Easter- What it means to me.

This was taken Easter Sunday, 2009.

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? When I think of Easter, things that come to my mind are bunnies, jelly beans, grass, eggs, pastel colors, and candy. Lots and lots of candy. There are so many fun things about Easter. That’s just part of it, though. Put aside all of the candy, the bunny, the games, and what do you have? You have Jesus Christ. You have His glorious Resurrection.

Growing up, I remember coloring easter eggs, and getting a fun basket Easter morning. I also remember going to the mall to pick out a special Easter outfit. I always had a pretty hat, a dress and some matching gloves. It seems people don’t dress up for Easter as much anymore. My family didn’t tell us to believe in an Easter Bunny, so we didn’t. A friend’s family, however, went all out. They had someone dress up in a bunny suit so the kids could spot him. I bet that was so fun for the kids!

In addition to the traditions of coloring eggs, we have added an annual egg hunt. It’s small, just our family, but I love it. We don’t hide real eggs, just the plastic ones you can fill. Can you imagine the stench if you were to forget one? Ick. Recently we’ve been doing the fun Easter stuff on the Saturday after. This has two benefits- we can buy all the candy at a discounted price, but more importantly we get to focus on the reason we celebrate on Easter Sunday.

To me, Easter Sunday is all about remembering the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us, and how He was Resurrected after 3 days. I am so grateful for my Savior, and His Atonement.

We start the week before Easter with a Family Home Evening lesson all about Jesus and His Resurrection. I want the children to know without a doubt the real reason that we celebrate Easter. We talk about the tomb that Jesus was laid in, then we talk about the best part- that after 3 days, Jesus arose from the dead! What a wonderful truth to have!

May we all focus on the right things this coming Easter. It’s so much fun to have egg hunts, and give gifts. But the most important thing is remembering Jesus Christ, His Atonement and His Resurrection.

Have a Happy Easter!


Personal Pizzas

We looove pizza around here. We make it at least once a week. Here’s an easy way to make personalized mini pizzas, and your kids can help make their own!
Start with a good pizza dough recipe. I use this one. It’s a good simple crust, good for rolling out. I’m still on the lookout for the perfect crust, though.
Divide the crust evenly onto the plates. You can roll it out separately, or just on the plate. 

Add your choice of toppings. Our favorite is just cheese and pepperoni. You can add anything!

Bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes.
I didn’t realize you could cook it directly on a paper plate, until we went to a friend’s house and she had done that. So easy!

Pizza Dough (Bread Machine)

Yield: 2 12-inch Pizza Crusts

1 1/4 cups water
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. yeast

Load ingredients into bread machine according to the directions of your specific machine. (I do liquid first, then layer on the dry.)

When the dough is done, divide into two and roll into pizza crusts.

What I love about being a mom…

My kisses make owies all better.

I get to act like a silly kid sometimes.

I have an excuse to watch all the kid movies.

The questions. I learn so many new things, just because Hayden asks me about something.

Every day is a new adventure : )

The Lobster

One fateful day last year I decided to buy a lobster and cook it myself. Little did I know the horror that would unfold before my eyes. 
We brought the lobster home in his bag, the children were scared to go near it. I was fine with it, until the bag moved. Aack! He’s coming for me! Kevin does not like lobster, so he wasn’t even going to touch the thing. I had to cook it myself.
I only own one large pot. And by large I mean it holds enough water to cook spaghetti, not a huge lobster. But that didn’t stop me. I figured I would just bend the poor thing and shove the lid on and it would be fine. Not so. 
I started the water boiling while I looked around for something to hold the lobster with. Ah, my grill tongs should work. It took a good 10 minutes for me to work up enough courage to grab the lobster with the tongs- he kept looking at me! And have you ever tried grabbing a moving creature with a hard shell with tongs? It’s not easy.
When I finally grabbed it, I quickly dropped it in the pan, and the poor thing started freaking out! It was flipping all over the place, and hanging half out of the pan. So of course I scream. And not just any scream, an ‘I’m riding the scariest roller coaster and just lost my voice’ type of scream. Hayden, who was standing by, screams too.
Luckily Kevin was near and saved the day- flipping the lobster back into the pan and putting the lid on. 
Surprisingly enough, I did manage to eat the lobster. Even though it was still looking at me. It wasn’t the same. And I will never try to cook my own lobster again. 

Giants Birthday Cake

I made this one for my father-in-laws birthday. Chocolate Cake with a thick layer of Raspberry Bavarian Creme, and frosted with Whipped Cream Frosting. It got rave reviews! The baseball part took a while- I tried a new technique where I basically hand painted it on. It was fun!

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

I made these for a Relief Society activity the other night. I am very please with how they turned out- they were really good! Chocolate cake (my grandmother’s recipe) filled with raspberry bavarian cream and topped with chocolate ganache.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

We’re watching Planet 51 right now. It is hilarious! I love movies that make me lol. (that’s laugh out loud for you old fogies- mom…hehe, just kidding)

Ok, on to the goodness…

I’ve been making this recipe for years, and I’ve never tried another. That’s how good they are. And quite easy to memorize too- I mean look at those measurements! 1/2 of everything.
These cookies just melt in your mouth. They are good warm or cool. Make sure you have milk, you’ll need it.

Peanut Butter Cookies
(High Altitude)

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar (-1 Tbsp)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixer or a bowl, cream the butter and peanut butter together for about 30 seconds. Add the sugars and baking powder and soda. Beat until combined. Mix in the egg and vanilla until combined. Mix in the flour.
Form the dough into 1 or 2 inch balls, and roll in sugar. Press the balls down with fork tines, making a criss-cross pattern.  Bake at 375 for 7 or 8 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for about a minute before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Pour yourself a giant glass of milk and enjoy!

Credit: Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook