A Weekend of Relaxation

The Easter weekend is over and so is my time of relaxation. During these past four days, I took some time out for myself and recharged my batteries a little. I spent time with an old friend, lingered over dinner with my family, and did a fair amount of reading.

This year I did not buy Easter eggs and bunnies for my family. While looking at what was on offer in the supermarket, I decided instead to buy each member at home a small bag of Lindt ball chocolates. The smooth texture of the hazelnut filling is so much better that the sugary sweetness of most commercial Easter chocolate. My husband loved the idea and will enjoy the treats with his tea after supper in the evenings.

The long weekend, the stories I read, and the fact I did not eat too much sugar were definitely things to smile about.

Did you enjoy the Easter weekend?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge.)

Weekend Coffee Share: Easter Weekend

wordswag_15073188796611453091488.pngIf we were having coffee, I would greet you with an Easter wish. The weekend has been busy so far and today I am able to slow down a little. I am feeling quite tired at the moment as I did not have too much sleep last night. My husband and nephew are working tomorrow (Monday), so we decided to have our Easter get together on Saturday evening. That way, we could socialise until late – which is exactly what we did!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I decided to cook one of my husband’s favourite meals for dinner yesterday evening. The meal is a chicken dinner from my French cooking recipe book. I cook the chicken in white wine and add mushrooms and tomatoes in addition to the herbs. It is delicious with rice and a salad. To go with the meal, we had a South African wine that my nephew had found near to where he lives. For dessert, I tried my hand at making mini milk tarts (a South African dessert). They went perfectly with the fruit and cream.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I did not spend all day Saturday cooking and getting ready for our family dinner. I also spent some time reading. I am currently on track for the book pledge (I have pledged to read 75 books this year). It is interesting to see my progress on the 50 Book Pledge website – I love how the books are lined up on a ‘shelf’. If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my week at work leading up to the Easter weekend was pleasant. I still had three children missing from my class as they were still on vacation. It is a pity as they missed a part of the inquiry that we are doing which children normally enjoy. I enjoy this part too as I like seeing how creative my students can be when they build with blocks.

In the upcoming week, the children will have even more opportunity to build – with blocks and with wood. Hopefully all of the students will have come back from any family vacations.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I will hide the Easter eggs for my children this afternoon. Last year I did not buy chocolate for a hunt and they were upset with me. Even though they are now in their late teens, they still want the thrill of the chocolate hunt 🙂

If we were having coffee, I would tell you to enjoy the rest of your weekend – and to not eat too much chocolate!

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Eclectic Alli and the Weekend Coffee Share)

An Easter Sunday

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I woke up with a feeling of dread. The day was meant to be a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. But it reminded me of other events. Personal events. The death of a family and my belief in the goodness of humanity. Remembering past Easters caused tears to run down my face. Egg hunts. Family dinners. Togetherness. Destroyed by a gun and a psychopath claiming we would all be resurrected. My meal today would be a solitary one in memory of the Resurrection, the love of a family, and the annihilation of a church community.

(I wished to write a piece on the celebration on Easter but my hands typed the above. In spite of this piece, I do wish everyone a wonderful Easter Sunday with their family)

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

Music Mondays: Easter Oratorio

I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter weekend with their family. Easter is a time for reflection and celebration and is a tradition that has been going on for centuries. The timeless music of Bach reminds us that people have been following this custom for decades:

The music we play in our current day may be different, but we still follow the same basic traditions our families have followed for generations.

MondaysWhat is your favourite Easter music?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post has been linked to Kat’s Music Monday)

Five Minute Friday: Alive

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeThere are times when it feels good to be alive. You are reminded of this during the moments you stroll outside and the cool air brushes gently against your face. Today I think of a man who walked outside thinking not of his life, but of his death. I imagine the pain he must have felt, the physical and emotional agony he experienced as he walked down the streets literally bearing his cross. At that moment in his lfe, he would not have lifted his face to see the sun, or breathed in deeply to smell the scent of nature. Instead his thoughts would have turned inward, he would have wished for the moment to end, for the pain and humiliation to be over. And yet even though he experienced pain and physical death, his spirituality remained alive. He still called out to God with his last breath.

Centuries later, this man’s experience is remembered and kept alive in the hearts of many who believe that his death was a sacrifice for their spititual closeness with God. Unlike his birth, this man’s physical death was the event that shaped the lives of many who lived after him. For the Church, and the many Catholics who follow its doctrines, the Crucifiction is the event which shapes their lives, their beliefs, and often their actions. Today we reflect on what Jesus did for us: the sacrifices he made, the pain he experienced. He was a man who stayed true to what he believed even though he knew his actions would end in death.

To all those of you who believe as I do in the Crucifiction of Jesus Chist, I wish you a positive day of reflection. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: alive)

Easter Baskets

Now my girls are older, I thought that this year they would not want an Easter egg hunt. How wrong I was! After I had hidden the eggs, they had fun looking for the stash. Me? I had fun arranging their findings afterwards in the baskets they have used for ten egg hunts:

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This year’s Easter Baskets. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I arranged their collection so that they could enjoy the sight of their chocolate while they are eating it. A few years ago, my husband and I decided to spend the money on buying the better quality chocolate even though it means the children have less chocolate to hunt. The result? The girls get a Lindt bunny, carrot, chicken and ladybug with a few little eggs thrown in. Thought that this year I would buy an Aero egg and a KitKat bar for them to try in addition to the solid bunny.

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Close-up of Easter chocolate. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

To continue the tradition I started so many years ago, the girls found a little something else to put in their basket. My one daughter loves Pikachu so when I saw the small stuffy, I knew I had to get it for her. Unfortunately there were no other Pokemon available in the store, so I matched the adorable pokemon with a Hello Kitty stuffed toy.

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Pickachu and Easter chocolate. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

My girls have their baskets on display on their dresser and are slowly eating their chocolate. I guess I will not have to organise dessert for a while 🙂

Do you still arrange Easter egg hunts?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt this week: Easter)

 

Creating Easter Eggs

Part of the Easter tradition is to create one’s own Easter eggs. I have found a simple way to do so for children and the young at heart. Not many tools are needed: just your creativity, boiled eggs, oil pastels, and food colouring.

Boiled eggs and oil pastels to make Easter eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once you are seated comfortably at a table, begin creating designs on your boiled egg using the oil pastels. If you are doing this activity with small children, I recommend you show them what do.

Creating designs on boiled eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once all the eggs have been decorated, prepare the solution of food colouring. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar to water (made up of 1 cup boiled water, and 1 cup tap water) with a few drops of food colouring. The more food colouring you put into your water, the darker the eggs will turn out. Once your eggs are in the solution, make sure they are covered with the water (add more water if they are not).

Decorated boiled eggs in food colouring solution. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I left our eggs in the water for 30 minutes – I am wondering whether they would have gone darker if I had left them in for longer. Take them out to dry and lay them on some paper towel.

Drying Easter eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And once they are dry, you can place them in a bowl ready for Easter Sunday.

Completed Easter eggs. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

My children and I were pleased with our result. We did notice that the brighter products are created by drawing firmly on the egg. We look forward to creating more next year.

Will you try making some Easter eggs this year?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012