Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend and a fantastic Easter if you celebrate! My weekend was busy with some fun events and a few great surprises. It all started on Friday with a surprise visit from my Delta Gamma little, Ella! She lives in LA and I don’t get to see her that often but she decided last minute to come up to SF for the weekend so we were able to get together! We had lunch together at Plant (my fave restaurant) and then walked to the Ferry Building to explore and so I could pick up some goodies from Mariposa which is the most amazing gluten-free bakery in SF! Saturday was spent picking up my Grandma and going to Sacramento (my old hometown) for a bridal shower for my brother’s fiance. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! The next day I woke up and found a gluten-free, dairy-free Easter basket waiting for me courtesy of Daddy Jeff… I mean the Easter bunny! It was such a fun surprise and I was so excited! He really is so amazing. Next up was an amazing, powerful Easter church service and then we went to Blackhawk to feed the ducks and walk around a bit before brunch. My brother and his fiance came and surprised my Grandma at brunch and we had a wonderful time. All in all, it was a great weekend!
The gorgeous bride-to-be and I were color coordinated!
So amazing treats including a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free cupcake from Miglets!
Grandma and I at church- I’m not really quite that much taller than her, but I was wearing 5.5 inch heels!
The beautiful, flower-covered cross
A little overcast but still a nice day and barely any rain!
Grandma and Daddy Jeff feeding the ducks!
-What did you do this weekend?
-If you celebrated Easter, what did you do?
-Do you have a favorite bakery?
Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend. I was originally supposed to go away this past weekend but given my recent health issues, I decided that it was best to stay home and relax. I’ve been trying to really decrease my activities lately so that I can recover from this and my hope is that soon I’ll be back on my feet and going full steam ahead like I’m used to. In the interim though, I’m trying to focus on resting! One great resting activities is going to the movies and I was really excited to see Admission this weekend. I read the book and enjoyed so I was looking forward to seeing Paul Rudd and Tina Fey’s interpretation. I must say that I didn’t really like it. I mean it was ok, but if you read the book it was kind of the polar opposite. The book is almost 500 pages, serious in nature and there are secrets that aren’t revealed until 2/3rds of the way through. The movie however took a much lighter perspective, would only give a line about what in the book was a complex story and introduced the secrets in the very beginning of the movie. It wasn’t that it was bad, but it was just kind of a disappointment. To counter that though, I watched my absolute favorite book-turned movie, One Day. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your to-see list because it is fabulous! With Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, the movie and book explores the characters relationship on one day over the course of twenty years. It’s just amazing. And now that I’ve rambled a bit, let me show you some other scenes from the weekend.
With the warm weather I’ve once again become addicted to Unsweetened Passion teas… I’ve had one every day this weekend! But considering I haven’t had coffee since November I think this is an ok indulgence!
A fabulous Saturday afternoon pedicure with great reading material and an even better friend by my side… my mom!
A wonderful Palm Sunday at church celebrating the first day of Holy Week
Adorable bunny topiary made it feel like Spring!
One other event that was unpictured was watching the first Indy race of the season in St. Petersburg, Florida! I rushed home from church to catch the second half on tv (my dvr hasn’t been working, ugh) and it was such an amazing race! My favorite driver Scott Dixon did an amazing job and it was an exciting race all around! I’ve been missing Indy in my life and I’m so glad that the season has finally started. Just don’t ask me about March Madness because I don’t know a thing about it… I’m too busy watching Indy!
-What did you do this weekend?
-How do you feel about books being turned into movies?
Hi lovelies! I had originally planned that today’s post would be about the incredible, healthy Easter dinner that I made for my family. It was going to be full of amazing pictures, delicious sounding recipes and a story about how the whole thing came together. It was also going to be the first time that I had cooked a holiday meal all by myself.
But as you can see, that’s not what today’s post is about because the big meal didn’t happen. So here’s that story instead. It all started with the family photo shoot that we had planned. In December, my mom and I saw a Living Social deal for a photo shoot. We both immediately thought it would be a great idea to do a generational one, with my mom, myself and my Grandma. However, we weren’t counting on how hectic it would be preparing for it. Nights after work were spent shopping for the perfect outfits for the three of us, rather than grocery shopping and preparing for my meal. Then on Friday, I realized that I was sick with a bad cold but not one to admit defeat, I still hoped to push through it and make the Easter meal. However, when we spent from 9 am-7 pm on the photoshoot, which was fantastic, I knew the meal was just not going to happen.
Grandma getting her make-up done on set!
The below is what I had planned on making. Most of the recipes were found on blogs and my favorite recipe finder, Pinterest.
Sadly my healthy menu was never made, however, I plan on making it as a spring dinner for my family sometime soon. In the end, I know that I made the right decision and instead of getting sicker by stressing out by trying to make it all work, we spent time as a family and enjoyed each others company. And when it comes down to it, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?
-What’s your favorite source to find recipes?
-Did you celebrate Easter/Passover/the weekend with any special foods?