This week I will be sharing some family Easter traditions. My husband and I have been reminiscing about some of the holiday traditions we remember as children and how we will incorporate those for our son. One of the family traditions that always brings a smile to my face is having a lamb butter with Easter dinner. Over the years when I have talked about it, it has garnered many questions, “is it some sort of butter made out of lamb or lamb's milk?” Lamb butter is simply, plain butter molded in the shape of a lamb.
We have had lamb butter with Easter dinner as long as I can remember. I can always remember the little lamb butter sitting on the dining room table in my grandparent's house waiting to be “sacrificed.” I never wanted to start at it's head and would usually skip the butter completely so we didn't mess up the cute lamb. Most times, diners would start with the lamb's rear, or the lamb butter ended up back in the fridge unused.
We moved to the north when we were little, and as teens my mom tried to recreate the lamb butter for us. We hadn't seen one since we moved, but somehow my mom found a woman who sculpted the butters in the next town over. Lamb butter once more. When I was in college, my floormates were so incredulous about the lamb butter, and asked many questions. My mom kindly bought me a lamb butter to bring back to college with me to show off. I think everyone was a little disappointed that it really was only butter....
When my son was first born, I was in the grocery store getting Easter dinner supplies, and I was thrilled to see butter in the shape of a lamb in the dairy aisle! Baby's 1st lamb butter!