Growing up, my family’s tradition for Easter was to get up before the rooster crowed and head to church with all of our best potluck brunch items kept warm in crock pots. We would have a sunrise service, literally in the dark as the sun arose. Then we enjoyed a huge brunch with our church family.
When I left home, none of the churches that I attended had sunrise services, so besides attending church on Sunday morning, I didn’t have any other set traditions.
When I met and married Jason, his grandma Doodle would invite all the extended family to her house after church for an Easter feast. There were always various potluck items brought, but there were certain things that she included every year.
Grandma Doodle passed away about fourteen years ago. Since then, I have always made her menu, though I use some of my own recipes, for our family celebration, until recently when we moved back to my home town, and I once again celebrate with a meal at our church.
Even now though we may not have Grandma Doodle’s meal on Easter every year, I still make it sometime close to Easter in her memory, and because everyone loves it. Now my family has two Easter meal traditions!
Here is our crew on Easter 2010. Look how little they all were!
Grandma Doodle’s Menu:
Grandma Doodle swore by Cure 81 ham. It is so easy to just wrap it in foil and place it in the slow cooker, and it’s ready after church. Some years for a special treat, we have purchased Honey Baked Ham–You just can’t go wrong with that!
I make my baked beans they way my mom made them. It’s my favorite quick recipe starting with a can of Pork & Beans. If you want delicious baked beans in a hurry, try these!
Although I think my husband prefers Grandma Doodle’s beans. One year, after we had pretty much finished eating, I asked my husband, “So how did you like the baked beans this year? Do you like them better or less than the recipe I usually make?”
“Oh these are a hundred times better than the ones you usually make!” came his enthusiastic reply.
Uh this year happened to be the first year that instead of making my homemade baked beans, I just bought a can that said, ” Baked Beans,” heated it up, and placed it on the table! Oh how I laughed. That’s when I realized, he likes them runny. To me baked beans are thick! If you like them runny, you can still use my recipe, just don’t cook them as long! 😉
Old Fashioned Potato Salad
My potato salad is one of my dishes people rave over. Once I’ve taken it to a potluck, it’s always requested. I can’t take credit for it though. I learned how to making it helping my mom, and she learned it helping her mom. It’s tried and true and passed down generations.
Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad
If you’ve never had this dish, it will change your world! It’s considered a salad and served with the meal, but I love it more than dessert. My kids think it’s the best that they can have dessert with and after the meal! Find my tips and tricks from making this through the years: Strawberry Pretzel Salad.
While Grandma would purchase her dinner rolls, I love making my own with the easy of a bread machine. See I still take short cuts! It kneads the dough for me and I all have to do is separate the dough, place it on a pan, and let it rise before baking. This is my family’s favorite dinner roll recipe!
Cream Puff Dessert
To top off the meal, is Grandma Doodle’s Cream Puff Dessert! Our Easter meal would not be the same without it! Grandma would always take chocolate syrup and drizzle it over the top, but I’m not a fan of that kind of syrup so I’ve always left it off. Now if I made some homemade chocolate sauce to drizzle…I could handle that!
That is our Easter menu! Everything is easy to make ahead, and I try to prepare it all on Saturday, so that I can put things on the table right away when we get home from church. You just can’t keep a crowd waiting! Happy Easter!
That happened to me with Aunt Jemima’s pancake mix. Why make them from scratch? Your Easter menu sounds wonderful, and those rolls sure look good. Do you make real cream puffs? I made them a few times in Costa Rica when we were first married and they came out perfect even with a stove that didn’t have a thermostat–just hotter and cooler. Then one time I made them and they didn’t puff and I never tried again.
Karen Dawkins says
Your baked beans made their way to my blog! 🙂
I nominated you for a versatile blogger award. I love to read your adventures! You can accept or not. Either way, thanks for making me smile!
Ha ha! That’s how I usually do baked beans too! What a neat idea doing a sunrise service. That is so sweet that you make her Easter lunch 🙂 Now I am craving deviled eggs!
HAHAHAHA!!! Oh that is the best. Something my husband would say.
Hey you asked!! Jello Pretzel Salad sounds interesting never heard of it!
Wow! My dear I haven’t even begun to think what we will be doing for dinner. I was hoping to go out this year instead of cooking a meal.
Makes it easier for you, though. 🙂
Sounds like a delicious meal. When can I show up?
That sounds very similar to the meal my family always makes! We LOVE the Pretzel Jello Salad and instead potato salad, we have a potato casserole. The food is one of my favorite parts of Easter!
New follower from Blog Frog!!! That strawberry pretzel thing sounds yummy!!! 🙂
Mmm! I love homemade baked beans. My mom always made baked beans and cornbread every Saturday night. I never got tired of it!
I went to sunrise services (usually outdoors) when I was little. We went for many, many years. Such wonderful memories!
theres nothing like the beauty of a colorado desert sunrise on easter morning, outside singing hymns….. i was 6 at the time, and still remember it! thanks for reminding me of that. 🙂
Hahhahhaa…oh too funny. Well bring on the easy beans then:)
Susan Evans says
What’s the use of making stuff from scratch? LOL
Doesn’t it just figure! My husband prefered “Jake’s secret family recipe” to my homemade baked beans, too, though so don’t feel bad!
Visiting from Serenity Now.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Ooh, funny! I don’t ask him what he thinks about the food anymore. 😉 I’m hoping we’ll go out for a nice lunch after church this year. My family always did that growing up, and then went home to do an Easter egg hunt. T’s family seems to hog all the holidays, and we always have to go to his mom and dad’s. Hoping I can break tradition this year. :s Thanks for linking up!
Figures! Guess you’ll be taking the easy route from now on!
Funny – my fam likes canned corn better than the corn I buy frozen and lovingly season…your menu sounds simple and delish. I think I am doing it all wrong this year by picking things I have to slave over. When will I learn?
Rylie Miller says
Every Easter, we prepare the identical recipe, but it’s amazing the fact that we never get enough of this menu: lamb, boiled and painted eggs, Easter cupcakes and chocolate. We also eat ham instead of lamb. I truly like this holiday, and my stomach loves it as well!
Ginny Marie says
Yum! I think I’ll make deviled eggs this year!