"So," asked the MiL yesterday on the phone, "How do you have Easter for kids when you can't get to the store?"
WELL. Let me show you!
Dyed eggs for hunting courtesy of curry powder and paprika:
The lighting here doesn't show the yellow to good advantage. It actually came out a pretty bright yellow.
(There were originally eight eggs--two for each child to find--but Poppy and John helped me and so we had a couple of fatalities.)
Easter baskets courtesy of Miss Amelia, my mother, and the tiny store in the village:
Randomness in a basket.
My mom sent an enormous box of modeling clay about a month ago, which I've been saving and divided up into the baskets. The peanut butter cups from the village store stand in for chocolate bunnies, and there are some marshmallow bunnies and chicks (like Peeps, but a different shape) that Miss Amelia gave us over a month ago. I've never actually eaten a Peep, so I had to ask A. if they're supposed to be so . . . hard. He waved this away, saying, "They're all sugar. They can't go bad."
Right. Tooth-breaking fake Peeps for all!
Easter dinner courtesy of me.
I made two chocolate cakes yesterday to be made into a bunny cake today (stay tuned for pictures of what is sure to be the Ugly Cake to end all Ugly Cakes), along with some ice cream from the village store.
We're having lamb gyros using a rolled leg of lamb from the wether and sourdough pitas that I will attempt for the very first time today. No cucumbers for tzatziki, but I do have a bit of lemon juice I had frozen way back for Cubby's birthday cheesecake in case I didn't have lemons when I needed to make it, so I can still make a yogurt sauce for the gyros. And we have greens for a salad, plus a few of the last homemade olives (which I will DEFINITELY soak before using this time) and some anemic tomatoes to make it a Greek salad.
So that, my friends, is how you have Easter without going to the store. A little luck, a little ingenuity, and a lot of substitutions.
Happy Easter to all, and to all a good day.