Easter Poems

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Happy Easter, all! Here are a few poems that I’ve written in the past few years inspired by the Easter season.

Sunrise Service

There seems to be an internal timer
inside of me signaling Easter morning
It must have been all those sunrise services,
my stomach confused why sticky sweet
hot cross buns were allowed so early
My mind caught in the mysterious
wonder of the joy-filled sunrise
Glistening darkness turned to slices of colorful light
and we would clap and sing to welcome it
Our hope
that the sun would show its rays
that our hope would be ever-present
that we would all feel a rising within
So much depended on the sunrise
And so much of me still does

 

Easter Smell

I imagine the risen Christ smelled like incense
not the hoppy, weed-leftovers type
But the herbal sage and thyme type
that stops and calms you
whisks your thoughts away
to Middle Eastern cups of tea with friends
roast chicken and root veg shared with family
a new herb garden hoping to survive
It’s of the Earth, it’s new while also ancient
A familiar smell that you can’t quite remember
That’s what I imagine the risen Christ smelled like

Spring/Easter Muffins

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Spring is here, and we’ve definitely been experiencing the April showers here in North Carolina.

But, we’ve also had some gorgeous 70-degree days which I’m holding on to and enjoying as much as possible (even if that means I have to inhale pollen).

I really do love the month of April.

It’s always been special to me. I always thought April would be the perfect month to get married in Arkansas- not too hot, not too cold. And I was lucky enough to get to do just that smack dab in the middle of the month almost 5 years ago!

There’s something about the bright, green, fresh changes of April that make you feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and that anything is possible. I find myself making food resolutions upon food resolutions (including baking more fruit pies), but also wanting to get out and exercise more. Those two should go hand-in-hand after all.

Ah, I just love April.

This April, we get to celebrate Easter, which means that we are reminded of where our hope lies…and we also get to typically enjoy a special meal with others.

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With Easter, I love the hot cross buns, coconut cakes, quiches, spring veggies, chocolate peanut butter eggs. I could go on and on, but I’ll just suffice it to say that these Coconut Muffins I’m sharing with you today are the perfect Easter companion.

You can make them in 1 bowl, they’re not too healthy or too unhealthy, and they kind of taste like a coconut macaroon in muffin form.

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Simple Saturday: 5 Easter Salads

I enjoy most holidays, but I really look forward to Easter.

It’s all about embracing the love and sacrifice of Christ, and it’s surrounded by an honor of fellowship and the table. Easter is a time to be around family or friends, to take a bit longer laughing and eating with each other, and to enjoy delicious meats, side dishes and desserts together.

This is especially true for me as I’m breaking my Lenten vegetarianism on Sunday!

If you’re anything like me, then you’re searching for easy, throw-together side dish options to contribute to your Easter feast. Whether you’re attending or hosting, it’s a great time to have a few Easter-approved salads up your sleeve.

I’m figuring that other people are making the meat and heavy dishes, so you’ll look like a hero bringing something light, fresh and tasty.

Here are my recommendations for Easter salads:

1. Grapefruit Avocado Salad

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This is one of my mom’s favorite salads to make…and one of our family’s favorite to eat. Don’t worry about the pomegranates for springs, but combine hearty spinach or mixed greens with creamy avocado slices, bright grapefruit and a tasty homemade vinaigrette, and you’re set!

2. Asian Broccoli Slaw

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This 3-ingredient slaw is what I’m taking to my Easter lunch. It’s cheap, quick to put together, and incredibly fresh and tasty. If you live near a Trader Joe’s, you’ll be set!

3. Cucumber Salad

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This one is clean, crisp and also low on ingredients. Cucumbers, tomatoes and rice vinegar make a fresh salad that every veggie-lover with love. Did I mention that it’s mayonnaise-free and fine to be left out during a picnic?!

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Easter Treats

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Last year for Easter Sunday I invited some sweet international friends (and their three kids) over for quiche, roasted potatoes and carrots, and coconut macaroons after our church service.

Five years ago, I made quiche and roasted asparagus (and bought a carrot cake from the grocery store) for some of my best girlfriends while studying abroad in Oxford, England.

Growing up, we always woke up to an early Easter morning with dining room table place mats covered in Easter baskets filled with bright, plastic grass and chocolate goodies in exciting varieties. And hot cross buns were always freshly, symbolically iced and warm waiting to be devoured.

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