Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Menus

I already shared my meatless menus for the week here, but I thought it would be fun to share my Easter menus as well.

I've found that I've not had to spend a ton of extra grocery money on Easter; it seems to be a pretty frugal holiday for us. My biggest expenses were the ham and the Easter candy. The ham was $15 on a good sale at Giant, and I got various awesome deals on candy at CVS.

Since we always have the same menu for Easter brunch, I can plan ahead and get good deals on the items. I got the Kielbasa really cheap over a month ago and froze it. And since my sister and I are collaborating on Easter dinner, that really saves us both money.

Here's what I'm planning for Easter:

We do a traditional Polish Easter basket, which includes the following:
Pascha (an egg bread)
Colored Eggs
You can read more about the Polish Easter basket and what the foods symbolize here. I'm also going to serve some strawberries, as they're on sale this week at Giant.

Roasted Asparagus and Artichokes with Lemon Butter Sauce
Sweet Potatoes
Crescent Rolls
Gumdrop Cake

I used to always go over budget when a holiday came up in a month, but now I usually can fit everything in. The key for me is planning ahead. I start buying anything I can early, and I focus on seasonal items that tend to be on good sales.

I'm sharing my menus as part of Menu Planning Monday at OrgJunkie and also the Frugal Easter Eggstravaganza at Keeping the Kingdom First.

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