This Easter weekend is going to be quite busy. We spend each weekend visiting each of our closest family (our parents, and grandparent) and taking the children to activities. My husband and I share the activities we accompany our children to in order to complete some of our own study tasks and work. This means that very little work gets done on the house. Beyond the usual housekeeping, which I fit around our weekend as we flit to and fro on our outings, the garden needs to be sorted for spring - it needs a complete clearing and digging over to start again; the shed needs to be emptied, moved and restocked; and I can't wait to finally getting around to putting our washing line up! Inside, our extension still needs completing aesthetically: the new walls need filling and covering; the walls in the old dining room and now adjoining family room needs stripping, and the whole thing through from kitchen to dining room to family room needs painting; and.I need to get around to making the window dressings (makeshift curtains not very nice at the moment.)
We decided to keep our weekend free of visits. Essential outings like church on Sunday, and visiting our more-than-less-housebound grandmother, and we would see everyone else by inviting them to our house for tea on Good Friday rather than us visiting each of our parents and aunts individually (which, although it is lovely to see them all and they all enjoy hosting, makes for very busy holidays!) The rest of the days would be filled with catching up with the garden by taking advantage of my husband's bank holidays.
And, instead of making simnel cakes as usual for everyone, I plan to offer a wee bunch of daffs for those visiting on Friday and my grandmother. I usually hunt down post-able gifts for those living a distance away, but will send an Easter card in their place.
So far, so streamlined...
We were invited to Friday morning church crafts by a good friend and whose grandson my children enjoy seeing but we don't get to see a great deal of, as it depends on when his grandma is looking after him. And it turns out that I had booked a theatre visit for this Saturday afternoon, before I realised the date was Easter Saturday!
Our schedule for catching up on garden and house stuff now looks like this:
Good Friday morning: church crafts with friends
Good Friday afternoon: Family visiting (must make finger tea - start this on Thursday)
Easter Saturday Morning: Free
Easter Saturday Afternoon: Theatre
Easter Sunday: Church, visiting grandmother, make/have Easter dinner. Relax!
So turns out we only have Saturday morning and all day Monday to actually get anywhere with our jobs. Not sure how far we will get, but here's hoping!
Good Friday Tea also means that I will have to spend most of Thursday making the finger food for our guests. This is what I am planning to make:
- Coronation Chicken Vol au Vants* (chicken, sultanas, red onion, french dressing with curry powder)
- Tuna and Sweetcorn Vol au Vants* (tuna, sweetcorn, and french dressing)
- Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese Sandwiches
- Ham Sandwiches
- Crudites (will buy a bag of carrot batons & julienne a cucumber)
- Tray Bake Berry Simnel Cake
- Tray Bake Cream and Raspberry Sandwich Cake (using whipped coconut cream and St Dalfour fruit spread)
- Easter Biscuits (either oat cookies with melted chocolate drizzled crosses, or plain straight forward butter/sugar/flour biscuits with fondant icing cut with a bunny cutter stuck on top. Maybe both.)
And on this Easter Sunday we plan on having:
Chicken and Butterbean Casserole
Lamb-style Cutlets Braised in Rosemary, Mint and Redcurrant Jelly
Cheese and Tomato topped Mashed Potato Casserole
Leeks in Cheese Sauce
Followed by whichever cake is left from Good Friday tea, or I will make a second cream and raspberry sandwich cake if necessary!
So, as it turns out, even when we attempt to streamline our life, actual living gets in the way :P
I hope everyone has a lovely Easter, whether visiting, relaxing, alone, with family, or getting jobs done by taking advantage of the bank holiday!
Happy Easter all x