Spring 2011

I love the springtime.  It’s my favorite season here in Florida, and it can be fleeting.  I love the whole spring holiday aesthetic: pastel colors, birdies, eggs.  What’s not to love about that?  I vowed to not let the holiday sneak up on me this year but it did anyway.  It seems that every year we are sick in the weeks leading up to it.  I don’t know why I am surprised that it happened again this year.  But every year I let go of a bit more and every year I am happier with our celebration.  I did not make The Girl’s dress this year, and I did very little crafting for basket stuffers.

And it seems I’m the only mama on the planet who didn’t make her own plant-based egg dyes.  Every year I want to and every year I don’t.  But I’m okay with that.  I have to be honest that I love the bright colors of the food coloring, but next year I swear I will make the natural dyes.

I did manage to make Not Martha’s Surprise Eggs which were a lot of fun.  The kids loved them. They are filled with chocolate, jelly beans, temporary tattoos, stickers, and a pipe cleaner chick.  These were seriously fun and with splitting up the tasks over several days, they were fairly easy to make.

I also managed to make some fresh butter while on the phone with The Bird. How’s that for pioneer woman productivity?

I made the same meal that I always do (except the salmon) and this year I made a gluten free lemon cake because The Bird planted the idea of lemon cake in my head and I couldn’t get it out. With cake flags, of course.

Hopefully next year I will actually get my act together early instead of just thinking about it.  I’ll admit that I’m still trying to find my rhythm as far as having both kids at home and working school into the day.  Watching the holiday come and go so quickly made me contemplate starting winter solstice gifts now.  Seriously.

3 Responses to “Spring 2011”

  1. Linen and Tulle writes:

    I have to say that making my own dye crossed my mind once but when I realized how long the eggs would have to soak, it flew right back out. I like immediate results and the bright colors. But every year I do try to make 5 bunnies and fail. maybe next year!

  2. Maggie writes:

    Looks like a beautiful holiday!

  3. MamaBird writes:

    Well first off, thanks for all the blog love links.

    A few more things…your bright-colored eggs are gorgeous and the suprise part is so fun! Next year, let’s do the plant-based dyes together, as one recipe makes so much dye. In fact, I still have some in jars and I’ve been dying other random things. (And to Linen and Tulle, if you wipe the eggs with vinegar first, the dye takes almost immediately – no waiting!)

    Funny you made butter while on the phone with me – I never knew! I made butter again this week too (a big batch in the kitchen aid).

    Lemon cake too! Yay! Yours looks beautiful. I contemplated flags, inspired by your birthday cake post for Daddy Monkey. But mine ended up with bright yellow, marshmallow chick Peeps. Oh the shame, but only fitting for a box cake flavored with instant lemon pudding. (None of us can do it all!)

    Your holiday looked just lovely. And don’t worry mama, you still have lots of rhythm.

    (Sorry for the loooong comment.)

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