Monday, April 25, 2011

Old Traditions...New Traditions

Every year, every holiday brings its old traditions into the Hess home.  Some go back as far as our childhoods, or as young marrieds, or married with children.  Each is precious to who we are in this family.
If you know me, you know the importance my Catholic faith plays in my life.  This past week, Holy Week, was the most sacred week of the year for us and we recognize it by traditionally attending Stations of the Cross, fasting on Good Friday,
our one and only meal for the day

sacrificing in some way for 40 days, and finally - celebrating at Mass on Easter Sunday.
This year a new tradition came to the Hess home ~ a very delicious one, I might add.... Resurrection Rolls!  Made and enjoyed on Holy Saturday - "He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said." - Matthew 28:6
frozen dough rolls, melted butter, cinnamon sugar, marshmallows

the finished product...but wait!

Cinnamon sugar coated with the "disappearing" marshmallow center (hence the empty "tomb" - decadently delicious!!
If you've followed my picture postings on Facebook or visited us during a holiday, you know how I just love, love, love to decorate!  I want to share my "Easter Table" with you.  In the past, our home has been rampant with the pastel colors of Spring, but this year my muse was inspired by so many of the amazing blogs I follow, most especially that of Rosemary at Ozma of Odds.  See her full post at: and click on her post for Thursday, April 21.  She's amazing!  So, I went to a white and cream palette with just touches of those Spring colors.
the beginnings...I added a few more "tweeks" in later pictures

love these little guys! remember them in your Easter basket way back when?

the centerpiece

love the bunny and chick

3 heirloom cloths from my paternal grandmother and great grandmother

at the place setting - jelly beans and an egg treasure

everyone received a special Easter message 

a "chair surprise"

I spent the better part of the afternoon on Friday setting this up - why so long? Well, the crystal had to be washed, all the silver polished, and the linens ironed!  Forgot those details when I decided to take on this new decorating project! But, it was a labor of love and my family not only loved it really appreciated my effort.

Dessert on Easter came in the form of a homemade cake:
yellow cake with a chocolate buttercream middle, coconut grass,  vanilla buttercream frosting w/ jelly beans
Some more Hess traditions:
some of our colored eggs
my silly, lovable family

my beautiful Mom with her favorite egg

lastly, a gift for me from my beloved and our girls
I had so much to share with you this week....besides preparation for Easter I was also busy in "creation" mode with my altered art.  Here are a few of my latest which are available at Making Memories Unforgettable and in my etsy shop.

I wasn't sure if I was going to share a craft with you today, or the recipe for Resurrection Rolls.  I decided on the craft and if you would like the recipe, post a comment or click on my email link (be sure I have your email address!) in the sidebar and I will send it to you.  I figured that would be easier than trying to send a craft - hahah!!

This craft comes to you from Nina at  Please visit her site and be sure to let her know you saw her amazing decorating craft!  Here's Nina's amazing recycled mason jar "Go Green Go Ballard" design!

Today is Earth Day, and I can't think of a better way to honor our planet than by making it more beautiful. And by more beautiful, I mean a trash to treasure Ballard knock off.
I just LOVE their Demijohns


But they are A) too big for my tiny apartment and B) a small fortune. Time to get Earth friendly creative people!

recycled mason jar
jute rope
hot glue gun

Cut a looooooong piece of jute rope and attach to jar with a dot of hot glue. Don't worry if it doesn't end up being long enough for your jar. You can hot glue two ends together.

Wrap the rope around your jar twice.

On the third time around, loop the rope from top to bottom through your previous two wraps. Continue this pattern for as much of the jar as you would like wrapped.

When finished wrapping, loop jute through one extra time, snip end, and adhere with a small dot of hot glue.

It really is that simple! I love my new vase and think I will use it to hold kitchen utensils. Everyone needs a pretty kitchen!

I'm a little later than usual with posting this blog, but I know you'll understand and forgive...just a little pooped from all the activity in the past 72 hrs.  I forgot to mention that my main man and I traveled to Mesa on Saturday for the USPowerLifting/AZ main event.  I'm thrilled to say that main man qualified for the the Nationals this August in Scranton, PA!!  Whoo - Hoo!!!
the amazing lifters and coach!

Have a wonderful, safe and terrific week!  Thank you so much for all your love, support, emails, postings!  Where would I be without you?!



mary k said...

No time to chat much or stay for coffee, as I am on my way to the post office. Your holiday decorations are beautiful. I'm glad you had such a wonderful day. Our grandchildren were sick, so we have postponed our celebration.
I am an old school teacher at heart. I taught only a few years before my children were born. Then I helped operate my in-laws motel for 10 years. I learned a lot about business and went on to manage a small medical office. Now I am happily retired, crafting and gardening.
I have not heard from Heather other than initial e-mail. Hope she is playing along. I have found that a few people keep in touch while others just send a package around the due date. We will see. Have a wonderful day, mary

mrsthesun said...

What an inspiration you are, both in the way that you treasure your family and in your deep faith in God. I loved this post, every bit of it. Your table setting was gorgeous with all of your thoughtful touches. Please congratulate your husband for his qualification for the Nationals and hug your girls for me. Hope we can get together sometime soon.

P.S. Would love the recipe for Resurrection Rolls and will visit to tell her that I love the Mason jar craft and that I found it here on your blog. Have a magnificent week!

ashley turner said...

Loved it - as usual... So glad that you had such a great Easter!! And yeah Papa Hess! I got to view the muscles in action when I saw him hoist that full keg out of the car for Mel's party ;) Hope to see you soon!! Lots of Love!!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Beautiful Easter decorations and I love your new creations!!!TFS.
Have a lovely day.

kandeland said...

my goodness! my mom used to always make those sweet rolls when i was young! it's been so long and they are so yummy! glad you reminded me of them...
Your Easter looked lovely! Happy Spring and Happy Soon to be May!

Unknown said...

...just lovely!! sweet Karen:)

I am so very humbled that I could inspire another kind heart and so happy that no matter the miles, friendships can be enriched though this bloggy world!

Thank you for your dear note and I'm glad to know you too:)
xo, Rosemary

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Karen,
Oh gosh, your Resurrection rolls and your table are amazing!! And your art is totally gorgeous!! It's so nice to come and visit and meet you and your beautiful family.