I love Easter because it reminds me of Springtime with all of the pastel colors on the soft fluffy stuffed Easter toys, Easter eggs and the baskets all decorated in such pretty colors. Seeing all of the cute Easter dresses for little girls that are in the stores makes me feel like Spring is almost here. I also used to love to take my kids to the big Easter egg hunt at the school when they were little. Easter is my kids’ absolute favorite holiday after Christmas and it’s all because we made one big fatal error a long time ago at my house on Easter which changed Easter morning as we knew it forever. I started hiding money eggs. I thought this was a good way for them to have some spending money in the spring or get something they wanted or needed. So the first year after they raced around the house collecting eggs my oldest daughter decided to share with her little brother and gave him all of the eggs that didn’t rattle with the change inside of them and wasn’t she upset when he had dollar bills. So after that the fierce competition began! Now this has gone on for quite a few years and even though they are almost all grown up I asked them if we should stop the egg hunt; it was a definite “no.” They know easy money when they see it. But last year – and I’m truly serious when I say this – they actually limbered up and stretched before they went to find the money eggs and as they started looking for them I just stood in horror watching everything in the house rattle, rumble and shake.
When I finally came to my senses, I was, as usual, bellowing at the top of my lungs. “Don’t break my grandmother’s dishes!” “You’re going to drop the refrigerator on the dog!” “No, not in the washing machine – it’s running!” All I could do was just flop in a chair and wait for it to be over. It is really truly amazing to see grown children pushing and shoving each other out of the way and one of them leaping right over the coffee table, all for one lonely egg on the windowsill. So with that said I’ll be filling money eggs again this spcoming Easter, rearranging the furniture for a more raceway atmosphere, and putting all of my favorite knick knacks, my grandmother’s china and anything else I hold dear someplace safe.
I think this year I’ll stay right out of the way while sipping on a refreshing beverage.
The Easter Bunny
1 1/2 oz. dark crème de cacao
1/2 oz vodka
1 tsp. chocolate syrup
1 tsp. cherry brandy
Shake the crème de cacao and vodka with ice; strain over ice in an old fashioned size glass and top with the chocolate syrup and cherry brandy. Happy Easter Lee Hollis