog!
A few other Easter images:
My very first, made from scratch, carrot cake. It looked and tasted great. The recipe came from my favorite resource, Everyday Food magazine.
Beautiful tulips from Jeff and Jacqueline. We also received red tulips in our Easter basket from Patty and Chuck. I will keep those bulbs to plant in our garden this fall.