Holidays change as we grow older. I can remember my daddy hiding eggs around the yard when I was just a little girl. Those hunts went on so long, you’d think I was searching the four corners of Albany, Georgia to fill my tiny basket. We used hardboiled eggs back then and didn’t worry one bit about them lying in the morning sun (though we probably should have). I dyed eggs with my boys as well, but the real fun for me was making them big, colorful bunny baskets filled with hollow chocolates and plastic soldiers. The boys were better hunters and gatherers than I ever was; they could find their baskets in less than 30 seconds. I was never too clever about hiding them, but there aren’t many places to stuff a basket so big and beautiful that its bow would peek out from behind the sofa!
I just loved watching Jamie and Bobby race through the house to find their baskets, even if it meant that I’d be picking up those strands of plastic grass months later. It came with the territory.
After my boys got too big for baskets (or so they claimed in front of their friends), Easter wasn’t quite the same. I’d still cook up a big family dinner, but I couldn’t help missing the sweetness that little children bring to the holidays. That is until my grand baby, Jack, came into the world. You couldn’t slap the smile from my face. Still can’t. He has put a fire under my once sluggish Easter spirit.
I take Easter up a notch for Jack. I’ve gotten with the times and realize that kids don’t get too excited about hunting for warm, hardboiled eggs. And after being subjected to a childhood of Easter-egg leftovers, I can’t blame them. I hide quarters in plastic eggs and Jack just goes crazy racing around the yard for them. And you should see the look on that boy’s face when he finds his big bunny basket (hidden behind the sofa, of course).
Because my Jack loves to cook, I try to think up fun Easter-inspired recipes that we can make together. This year I’m gonna knock his socks off with these darling Bunny Cupcakes. Their little bunny faces make a sweet treat even sweeter.
Once we’re done fixing up our army of bunny cupcakes, Jack and I will share them with all our friends and family—to let them know that “somebunny” loves them!
My thoughts and blessings to you all this Easter. Revel in it’s joy… remembering the old customs and embracing the new ones. Happy Easter!