Home for the Easter holidays

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Big Easter plans have been thrown out the window, as families try to contain COVID-19 with smaller events to allow for social distancing. Parties at this time of year are ordinarily lively and joyous affairs, but the 2020 health crisis has forced everyone to rethink their plans.
The Hostess blogger and Electrolux brand ambassador, Stephanie Conley, says it can still be a beautiful, if quieter, day.
 “Easter will be an intimate family affair with all of us who are living under the same roof,” Stephanie says.
Although she had a bigger event planned, Stephanie says it’s time to focus on the things that matter right now.
 “It’s hard for Australians because we’re used to catching up with everyone,” she says. “But this year, it’s time to be thankful for the family members we have with us and to make the most of the Easter celebration while following advice from health professionals.”  
 While Easter may be less populated, it doesn’t have to be a muted affair. Stephanie says she is preparing to keep spirits high by cooking up a storm.
Her menu consists of slow roasted lamb with minted yoghurt, chilli roast pumpkin and zucchini fritti, plus a pavlova as requested by her kids.
“Lamb is an Easter classic and we want to keep with tradition since our celebration will be just our close family,” she says. “Certain foods give you comfort in uncertain times like these.”
Although the menu is set, Stephanie is not playing into the panic-buy mentality and says being prepared is one thing, hoarding is entirely another.
“I encourage everyone not to panic buy because we’re not heading into a food shortage,” she says. “If you do find you have bought a lot, make sure you store everything correctly or freeze it so it doesn’t go to waste. I’d really encourage everyone to spend with your local small businesses like the small grocer, or butcher to ensure you get everything you need and you help them thrive at this time.”
 Stephanie is keeping Easter Sunday just for immediate family, with a traditional table setting. She says it’s important to enjoy this holiday as much as possible with your family and create beautiful memories.
 “I want to make sure it still feels like a day where we can come together and be happy.”
In the lead up to Easter, keep kids busy by doing craft.
“Let the children decorate your Easter table, nests of rosemary sprigs filled with colours eggs dyed at home or toilet rolls painted, filled with chocolate eggs and bunny ears attached are some cute ways to make the table more festive,” she says. “Of course, lots of handwashing will ensure everyone stays healthy.”

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