Each year we get to host Easter dinner at our house. Jason’s been building me a table, and while it’s not quite finished, it was at least usable for our feast, and it was SO awesome to have both tables beside each other. What a blessing to have family all around our table and not feel crowded in our space!

It was a lovely time with family, but unfortunately between taking care of the kiddos and preparing the food I only got a few photos of the decor before I was off feeding a baby or taking care of some sort of disaster. #momlife – am I right?

I was in LOVE with the decor, and it was so simple! The day before my big kids helped me dye the eggs used in the long wooden troughs (a Michael’s 50% off find!)
To dye the eggs this year we just used natural ingredients, a lot of the same things I use for my dyed items in the busy bags! I love love loved how the beet juice made the eggs speckled. They just popped when placed in the moss!!

I bought a little pot of ‘Cape Blanco” because the little succulent ends with the blueish green rosettes were just going to be perfect to nestle in among our other decor. It didn’t cost a lot for the one container and it went a long way!


We used red cabbage, coffee, tumeric, and beets to dye our eggs! Don’t they just look fantastic on my new table?! I can’t wait until it’s all complete. And Easter is always a great holiday to pull out the fancy china. We picked this Dogwood pattern for our wedding – Dogwood’s being BC’s flower and since hubby and I both love the forest and all things West Coast, it just fit us.

Now on to a couple of the details! This punch!!! Gah! It was so tasty! I really wanted to make a floral punch but could not for the life of me find edible flowers in bloom anywhere. So, I opted for a strawberry lemonade. The night before I sliced up lemons and put them in a bundt pan with water and froze it. Put that into our punch bowl the next day for a nice block of ice that melts more slowly than just ice cubes! And releases lemons as it melts too! A little bit of 7-up and some fresh mint leaves to make it look fresh! I loved this. Honestly, it had me craving warm summer days on my patio. Can’t wait!!


Typically speaking we make a ham and a turkey for our Easter dinner. This year, I decided to give fish a try. After all, when Jesus rose again from the grave He ate fish!

Luke 24:41-43 (NIV)

41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

I was a little nervous having never made this much fish for this many people, or really ever having tried this recipe before, but I was very happy with how it turned out! I loosely followed this recipe I found on Pinterest, but had to tweak a little bit.

My process:
Lightly oil baking sheet with olive oil
Place frozen sole filets on sheet. This was like a puzzle.
Sprinkle a little bit of seasoning salt on the fish
Pour prepared sauce over the fish to cover – approx a cup of melted butter, tablespoonful of diced garlic, juice of a lemon
Cut green onions in half or thin strips and lay them on top of the fish
Lay lemon slices on top of the fish.
Put in 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
When I checked on them I noticed they were cooked but there was a LOT of juice, probably from being frozen fish. I pulled the baking sheet from the oven and used a baster to suck up most of the excess fluid.
Put the broiler on high and placed back in the oven until the fish, lemons, and onions were just starting to brown, maybe 4 minutes or so. Keep an eye on it!
GENEROUSLY scatter chopped fresh dill ALL OVER DA PLACE. This is the good stuff. Don’t be shy.
Eat and eat and eat! Enjoy!

Oven roasted carrots with maple syrup, and pan fried asparagus. Bringing healthy colours to the meal!

 


These little pinterest-inspired beauties were so much fun to make! While we were dying our hard boiled eggs, we also dyed these previously cracked eggshells that I’d been saving! Put a little bit of soil and moss into these and cut up the carton for small tabletop planters! I used more of that Cape Blanca here, some stems of little white flowers (called “Little Gem”), more moss, and some hens and chicks from our garden out front! I think they turned out just darling!!

So much cute…

 


And we ACTUALLY managed to snap a photo of the 5 of us together! Something we didn’t manage to do over Christmas, so I’m calling that a win!

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