Stress Free Easter Ideas

 

Easter mornings are a special time. Maybe you head out with your family for a sunrise service at your local church, or maybe you wake up to the pitter-patter of little feet ready to go Easter egg hunting. In either case, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen cooking up a big breakfast.

Instead, you want to relax and enjoy a yummy meal with your loved ones for breakfast.  There’s an easy way to do just that.  Put your slow cooker to work.

Keep It Simple With Baked Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Oatmeal is always a breakfast favorite around here. It’s quick and easy enough to make in the slow cooker for weekend breakfasts throughout the year, but you can also make it special for Easter (or any other important day) with special add-ins and toppings like chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, whipped cream and the like.

Start with the basic recipe. Use rolled oats in this recipe. The finished oatmeal will turn out better than using quick cooking oats.

Mix 2 cups of dry oats, 2 cups of milk, and 2 cups of water. Add sugar, honey or the sweetener of your choice and mix. Cook on low overnight (for about 8 hours).

Add your favorite flavors and serve. We like ours with apple sauce, cinnamon, and walnuts. For a special Easter treat, you could set out small bowls with various fresh and dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips and anything else that sounds tasty in oatmeal.

Get Ready For A Busy Day With A Hearty Breakfast Casserole

If you know you’ll have an early Easter dinner with the whole family; it may make sense to skip lunch and opt for a big hearty breakfast or brunch instead. Here’s an easy way to have your big breakfast cooking while you sleep.

Before you head to bed, fry up a pound of bacon. Allow it to cool a bit and chop it up. Dice a small onion while you’re at it. Crack open a dozen eggs and whisk them up in a large bowl. Add some salt and pepper to the eggs. Get out your slow cooker and a big 32 oz. bag of shredded hash browns.

Spray the slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and layer ⅓ of the hash browns in the bottom of the crock. Top with ⅓ of the bacon and ½ cup of cheese. Repeat these layers two more times (omitting the cheese on the last layer). Pour the egg mixture over everything and top with the last ½ cup of cheese.

Cook everything on low for 10 to 12 hours and enjoy when you are ready for breakfast or lunch.

Cook the Perfect Easter Ham in Your Slow Cooker

One of the hardest things about cooking for a big gathering around the holidays – including Easter – is the logistics of figuring out what needs to go in the oven when. There just never seems to be enough time or space to bake the turkey, ham, casseroles, pies and rolls to perfection and get it all hot and ready at the same time. That’s where your slow cooker comes to the rescue. This Easter, cook your ham in this handy kitchen gadget and free up hours of valuable oven time.

To begin with, get out your largest slow cooker. Ideally, you want one that holds at least six quarts. The size of the ham you’re able to cook depends on the size of your slow cooker. Since these handy kitchen appliances aren’t terribly expensive, it may well be worth investing in a larger model if your current slow cooker is too small to hold a ham.

Choose a fully cooked ham that you think will fit in your slow cooker. It’s fine if it’s a bit of a close fit. You can even get away without the lid closing. When that happens after you put your ham into the slow cooker, grab some heavy duty aluminum foil and make a tent over your slow cooker instead of the lid. Be sure to seal everything well around the rim to prevent too much heat and moisture from escaping.

For easy clean-up, you may want to spray the inside of your crock with non-stick cooking spray before you add the ham. There is no need to add water or any cooking liquid. Cook the ham on low for six to eight hours or on high for four to five hours or until your entire ham is thoroughly heated. You can use a whole ham or a spiral sliced one for this cooking method.

If you prefer the outside to be a little browned, heat the ham in your slower cook, then carefully transfer it to a baking dish. Broil the ham for a few minutes until it develops a nice lightly browned crust. Keep an eye on it carefully. When broiling, you can go from perfectly cooked to burnt in less than a minute.

We decided brunch would be best for our family this year. In addition to a breakfast casserole, we’ll be adding a Burgers’ Smokehouse ham, fruit and probably some rolls. We’ll set the food, plates, silverware, and drinks on the counter and let everyone serve themselves. What a great way to spend part of Easter Sunday together in a relaxed way!

Celebrating Easter with your loved ones should be about spending time together as a family, not stressing about getting the house clean, the table set, and a big dinner ready on time. Keep it simple, focus on what is important to everyone, and make sure there is plenty of time and energy for you to enjoy this special day with your loved ones.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter,

Bea