Relaxing After Easter…Avocados and Ham

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Golden Sunset in the Avocado Grove

Golden Sunset on Easter Sunday

Easter is a busy time on the ranch.  Not only is it the beginning of avocado harvest time,  but it’s one of the busiest times for musicians too, especially church musicians. This was my 25th Easter as Director of Music for the Church of St. Timothy in Escondido, CA.    The practicing and planning that happens in the weeks before Easter are strenuous, but the actual week before the big holiday involves major liturgical celebrations on five separate days,  each with a unique  program of beautiful music.     We had our family gathering on Saturday afternoon and our grown children had Sunday plans,   so after I finished directing our  choir in   Sunday’s glorious music,  it was nap time!   Later on I took a relaxing  walk through the grove to photograph the sun setting on another beautiful Easter Day.

Sunset on Easter

Sun setting over the Pacific

We can see the Pacific Ocean from the ranch on a very clear day.   You have to know exactly where to look, but when the sun is just right, the water sparkles and reminds us that we are only 18 miles from the beach.

Ham, Scalloped Potatoes and Avocado

Avocados bring new life to Easter leftovers

Our family’s traditional Easter dinner includes ham and scalloped potatoes, with vegetables, salads and deviled eggs.   The leftovers are even more delicious when we add sliced avocados!

Breakfast ham and eggs with avocados

Ham and Eggs with Avocados and Pumpkin Spice Quickbread

The Farmer can look forward to delicious breakfasts during the week after Easter when we have plenty of leftover ham and homemade baked goodies!  Avocados are a staple in our house….they go with everything!  Happy Easter!  Happy Spring!


Azalea in bloom

"Freckles" - my favorite azalea




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