Happy Easter Sunday! After three Easter egg hunts, three breakfasts/brunches, it’s nap time at my house. At least, for this tired mama. But first, here’s a quick snapshot of our week on this Soul Sunday.
My family celebrated a miracle of our own earlier this week: another nephew was born! This is my brother’s fourth boy. My little nephew is SO adorable, and I am so happy for my brother, sister in law, and my three older nephews who proudly displayed their Big Brother stickers when we saw them at the hospital. Four boys! I am tired just writing that sentence. ;)
Bunnies and Brunch
Today, Easter Sunday, started EARLY. I’m not sure why I even bothered to set my alarm this morning. My kids woke up on their own at 6:23 am.
Thump thump thump.
My kids sounded like what I imagine an excited Easter bunny would sound like hopping down the stairs. After I heard lots of squeals, rustling through their baskets, and excited chatty tones, they bounded back up.
“Mom, are those baskets from you or the Easter bunny?”
Busted. 6:25am now. I was too tired to answer, so I sent them down to eat a quick pre-brunch breakfast (their Breakfast #1).
Then, after they did their first egg hunt of the morning, I sat them down and told them about the Easter bunny. Long story short, the bunny is out of the basket, and we can all move on now.
And move on we did, to our brunch reservations at Besaw’s.
Easter Brunch at Besaw’s
As I wrote about earlier this week, Besaw’s is a Portland brunch institution. People wait in lines for a long time for brunch all over this town. Besaw’s is one of the few places in town that takes reservations (smart people!). Besaw’s has been serving up breakfasts (seven days a week until 3pm!), lunch, and dinner for more than 100 years.
A meal at Besaw’s is always enjoyable, in my experience. And I’ve lived here in Portland, Oregon a LONG time, which means I have eaten many, many, MANY brunches in this town. If you are looking for a solid brunch spot in Portland with classic menu items and fresh, local ingredients, Besaw’s is a great spot.
Since I’ve enjoyed a few of their delicious classic breakfasts throughout the years, I decided to order one of their specials: the Dungeness Crab Benedict. The crab was formed into a patty, served on a classic English muffin, topped with a perfectly poached egg and delicious housemade hollandaise sauce, topped with a light dusting of paprika and chives. It was a delicious way to start the day!
My husband enjoyed the thick, fluffy French Toast, served with a side of butter and maple syrup and a light sprinkling of powdered sugar.
The kids both ordered the 1-2-3 kids’ meal, which included three silver dollar pancakes, eggs, and bacon or sausage.
In fact, the Besaw’s kids’ breakfast plate was SO delicious that my daughter cleaned her plate and gave it a big thumbs up!
After brunch, we headed to the Besaw’s garden, adjacent to the restaurant. Here, they grow a wide variety of produce used in their menu.
Easter Egg Hunt #2 & the Besaw Bunny
Then it was time for the egg hunt! The Besaw’s Bunny was on hand for photos and fun.
Besaw’s held four start times for their egg hunts, which is SO smart. This way, each egg hunt was a manageable size, and you didn’t have a zillion kids all running and trying to steal eggs from each other. I’ve been to those, and will never go to one of those large egg hunts again. This was just the right size to make it super fun for ALL of the kids involved!
Many parents accompanied their kids, but I let Bliss Girl go out on her own. She loves these kinds of events, and she found a decent number of eggs. Plus, parents are supposed to let their kids find the eggs on their own. Right, parents? The eggs were filled with little stickers and some candy.
Bliss Boy decided not to participate in this egg hunt. He’s not big on public group activities and is not a fan of crowds, but Bliss Girl had a great time and even enjoyed seeing the Besaw’s Bunny, even now knowing the truth about the Easter Bunny. She doesn’t seem phased by the truth at all, and neither does my son. For us, it was the right time. They’re growing up so fast, these kids.
We loved spending the morning at Besaw’s and immediately after, headed to my parents’ house for Egg Hunt #3 and post-brunch, err, brunch.
Do you celebrate Easter? I grew up in a very (very) Roman Catholic family, while my husband grew up in a Protestant/Jewish family. We celebrate holidays, but as a parent, I really try not to go overboard when it comes to gifts and activities. I’m wondering what happened to Easter. . . when did it become Second Christmas? A quick scan of my Facebook and Instagram feeds Saturday night revealed photo after photo of massive, expensive Easter baskets overflowing with toys, books, DVDs, video games, candy, money. . .
Did I miss the memo? I’m sort of glad I did. I already think society today goes a little nutso over Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and especially Saint Patrick’s Day (seriously: green dye leprechaun footprints on the toilet? Really?).
How do YOU celebrate?
We traditionally do Easter baskets, but I spend less than $10 on each of them: a stuffed bunny, a plastic egg full of hopping bunnies, one chocolate bar, Annie’s bunny fruit snacks, some skittles. Maybe for other parents, $10 per basket would be considered overboard.
We dye Easter eggs each year, but as crafty and creative as I love to be, we stick with using what we’ve got already in our house: usually, the classic vinegar, water, and food coloring.
We also added glitter to some, but then, we also always happen to have glitter in our house (I mean, who doesn’t, right? #GlitterAllTheThings) ;)
And, we feast. As always, we feast.
This is how my family celebrates almost every holiday: we gather, we feast, we talk, we laugh, we connect. Always over food.
How about you? How was your week? Have you eaten at Besaw’s? Do you think parents these days go overboard on Easter? Inquiring minds (okay maybe just mine) want to know! ;)
Disclosure: my family received a complementary brunch at Besaw’s, but all opinions and photos are, as always, my own. I’m a huge fan of Besaw’s already and, as with all posts, only write about companies, products, and services I personally support and/or believe my readers would be interested in. If I don’t believe in it and wouldn’t recommend it, I don’t write about it. Period.