Thursday, April 18, 2019

Easter Menu Ideas - Large Family Style



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:

MAIN DISH

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!

THE SIDES

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

ROLLS

SALAD


DESSERT


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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10 Christian Easter Books for Children



EASTER BASKET IDEAS THAT ARE NOT JUNK FOOD





The Easter Story Egg - A Fun New Way to Teach Your Children The True Meaning of Easter









Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Monday, April 15, 2019

Five Simple, Fast & Fun Easter Christ-Centered Activities



I remember over the course of the past 20 years teaching my children the story of Easter. It was usually done through good books, movies, and plays from our church. I was always looking for ways to keep the story interesting to them and in front of them in a simple way that they could understand. We even made it a tradition to make our Resurrection Garden every year, which they really looked forward to. They loved making crosses out of sticks they found in the yard!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

How to Make a Resurrection Garden for Easter




Are you thinking about projects that you can do with your kids this year to keep the focus on Easter?

I have shared a bit about how to make a Resurrection Garden in the past, but wanted to share an official post with you.

We have been doing this for years and every year it looks a bit different and we use different colors. It helps the children to stay focused on the real meaning of it all!

The pictures in this post is of the first garden we have ever made. I will have to add an updated one later!


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


Monday, April 8, 2019

Christian Biographies for Kids



Are you all in for your kids reading wholesome books?

How about something wholesome, inspiring, and chock full of rich Christian history?

Thursday, April 4, 2019

10 Christian Easter Books for Children




Did you know that we started this blog way over 10 years ago?

And I realized last week that we never did a post of Christian Easter books for children yet!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Monday, April 1, 2019

Easter Basket Gifts for Children That Are Not Junk Food



Do you give gifts or baskets for Easter to your children or grandchildren?

I know some of you don't because you feel you just want to focus on the real meaning of the day, but many of you do and there is nothing wrong with that either!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Quick Spring Cleaning Strategy



Beautifying our homes is one of the many pleasures that God has given up to make our homes a haven---an escape and refuge from the world. A place for souls to be nurtured. A safe place to love and learn. Spring is a time to prepare our homes for the excitement that lies ahead for the year.

I am spending the week working out my spring cleaning strategy and was thrilled when I found an older plan of attack in my home journal. It was simple and so unlike what I find in the magazines which are too complex or time consuming for me with a large family.


If you are not sure how to begin your spring cleaning this strategy might work for you.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wise Woman Titus 2 Linkup!




A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. " 

1 Thessalonians 5:11


Monday, March 25, 2019

Christian Fiction Book Series for Kids



Have you been wanting some wholesome reading for your children?

Something they can read that shares your Christian values?

Or maybe teach history along with biblical principals?

When I go to the library I am sad to see the selections that they offer there especially knowing that so many children have read many of the titles.

It is a wonderful thing when they can read something that will inspire them, educate them, and help them grow in understanding and in their walk with the Lord.

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