I hope you all had an Easter weekend as lovely as we had. Although it was a bit gray and chilly today, the rest of the weekend was warm, sunny, and brought blooming daffodils and plenty of time outdoors. Our company just left half an hour ago, and the younger children have gone to bed and will hopefully not be awake from too much sugar for too long. I just wanted to post a few photos before Hubby and I also go to sleep. I am busier than usual this week with additional days of substitute teaching, so I need a good night's rest. I'll just touch briefly on a few highlights of our Easter weekend, and I'll write a more detailed post with recipes later this week. The above fruit kabobs with bunny peeps were inspired by Pinterest. I used strawberries, kiwi, grapes, and pineapple.
I experimented with two new dishes adapted from recipes found on Pinterest: lamb chops and these roasted carrots. Both turned out marvelously and required very little prep time. Recipes to come later. Notice the gentleman at the end of the table who picked out a jacket and bowtie to wear to Church today. He thought he looked so dapper that he insisted on keeping that on until he went to bed. He is always the first one at the table eager for a big meal.
Our 13 year old daughter finally got over the flu and spent Saturday afternoon grating 3 cups of carrots to make homemade carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from scratch. We sprinkled a little nutmeg over the top. These are so good that I just want to sit down and eat a plateful. Recipe coming later.
It was cloudy and cool, but it wasn't snowing or raining, so the kiddos were excited to hunt for Easter eggs. Even the teenagers still want to do this. The older they get, the harder their Dad makes it for them to find the eggs though. Our youngest still gets so excited about finding eggs and waking up to a full Easter basket at her spot at the kitchen table. I just want to hold on to that as long as I can.
I didn't think our daffodils were going to bloom in time for Easter, so I forced buds into bloom earlier in the week by bringing them inside, and they did bloom overnight. It turns out that by Good Friday, however, our bank was covered in blooming daffodils. What a blessing.
I'll hold off and save the rest of the details of our Easter holiday for later this week. It's time for me to get out of this dress and these pumps and put my feet up. I'll be back here on Wednesday, folks.