Happy Easter Everyone...

Spring has sprung at last. Flowers, grass and trees are blooming out and about the neighborhood. Today is Easter Sunday. At church this morning the children put on a lovely performance of Caribbean music complete with drums and striking sticks of wood. The whole congregation got into the spirit of things and sang along. Musical instruments included wooden rattles, tambourines, Congo drums and a guitar. It was a lot of fun and quite different. We even had a baptism of a darling baby boy. The little boys and girls were so darling in their Easter finery. We have a new rector for our parish. He is from Kentucky by the way of England. Imagine an English accent with a Kentucky drawl. Well, that will have to change to an Okie drawl for sure. Communion was different in that they used bread instead of the usual communal wafers. And there were chalices for dipping the bread and chalices for the congregation to take the wine.

There was a huge Easter egg hunt for the parish children and I think all had a good time. The little ones waited with great anticipation to burst through the doors to grab their treasured eggs and see what goodies waited inside for them to devour, ah the Easter Sunday sugar rush.

After church we came home and Christie fixed Belgian waffles with apple chunks and Cinnamon in them along with bacon and sausage. It was very good. For our Easter meal later on, I put a spiral ham covered with pineapple and glaze in the oven to heat up, baked up some sweet potatoes and had some Brussels sprouts ready to steam when the time came. I then whipped up some Deviled Eggs to round out our meal and made some cold brew iced tea.

A Spiral Ham with rings of Pineapple with a brown sugar glaze, along with a pot of Steaming Brussels Sprouts

Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika, sweet pickle relish, cheese and green onion...The Completed Meal

It is a beautiful day here with 80 degrees weather with a slightly blustery wind from the south and high cirrus clouds. Christie planted a tomato in her Topsy-turvey tomato planter, so we will see how that turns out. Dave is working in the front flower bed cleaning it out and planting flowers. The phlox is in bloom and looks like a plush carpet of soft pale purple flowers. It keeps growing larger each year. The African Daisey's are starting to push up and will be in bloom this summer. I just love their soft pink to purple petals and bright yellow cones. They are also known as the cone flower. They produce Echinacea for herbal teas. The daffodils have bloomed and are fading, the forsythia and flowering quince are at their peek, our tulips are in full bloom and the grass is starting to turn green.

Yes, I would say Spring is here with the promise of new life...a rebirth after the death of Winter.

Happy Easter and Happy Trails....

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