Today I’m recapping my Easter weekend. It started with Friday off from work and ended with a delicious Easter dinner on Sunday.
I hope everyone who celebrates Passover and Easter was able to spend time with family this weekend. I know that I enjoyed being able to spend time with some of my favorite people over some really delicious food. This past weekend was the perfect combination of getting things done and being productive and taking it easy and enjoying some down time. That doesn’t happen all that often so I was sure to enjoy it.
I had the day off from work so I’m very thankful that I didn’t have to go in. We got more snow on Friday. Snow makes it kind of miserable to work outside, so I’m glad I didn’t have to go in. I think everyone who’s still having cold and snowy weather, I’m eagerly awaiting spring!
I got a bunch of laundry done as well as blogging. I got some posts scheduled, which always feels like a big accomplishment. It feels good to be ahead of the game.
Friday night I headed over to my boyfriend’s place for date night. We decided to order pizza from Without Papers. We ordered the Hawaiian 5-0 (ham, pineapple, and jalapeno peppers) and the Shroom (arugula and mushrooms). They were both pretty tasty and I would get both of them again. We split this Red Racer Lime Margarita Gose beer. I Really liked it and I think it would be the perfect beer on a hot, summer day.
We watched a new episode of Ash vs. The Evil Dead that he had PVRed and then we decided on watching Anchorman 2. I’m a big Will Ferrell fan, but I somehow hadn’t seen it yet. It was your typical silly movie, but it felt pretty good to laugh. Sometimes those silly, lighthearted movies are exactly what you need.
I ended up sleeping in until 7 am on Saturday, which hardly ever happens. I’m usually up by 5:30 am, whether I want to be or not! It felt very luxurious to get a bit more sleep. I spent a good part of the day finishing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s my favorite book from the series. The last few chapters are pure excitement, so it was hard to put it down. I have to admit that I was a bit sad once I’d finished it. Does anyone else feel like that when they finish a really good book?
After dinner I tried a cider that my boyfriend had sent home with me on Friday. He knows that I’m a huge fan of ciders, so when he found some Rock Creek Strawberry Rhubarb Cider, he bought them for me. I was expecting them to be sweeter than they were because of the strawberry, but they’re dry cider. It starts out with some strawberry flavor and then ends with a tangy flavor from the rhubarb. I really liked them and would recommend you give them a try if you’re a cider fan too like I am and living in western Canada where Rock Creek Ciders are available.
I ended up making french toast for the family for breakfast on Sunday. I added a bit of vanilla extract to the egg and milk mixture before I dipped the bread in it, and it turned out perfect with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top. It’s been awhile since I last had french toast, so I think that’s part of why it tasted so good. Typically I don’t have hot breakfasts – I usually go with something simple like granola, yogurt, and fruit, but there’s always something a bit indulgent about making a hot breakfast. I think it’s because I do it so rarely, so when I do take the time to do it, it feels pretty special.
Saturday afternoon I started reading The One Thing (affiliate link) by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. I think I first hear about it on Tina’s blog over at carrotsncake.com. I’d put the ebook version on hold at my library right after she said she enjoyed it, and I just recently got it a few days ago.
I’m about a quarter of the way through so far, and I’m liking it. While it kind of feels like what they recommend to be more productive, is common sense, it’s not things that I’m doing right now. For instance, the authors suggest doing the thing that takes the most amount of will power and energy on your to do list first thing when your work day begins, because your energy wanes throughout the day, and by 4 or 5 you won’t feel like doing it. Such a simple thing, but something that I most definitely haven’t been implementing in my life. I’ll definitely be writing up my to do list a differently now than I have up to this point.
I was in charge of preparing the appetizers before Easter dinner, so I spent some time putter together a cheese, meat, and olive plate. I served it along side some bread and crackers, so people could pick and choose exactly what they wanted. I love plates like that because you can pick and choose exactly what you want to eat and still leave room for the main course. I think it turned out pretty good with a good variety of flavors to choose from. Everyone else seemed to like it too because there wasn’t a lot left by the time we were all done.
As usual, Easter dinner was delicious. We had ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans. There were lots of ham leftovers, so I’m looking forward to having some of that this week for lunches. There was also lots of Easter candy after dinner too. My parents still buy my brother and I Easter candy, even though we’re both in our 30’s now. I guess by now it’s just tradition.
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