Easter dinner was hosted at our house this year. On the menu was cabbage salad with sesame dressing, turkey, scalloped potatoes, Bunny Buns, baked potatoes with bacon, and a variety of tomatoes. For dessert, I made tapioca pudding and Little One inhaled three oranges. My mother-in-law baked a Pennsylvania Dutch Raisin Crumble Pie that was too delicious for words. It came from an old German cookbook, which is a favourite of hers.
Easter is always a time for reflection for me. For some reason, this year more than ever. Seeing the newborn calves on our farm and the buds growing on trees always leaves me feeling refreshed and thankful. I find I often get consumed by things that need to get done — there is never a shortage of work to do or things that need tending to. I recently realized after my auto accident two weeks ago that I haven’t had time to “stop and smell the flowers”. I’ve been consumed by the every day things that I haven’t even stopped to soak in everything Little One tells me or spend real quality time with my husband. We used to go for walks and enjoy the sunsets. Now life is so busy…and I feel like it’s passing me by.
One thing you’ll notice if you’ve been reading this blog for a few years is that I don’t often talk about my faith. I respect people of different faiths and beliefs and acknowledge that religion can be a touchy subject. It’s Easter and I had a cathartic experience I wanted to share.
I was embarrassed to find myself crying in church today for Easter Sunday service. We haven’t been as regular church-goers as we have been in the past. We have no excuses other than work on the farm never abates and weekends seem busier than the work week because we’re cramming everything that couldn’t get done during the week into two days! No excuses other than not making time or taking time out. When our minister spoke about Good Friday and said how all of us have experienced our own Good Fridays, I let out a silent “Yes!” inside my head. Yes. We’ve all had moments where a huge rock has been placed before us or perhaps we have experienced unjust treatment. He reminded us that it is often darkest before the light. Our minister’s words struck me. Although I haven’t been back to church in half a year, each time I do attend church service, the sermon just happens to be something that I need to hear just at that particular moment in my life.
Today, I took away with me the reminder that all things are possible with God. Big stones that are too big will be moved by God. If we move forward and have faith, God will take care of the rest. That’s the thing. I’ve been so consumed in challenges faced in the past year that I started to let go of my faith. Not consciously, but just getting wrapped up in what seems like insurmountable obstacles, one after another really took its toll.
It may seem odd to some, but I really did come out today with a good reminder to have faith and to focus on the good in life. My accident a few weeks ago was a sign that I need to slow down in life because I have so much on my plate. I need to remember that family comes first.
I came home after Easter service and cooked up a storm for my loved ones.
- 1-2 medium carrots, julienned (I used a vegetable spiral cutter to achieve long, thin, noodle-like carrot spirals)
- 1 cup red cabbage, chopped finely
- 1 cup green cabbage ,chopped finely
- 1 green onions, cut finely (on a bias)
- sesame seeds to garnish
- Sesame Dressing
- ¼ cup toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger root, minced
- 1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 teaspoon mirin or local honey
- Wash and peel carrots. Use spiral cutter to make curly carrot "noodles". Finely cut purple and green cabbage. Finely cut green onion.
- On a serving place (or salad bowl). arrange layers of the raw, fresh vegetables.
- For the dressing, whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Drizzle all over salad.
- Garnish with sesame seeds.
Happy Easter to all those celebrating.