Easter Traditions

img_4043.jpgI love holidays and celebrations. When I was young, my mom put a special effort into making holidays fun and festive. Kids get so excited about traditions, decorations, crafts and activities.

For the last two years, we have made an Easter tree, simply from cut tree branches. I put them inside a flower vase and filled the vase up with mini Easter Egg chocolates. We decorated the branches with egg ornaments from the dollar store. There are lots of ornament crafts to make as well. Renee, my neighbour made ornaments out of real eggs, blown out. This year, I hope to make some ornaments out of styrofoam eggs from the dollar store. Each day after lunch, Miranda and Megan choose a couple of chocolate eggs from the vase to eat. They love this! I happened upon an amazing Easter tree on this blog, called Cherry Hill Cottage, (Texas) a must-see!! The tree seems symbolic of the cross, which some refer to as a “tree”. The eggs hanging on the tree remind me of the resurrection, new life.

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This is my favourite little egg (the blue one) because Miranda excitedly made it!

My friend, Corina Kropp inspires me with her talent for creating a rich, warm home and with her welcoming hospitality. Each Easter, she makes an amazing Easter bread called Paska Bread. Here is her recipe:

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EASTER BREAD
Mixture A

1 cup warm
water
1tsp sugar
2 cups warm
milk

Sprinkle 2 Tbsp yeast
(regular, NOT quick rising) on top and let stand for 10 min.

Mixture
B

6 eggs
1/2 cup veg.
oil
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 lemon
1 orange
1 tsp vanilla

Put all “B” ingredients in
blender–use the whole lemon and orange. Blend till smooth Add Mixture A to
Mixture B and add 12 cups of flour. Knead 5 to 10 min. Let rise till double in
bulk. To rise: Turn oven on to 350 for 5 min. Shut off and turn on light
in oven. This is warm enough for the dough to rise. Punch down twice. Put
in tins sprayed with Pam and let rise again until double. Bake at 300-350 for 30
min. Freeze whatever won’t be eaten on baking day.

Icing

(This is enough for the
whole batch of Paska)
1 bag icing
sugar
3/4 cup
margarine
1 Tbsp vanilla
Canned milk as
needed.

 

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2 Responses to “Easter Traditions”

  1. Matt Says:

    Mary – Your pics are all gone. They looked very nice yesterday but today when I checked this in my Google Reader they were not there so I came by and they are not here either.

    Something to think about when you’re not busy. LOL!

  2. Mary Says:

    Hey, Matt,
    Thanks for the heads up. I noticed that last night too, but it seems to be fine today. What I love about blogging is it’s teaching me a lot about using the computer, which in the past has created some very angry reactions, in fact I have been known to slam the laptop closed in a forceful manner, sometimes even on Mark’s hands. The computer is both a fascinating and frustrating tool.

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