There are certain times of the year that are especially memorable for children. Depending on your traditions, the scenes in your memories may change but often they include gatherings, food and celebration. For my family, Easter has always been a bit like the Kentucky Derby – the best excuse to wear the biggest and grandest hats!
You won’t be surprised to learn that we are food-centric family. I am of Macedonian decent and every holiday is filled with plentiful family and too much food. Part of the fun is the preparation. We gather in the kitchen, set a beautiful table and spend hours enjoying each other’s company and indulging in our traditional family dishes.
Even before we had little kids running the hallways, I found every reason to sprinkle the house with chocolate – in little nests, as part of our centerpieces and hidden in a myriad of unsuspecting nooks and crannies. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the symbols of spring and signs of fertility – *eggs, rabbits and nests.
As a Midwesterner, the spring is especially welcome and an extreme contrast to the cold winters. I can already see flowers peeking up from the ground and buds preparing themselves to burst open, filling the trees with foliage again.
Wishing those of you who celebrate a happy Easter and wishing all feelings of rejuvenation and warmth this spring!
*This is a seasonal collection that is usually available in limited quantities in the spring.