Posted by Lissa on April 9, 2012
Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Easter!
I’m not gonna lie – my Easter started off as a huge bummer. My mom and stepdad were flying down to spend Easter weekend with us; I had all the dishes planned and had done the shopping and was ready to sandblast – er, clean – the house and we were going to Epcot on Monday … and my mom came down with a killer flu. WAH! There was a fair amount of crying — well, no, I wasn’t CRYING, it’s just that my eyes kept leaking. Stupid eyes. Anyway, she’s feeling better, and, well, we had a much more RELAXING weekend than planned, so it’s okay.
We still had Mike’s parents and two of his uncles over for Easter dinner, and that was lovely. (Especially the uncle who was intently watching the Master’s and cheering like he was at a peewee football game. I.e., cheering like his shouts of encouragement and jeers of choking were actually going to affect the outcome. It was great.)
Of course, since we had two fewer people than expected, my spread went from “too much food” to “holy crap I can’t put out ALL the food I bought or they’ll have me committed to the mental ward.” So I skipped the caprese salad appetizer and stuck with potato chips, tortilla chips and fresh salsa, two kinds of chips and three kinds of cheese, and a platter of cut veggies with low-fat spinach dip. (Fat free sour cream, low-fat mayo, french onion soup mix and frozen chopped spinach, if you’re wondering.) For dinner we served up smoked pulled pork (yay for making Mike cook outside!), spaghetti with Italian sausages (the sauce starts with tomato puree and peeled tomatoes and cooked about six hours), salad, roasted cauliflower and Italian bread.
And dessert? Well, Mike and I made a quick strawberry-picking run yesterday (which was supposed to be a blueberry picking run only there weren’t any) and I used the recipe off the side of the puff pastry box:
(That’s two strawberry napoleons with chocolate-dipped strawberries down the middle.)
We sent home a bunch of food with the folks so my fridge is now only overfull instead of gorged-to-bursting. (I need to eat a lot of fresh veggies this week.)
I hope you all also had a relaxing holiday filled with good food and family!