easter past. and a piña colada salad recipe.

We spent most Easters on my grandparents’ farm in Hoopeston, Illinois. My Grandma Rosemary loved a good holiday gathering. Her house full of family and friends–and all the good food–was her idea of nirvana. She and I are a lot alike.

She’d serve ham and cheesy potatoes–and pressure cooked green beans. Bread and butter. And about a hundred different Jello salads. Yum.

We’d have to eat and wash *all* the dishes before we could hunt Easter eggs (same thing at Christmas, those dishes had to be done before we could open any presents). Here are some old Easter photos of us over the years–because who doesn’t love reminiscing?!

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My first Easter, 1982. With Grandma Rosemary and Great-Grandma Helen.

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And Aunt Mimi.

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A little family Easter photo action. Probably 1985.

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I had lace gloves too, obviously.

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Socks with jellies. Rad. And also a pretty rad mullet. Thanks, mom.

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Working that tongue.

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Same spot, same technique.

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Sponge-curlers. I always loved a good wave.

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And here’s a good Jello salad recipe my mother-in-law shared on Facebook this week–because who doesn’t love a good Jello salad?! I made it this morning to take to our Easter gathering today. It’s reminiscent of something any of our grandmas would serve at a holiday gathering–crushed fruit, pudding mix, whipped cream, cream cheese and sugar. You can’t go wrong with that combination, right? Boom. Enjoy.

Piña Colada Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 (20 ounce) can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 (3 ounce) package instant coconut cream pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup white sugar

Directions

Mix crushed pineapple and juice, pudding mix and coconut.

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Fold in Cool Whip. Eat a little first.

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Cream together cream cheese and sugar in separate bowl. Then fold into pineapple mixture.

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Cover in Saran Wrap like Grandma did. And chill before serving.

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Happy Easter. XOXO

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Here are just a few shots of our Easter present too. We had a good day loving on our family and friends–and feeling the love right back.

And I’ve been eating all their candy since.

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The kids’ table. And for the record, neither of them touched my Jello salad.

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Kit Kats and Twix, babies. Hand them over to your mama who loves you.

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