Easter, “Velikdenn” – “The Great Day” is here this weekend and like many of you, I am busy preparing our Easter basket and other foods to share with our family and friends.
When I woke up this morning, I had decided to make a butter lamb for the Easter basket that I would be bringing to church to be blessed. As I mentioned in an earlier post on Ukrainian Easter, we take a basket of special traditional foods to be blessed and then shared with our family on Easter morning.
As I prepared the ingredients and started shaping the butter into a lamb’s body shape, I thought about the time that my sister-in-law made a lamb for us.
SIL is a very special person in our family and in many ways sometimes seems more Ukrainian than I am.
SIL is English-speaking and did not grow up Catholic. Now over the years that she has been married to my brother, she has learned some of the Ukrainian language as well as many of the customs and traditions. She is an amazing cook and I have borrowed many of her recipes over the years. Her holubsti are so much tastier than mine will ever be !
But I digress. I started thinking about her and this lamb because a few years back, SIL offered to make My Man and I a butter lamb for an anniversary dinner. At first, I thought great…it’ll be so yummy. I love eating lamb but had never seen it prepared like butter chicken (so I assumed). Little did I know. SIL laughed and said “No, no. I’ll make you a butter lamb for your dinner table. It’s butter and we’ll spread it on our bread and buns.”
She then proceeded to cut into a pound of butter and shape a small animal into it. The animal was a lamb.
Maybe I’m just being nostalgic this weekend but I am very thankful for my sister-in-law and I want her to know it. I now know how to make my own butter lamb. Thank You SIL!
I don’t think we say we are grateful to our family or friends enough.
As we celebrate this Easter weekend, let’s not just think about the food however. Let’s think about the wonderful people who share our daily lives. Let’s celebrate these busy yet fun family and friend times now, each and every day.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
Happy Easter. Khrystos Voskres.
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