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After Easter


We had a very nice Easter and hope you did as well. We had two services at church Sunday morning commemorating Jesus's death and resurrection. The choir and orchestra provided carefully chosen music which also helped us remember the significance of the day.

Nora, Topher, and little Della came for lunch and spent the afternoon at our house. A highlight of the afternoon was staging and taking pictures outside. Della was very patient while her mother worked at photographing her in various places around the yard.

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We are still eating our Easter ham. I froze the "meaty ham bone" and some chopped and some ground ham for future meals. I don't have a picture, but I wanted to include a link to a good recipe for using up some of your leftover ham. We tried this Country Casserole recently and really enjoyed it. (This recipe calls for chicken but I substituted ham.)

I hope you and your loved ones had a blessed Easter.

Becka


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How I Spent My Spring Break


Since Mark and Katie are both teachers and were on spring break this week I had the week off too. It turned out to be a very busy week with some planned activities and some which developed at the last minute. Some of the more mundane activities included a dental check-up and a filling, some shopping, and some organizing activities. I'm trying to organize my sewing and craft supplies and I think I should have enough supplies on hand to keep me busy until it's time to move into the nursing home. 🙂

In the span of just over a week we have two anniversaries and a birthday in the family. Last Saturday evening we helped Ryan celebrate his first birthday and his first taste of cake. He wasn't too sure about what to do with it to begin with but after a couple of tastes (with accompanying "mmmm's") he decided it was pretty good stuff. He also took a few steps that day and since then has gotten another tooth.

He wasn't too happy about wearing the birthday hat:

Rob and I had a little anniversary celebration of our own and went to the Charlotte area for an afternoon of shopping and a dinner out. One of the main purposes of our trip was to get this little table and chairs for on our front porch:

Earlier this week I did a little baking and made these buns:

and tried a new bread recipe from the King Arthur Flour website. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture. It tasted very good and I hope to make it again. I did share one of the little loaves with our neighbor, Mary.

Years ago I was given a Wilton Lamb cake pan but it had no directions. I tried making it once but was not pleased with the results. Recently I read this post in a newsletter from Lehman's store up in Ohio and decided to give it a try for our Easter dinner. This lamb turned out much better. I frosted it with the coconut flavored icing recipe that we used on Nora and Topher's wedding cake last year.

We also had a very nice visit for lunch today with friends who were here visiting from France. It had been several years since their last furlough since we had seen them and it was wonderful to catch up and see how the Lord has been directing them.

We are looking forward to special services at church tomorrow and then spending the afternoon with Nora and Topher. I hope you will have a truly blessed Easter.

Becka


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An Egg-speriment


I saw a neat idea for decorating Easter eggs recently and was able to experiment with the technique last weekend. The idea was for dying the eggs with printed silk. Who knew you could even do such a thing? Here are my two "Egg-speriments":

picture of Red Silk Egg

picture of Blue Silk Egg

You can use any printed silk fabric, but the sources I found suggested using old silk neckties. Here's how you do it:

Deconstruct an old necktie (it must be silk):

picture of Silk Tag

picture of Deconstruct Tie

Cut a piece large enough to cover the egg. Wrap around the egg with the outside of the silk facing the egg and secure with string or a twistie.

picture of Silk Wrapped Egg

Cut a piece of white fabric large enough to cover the egg and wrap this around the silk-wrapped egg and secure with string or a twistie.

picture of Cloth Wrapped Egg

Place the eggs you have prepared as described above in a large saucepan of water and then add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Bring to a boil and boil for 20-25 mins. Remove the eggs from the saucepan (I used a slotted spoon) and place in a colander to cool.

When the eggs are cool enough to handle unwrap them, shine them with a paper towel dipped in a bit of vegetable oil and then step back and admire your finished work!

The sources I found suggested that you use these eggs for decoration rather than eating since the dyes used for the silk are not necessarily food safe. Some said you could reuse the silk several times if desired, but I haven't tried reusing it. You can also stitch together small pieces to make them usable.

I'm hoping to make some more eggs closer to Easter to use along with another experiment I began last weekend. I soaked some wheat kernals overnight and then planted them in hopes of growing some wheat grass in time for Easter. The kernals have grown tremendously fast. Here is a picture of the wheat grass after just five days:

picture of Wheat Grass

One of our cats, Adelaide enjoys eating greens, so I planted her some wheat grass too:

picture of Epi Eating Grass

Do you do any creative egg dyeing at your house?

Becka


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