While I think Easter is a more solemn kind of celebration (is solemn the right word? Maybe pensive? Quiet?) than Christmas, I think one can still have fun with it, too. So, I've collected an assortment of links for this weekend's edition of Lovely Links. A couple of them are spiritually focused, while the others are more about the playful celebration of spring. In any case, enjoy!
Hot Cross Buns -- The Pioneer Woman
It's no secret that I just love P.W. I've mentioned her numerous times on my blogs. Anyway, here's her recipe for this traditional pastry. I had a recipe for these, but mine never turned out that well; I'm positive that P.W.'s (like all the other recipes of hers that I've tried) will be awesome. I may just keep with the Good Friday tradition and make a batch of these today, but with dried cranberries instead of raisins. Few things ruin baked goods like hot raisins. Ick. Just sayin'.
Simple Ways to Celebrate Easter -- Simple Mom
Again, I make no secret of my love for Simple Mom (or any of Simple Living Media blogs). This link is particularly awesome - it's a link to a bunch of links! Plus, she mentioned a few that I was going to mention anyway (like the egg carton crafts and the Easter egg bread). This is all sounding a little repetitive. Just go there. It's a treasure trove of ideas.
Easter Weekend at My House -- Me!
I feel a little weird putting my personal blog as a link. I mean, you guys hear from me all the time already - my weekend links about exposing you to people often more creative and talented than myself. But, I have this really cool recipe my mom gave me a couple years ago. Each ingredient is accompanied by a scripture in the Bible that tells the story of Easter. Plus, there's a neat little twist to the end result. The rest of the post is just some of my musings about the holiday and some random thoughts. Check it out - if just for the recipe.
-- One of my very favorite religious paintings: He is Not Here by Walter Rane
'None Were with Him' by Jeffrey R. Holland
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a prominent leader of my church (we call him an Apostle), is truly an inspired man. When he speaks, I listen. He has a way of telling a story that I've heard hundreds of times (in this case, the Easter story) and he makes me feel like I'm hearing it for the first time. I don't know if that makes sense, but I love him for it. This video captures just a few minutes of one of my favorite talks he's ever given. I think it's the perfect message for weekend, especially this Good Friday (for the full text of this talk, check out this link).