this past weekend was our first time truly hosting a holiday meal. we chose to stay in town for Easter so that we could attend our church on Easter sunday and we really wanted to have friends over for a big Easter meal. it was a wonderful weekend with a wonderful reason to celebrate. in addition to being our first time having friends over for a holiday, it was our first time buying (and cooking) a ham, our first time having 8 people at our kitchen table, and our first time using our fancy (heirloom) silverware. it was a relaxing and special day. we love to cook and we love to have people over, especially when it involves sharing a meal. a peek at the day…
started the day out with some biscuits and…
gravy! my first time attempting this type of gravy. randy loves biscuits and gravy. i used some of the venison sausage he made, which gave it a great flavor. i could use some practice on the texture, as it thickens up once you take it off the stove. randy was a fan 🙂
post church mimosas!
making the huckleberry pie. i make the crust, randy rolls it out and does the filling.
setting the table. most of the dishes on the table were family heirlooms. my grandma and often my mom had a candy dish of some sort on the table at holiday meals; i decided that was a great tradition to keep!
randy carving the ham. he did a great job cooking it and an even better job concocting an amazing glaze (based on a recipe). we somewhat randomly decided to make extra glaze and have it on the table, mostly because it tasted so good but also because i wanted to use another family heirloom dish. it seemed that throughout the dinner conversation at least one person was saying, “could you please pass the glaze?”
our Easter feast, shared with special friends.
and 24 hours later i just finished washing the last dirty dishes. the fun was worth every single dish.