Hello! It is a snowy April here in Montana. We just celebrated Easter with some of the family, out at my brother’s house. He bought my parent’s small farm on the Missouri after they passed away. We wanted to keep the farm in the family because of all the wonderful memories that were had there so that we all have a “home” to return too.
My grandson just celebrated his 4th birthday and had a great time looking for Easter eggs. There are so many great memories of Easter at the homestead. One year my Grandma Schmaus dressed as the Easter bunny and hopped around the yard with us. Another year, when she was older and had been diagnosed with Alzheimers, she cried because she was so excited for the kids to come and find the eggs and she just couldn’t wait! After church, my dad and mom could always be found in the kitchen getting the big feast ready for all of us.
Now that they are gone, the chef apron has been passed to me and I am proud to wear it. I always wondered why my mom would just sit and watch us all eat after she had worked so hard to make such a big dinner. Now that I am the one that cooks the big dinners, I understand. It is so nice to watch everyone enjoy the food that you made for them. Most of the time, the family starts to arrive the day before the big event. It is so great to get together and visit, laugh, and tease each other. I like to try and prep a lot of the food for the next day when I don’t have time to cook up a storm. I like to save my energy for the long day ahead. This is when making something in the crockpot is the best idea. So as family and friends arrive, they can grab some food and not be in your way. This year I made Beef tips and Noodles. So very easy to make, cheap and yummy!! Having a meal like this reminds me of home and our family get togethers. It is not always about the big meals! Sitting around with your loved ones over a hot bowl of food and catching up is the best thing ever.
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