This past weekend was a busy one--we are getting ready to host a TON of people at our home for Easter. It is mostly family and my husband has a very large family on his side. The children are so excited and we are also having a cake to celebrate my second son's 18th birthday. He is growing so fast, last night him and my husband went to the Marine Recruitment center because he is seriously considering the reserves. I am so proud that he is considering serving our country and also because our family and extended family also has a long line of military men.
Last year, we had bought a new second fridge from Lowe's (they were on sale and we were able to get a Veteran's discount) and since we are a big family the extra space has helped so much with hosting gatherings since our extended family has grown bigger this past year!
Today I wanted to share some Easter menu ideas with you and what we are doing because we have a large family and will make large portions of just about everything.
This year since our crowd is bigger we decided our menu would be this:
2 or 3 GLAZED SPRIAL HAMS (in the crockpots, I like to add orange marmalade with brown sugar and honey and top with maraschino cherries and sliced pineapple)
SLOW COOKER POT ROAST - with potatoes, onion, and carrots
And this year we are going to do barbecue because I have a son who begged to do it we will have Italian sausage from Costco & chicken. I know that seems kind of plain but it will feed a lot of people without having to do cook more meat in the house.
We have also done duck in the crockpot and roasted lamb with garlic in the past before too so don't be afraid to try different things!
GRAM'S DEVILED EGGS - we buy four dozen so makes it close to 100. My oldest daughter usually makes this one. It is make with bacon and goes likes hotcakes!
TAFFY APPLE SALAD WITH MARSHMALLOWS - we make about 10 pounds of this and sometimes even add snickers to it. We usually use bright colored marshmallows and makes it look so pretty with the pinks and greens.
CARROT RAISIN SALAD - my sister in law brings this every year
CACTUS (NOPALES) - this is definitely something I love that my brother-in-law has made that goes perfectly with all the meat. If you haven't tried it before, you should because it is amazing and good for you!
FRUIT SALAD - a mixture of grapes, blueberries, strawberries and whatever else is in season
MAC & CHEESE
3 LAYER SHERBERT TORTE
(pic credit from Taste of Home)
And we ask everyone to bring a side and a dessert so we my sister-in-laws usually make pistachio fluff salad, cake, etc. We usually also have someone bring Mexican or Puerto Rican rice since too!
Sometimes we might even get a lamb cake for the kids:
We usually end up with a ton of food that won't even fit inside the house from everyone bringing something and we have to put some food outside on the deck!
What do you do for Easter?
Please share your menu with us!
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