Happy Easter! 2015

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day today! Mine was amazing. 🙂 I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have such a large close-knit family. My Mom and Grandmas’ are awesome cooks and one day I hope I’ll be one too! For now – everyone will just have to enjoy my super-extra-well-done oven french toast. LOL!

Traditions make holidays super special. Some of the ones we have for Easter are having poppy seed rolls (passed down by my Czech grandmother), purchasing an Easter Lily, having a butter lamb and eating horse radish before getting our Easter baskets – the last two which we adopted from the Polish parish we were members of before. (We’re not Polack! Lol!) Variety is the spice of life. 🙂

And… of course I couldn’t resist and had to record the day through a series of pictures. Enjoy!

easter decorated tree

Our decorated Japanese Maple :3

Easter Lily

My sisters gorgeous Easter Lily 🙂

butter lamb

Butter lamb – have you lost weight???


Mom’s china out for the holiday!


Some of Grandma’s goodies – so good!

mashed potatoes

Mmm…mashed potatoes.

Peep treats

More of Grandma’s yummy treats.

poppy seed rolls

Poppy seed rolls – our Czech family tradition! Yum-may!

candied yams

Candied Yams


Beer spiked sauerkraut and kielbasa – seconds please!

Jello fluff

Other Grandma’s awesome jello fluff! You make the best Grandma!

strawberry cheese cake

Light Strawberry Cheese Cake


In the famous words of Ponyo “HAMMM!!!” lol

lit candle

Ambience 🙂

wine glass

My glass – half full! 😉


Grandma’s colorful salad. 🙂


My Easter “basket” – Om nom nom!


Daffodils at my parent’s home. So pretty!


Good food, great company and many wonderful memories!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San


Happy Easter! 2014

He is risen! He is risen indeed!


Morning sunlight on the eggins – anyone see Joker?

Happy Easter everyone!

After mass my brother and I met up with the fam for Easter breakfast. 🙂 Our family tradition which has been passed down from my great-grandmother who came from Czechoslovakia, is making poppyseed rolls for special occasions. This year my mom decided to do a new spin on our favorite by styling it as a Swedish teacake. 🙂


Poppyseed Roll with jellybeans mmm… 🙂

Here our the fruits of our egg coloring labors yesterday. Don’t they look lovely?


Lovely colored eggins

Our favorite Easter tradition was taken from a Polish parish our family were members of many years ago. This is a memory maker everyone. No child is immune from this. Everyone must consume a bit of ground horseradish before they receive their Easter basket. It is hilarious to watch but more importantly it also represents Christ’s bitter passion and death on the cross which had to be accomplished before opening the gates of heaven.


Ye evil horseradish!

I hope your day was filled with peace, joy and good company. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Tie-dyed Easter Eggs

Went over to my parents house today to  help decorate Easter eggs. :3 My mom placed me on a special mission to work on tie-dyed eggs while the rest of my siblings went to town with the crayons. 


You will need:

  • Eggs
  • White Vinegar
  • Food Coloring
  • Colander
  • Sink
  • Paper Towel


Step 1: Hard boil eggs

Step 2: Let eggs cool

Step 3: Place cooled eggs into a colander and set in the sink. Take 1/2 c. white vinegar and sprinkle or dip eggs in a colander. This helps the color adhere to the eggs.

Step 4: Choose two to three food coloring colors to tie-dye your eggs with. (we chose neon pink, neon blue and regular yellow) Sprinkle the eggs with the first color, swirl the colander around gently and allow to set 30 seconds or so.


Step 5: Sprinkle second color and gently swirl again. Allow to sit for 30 seconds or so. (McDonald’s eggs anyone?)


Step 6: Sprinkle third color and gently swirl. Allow to sit for 30 seconds or so. (Now they really look marbled)


Step 7: Time to rinse off!



Step 8: Remove to paper towel to dry.


Now they’re ready to take up to church to be blessed! 

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San