In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
I'll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your Easter bonnet,
And of the girl I'm taking to the Easter parade.
These are the words of the main song in the movie, Easter Parade, with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. It is a favorite of mine and my mom's at Easter....and as it happens, I got to watch it with her this past Saturday....in person. We have my parents in the house! YAY!!! When I was growing up, my grandparents only lived a few miles away, now my children's grandparents live 1, 000 miles away. So it is a blessing to get a visit from my mom and dad.
This Easter, dinner was the Saturday before Easter Sunday, so that my husband could eat with us. (He works on Sunday) So, what was on the menu? Ham glazed with apricot jam, mustard powder and brown sugar, roasted asparagus, sweet potatoes and my mom made homemade apple sauce and apple pie. Let's just say, we did not go hungry. I love my mom's apple sauce! The Granny Smith apple peels from the apples she made for the pie, she cooked on the stove top, with a dash of salt. Then she used the old-fashioned food mill that I had gotten when my gramma passed away, to mill out the apples into smooth sauce. Once all the apples were smoothed out, she added some sugar to taste. YUM! It really is the yummiest apple sauce! WAY better than any store bought. My gramma would also make the best apple sauce. She would use Lodi apples. These apples are light green and have been described as a tart tasting, early season, summer apple. When the Lodi apples were in season, she would make a ton of applesauce to freeze. I remember when my grandparents would have a large family dinner, gramma would pull out a container of applesauce from the freezer. I wanted to make sure I was close enough to the apple sauce to get some. It was a precious commodity! Why oh why do I not make homemade apple sauce that often? Maybe it's because we don't live in apple country anymore, or I get too busy to go through the process. I have to stop being so busy. I deny my family, more specifically my children, the joy of good, homemade apple sauce.
When I think of my mom and gramma, I think of the scripture......Proverbs 31:31 Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman! I challenge you ladies reading this blog, to read through Proverbs 31. Before you read, ask the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and understanding as you read through it. How can we seek to praise God with the fruit of our hands?
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.