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Saturday night is the huge family dinner. I know my grandpa is doing the ham; its from a pig he raised. I'm bringing a relish tray. Nothing exciting. I used to always do the dessert, but since my grandma moved here, she's designated herself the family dessert maker much to the kids' dismay.
Sunday breakfast: French toast from homemade cinnamon swirl bread, scrambled eggs and sausage.
Sunday dinner: ham (haven't decided how I'm doing it yet), scalloped potatoes, roasted asparagus, homemade rolls.
we are going to DH's Aunts house and his family doesn't cook anything healthy and everything is usually dripping with velveeta.
after christmas i felt like cra for about a week and had to detox...i am not joking!!
I asked if i can bring something and they said that there will be plenty of food and i don't need to bring anything....but i am anyway! I'll be bringing dairy free cookies (probably sunflower seed butter oatmeal cookies)
and i think i'll make my healthy version of chicken nuggets to bring for the kids so i know they'll at least be getting some healthy protein.
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Easter is at my house. My inlaws and my fam will be coming over. I'm doing salad my way, which includes nuts and fruit and not just iceburg lettuce (eww) and veg lasuignia. Mil is bringing some kind of meat.
I never measure when I do it, but roughly something like this:
Grease 9x13 pan. Preheat oven to 325.
Slice enough potatoes to fill pan. I like reds or golds. Sometimes I thinly slice an onion and mix it in too.
Saute together about 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup minced onion, 1-2 cloves minced garlic until onion is clear. Sometimes I saute a little thyme or rosemary in too. Mix in 1/4 flour. Cook about 3 minutes on med-low heat
Slowly whisk in about 4 cups of milk. Keep heat low and simmer a few minutes. Season to taste. If its too thick to pour, just whisk in a little milk. Sometimes i melt a little cheese into the sauce too.
Pour sauce over potatoes. Bake about an hour. I usually add cheese to the top about halfway through.
This is the first holiday since my dad died and he really loved this spring celebration so I'm determined to at least have a small celebration.
Sunday morning the boys will wake up to overflowing baskets filled with games and treats. I'll feed them a small breakfast until the rest of the fam gets here for lunch.
My mom wanted to go all out baking the ham and making all the sides and desserts but she still has problems just getting to work in the morning because of the depression so I told her I'll make a pot roast and all she has to do is show up. My brother is bringing her over to my place Sunday afternoon. We'll take the kids out to the courtyard where they can find Easter eggs.
It might not be much but it's the best our still-mourning family can handle at this point in time. My dad would still be very happy that we pulled it together. In fact, I almost cried when Miles and I colored Easter eggs last night. We were using the "magic crayon" to draw in every family member's name when he said, "Don't forget Pepaw!"
That would have totally made my dad's day.