April 10, 2012

Awesome Stuff We Did On Easter

So much Easter. So much candy. I would like you to know that the candy stockpile FAR exceeded Halloween’s totals. Like, BY FAR. What’s up with that? I love candy, but four chocolate bunnies? Plus a chocolate chicken? Plus two boxes of candy? Plus piles and piles and oodles of candy in eggs from the multiple Easter egg hunts?

I never have to buy Easter candy again. I’m going to freeze all the bunnies! And the chicken.

I have to break it down by day:

FRIDAY

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Dyed eggies with Grandma. Behold Julia’s fairy egg.

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Grandma also made some pretty magical cookies. Sprinkles and frosting! We got crazy – Grandma mixed sugar sprinkles right into the frosting, in addition to me adding more sprinkles on top. The pleasing extra crunch you hear by doing this is the sound of your tooth enamel eroding.

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SATURDAY
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We celebrated Easter soiree #1, with Andrew’s extended family. Andrew’s family has a great many cooking and crafting wizards amongst their members – the dessert buffet had a Peep and lemon theme. The cake? Look closely – it’s a sunflower! Cool! The lemon loveliness in the cups? Homemade lemon zabaglione with homemade shortbread fingers, made by Andrew’s cousin.

Julia took a bite and announced, “This tastes like lemon curd!”, at which point everyone marveled at a 6 year old knowing about lemon curd. My friends, this is what happens when you start taking your kid to tea shops when they are 3 years old.

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I thought this was a funny place to hide an egg, so I did it.

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Always amazes me how much she looks like her Daddy...

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After having just the most lovely time with Andrew’s family, we moved on to Egg Hunt #2, in our own neighborhood. Now that Julia is a “bigger kid”, she got to hunt eggs up on a nearby trail which is basically in a forest.

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Forest Easter egg hunting.

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Oh and I should mention that the weather fairies really delivered for Easter weekend – IT HIT 70! I FELT SUN ON MY FACE! It was warm! Happy happy happy. The rain is supposed to come back mid-week, but I think we may have turned a corner with the weather…

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SUNDAY
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Hello Kitty dressed-up-like-a-lamb showed up in Julia’s Easter basket. Hey Easter Bunny! You're awesome!
We had Easter dinner with my side of the family and I was thrilled to have a chance to use the placemats that my aunt made for me last Christmas. My aunt sews lots and lots of Cool Stuff. I was also thinking myself very clever for repurposing the wine bottle shell decorations that came on our wedding wine. I now use them as napkin rings!

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I love making a holiday table look pretty, but here is where my mother and I differ. At my house, you get ONE glass. At my mother’s house, you get FOUR. (She gets a wee bit excessive with her table settings, which is why I insisted we have dinner at our house.)

WHEW. It was a very fun, but exhausting weekend. Never knew until I was an adult-with-a-kid that holidays were so tiring. Let’s all collectively thank our parents for all the holidays they put together!

Does anyone else have literally 2-3 POUNDS of candy? We are not anti-candy by any means but I am truly stumped as to what to do with it all...

17 comments:

  1. So much fun! I haven't had peeps in years! Wahhh! I love all these photos and specially the one of you smiling! Makes my day.

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    1. Thank you sweet Ana! (not sure you're missing anything with Peeps, I've never been able to wrap my brain around sugar topped marshmallows...hee, but they sure are cute!)

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  2. Sounds like bundles of fun! I'm in awe of the desserts - that cake! The lemon cups! Any chance you can get the recipe for the lemon cups and share it here?

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    1. I'm so on it Michelle! I thought as I was loading the pix, ooh I need the recipe. I'll ask Andrew's cousin and when I get it I'll do a little post just on lemon stuff, so you won't have to go searching thru the comments to find the recipe... :)

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  3. All that food looks divine, but really if I could choose any of the tasty treats shown above and pull it out of my computer screen to eat, it would be one of the sugar cookies :) mmmmm. Somehow we've already eaten all of our Easter candy, but I did request the Easter bunny to bring less since Dax was diagnosed with diabetes earlier in the year. I would love to hunt Easter eggs in your beautiful forest. I love the northwest, if I had to move that's where I'd choose.... so beautiful. I need to visit that part of the world again and on a nice sunny day like the one photographed above!

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    1. It is really lovely here Robyn! When it's sunny, it really is divine. It's the 8 months of rain I have a hard time getting behind....

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  4. That Peeps sunflower cake............WOW!!!!

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    1. Incredible right? That was from Andrew's creative aunty -- She outdid herself!

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  5. The dessert buffet looks delicious! That's impressive, a six year old knowing what's lemon curd, I only recently tried some last year, before that my idea of lemon curds came from the yellow stuff inside lemon flavored donuts from dunkin Ds.

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    1. Ha ha ha! I like that yellow stuff too!!!

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  6. wow. you guys went crazy. we dyed eggs and ate some ham.

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    1. Crazy is the operative word here, FOR REALS. Want a chocolate bunny? OR FOUR? How about a choc chicken?

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  7. Glad you had such a fun Easter! I'm catching up on all things internet today - we went to Washington DC for Easter. Cherry Blossom Festival is supposedly in full swing, but with the lack of winter, the blossoms have already come and gone! Oh, well. :o) The lemon yumminess is making me crave something lemony myself. May take a break and see if there is anything in the kitchen...

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    1. Found your other comment! In my spam folder. You're not spam!! :)

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  8. I thought I posted on this earlier. :o( I'll try again?

    Happy Belated Easter! I've been playing catch-up on blogs and stuff on and off today. We went to Washington DC for a long weekend. The cherry trees are usually in full bloom right now (Festival time!), but the blooms have come and gone, due to the lack of winter/early spring. The lemon desserts in that picture look amazing! And I love Hello Lamby. ;o)

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    1. That's weird, I saw that other comment in my email... Blogger is acting up?? Anyhoo, happy Eastery fun to you too Miss D -- Hello Lamby, I love it! I really want to see cherry blossoms in DC someday....

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