Happy Spring, Happy Easter!

Happy Spring and Happy Easter, Everyone!

Easter weekend was a whirlwind! Saturday we spent with my husband’s family. We had a lovely lunch, went bowling, and brought home tons of Easter treats. We had a blast!

On Easter Sunday we hosted my family’s Easter at our house. After a beautiful Easter church service we came back to our house and had brunch. We talked, laughed, ate ham and German potato salad. Time flew by too quickly.

While I was preparing our house for our get-together, I thought it would be nice to get a little fancy and use my mom’s China.   I am not a fan of paper/disposable anything. My own dinnerware is looking shady. But, it was Easter (THE most important holy day for Christians!), so I dusted off my mom’s beautiful China.

Family China – “Regency Rose”

Before we ate, my sister said to me, “Remember when we used to go all out for Easter? We’d get dressed up for church and have a sit down dinner?” She was pleasantly surprised when I told her we would be using mom’s china for our meal. It was a beautiful Easter in so many ways!

Before we met up with my husband’s family on Easter weekend, I received a call saying my sewing machine was ready to be picked up. I was SO happy! Not only did I pick up my old pal (and now she runs like butter!) I purchased a new machine! It is a great machine (Janome) and I still have so much to learn about it.

So, I am up and running again. I have been catching up around the house from Easter and sewing new things to list and put in my booth at The WB Merchantile.

Have a wonderful Saturday, and try to do something either fancy, relaxing, or both! 😉



giggleFritz Garden 2015

Garden Seeds and Upcycled Plant Markers
Garden Seeds and Upcycled Plant Markers

Hello, All!  We are slowly thawing out here in Wisconsin.  It will be a number of weeks until we can get outside and plant our gardens, but this is the time for starting seeds.  That is just what I did on Monday.  I dug out my soil-less soil and seed starting flats and planted 12 each of bell peppers, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes while the little one was taking her nap.  When she woke up, I still had not finished my project, so she got all excited and started pointing and yelling at the weird “stuff” on the kitchen floor.  I really wanted to be done before she woke up, but starting seeds is one of those jobs that I always thinks takes less time than it really does.  I had considered letting my Helper help with this project, but I opted to wait another year.

I am hosting Easter brunch for my family this year.  I am dead set on making a peep-themed Easter cake.  I am perfectly fine with making a cake, frosting it and slapping on gobs of Peeps.  But I thought maybe I would head over to Pinterest and see what other ideas are out there.  Once again, Pinterest did not disappoint.  Once again, I was overwhelmed with tons of colorful, beautiful (and some not so beautiful) photos of inspiration.  I started a “Peep Cake” board and hope I will add my own cake soon.  So, heads up for an out-of-this-world Easter Peep cake picture sometime after April 5!

Good luck with all of your own Easter/Garden/Spring plans! 😀



Getting Ready for Easter

I wandered out of doors this morning to run some errands.  I needed to go to the bank, the library, and Shopko.  Like others that I chat with, I am tired of this long-lasting winter.  It’s been sunny here in Wisconsin, but so darn cold!  The sun has brought the birds to my feeder, a group of three cardinals and other sweet little birdies.  But, don’t get me wrong, I want to open my windows soon, and air out this stagnant atmosphere.

I ran my errands and at the end, stopped at Shopko.  I needed to take a look at their vitamin section.  When I got there, another lady was planted in front of the vitamins I desired.  I walked off, deciding to look around until the other lady was finished looking.  I found the candy aisle!   “Oh, yes, Easter Candy!  I might as well get my candy now while I’m here,” I thought.

Easter Candy!

It’s hard buying candy, isn’t it?  You always have to be economical, and don’t say, “Then why don’t you go to Walmart?”  I HATE Walmart, it is evil and I boycotted it years ago!  So, I wandered around the candy aisles and carefully picked out traditional favorites my family enjoys.  I grabbed jelly beans, cream filled eggs, peanut butter eggs, and Peeps!  I ended up putting a few things back in the end, because I am making some cut out sugar cookies.  I will make the dough tomorrow, freeze it, and finish them up next week, right before Easter Sunday.

One of the new things I saw at the store were big chocolate bunnies that you could break apart.  Russel Stover and Hershey’s each had a version of this boxed chocolate bunny.  I thought that is a good idea for two reasons: first, if you are sharing, you can easily break off a piece for someone.  Second, if you are trying to be good you could eat one section a day and it is conveniently divided up for you already.

I saw this neat idea on Facebook, where someone dyed their Easter eggs with Kool-Aid packets.  I am going to try that and see how well it works.  No one in our family really likes hard boiled eggs, so I have been blowing out eggs we use and saving the shells.  That should make it go quicker because I don’t have to boil the eggs.  I will post some pictures when I’m done so you can see how well it works.

Blown-out egg and Kool-Aid “Dye”

I’m glad I have a good start on Easter, it will be here shortly!

Have a nice evening!