For the first time ever, we are not having Easter at my Mom-in-law's house. This year I'm playing hostess. Since this information was given to me on Wednesday afternoon, you can see why I pointed out the time frame. I HAVE THREE FREAKIN' DAYS TO PLAN/SHOP/PREPARE EASTER DINNER!!
Working in my favor are a series of things. 1) We never do anything fancy, so no one's expecting me to pull Easter bunnies out of my butt or anything. 2) I don't think I'm a good cook, but the in laws have eaten my food before & no one has died or complained, so there's no pressure to pull Rachel Ray out of my butt, either. 3) My house is already clean so there's no pressure to pull Mr. Clean out of my butt.
Having established the safety of my butt & all the things I will NOT have to pull out of it, I'm getting excited! I'm going to splurge on a dollar tree table cloth b/c that's just how I roll, but otherwise I just have the meal planning to do, which is easy-peasy.
Here's my thought:
Main Dish - Slow Cooker Maple & Brown Sugar Ham
Sides/Apps - Mashed taters/gravy, brussel sprouts, these little darling cooked carrots, rolls, and these adorable deviled eggs.
That should be just the right combination of typical Easter fare & fancy-schmancy to secure my role as Easter hostess for years to come. I'm leaving dessert up to my Mom-in-law, but I will be purchasing something small & dairy-free for myself. I'll also be setting aside some taters for myself so I can mash them w/ a non-dairy alternative to the usual milk & butter that I use for everyone else. Oh yeah, that's right, I TOTALLY just planned Easter dinner in 1 day while still considering my dietary needs.
Martha Stewart, eat your heart out.