It was a wonderful Easter weekend! I have to admit I was a little bit apprehensive at first about having Amara spend the night with us Saturday night and then having dinner ready on Sunday but I was so wrong! Jenna had told me to put Amara to work and so I had planned the meal based on the things she could do to help. I have never had a big meal like that be so low stress. Having Amara in the kitchen took a huge load off me and we just had fun!
But let me back up a bit. I picked Amara up from art on Saturday afternoon. Her parents had suggested that the two of us go to an Open House in that same neighborhood because the interior of the house is designed like a castle. They thought we would have fun and we probably would have but as I was leaving to go get Amara the girls across the street were outside playing with their hose and wanted to know if Amara could come join them. I told them I would be right back with her. When I got to art, I let Amara decide which she wanted to do — open house or the girls. There was no question — playing with the girls trumped an Open House even if it is a castle!
She ran in the house to give Grampy a quick hug and kiss, drop her bag and change into her swimsuit — oh and grab the water balloons from the garage! And she was off! She came back shivering about an hour later and was easily convinced to take a nice warm bubble bath!
On our drive home I had told her about some of the projects I had ready for her so when she got out of the tub she was anxious to get started frosting and decorating the cupcakes I had baked for her. Grampy was anxious to help taste test the jellybeans! Decorating cupcakes was followed by pizza and a movie – Frozen. I knew she would bring it. She’d only watched it 5 times already! She knew every word to every song – she sang most of them to us. There were many songs.
Sunday morning Amara got up and made orange and yellow Jell-O to fill the Easter giggler trays I had gotten. We had left over “grass” from the cupcakes and she used it to cover the fact that the largest platter Grandma had was from the Christmas china! The green coconut covered the gold star quite nicely! She alternated orange and yellow letters to spell out Happy Easter!
Then she had an idea! She wanted to make special flowers for each of us. She knew I had all kinds of sprinkles, but did I have marshmallows and toothpicks? Of course! (Whew!) So she sat down and made a marshmallow flower for each of us to eat. She had gotten the idea from an issue of her American Girl Doll magazine! One of the best parts was when she did the math to determine how many marshmallows she needed to get out of the bag. I just love that she challenges herself to figure these things out and explains them to me as she does it!
Once the flowers were done, she proudly made the entire corn soufflé. She read the directions and measured everything into the bowl and did all of the stirring. The only thing I did was hold the bowl while she scraped it into the pan. It was wonderful having such a great helper! On the other hand, maybe I was the helper!
She had fun doing the math to find out how many bunny rabbit rolls would go on each baking sheet, too. If there were going to be 18 bunnies and we had 2 cookie sheets, how many rows, how many in each row… She was so proud of her bunny rabbit rolls and how big they got before she could give them eyes and get them ready for the oven. She even suggested we give them tails!
I had made the cheesy potato casserole the day before and I was responsible for the ham but the rest of the meal was pretty much all Amara. It was a wonderful Easter and we have decided that it should be a new tradition for Amara and me to cook Easter dinner together every year!
I love starting new traditions!