It’s been a busy couple weeks around here between Easter, Spring planting, and birthdays. Easter dinner normally takes place at our house…over the years, it has become a large family affair of about 30 guests. Since the advent of Spring and Easter usually occur near each other on the calendar, readying the house for the holiday is a great excuse for me to get a kick start on bringing my yard back to life after months of laying dormant…and, living in Southern California, the weather almost always cooperates for an outdoor start to the day, including an egg hunt—so the backyard is a focal point for the celebration. This year, we decided to improve our raised herb and veggie garden and put in a new framework…it was much more work than it originally looked like….but we did it. Yay…now we need more veggie mix soil…but that’s a whole other story 🙂
Below are photos of some of the color coming through in the yard that we had for Easter, including replanting my GIANT ornamental teacup —
But the best planter is my GIANT teacup…given to me as a thank you from a friend who knows I love tea…(I am so lucky, friends find me the most interesting tea themed items).
We even put up a small hot house and planted seeds….this done before putting in the new vegetable beds…
Our first seeds planted are two heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, jalapenos and Genovese basil….all organic from Seeds of Change (also a Mars company, fyi).
Our 20 year old Wisteria vine cooperated beautifully for the day and bloomed profusely while permeating the air with the most wonderful fragrance.
On top of the convergence of spring and Easter…my two young grandson’s birthdays both fall in the first week of April…this is the third year that I have been in charge of the birthday cakes – I am not a great cake decorator, but I try. The cake making used to be the job (and joy) of my dear friend, Pat, a fabulous, “almost famous” cake maker… and one of the most generous and awesome persons I’ve ever known…sadly, she passed away three years ago. Aside from breaking all our hearts that this joyful, loving person left us…my family’s cake making got handed to me. This year the boys made very specific requests of me as to what they wanted their cakes to look like..a “whodunit cake” and a “knight cake”.
The “Whodunit Cake” was a challenge as it required large decorator items… so I ended up having to make a half sheet cake to fit all the stuff going on top of the cake…our 8 year old loved it!
Then there was the “Knight Cake” for my 5 year old grandson…it came out great due to the expert help of Grandpa…
I will say, all this cake washed down nicely with a few cups of lovely, organic, whole leaf teas…Jasmine pearl with cake is a favorite of mine.