Happy Easter…a few days late.

We have enjoyed a lovely long weekend around here! Mike had Friday and Monday off and it was wonderful having him around the house for extra time. We spent a great Saturday evening going out with friends in Wimbledon and have watched many movies from the comfort of the couch. We talked about what we wanted to do for Easter because it is such an important holiday but yet we don’t have many traditions that we were missing. We’d only be hunting Easter eggs if we were around Tyler, Reece and Blair, and we would only be making bunny cake if we were with my family (although I have been informed that tradition is on hold until there are small children around again to assist with the M&M bunny ears again- I think that it was a subtle hint). So we decided to just do what we felt like. We made Easter lunch for ourselves and invited Sarah and Ivan over. It was a very simple day, but I felt like I still had a holiday! I was quite excited because it was the first time that I have made a holiday dinner rather than just showing up with something. I was also nervous and have gained an entire new respect for the amazing feat that Nana pulls of several times a year!! Mike and I had fun planning the menu and researching hams and having fun going all out even though we ended up with enough food for an army. (Maybe I have learned from Nana!) I am sure many of you know of the Pioneer Woman and her amazing food but if you haven’t checked her out, please look at the Pioneer Woman Cooks right now, your mouth will thank you for it! I have made lots of her recipes in the past but we made three of them this weekend and they were all amazing. We tried her classic maccaroni and cheese, whiskey glazed carrots and no need to knead rolls. She is easy to understand, unpretentious and her recipes are so easy to follow.

Here is some of the finished product:




I would like to take a moment to note that the Jim Beam in the picture was for the carrots only. We weren’t boozin’ it up on Easter. We have boundaries. Just FYI.

We also had hot pineapple salad and chocolate pie because it is a holiday and that is just how things are done. It was a great low key day and at the end of it I was flipping exhausted. As always, I would have rather been in Corsicana (having Nana do all the work!) but it did feel good to make memories of our own instead of just pining over what we were missing. I hope that everyone had a wonderful day with friends and family, but most of all remembered why we celebrate.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

1 Peter 1:3

Happy Easter and we love you,

Mike and Andrea


About fishandchipsandsalsa

This is the story of a newlywed-ish couple in Dallas about to pack up their lives and pups to move to jolly ol' England. They will miss good family, good friends and good fajitas.
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5 Responses to Happy Easter…a few days late.

  1. Cindy says:

    Everything looks delicious! The ham looks amazing and the rolls look like they came from a bakery. I am so glad you were able to celebrate with friends. For the record, that was NOT a hint about a grandbaby. M & M bunny cakes will wait until the time is right. But it was the first time we didn’t have one since you were about 5 or so. We had a lovely time celebrating Easter, but it was different without you and Mike and Jake. We did manage to honor your nonpresence with another trip to Target! =) Love you, Mom

  2. Nana says:

    Your food looks so good. We really did miss you and Mike. This is the first Easter since you were born that you were not here. Jake even flew the coop. It was not good. We really did miss you, Mike and Jake. Although we had Tom’s family here it was not the same, especially since my chicken spaghetti ended up on the floor. What a mess. Your mom, aunt Carolyn and Honey made fun of me for making so much but I sure was glad I had extra after the spill. Can’t wait to see you next month.
    Love, Nana

  3. Dad says:

    Ya, you better pray after letting me see that Jim Beam bottle. 🙂

    This is Jake. and Andrea you don’t fool me for a second u can’t tell me u didn’t have a couple shots of good ol’ Jim Beam haha

  4. JiJi says:

    I’m so glad that you that you had a Blessed Easter with friends around.

    We were able to have the g-kids for a few hours to do lunch, and an Easter egg hunt and thought how much you both enjoyed it in years past.

    Holidays are still odd to say the least with you guys there and us here.

    Looking forward to our next time together.

  5. kristyn holleman says:

    I also heart Pioneer Woman!!!

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