We had a very nice Easter this year. I think Andy and I would have forgotten the day entirely if our friends and family hadn’t reminded us. For obvious reasons, it just wasn’t on our radar this year. The Easter bunny did bring Andy a Reese’s chocolate egg and an Easter bunny PEZ dispenser, but I think he saves the majority of his candy and eggs for little kids.
We spent the morning at our friends Becca and Ryan’s home for a wonderful Easter brunch. Our other friends Paul and Lindsay and their kids were there as well. We had a feast: Belgium waffles, French toast, two flavors of quiche, fruit salad, bacon, apple sausage, yogurt, granola, coffee and juice and then for dessert a banana pudding dish and strawberry shortcake. Yum, it was amazing food and great company. After we ate, Owen and Tucker, Paul and Lindsay’s kids, participated in an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Andy snapped some great photos of them and some cute ones of Gracyn, Becca and Ryan’s baby.
After brunch, Andy took my dad out on his first mountain biking excursion. Meanwhile Anna and I went for a walk on Buck’s trail in the foothills. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I was able to wear shorts and a t-shirt for the first time this spring. Anna and I ran into Dad and Andy up on the trail and they were having a good time and my dad was enjoying mountain biking. He also hadn’t broken any bones as he feared. Andy had followed his instructions “don’t break your father in-law.”
After the walk, I went to work on my second Williams and Sonoma dessert recipe of the day (the first was the strawberry shortcake). I attempted to do the flourless chocolate cake on the cover of the cookbook but unfortunately had read all but the last two paragraphs which have directions such as “cool at least three hours or overnight” and “pour on chocolate glaze and let cool an additional two hours.” I started the dessert around 4pm and dinner was at 5:30pm. Needless to say, the flourless chocolate cake was not exactly how the recipe intended, but it was still to die for. I think I almost prefer warm cakes to cool ones and seriously, how can you go wrong with a cake that has 16 oz of bittersweet chocolate in it? We all devoured it even though it wasn’t perfect.
Easter dinner at my parents was really nice. We had a blackberry-cured ham (a mistake made by the butcher years ago that he now repeats because it is so popular), scallop potatoes, fruit salad, beans, croissant rolls and the flourless chocolate cake. The only word that accurately sums up the meals of the day is scrum-dilly (short for scrumpdillyicious, a made up word that has found its way into my vocabulary.)
After dinner, I tried to get Belén to move for my mom by trying to relax on the couch. She usually moves a lot when I relax. I never really got to the point where I was relaxed and she moved until later when we were at home. I laid and bed and put some lavender essential oil on my stomach and played a few songs from Enya. Wow, you would have though we were having a party the way she was dancing up a storm. My belly looked like one of those bouncy gyms that kids play in the way it moved. We think Belén enjoyed her Easter too.
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