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Easter Weekend – Sunday

29-Mar-2005

Sunday Morning seemed to come awfully early – I had finally finished washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen about 11:30 pm on Saturday night. :-(

I wanted to make breakfast before we went to church since we would have a mid-day dinner so that all those traveling could get back home at a somewhat decent hour.  Breakfast was just a bacon and eggs sort of deal.  I made scrambled eggs with onions, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese and we had toast with jam and lots of big thick slices of bacon. 

After church I whipped up a little coffee cake and when it was done we broke out the champagne and celebrated the holiday! 

Dinner was our traditional Easter meal of ham, potatoes au gratin, asparagus, green salad, rolls and I added some sliced pineapple.  We had lemon meringue pie for dessert. 

I had wanted to make a "real" ham but the day I went shopping I was a bit rushed and couldn’t find what I was looking for.  I ended up buying a spiral sliced ham from Costco and it was good!  I liked that the slices were a little thicker than some other brands.  I did not use the glaze that came with it but I studded it with cloves and then placed it on two big slices of pineapple instead of a rack.  It was moist and tasty. 

The au gratin potatoes were the best I’ve ever made I think!  I never measure anything when I make them, I just layer potatoes, onions, and cheese and then add a béchamel sauce.  I’m not sure why it was so good.  It might be because I used a combination of Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses and the amount of sauce was exactly right. 

The asparagus were steamed, then a little melted butter drizzled over the top and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavor.  My sister made a nice composed salad.  The pineapple was absolutely amazingly sweet and perfect!  It was at the perfect stage where even the core is edible.  I love the contrast of the sweet fruit with the salty ham! We finished with the lemon meringue pies my sister brought.  It was a very good dinner!

Shortly after dinner we got everyone out on the road and on their way home. 

I waved goodbye and then took a nap! :-)   

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