As I sit and think about Easter, I am reminded of traditions.
I love traditions.
REALLY love traditions.
If I’m honest, I am disappointed that we can not gather, as we normally have in years past. Many generations around the kitchen table laughing, talking & enjoying each other.
Then, I realized that traditions are nice but when ‘life’ or Covid happens … I have a choice to stay disappointed or find a new way to celebrate. So, I lost my sad attitude and came up with a new plan. We are obeying the rules of our land and gathering with less than ten family members. Of course, we don’t have all the people we love together, but we have some! We are going to order from a restaurant and take out our easter supper, grab our lawn chairs and sit around a fire (spaced out nicely). I live in Alberta, Canada … so it could be plus 12 or zero degrees, either way, us Canadians know how to keep warm and have fun! Who knows, we may love it so much that we make this our new tradition!! I doubt it … but maybe!
At Easter, usually all of the ladies plan, cook, and clean. This ‘new way’, I guess there will be more time to visit and have fun …. and we get to throw out the dishes!!! It truly may be the way to go!!! After all, Easter is not about the meal, the chocolate or even the family gathering. Easter really started with a cross and ended with an empty tomb. So, whether I have family gathered or a beautiful display of food … it is really not the main focus or what we are truly celebrating. This is a good reminder for me, as there is much to be thankful for ….. Easter is the BEST time of year!
I clearly can’t give you ideas of what I am cooking this year, since I am ordering take out! This week we will grab some spring flowers and enjoy them on our table with freshly decorated easter eggs. My kids are off on spring break, as of today … and I have a few fun ideas to do with them. Follow along, and we can have some fun together making gluten free Easter eggs and other fun things!
We always enjoy decorating Easter eggs. It doesn’t seem to matter how old your kids are, the entire family has some fun with this activity!
I have chickens in my backyard and they lay green and brown eggs. They are great for baking but extra fun for Easter, since they are already coloured! Grab some mason jars and put the following liquid mixture into each jar;
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 20 drops of food coloring
You can have as many jars/colors as you like. Let your kids mix dyes to make even more colours. We use crayons to make designs on the eggs and dip eggs into the different cups of coloured water to make fun designs. The longer you leave the egg in the colored water, the deeper the color will be. Get creative. We let them dry and then display them in a bowl or basket in the centre of the table. Once they start to smell, out the go!!
My family loves pumpkin pie. If yours does as well, why not make a pumpkin pie for Easter. I cut out a couple of strips of pie dough and made a cross for the top of my pie. You could also use any cookie cutter and cut out an egg, bunny, sheep or chick for the top of your pie. Or just leave it plain!
You can buy a pre-made gluten free pie crust and fill it with my pumpkin pie filling. The recipe for the filling is below. Personally, I like homemade pie crust the best. I have put together a video demo to teach you the techniques and tips on how to make gluten free pie dough. You can watch it whenever it works for you and it will remain on your dashboard to refer back to along with the recipe card. Check it out at my gluten & dairy free pie crust video demo link. My family loves this pie crust because it tastes like ‘normal’ pie crust and is flaky.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and ground
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup cream, not whipped
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Make my pie dough and line a pie plate with dough and pinch the top edge to make it look nice.
- Toast the pecans in a 350 degree F oven for 5-7 minutes. Cool and then grind in a food processor. Sprinkle the ground pecans on the bottome of the unbaked pie crust and then set to the side as you make the pumpkin filling.
- In my kitchenaide mixing bowl, I measure and add the pumpkin, eggs, cream, sugar and spices. Mix well.
- Pour pumpkin puree into the prepared pie shell, on top of the pecans.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes in a 375 degree F oven. You will know it is done when the filling gets a crack on the outer edge and the middle still looks wet. A knife inserted 1 inch from the side will come out mostly clean …. this is how you know it is done!
- Place pie on a cooling rack. Serve once it has cooled to room temperature.
- It tastes great with whipped cream. You can sweeten the cream with sugar or a bit of maple syrup.
With it being easter and spring time, I felt like making these cute sheep cupcakes. Click on this link to see how to make them. They really are very simple!
Easter Sugar Cookies
If you know me, I LOVE Sugar Cookies for every occasion. So, for Easter I made a batch and made chicks, bunnies, eggs, caterpillars and butterflies! Click here to get tips and links to my sugar cookie video demo and recipes.
Easter Gluten Free (Vegan) Chocolates
A lot of the pretty Easter chocolates in the store have a ‘may contain gluten’ statement or they simply do have gluten in them. Since my son and I are celiac, we will not eat those. My teen daughter loves chocolate and we have tried making home made chocolate, once or twice. Yet, it is time consuming. I have teens, and I’d rather have time to play games, bike, throw a ball, draw or just have fun together. So, sometimes I find the quick and easy way to do things …. while still making special treats and memories with my family. I have found that shaped flexible molds are a great way to make beautiful chocolates. Click on the chocolate Easter eggs if you would like to learn how to make some safe chocolates that are gluten free … plus they are very easy!
Over this week and Easter weekend, I hope you create memories and have some fun making some great gluten free easter treats with your gluten free loves.