But the Easter activities didn’t seem to be on board with my plans.
We got a bit of a late start trying to grow grass on our Easter Garden after seeing the idea posted on Facebook (I apologize – I have no idea who to credit with the idea and the lovely garden pictured here).
First we discovered that Lowe’s didn’t really have a terra cotta pot small enough. Since we were already behind, we got the smallest one they had. [We have since learned that Michael's has adorable small sized pots for craft use].
We had trouble with the steep slope this created for our hill, but we soldiered on. Jewel and R.T. dutifully took turns watering the seeds with a spray bottle.
The grass was JUST beginning to sprout by Easter. Not ideal, but, it worked…
On “Easter Eve,” we made Easter Story Cookies.
The kids had fun making them, and we enjoyed reading the Easter story to them along the way.
The first batch, I realized I was in trouble when I got to the final step that said “add the nuts” … since I had put the nuts into the bowl after breaking them up in the first step!
Yes, I know I should have read through more thoroughly first, but it was the best I could do with a migraine.
So we put them in the oven and sent the kids to bed.
Then Wolf and I set about re-making them. (Yeah, we were going to “cheat” and stick them in the oven and not tell the kids!)
We beat and beat and beat, but they never fluffed. We read some other meringue recipes to try and figure out what the problem might have been.
Throwing them out, we made another whole batch with a couple of tweaks. We burned out the cheap hand mixer I’d just picked up (I should have known better). Then we burned out my stick blender! Ack! And still, no fluff.
We did put them in the oven, but with no hope of success.
The kids were surprised to see that they had “baked” overnight, but there was no miraculous “cracked open” or “empty (hollow) tomb”.
And I don’t even know what to do differently next year!
The only up side?
We couldn’t find a rock big enough to cover the overly-large tomb opening in our Easter Garden… But one of our Easter Story cookie-patties worked as an excellent stand-in!
Some good lessons learned for next year, and one mystery unsolved.
Good thing Easter isn’t about my homemaking endeavors!