We celebrate Easter as more of a celebration of spring traditions rather than a religious holiday. I'm not affiliated with any religion. We are having the last ham in the freezer from our pastured pork stash, some carrots and potatoes, something green, and the inevitable Easter basket goodies. It is one day out of 365 so guilt about sugar consumption is not really a problem. I'll try not to overconsume though - so hard to break the sugar habit!
I'll still be strictly gluten-free (celiac), but I'll otherwise be cheating because I know there will be 2 GF deserts that were specially made with care. I'll feel lousy later from the sugar but nothing close to how lousy I'd feel if I ate gluten! Anyway, if it weren't for the deserts, everything would be very healthy - our host sprang for a very expensive beef roast (can't remember what cut) and there will be some simple, barely-adulterated veggies. I made fresh mozzarella last night to bring over, garnished with dried tomatoes soaking in whey. These get-togethers with indulgent foods aren't very often, so I don't beat myself up over them and just let myself enjoy. It's easy to get back to basics when it's all I have in the house!
Grassfed t-bones on the grill with something green and butternut squash. I told my mom to bring whatever dessert she and her boyfriend want to eat. If I'm feeling it, I'll have some but not overly focused on it. This is a big change from past years where I would be craving dessert. Now, I am indifferent towards it. I wish they would hurry and get here. Those steaks look darned good and my belly is growling.
I am getting the turkey ready as we speak - making an organic, local farm raised turkey (I actually visited our turkey a week ago). We are having oyster stuffing, crab casserole, bok choy braised in bacon fat, and I have the Food Lover's Primal Palate's carrot cake in the oven right now it smells absolutely delightful).
We were going to be outside in our yard gardening while the turkey was in the oven - but it decided to rain, so no gardening for us today - maybe some spring cleaning before our family arrives.
We're not practicing christians, but we do love an excuse to get together as a large family around that table and enjoy some great food and some laughs! So Happy Easter and Happy Family Celebrations!
being a secular humanist and mysticism really gets my goat, I just came back from getting my 200 signatures against hydraulic fracturing since "cheney is still alive and kicking - and he wants YOU dead before he kicks the bucket" (a quote by me) = can't stand the SOB ! that's what I did for Earth Day (my association with the other "E" holiday! :)
This is the first Easter I won't be eating hot cross buns. This is a little difficult. Otherwise there are so many eAster feast options that I will be able to have, that I don't believe I will feel too left out of the feast. My children will be eating far less chocolate than in previous years, but will still have some good quality stuff. The Easter bunny has gone paleo ;)