Sweet Easter Memories and THE BEST Ham Recipe

Easter-Memories.jpgEaster is AWESOME when you’re little; it was for me. And I like to think that I contributed to at least one sweet Easter memory for all the little kids in our family. I see this photo on my vanity almost every day.

easterWhen we were little, mom sewed us sweet, pretty dresses. Ensembles often included new white shoes, frilly socks, bonnet, gloves!  My all-time favorite accessory – a teeny umbrella shaped purse.

Then you have the basket of candy. To find it when we woke that morning in our 232nd Place Street home was a cinch due to square footage. Once we moved to Whitecliff Drive, the Easter bunny had a field day with all the hiding nooks and crannies. I recall my dad having some good laughs watching Frustrated Patti try to locate mine.

By the looks of the age of kids in these framed photos (nieces, nephews, cousins), I peg this to be the Easter of 1989-ish. How I came to be the person in the bunny suit is this…

My little PR firm had picked up an auto dealership client.  I know, not the food industry, probably contributing to having the client for a VERY brief time. Our first gig was their community Easter event. Meet the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs – a handful containing $20 bills. I rented the bunny suit from Western Costume, a car salesman would wear it. People started to arrive early, which warmed my heart.  At the published time, the hunt began and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, you’ve never seen such a smash-and-grab.  Parents dashing all over “pretending” to help their kids — within less than 10 minutes, every egg was nabbed and people then left. Not interested in looking at the autos. My faith in humanity was bruised.

Kinda weirded out, Larry and I stuffed the bunny suit in my car and drove to Aunt Jan’s in a daze. Thankfully, her house would be filled with Good Children, all related to me. As we rolled up, we decided to not waste a good suit. Parking up the block, I donned the smelly-from-the-auto-guy bunny outfit, and Larry burst into the house: “HEY KIDS, THE EASTER BUNNY IS OUTSIDE!” Squeeeeellls!!!!! The tinier the tot, the more wonderful the glee.

{Look at the family photo.  That little angel in my arms, Sues, is getting married this autumn. Boy Bobby, far left, holding his little cousin Charlie, is the dad of a 9-year-old.  All these kids are college grads, some with advanced degrees. Many are married. A few are parents. Not sure where Cousin Marie is, maybe not yet born? Time flies.}

After Aunt Jan’s, we motored over to my in-law’s and played the scenario for the Londre side. Lead photo — Little Miss Very Smart Shannon saw my shoes and ratted me out, “That’s not the Easter Bunny, THAT’S AUNT PATTI!” Somehow, that didn’t matter. Having your own Personal Easter Bunny to hug is awesome.

Will you have a crowd for Easter?  Let’s get to that ham recipe, my FAVORITE… click to a previous post:  I will be roasting it this way and serving it on Sunday to a good number of the little kids in these photos.

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1 Valentina April 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I love this! Happy Easter! 🙂

2 Worth The Whisk April 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

I like that idea. Sincerely, Bunni

3 sippitysup April 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

Such a sweet story. Do you mind if I start calling you “Bunni”? GREG

4 Worth The Whisk April 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm

If it was stinky, that’s the same one.

5 LiztheChef April 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I swear I rented the same Easter bunny costume in 1983 to surprise some friends’ kids!

6 Worth The Whisk April 5, 2012 at 5:52 pm

And there you are in the front row. It was so fun to see all you kiddos so excited.

7 elise April 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm

ill never forget this one 🙂

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