Thriving In My Thrifty Week–April 18, 2022

We had a wonderful Easter Day, yesterday. We went to church, for the early service, and then came home to feast with our extended family.

I was especially happy with how the African violet my niece gave me for Christmas 2 years ago rose to the occasion and bloomed so festively. For decorations, I used several tablecloths I’ve had for years. They were either from yard sales or my grandmothers, and I love them.

One bunch of mini roses and one bunch of baby’s breath became additional bouquets for the tables. From those 2 bunches, I got 5 mini-bouquets and one large one.

I chose to use lots of real dishes this year. Although this decision was not made to save money, but to enjoy some pretty things I have, I was able to save the paper plates I bought for another occasion.

On Thursday, the egg-dippers did a wonderful job of coloring eggs. One dipped many.

One dipped only a very few, but they were very carefully decorated.

One was very new at the entire process, so just dropped lots of eggs into the yellow cup once he got the idea.

The supervisor supervised.

The 3 favorite eggs were given a “place of honor” on the mantle and enjoyed by all.

Many of the colored eggs were transformed and eaten on Easter. I still have several boiled ones in the fridge. With egg shortages and price hikes, I was super glad to have gotten 5 dozen for $5 a couple of weeks ago. This week, we found none on sale anywhere, and in fact, at 2 stores Rob visited for other items, he noticed there were no eggs at all in either store, except for a few super expensive organic ones.

As I mentioned last week, my menu was simple, and made ahead. Several people pitched in items, and I will say we ended up with so much dessert we all had several kinds:). There was purposefully way too much food, so everyone took home what they wanted and didn’t have to cook for a few days unless they wanted to.

My aunt brought lots of eggs stuffed with candy, as she does every year. It took Malcolm about 2 seconds to figure out that there was candy in those eggs. He quickly went over in a corner and started stuffing his mouth with chocolate. He did hunt for a few eggs, but quickly got distracted with the fact that there was CANDY in there Every. Single. Time.

Until there wasn’t:). Bummer!

Although much of my week was consumed with getting my house and food ready for Easter Day, we also a few other activities. We shopped for last minute items, but did not need much other than we got last week. We did pick up any great bargains that were offered, since we were at the store anyway.

Rob and I helped in the kitchen at a children’s event at church. We handed out donuts and fruit drink. Rob made coffee. They shot candy out of a cannon and the kids picked it up–like a glorified piñata. There was so much candy and sugar–the kids thought it was perfect! It was a little overwhelming for the Malcolm, so he happily got into my friend, Debbie’s wagon with her nephew, and they munched candy for a short time!

We experienced a crazy weather week. Although Portland, north of us, got a lot of snow, and made national news, we did get a light amount one morning. It hailed a LOT, several times. It was sunny and warm at times. It frosted hard several mornings.

Somehow my baby veggies survived it all, although some of my little broccoli plants look battered. If any of this early crop survives, it will be a bonus. I was able to pick overwintered spinach to mix with purchased head lettuce for our Easter salad. I also used lots of chives for our baked potato bar. I also put them in some chip/veggie dip I made and picked some parsley for that, as well.

It looks like a lot of rain coming our way this week, but soon I will be able to get out there in the garden and yard and really get busy growing things for this summer. I’m looking forward to it.

8 thoughts on “Thriving In My Thrifty Week–April 18, 2022”

  1. This post made me smile. It was fun hearing about all your Easter festivities. We’re scheduled to have a frost tonight, but thankfully no snow. Here’s to warmer days.

    1. I’m looking forward to warmer days, as well. The lawn is going to need mowing again whenever it dries out enough–it’s going to be a pasture:)

  2. Hi Becky,
    …it looks like you had a very happy Easter…we did too…very quiet here though…and April has been very fickle this year in NC as well…chilly now but returning to the 70s soon…
    ~Have a lovely day!

    1. I would love it if there was any chance of 70s again around here. It’s been in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s the past couple of weeks. Tonight, I went out for a little bit, after listening to the weatherman on tv tell me that there wouldn’t be much, if any, rain this evening. I got to work for a whole 30 minutes before the clouds burst and I was literally soaked before I could put my tools away. That’s my part of Oregon in the spring:)

  3. Sounds like a perfectly lovely Easter, Becky! Loved reading about Malcolm’s egg coloring and egg hunting experiences! 😀

    1. You would have laughed to see him “hiding” in plain sight by a purse(?) stuffing his face with as much chocolate as he could. I figured he thought he should eat it before someone else took it:). There were 3 eggs left here afterwards. A couple of days after Easter, the boys were over here and he seemed baffled and not a little disappointed that they were now empty. So, I guess he had the right idea all along–eat the candy before it disappeared!

    1. Thank you! I really wanted to use some of my nice dishes this time. It’s so rare that I get to use them. The buffet stand with plates was given to us by a friend last year and I’ve only used it once, so I decided to get it out (have Rob get it out, actually) and add some of my pink plates to it so there would be enough. I’m hoping to use some of the same things at Patsy’s graduation party next month, so I was seeing how some things worked.

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