I love Easter. It is the one holy day we haven't messed up and the sanctity and grace of Holy Week is something I look forward to all year.
I don't care about bunnies. (Although I love chocolate!) And we do sponsor Easter egg hunts for the little kids... the bigger kids!!! And then the grandkids, so I'm not as purist as I could be!
I don't put up lots of fluff/spring decorations. (Although there's nothing wrong with that!!!) But Lacey has some cute stuff she brought for Easter brunch so we could take family pictures by the fireplace, and that was fun. Dave brought home a couple of flowers to put alongside, but it's been so cold and gray here, they weren't blooming! So funny!
Here's Seth and Lacey's family pic:
And you can see that the fire is going behind them, because it was snowing out! :)
Gotta love the north! Go Yankees!!! But back to Holy Week, such a treasure of faith and grace:
I love the glory of Palm Sunday dissolving into the angst of an innocent man, accused...
I love Holy Thursday, the washing of the feet, the beautiful Mass, the choir, the solemn procession of the Holy Eucharist at the end, the Veneration... and then church hopping, an old tradition of stopping into three separate churches to pray before you go home. And the churches are open, lights are on or dimmed and folks gather to pray, from church to church.
And then Good Friday, the solemn service remembering the greatest sacrifice. LOVE IT.
This year I decided we'd bring back an old tradition from my grandfather, Jack Logan. Lamb.
I love lamb. (KAV!!! I'M SORRY!!!!)
So this year I bought lamb chops at Sam's Club and honestly, what a simple feast! These were 1" cut chops, so fairly thick which is good because they're small (shh.... we don't have to think about WHY they're small!!!)
And then on Easter, in the busy-ness, I couldn't find my little camera. OH. GRRRR!!!!!!
But I've got a nice final picture, and really, this was easy, traditional and one of those Easter things you should try. ( But not Kav because she'll probably never speak to me again for eating lambies!!!)
Sprinkle lamb chops with Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning.
Cover bottom of large frying pan with a thin coating of olive oil. Heat the oil until hot... Add in the seasoned lamb chops, sear on one side. Flip. Then sear on second side. Flip again. Cover and cook over medium heat until desired doneness.... We like ours medium, so slightly pink in the middle.
Serve with mint jelly.
Oh my stars, (hides head while admitting this!)... These were so tender and delicious! And it reminded me of Biblical times and times when my Grandpa would drop off a leg o' lamb before Easter. Once Grandpa passed away, we never had lamb again, and it wasn't until I was grown up that I realized that the cost made lamb prohibitive, and that was okay... Ham is wonderful, too! And another old/new tradition is Jello jiggler Easter eggs, a crowd pleaser: