Considering Philip's birthday is in September and the last time he got any gifts was Christmas, we decided that Easter is an excuse to spoil him, which means buying him toys! We do not believe in buying toys for the sake of buying toys so we find reasons to. Easter is one them. I don't go overboard and it is a better alternative than buying too many sweets. He still gets chocolate from the Easter bunny and from family members but I don't want him to have too much of that. We do hide a very small amount of Easter eggs and chocolates for him to find on Easter morning. This year, he got three Kinder eggs and an Easter bunny from us. As expected, he got us up at the ass crack of dawn Sunday because he was so excited to go see what the bunny brought him. He was super stoked that he got presents from us too! He told me that he loves getting things from Santa and the Easter Bunny but he likes it even more when his parents and family think of him too. What an insightful little boy!
Easter is also time for family. My mom and niece Lori came down for supper on Sunday. Despite my rough start with having chronic migraines all weekend (which I will get into in a future post), it all turned out pretty well. My mom is so cute. She insisted on helping out with supper so she made me this special ham from an old recipe (the cookbook was printed in the 50s) that is also made with pineapple. All I had to do was heat it up. I did not make anything too complicated as side dishes but my dessert (a trifle) was pretty epic.
For those wondering, it is really simple dessert recipe, perfect for when you have a migraine or hangover or when you feel like shit. I would like to share it with you. Please be forewarned and to please excuse me but this is how I make a recipe:
Get a box of Devil's Food Cake mix.The Betty Crocker one is AMAZING!
Make the cake as per the directions on the box.
Let the cake cool.
Get a shit load of strawberries and/or bananas and/or both or whatever fruit you think goes good with chocolate.
Get a thing of Cool Whip (I prefer light because it is sweeter).
In a bowl, crumble the cake, add the fruit on top of the cake, add a layer cool whip, then repeat.
On the last layer, I usually get a chocolate bar (sometimes I add pecans but this time I put them on the side since my niece has allergies) and break it into small pieces. I have a very unique way of doing this. I keep the chocolate bar in its wrapper and I get my hammer! It really does make it into small pieces and no mess!!! It also helps me get out any frustration I may have!
Don't you like my recipes????
|Woot! Free child labour...errr... I mean helper! He was mixing the cake.|
I also find it very ironic that Lori showed up looking like a bag lady! Her mom (my sister) bought a shit load of chocolate for Philip (now you see why he didn't get much from us) and some DVDs for him. My sister also uses Easter as an excuse to spoil him! One huge bag was for me and there was some cool Halloween décor that they are no longer using inside. I will obviously be using those decorations all year round so they came to a good home. One of the goodies in the bag was my belated birthday present but I plan on doing a post about that in the future so stay tuned. Thanks to my Catholic upbringing and thanks to my snarkiness over Religion, I find it ironic that I was given these on Easter Sunday of all days:
|The witches were sent to me. They are so cute! They blend in so well with the books|
|This thing is huge!|
For many years, when I was childless, Easter meant a long weekend. I usually got Good Friday off and that meant partying! Sometimes we would have a family dinner which I used to attend with a hang over no less but those became few and far between over the years. Now that I have a little family and my mom is getting on in years, I decided to carry the torch. It is funny how priorities change!
What do you do for Easter? How do you celebrate?