It was all about the Son and…

…the sun on Easter Day!

We celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s son early on Sunday morning and then came home to prepare for our Easter meal and the sun shone brightly on us.

I walked about the yard and brought in some color from my Forsythia and Lenten Rose.

We had our traditional lamb barbecue (Shashlik) and sides for our meal. We were so happy the weather was perfect for a barbecue.

I have a confession to make. I did not bake our traditional Russian Easter Bread (Kulich/Paska) this year.
When I was in Italy I saw these in all the grocery stores advertised for Easter and decided to buy one to bring home. It worked perfectly with a texture and aroma very close to Paska.


Lombardians came up with colomba pasquale (literally “Easter dove”) and its popularity spread throughout the country until today it is an unofficial national Easter bread.There are several stories about its origins. (We have to say “of course” again; we’re talking about poetic Italians, after all.) One version has the colomba dating back to 1176, commemorating the Lombardian victory over Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. During the deciding battle, according to this version, two doves representing the Holy Ghost miraculously appeared on the battle standards.

After our meal we headed out into the sunshine to enjoy some much needed Vitamin D!

For us fair skinned people a portable umbrella was needed to shield our skin from the hot rays! It’s a bit too early for our patio covers to go up here in the Northwest. We usually pull out the patio equipment for Mother’s Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend.

Here we are in April and today I’m checking the calendar to see what’s coming up. We have 2 weddings to attend, one local and one that involves travel the end of the month. We are also getting plans finalized for a 90th birthday party for my parents the end of April. How does April look for you?

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “It was all about the Son and…

  1. It all looks so pretty over there…with the greens and the mauves…and the cutest place card holders!

    Our patio furniture came out a little earlier than usual this year…with the patio weather calling. 🙂

  2. Your table looks very springy and lovely! We had gorgeous sunshine all weekend. Easter Sunday it arrived a tad later in the late afternoon but it still graced us with it’s presence.

  3. It really IS all about the SON – so true. Your Easter table looks wonderful Ellen! I’m always learning something new here – Colomba! It looks good – especially with the strawberry topping! I didn’t get Paska made either this year. I love to bake but we are trying not to eat so much and shed some weight – sure takes the fun out of cooking! I do hope to make “Fett kuchen”, however, to go with the local fresh maple syrup so that will have to be our “treat”. We are having snow streamers coming off lake Huron today with occasional white-out driving conditions – ugh! April is starting out cold and stormy…

  4. So the month of April sounds like business as usual….you are going to be b-u-s-y!!!!! You are one of the most active people I know!!!! I love it! Maybe it will rub off on my someday! 🙂

    You set a beautiful table, Ellen, and I’m so glad you and your family were able to sit down and enjoy a wonderful day together. The weather looks great! And so does that food!!! I have never eaten barbecued lamb, but it looks delicious!!!!!!!

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