April 21, 2014

Menu Monday


First of all, Happy belated Easter everyone!  Second of all, what a crazy, fun and exhausting weekend we had!


Good Friday-  Since our Spring Break (almost) always coincides with Easter we had to wait quite a long while to get to this point…but boy am I happy now that our break is here!   Our Spring (Easter) break started on Holy Thursday and lasts throughout this week – alleluia! 

E and I spent Good Friday with good friends.  We attended our friend Palmer’s rocket themed 3rd birthday party at East End Market in the morning and then headed to meet Mike and his co-workers for lunch a bit later.

Palmer’s party was so adorable and E liked playing with some friends his age.  Everett, Cora and Keats enjoyed eating popcorn, playing with balloons and putting ping pong balls in solo cups (a foreshadowing of beer pong?!?…sigh).



After the party we met up with Mike and his co-workers at Logan’s Roadhouse for a delicious lunch.  Everett loved being the center of attention and was even using the adult silverware (kind of).


They matched and I didn’t even try to do it!  Score!



We started our weekend of fun off with a 5 mile run on the West Orange Trail, followed by a trip to the Winter Garden Farmers Market.  The atmosphere is so quaint and the produce is beautiful.  E loved listening to the musician, eating banana chips and pointing at all the dogs.



The farmers market area is also home to a pretty cool splash pad.  Everett wasn’t too sure about it.  He loved to point to the water, but didn’t want to touch it unless one of us was near.  It was pretty chilly, too…so I’m not sure I blame him!



First time in his baby Speedo – so cute!

After running and marketing we were ravenous – so where else would we end up by 4Rivers Smokehouse.  We got there juuuust before the line was out the door (per usual) and enjoyed some delicious BBQ.  I can’t decide if I like the main dishes or the sides the best – they are all SO GOOD!




After lunch we headed to Southern Hill Farms for some UPick Blueberry action!  A couple of the children in Everett’s daycare are associated with the farm (their grandparents own and operate Southern Hill Farms) and we thought we would try it out.

The verdict – SO.MUCH.FUN and SO DELICOUS.  I have much much more to tell you about our experience coming up soon (including a yummy Blueberry Danish recipe that is to die for!).



Everett ate so many blueberries I’m surprised he didn’t actually turn blue.  He (or his father) couldn’t get enough!


Sunday -

Easter morning started with our first official family trip (all 3 of us) to mass with Everett.  I was a bit nervous, but he did pretty well; better than I expected.  We did have to make a few “walk around” trips, but all-in-all he was a gentleman.  Whew!




After church it was a quick nap (ending with a busted lip and bloody sheets – who knows what went on in the crib) and Easter basket time!



E’s Easter basket came from Land’s End and I highly recommend it.  It is so durable (not to mention cute) and is great for daytrips or used as a toy/book basket when not in use for Easter.  I LOVE it and am so excited that it will last for years and years to come.

Everett’s Easter basket goodies included:  books, bubbles, water gun, a new pair of florescent green shorts from H&M, a windmill and his very first pair of tiny TOMS cordones.  He loved his shoes and wanted to put them on right away – I was in love as well!




We spent the rest of they day with our friends Jenny, Jeremy and their son Carson eating brunch, drinking mimosas, taking a walk and dying eggs.  It was the perfect, relaxing day with fun kiddos and great friends.



Carson (almost 2 months) and Everett (14 months)




Thank goodness for Shout and Oxy Clean!  That while shirt didn’t stand a chance!





We opted to color eggs with Kool-Aid this year and have to admit it worked and smelled a lot better than the dyes with vinegar!






E continued to burn off some energy when we got home and then crashed when it got close to bedtime!  He was a tired little guy – as were we.




This morning we started our day with a breakfast date with his girlfriend Kennedy and her mom Jill.  They are so funny together!



Kennedy (13 months) and Everett (14 months)


He also loved climbing everything and only bit the dust a few times..notice the busted lip from yesterday?  Poor thing.


As for this week I am cleaning out closets, organizing our house, spring cleaning (with help from my mom who is headed down tomorrow!) and lunching with friends.  It’s sooooo nice to have a week off to hopefully get a few things marked off of my to-do list!  We are ending our week with a 12K run around Lake Minneola, so some last minute training runs will probably be in the works as well!

As for food – here’s our menu---


M: Chicken Pesto Pizza

T:  Egg Salad Sandwiches w/ Chips

W:  Porcupine Meatballs w/ Corn on the Cob

Th:  Pot Roast Baked Potatoes

F:  Breakfast Paninis w/ Chopped Salad

Sa:  Pasta Fagiole

Su:  Grilled Pork Chops w/ Mustard BBQ Sauce and Veggie Cous Cous


Have a great week!


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