Menu Plan Monday – April 18, 2011
We have a fun week planned to get ready for Easter. Each day we are preparing something for our family Easter dinner (everyone comes here). For our family, spreading the preparation out in this way helps us to stay better focused on the reason for Easter. During this week’s plan you will see what prep is planned each day this week. I want us to be able to enjoy our family and each other and be relaxed and focused enough to worship without feeling overwhelmed by what I think “just has to” be done. Spreading out preparation also allows the prep to be a blessing to my family that I enjoy, instead of feeling completely overwhelmed by it.
Below you will also see our menu for Easter dinner. It is just a plan and may be scaled back or changes depending on how this week flows and what is on sale. Most of the special touches are things that can be made ahead this week and simply reheated for dinner. I like to make 3-4 different desserts for special family dinners so everyone has a favorite and feels pampered, though again, 3 of the desserts are pretty easy or can be made ahead of time. I generally make smaller sized dessert choices (cookies, smaller bars, min-pies, mini-cupcakes) because then you can taste more than one thing, but not have eaten the equivalent of half a cake by the time you are done! :o)
Other fun things for Easter:
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This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap is being hosted by Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness. She has picked the theme of Sugar Free Delights. Um… yeah, with Easter this week, often it is easy to just focus on the treats filled with sugar (mmmm…. dark chocolate bunnies…), but there are many delicious alternative sweeteners out there to enjoy. I have a post that shows how I use natural sweeteners in my baked goods that might help you out if you are just starting to explore this subject. A couple of easy favorite recipes that use natural sweeteners are Pumpkin Pie Popsicles (also tasty in an icecream maker) and Watermelon Slush. We are really into frozen desserts in out home! Cheryl’s blog is a great resource for tastiness sweetened without refined sugar. She also has a great list of gluten free Passover links for you.