Easter Weekend Things

It was Feaster weekend and feast we did!  On sushi, on Beyoncé, on gourmet hot dogs, on chubby babies, on smoked ribs, on family time and on red velvet cake because Sunday was also my sister’s birthday ♥

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Friday was Poker Night for Joey, but he took me to dinner beforehand and despite how pretty those sushi rolls look, they tasted just okay.  Never let me not order the Green Machine Roll again, what a mistake!  Afterward, I watched Beyoncé: Homecoming by myself and I was BLOWN AWAY!  Missing the live stream of her Coachella performance last year is one of the biggest regrets of my life, so to say I was happy to be able to watch it in its entirely is a HUGE understatement.  She is such an incredible performer and her talent and passion and work ethic is just amazing to behold.  If you haven’t watched, I HIGHLY recommend you do!

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Saturday started with buttermilk waffles and really, why do I make any other kind??  So good!  Also maybe made Joey watch an abbreviated version of Homecoming.  He’s never been the biggest Beyoncé fan but afterward, he asked if we could start every day by watching it, so there you go.  We spent the middle portion of the day doing chores and also a quick trip to both Lowe’s and Home Depot but then we cleaned ourselves up to go to Biker Jim’s and the Rockies game with our families, but most importantly with Ellie!  She was truly well-behaved and how lucky are we to be able to bring another baby to their first Rockies game??  We lost but I was barely paying attention anyway.

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A busy but wonderful Sunday!  We started it with a run.  Three miles for me but Joey went 8 since he’s training for the Colfax Half Marathon.  I picked us up some iced coffee and then ate breakfast in the backyard and it made me the happiest.  We celebrated Easter and April (plus one May) birthday with Joey’s side of the family and please note how my father-in-law could not take his eyes off dessert in that picture!

After, we headed to my parents’ to celebrate Easter and my little sis!  We put together a basket for my mom since she’s so wonderful and puts one together for us every year ♥  She got Joey the Game of Thrones Oreos!  We feasted on enchilada casserole and red velvet cake and Joey maybe downloaded a candle app so we could sing to my sister.  It was the best.

Back at home, I cried like 7 times during Game of Thrones and also yelled “OH MY GOD!!!!” during that one scene.  You know the one 😛  How was your Easter weekend?

Easter Weekend Things

Or, if you ate like a queen this weekend, you call this FEASTER WEEKEND!

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We had my sister over on Friday for pizza and then, because it felt like a special occasion, I also made a “hand salad.”  It was actually pretty good but mostly it was just funny to call it hand salad!  We did our cast-iron method for the pizza and, as always, it was SO DAMN DELICIOUS.

P.S. Joey made us go full out grocery shopping before my sister came over!

P.P.S. My sister and I each had a glass of rosé with dinner and woke up with headaches.  We’re so fun!

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Saturday morning pancakes, followed by a run and reading on the front porch.  I’ve been trying to get Joey to read the Harry Potter books for like 10 years but as soon as Binge Mode announces a HP podcast series, he’s on it.  Going to try not to be offended by that and just be glad that he’ll understand my references to Dobby or the Whomping Willow now.  I just started Pachinko and am really liking it so far!

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After we cooled down from our run and realized it wasn’t all that warm outside, we cleaned up and got lunch sandwiches at Weathervane Café.  I almost decided to be financially responsible and just eat leftovers we had in the fridge but Joey pointed out that I’d been saying I wanted to try Weathervane for lunch and leaving the house did sound way more fun.  That sriracha aoili, pickled onion and smoked ham combo on soft ciabatta did not disappoint!

Back at home, we sort of chilled out for a few hours and I baked a cake for Easter dessert but then we had evening plans.

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Celebrated Joey’s birthday with dinner at Hedge Row and while we’re sort of out on Cherry Creek and this place was nowhere near full so who knows if it will make it, we had a good time and really enjoyed the food.  Mainly, shrimp hushpuppies and sticky toffee pudding!  I wish the lag time between apps and entrées had been shorter and my grits could have gone from good to great with just a bit more seasoning but nothing was a true disappointment and we ended on a good note with that dessert ♥

Went home and started Star Wars: The Last Jedi but we’re old so we only made it through half and uhhh, it’s not the best so far.  Does it get better??

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Easter Sunday started at Stowaway with Adam and Lori.  How had we never taken them to my very favorite place before?!  And then we had a super relaxing day of leisurely making lunch salads, reading, watching Harry Potter (because Joey needs to watch the movies as he finishes the books, obviously) and doing a little bit of yoga before heading over to my parents’ for dinner.  You guys, not only did my mom fill an Easter basket with Heart Coffee, chocolate, all kinds of amazing smelling soaps and the best potato chips but she also knocked it so far out of the park on dinner!  I claimed it one of her best holiday meals EVER.

And not to brag, but I also sort of nailed dessert.  I saw this Orange-Almond Cake in the latest Cooking Light and it was gluten and dairy-free so I thought it’d be perfect for Easter but I also had low expectations because it was gluten and dairy-free AND because it was in Cooking Light.  But then it was INCREDIBLE!  So moist and perfectly sweet!  I was very very impressed.  Also made Cashew Ice Cream for the second year in a row and OHMYGOD it’s so rich and delicious.

I hope your weekend was equally wonderful 🙂