today our daughters came to Easter lunch. so we had Louisa & Garth with their two boys~ Harry and Charlie.. and our youngest daughter Sophie and her boyfriend the plumber.. and yes, he has a name: Chris...
it was strange not having my son here.. our family dynamics have changed alot since he moved interstate.. and truthfully, we are all floundering trying to find some kind of balance ... but we continue to try with days like today. that is why a move to Villa Maria will be good.. we can begin afresh. I miss my son alot. my heart is a little heavy tonight.. I sent him Easter eggs but it is not the same without him here.. however, he is happy, healing and has a job now.. so that is all I can ask for. he is alive. Mary has him under Her mantle. I know he is safe.
I adore planning celebrations.. this year I bought 3 coloured candles in the shape of eggs, placed them on a vintage pressed glass cake stand and surrounded them with roses from my garden. I played Deuter, East of the Full Moon ~ a favourite, soul stirring piece of music. I burned incense that Daisy had sent me a few years ago.. for Autumn Harvest.. so today really, I celebrated both days.. Easter for tradition and Mabon for the wheel of the year, albeit a little late.
lots of Easter eggs and bunnies... all Lindt chocolate. none are left.
I cooked a leg of lamb ~ slow roasted with garlic and rosemary from my own garden. mashed potatoes and carrots, minted peas and sweet potato in a brown sugared glaze.
and a simple orange cake for afternoon tea. very simple, very tasty..
MOIST ORANGE CAKE
155g soft butter
2 tsps. grated orange rind
2/3 cup castor sugar
1 cup self raising flour
1/4 cup milk
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. soft butter
1 tblsp. orange juice ( approx )
grease a deep 20cm round cake tin; line base with paper
combine all ingredients in large bowl, beat on low speed with electric mixer until ingredients are combined. Increase speed to medium, beat for 3 mins. or until mixture is changed in colour and smooth. Spread into prepared tin. Bake in moderate (180C - 375F ) oven for about 45 mins. Stand 2 mins before turning onto wire cake rack to cool. Spread cold cake with icing.
to make the ORANGE ICING
sift icing sugar into small heatproof bowl,stir in butter and enough juice to make a stiff paste. Stir over hot water until icing is spreadable
enjoy! & HAPPY EASTER !