I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter weekend. On Sunday, it was beautiful here in Minnesota. We had a high of 74F with lots of sun and a few wispy clouds. It was glorious!
On Saturday, I decided to make the orange gelatin my dad used to make for the holidays. It’s made with orange gelatin, vanilla ice cream, and mini marshmallows. Then you pour it into the famous Tupperware jel-ring mold. Sometimes he would add mandarin oranges, but I left those out this time. I also made a cake. I was planning on the Lamb cake, but I couldn’t find the pan anywhere! I decided to go with a two-layer marble cake with purple ombre frosting.
Saturday evening, we watched the GodSquad Church Easter Service on Twitch. It was a great service! Pastor Souzy did an amazing job, as usual. If you haven’t checked GodSquad out yet, I encourage you to do so. It’s an amazing gaming and church community and our home church.
It’s not just for gamers though. We have kids and youth ministries, women’s ministry, and Experience Groups, which are like small groups at most churches for teens through adults and a couple’s group. They all meet online, using Discord.
I wish I could say on Sunday morning, I woke up on time and started my day like I usually do, but that wasn’t the case. Around 4 AM, I woke up with a horrid headache. I rolled out of bed, grabbed an ice pack and some medicine to help. My darling husband took the pups out with him around 6 AM and let me sleep. I didn’t wake up until 10 AM! My head felt a bit better but starting my day out that late was a bit of a bummer. I should have paid closer attention to the weather. When we go through temperature or weather changes, I get hit with a bad headache.
Even with the late, grumpy start (oh yes, I was a grump!) the cinnamon rolls made it into the oven, coffee made, and the diced potatoes out of the freezer to thaw. Now it was time to find our Easter baskets that my husband hid the night before. My son is past coloring eggs, but he still enjoys looking for his basket full of goodies!
Dinner was kept simple. As I shared in my previous post, we had ham, cheesy potatoes, and coleslaw.
I wish I would have remembered to take more photos, but my phone was out of sight, out of mind and I forgot. The headache didn’t help much either. I promise I’ll get better and the photo thing! At least I remembered to grab a couple.
The Sugar Rush
With Easter, comes Easter candy. When our son was younger, we would get all the cute, fun candy for his basket. Over the last several years, we’ve cut down on how much candy we buy. I’d rather splurge on a couple really nice treats from Abdallah Candies, made right here in Minnesota! My husband and son appreciate it more too. This year for my son’s basket we added a Thresh T-shirt for him. It’s his main on League of Legends. He loved it!
Between the desserts and Easter candy, how do we get past the sugar rush?
Here are a few tips I’ve personally used to help get over that sugar rush.
Out of sight, out of mind.
The day after Easter, we put all our candy in a bag and tuck it away so it’s not in front of our faces. If you can’t see the temptation, it will help slow down your sugar consumption.
Fill up with protein and fiber.
After a lot of sugar, I make sure to have a breakfast packed with protein and fiber. It can be as simple as Cheerios and a small protein shake or avocado toast with an egg. The key is to feel full on proteins and fiber, not sugar. For lunch I make a protein smoothie with unsweetened almond milk, veggies and protein powder. I add a few frozen strawberries for taste.
Grab the water and lemon in the morning.
Lemon is a natural diuretic and will help get your kidneys pumping. Be sure to drink plenty of water which will help flush your system out and stay hydrated.
Good luck! We can do this! Don’t beat yourself up if you indulge for a day or too. It only takes a few simple steps to beat it.
I think for next year I’m going to fill my basket with pretty yarn and avoid the sugar rush all together!
Be kind to yourself and others around you!
1. How was your Easter weekend?
2. What special treats did you enjoy?