Each holiday, the hubs and I end up doing the big marathon to multiple dinners at different family’s houses. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for us to truly relax and enjoy the holidays, and it seems like each year they get busier and busier.
To try to save some holiday cheer for us, we’ve started our own tradition. For each holiday, we’ll make a meal for just the two of us. It gives us an excuse to use the wedding china, and also for us to have whatever favorites we’re in the mood for. One Christmas Eve, we had “Christmas Steak” instead of the typical ham or pasta.
For Easter this year, we kept things traditional. I made a brown sugar and ginger ale glazed ham, cheesy potatoes, deviled eggs, and roasted asparagus. Oh, and Italian Love Knots – my family calls them Oil Cookies – a traditional cookie my great-grandmother, Nana, used to make during the holidays. That one is a secret family recipe 😉
I started the day by putting out a jar of sun-tea to brew. I love sweet tea. My mom used to make iced tea this way when I was a little kid.
Then I got the ham in the oven. This was a fully-cooked ham, so it only needed flavoring and to be heated. I always mix brown sugar and ginger ale into a thick glaze, then pour it over the ham. I also use cloves because I like the flavoring they give. Just make sure to take them out – you don’t want to bite into one. I cooked this guy on 325 for about an hour, then at 400 for about 15 minutes to get it to glaze:
While the ham was baking, I made the cheesy potatoes. These take about 45 minutes to cook. Recipe coming soon!
We also had deviled eggs, made from the Easter Eggs we dyed the night before (what, we can be kids).
And we also roasted asparagus, which is one of our favorite veggies. It’s just a little olive oil and sea salt, and then you bake it in the oven for about 7 minutes on each side, sometimes longer. We had canned beets from our garden last year, and I like beets and horseradish with my ham, so we mixed some together.
This was our easter dinner for two:
It was delicious, and we were able to enjoy it without rushing, which is sometimes really hard to do when you’ve got a lot of places to be on the holidays! And for dessert, my favorite – the oil cookies:
I also gave out three dozen of these to our neighbors. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make someone else’s day, and homemade cookies always seem to do the trick.
This is a really important tradition for us to maintain, because the holidays aren’t the easiest of times for many families. We try to make it our own and also truly reflect on the day. We’re glad we have each other to help us through. 🙂
Happy Easter, everyone! Off to another dinner!