A recipe box that’s just for the Spring and Summer months can be a great tool in helping you uphold your favorite family traditions for the Spring holidays.
The winter holiday season lasts a long time, involving a lot of work and a lot of eating! Come March, it sometimes feels like we’re still recovering from it all – I know at this time of year I tend to stick to very simple meals for my family, both to save hours in the kitchen and to save my bathroom scales from the result of more feasting. My poor recipe box sits neglected at the end of my counter, still crammed with recipes for pumpkin pies, chocolate pies, cakes, tips on roasting the perfect turkey – and I’m no longer very inspired by them. Stuffing? I’d rather nibble a stalk of asparagus.
So when Easter comes around it often seems all too soon, and many of us can feel somewhat unprepared. If you celebrate Easter, you may remember some wonderful cooking from Easters past – I especially remember my mom’s hot cross buns – but after all the work of Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s easy to feel reluctant to head back into the kitchen for another day of cooking and baking. Last year I was full of good intentions – but with all the fuss of coloring eggs with the kids, finding a decent ham, inviting family over and preparing the traditional egg hunt, those hot cross buns never did get made. All the cherished traditions from Spring are starting to get overlooked, and of course it makes me a little sad – I don’t want to deny my children of the delights my own mother passed down to me!
Is there a solution? Of course there is! With Easter only a week away, I’m starting to do what I probably should have done sooner – I’m setting up a new recipe box that’s specifically for my lighter, simpler Spring and Summer recipes. Having a couple of separate recipe card boxes can really help keep things cooking – your recipe cards aren’t all crammed in one place, and you can look for your favorite ways to prepare an Easter ham or rabbit-cookies or carrot cake without having to wade through all the hearty, rich recipes of winter.
To make things more fun, there are so many beautiful designs to choose from when purchasing a recipe box for the Spring – some that seem just perfect for the season! So take an hour, collect your favorite recipes for Easter, Spring, and Summer together. Read through them – get inspired! If you can, do it with your mom, sisters, or friends – you can exchange great ideas and keep some of your fondest family memories alive. And finally, give these treasured recipes the home they deserve. Suddenly, the prospect of preparing the meal to celebrate Easter sounds like a lot of fun. Doesn’t it?