There was no chocolate bunny this year. There was no egg dying this year either. Eggs are now a very expensive and valuable food source, high in protein and not geared as a holiday decoration anymore in this household. There was no Easter basket for the grandchildren. In fact, I didn’t see my grandchildren at all this Easter Holiday. Half flew to Florida for spring break. The other half visited with their other grandparents. Hubby and I were basically alone. And there wasn’t much money in the budget to go out for dinner.

No worries. I knew we had friends, who were also empty nesters and possibly facing an Easter Holiday alone. I made a few phone calls and within minutes was planning an Easter dinner with dear friends. There wasn’t much I needed to buy. Most of the dinner I prepared on Easter Sunday came out of my stockpile. I was grateful for that! My friends were bringing dessert and bottles of wine. I knew we were all in for a treat.

I had a 20 pound Butterball turkey still in my freezer from Thanksgiving. I had a 5 pound bag of red potatoes, just perfect for roasting. Two cans of whole cranberry sauce. All I needed was a fresh green vegetable. Thankfully asparagus was on sale. So were mushrooms. I roasted the asparagus in the oven with a little bit of olive oil and a lot of garlic. I stuffed the mushrooms with a breadcrumb and grated Parmesean cheese stuffing mix making the perfect appetizer. The meal started off with a charcuterie board filled with salami, cheddar cheese, roasted red peppers, black olives and a lot of freshly baked baguette slices.

Lots of wine was flowing. Dessert was a chocolate layer cake filled with cannoli creme. A pot of 100% Columbian coffee and no one in my dining room felt any loneliness or longing for their long, lost adult children. A lot of laughs. A lot of good times. And a lot of good eating. We started at noon. We finished at 4PM. I did buy a live tulip centerpiece ($4.49) and I did have two packages of yellow marshmallow peeps ($1.25 each). All in all, it was a very frugal Easter Sunday and it didn’t disappoint any of us one iota.

I had a plethora of food leftover. Next day lunch was turkey sandwiches. Monday’s dinner included several turkey slices, hubby’s excellent gravy and some of the roasted potatoes. Tuesday will be turkey salad sanwiches. Wednesday I’ll probably make turkey noodle soup.

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