Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Happy Easter!!!  I hope your celebrations were happy, that new memories were made, and old traditions upheld.  That chocolate, bunnies, and egg hunts aside, we remember the reason we all rejoice today.  These first two pictures in this post absolutely crack me up.  So much more interesting than happy children, smiling at the camera, no?  Ha ha.  

Charlie, my Easter ham! 

Typically, our Easter is spent hosting brunch for my parents.  But this year they were in Chicago visiting my brother and his family. Spending a holiday without family seemed a little sad to me.  It just wouldn't feel quite the same.  Luckily our good friends, who practically feel like family, were staying in town and without plans so they joined us and made a rather dreary and wet Easter morning feel a whole lot brighter.  








As for what I made.... Ham with a mango, brown sugar and mustard glaze, fennel and potato gratin,  green bean salad with dill and lemon, sour cream coffee cake with maple icing, blueberry muffins with iced lemon glaze, fresh fruit and mimosas.  {I love to use the orange, peach, mango juice from Trader Joe's for the mimosas}

 {This is the reality of entertaining with children.  Thanks Matt, for eating seconds! Thirds?
This photo makes me laugh.  At least Emma kept you company!}


 

I may have spiked the food, because the following occurred after we ate...

20 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun Easter and I love your menu!

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  2. That is hysterical! The Easter Harlem Shake. Love it. :)

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  3. Looks like you had a great easter ! Love the music video ! Have a great start to your week !

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  4. Your home is so cozy and your table and menu look wonderful. We had mimosas with our brunch too. Next time I'll have to try the juice blend you recommended. Glad you had a happy Easter with good friends.
    Claudia

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  5. That is so funny. Those are some serious good friends.

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  6. Hilarious! Love the Harlem Shake. Looks like a fun Easter. Love your table setting.

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  7. That video is hilarious!!! Everything looked wonderful and I love your seersucker dress! My mom has those Easter plates, too!

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  8. Your Easter looks so beautiful!!! Love every detail. What a fun video!!! So funny.

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  9. What a fun video!! I was going to make this ham also but was not able to find mango chutney--where did you find it? Also, when I read to bake for 1 hour I knew there was no way it would be heated through in that amount of time--did you have to adjust the baking time or temperature? Cover it? Your's looks delicious--just like Ina's :).

    Always look forward to a new post from you! Your home is one of my all time favorites--beautiful but warm and cozy feeling--the best combination! :)
    Kelli

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    1. thanks, Kelli! i had a 3.5 pound ham {not the 15# recommended in the recipe}. I heated it for 50 minutes and it was fine, but I served it at room temp, not warm. i did baste with more sauce during the last 10 minutes of cook time to make it extra sticky and good. i also used about half the recommended amount of mustard. I wanted the mustard to balance out the sweetness, but I didn't want to taste mustard. I used Stonewall Kitchen's Mango Chutney and it was the best mango chutney I've ever purchased. I found it at Fresh Market. Trader Joe's has a good brand too. Our Kroger sells mango chutney in the ethnic section with Indian food. I prefer a sweet chutney over a spicy one.

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  10. I'm laughing so hard I'm crying! Thank you for the Monday pick me up! So much fun.

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  11. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH best post youve ever done! hahahaha well, i love all your posts but that video was awesome! fun fun fun family and i love your bunny plates :) we did the honey baked ham this year {obvs} but i look forward to trying that ham in the near future. Happy Easter!

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  12. Looks beautiful and delicious. I see your boys are addicted to your iPhone games too, huh? My 5 yr old is constantly asking if he can "play with my phone." It's an easy diversion sometimes;) And I'm glad to see that someone else eats in shifts too. It's almost an impossibility to eat a peaceful, enjoyable meal with kids:/

    Cute little bunny plate:)

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  13. Tessa, thanks for the laugh! That video was hilarious!! So funny....Beautiful easter pics!

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  14. Tessa! that is the cutest video I have ever seen! you and your little fam have so much fun! and the menue and table setting! devine! as always love this post ~ Leslie Sullivan

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  15. LOVE the video! I just watched it three times and each time laughed more! And as always, everything looks perfect!!

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  16. Love your Easter table settings. Can you share where you got the bunny plates and what brand your water goblets are. . . I have been trying to find some new goblets and yours are exactly what I have been looking for, but have not located.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. that video is too funny! my husband keeps trying to talk me into doing one also... I'd stay behind the camera too! Glad you had a happy Easter!

    Meg

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  18. I am so, so far behind on my blog reading. I love to see pictures of your home- such a cozy comfortable home. I ended up getting that same dress for a wedding we went to this past weekend in Asheville. It's a great (and cheap!) dress. Thankfully I didn't spend $300 on a dress because I wore my long coat over it the entire time!

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