Easter = Family Feast Time

I absolutely love Easter time! Hands up, I’m not really religious, but for me Easter is all about family. Being together, eating together – one big, loud, crazy family weekend. To top it off, the sun is shining! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend.

Today has not disappointed. My little has had the sick bug this week, and so we’ve not been up to much. He’s feeling better now, but still a bit wobbly so we’ve had a quiet couple of days at home. This also meant a luxurious trip to Saino’s sans children yesterday, so today has been all about cooking!

The schedule for the weekend includes Easter egg Hunting at my sister in-law’s tomorrow (complete with newborn lambs!), followed by a family lunch, followed by Sunday lunch at home with Mum and Dad and a Bank Holiday BBQ with my lovely running buddy – perfect!

So, to the menu:

Saturday lunch: Mum’s Lasagne, Sis-in-Law’s Chilli con Carne and for the children, Home made pizza with Milano salami (and my secret veggie pizza sauce) followed by Lemon Drizzle Cheesecake and Chocolate Easter Nest Cake.

Sunday Brunch: Fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon and Maple Syrup

Sunday Lunch: Spring Roast Lamb with rosemary roast potatoes, parsnips, cauliflower cheese and carrots. For desert: Marmalade Treacle Tart and Chai custard and Creme Egg Brownies (sorry, had to be done!!)

I’ll add and share my pics over the weekend as I make them – I hope you have an amazing weekend, whatever you’re doing. Happy Easter, lovely people!

Tahlia x

Fab and Easy Easter Tree

For as long as I can remember, I’ve meant to make an Easter tree. They are so pretty, and I’ve been desperate to make one, but things (aka work) always get in the way. Well not this year! It’s such a great activity to do with the children – the most fun bit is collecting up your items to make it with.

I cannot believe how easy it was to make, and best of all – it only cost me a few quid to buy the eggs to hang. Everything else was free or up-cycled.

I love my Mum and Dad’s house, it’s like an Aladdin’s cave. Cue an afternoon at Mum and Dad’s scavenging for bits and pieces to make my (sorry – OUR) Easter tree and we had all the things we needed:

Things you’ll need

  • One large jug or vase) mine belonged to my Great Aunt Cissy and had been languishing in my Mum and Dad’s garden for a lot of years. It was a bit rusty (and holy) but a good wash and it was absolutely perfect for the job.
  • Cuttings from trees (I cut the pretty Apple Blossom from the apple trees in the orchard and they look beautiful and smell so fragrant too). You can use any branch and if you don’t want to scavenge you can find synthetic versions at your local craft shop.
  • Easter eggs on Ribbon. Mine came ready-made from Flying Tiger Copenhagen and cost me about £5 for 18.
  • Ribbon to decorate (if you want to)

Instructions

  • Trim the branches to sit neatly in your Easter Tree. As a general rule, I like mine to be about 2x the height of your vase/jug but you can make them smaller if space is limited.
  • If you are using blossom, I recommend you place a container of water inside your jug to help keep them fresh and beautiful. I used a medium sized glass.
  • Add you eggs to the branches, trying to ensure they are evenly covered and that you distribute the colours evenly too.
  • Add a ribbon to the vase/jug if you want to.
  • Ta -dah, you have a beautiful Easter Tree!

Have fun lovely people.

Tahlia x