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Meals and Laughs on Mother’s Day

by Courtney on May 13, 2012

Today has been such a nice day!

me, dan, and momMom and her two kiddos

I just love being able to spend time with family…


dan and meg

and have plenty of good laughs with mom.

me and mom

me and mom

Too funny. ;)

Earlier today, Jay and I headed over to my in-laws’ house for a delicious, al fresco lunch.

mothers day

We’re experiencing another beautiful day here in Upstate NY, so I think we’re all taking advantage as much as possible before the rain rolls in again tomorrow.

For lunch, Jay actually prepared a big tossed salad AND a pasta salad to bring over.


pasta salad

I’ll tell ya…I was quite impressed. The guy can definitely work his way around a kitchen. ;)

For lunch, i enjoyed a little bit of each salad and an open-faced grilled chicken sandwich.


The chicken was delicious and grilled to perfection

grilled chicken

For dessert, my father in-law had made his first-ever attempt at banana bread and was excited to share with us all.

banana bread

Since I knew I still had a full dinner + more dessert ahead of me, I kept my serving to just half of a slice, but it was really, really good.


After hanging out on the porch for a few hours, we said our goodbyes and headed over to my parents’ house for dinner.

Originally, mom was planning on grilling out but ended up making a last-minute decision and went with lasagna. I would have enjoyed some more grilled goodness, but you know I’ll never turn down mom’s Italian.


This particular batch of mom’s lasagna was top notch. If I hadn’t still been somewhat full from lunch, I most likely would have had another piece. It was that good.


I offered to take care of dessert, so this morning I put together a delicious, healthy strawberry angel food cake trifle.

strawberry angel food cake trifle

It was a hit with everyone, thank goodness. :)

strawberry angel food cake trifle

Today has definitely been a great, great day. I’m so lucky to have such awesome family and such an amazing mom.

me and mom

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! :)

Hope everyone else had a wonderful day, whether you’re a mom or not!

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1 Sana May 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

:) I love that your husband cooks!
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2 Brittany May 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Looks like such a fun day spent with family! And that strawberry angel food cake trifle looks amazing. I want a bite!!


3 Amanda @ Let Me Be What's Underneath May 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Looks like you had a great day!


4 Angela @ Sleep and Repeat May 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Everything looks so delicious! especially the lasagna :) Looks like such a fun day!
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5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

When do we get the recipe for the trifle?? ;) It looks awesome!
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6 chelcie @ chelcie's food files May 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm

what an awesome day filled with great good and great company!
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7 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Glad you had a nice day! The fact that your hubby cooks is awesome! Can he come give my boyfriend a few lessons?!
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8 May 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

It’s so nice that Jay made two salads! Sounds like you had a wonderful day :D recently posted..Alone time


9 Sara @ The Foodie Diaries May 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Jay’s pasta salad looks amazing, way to go! :)
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10 Brenna May 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Could you please share the trifle recipe? It looks delicious!! :)


11 Courtney May 13, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Yes, I’ll be sharing soon!


12 Christie May 14, 2012 at 12:08 am



13 Jordan K May 13, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Yes the trifle looks AMAZING :-)


14 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm

what a fun mother’s day…that’s so great you guys got to spend time with your sweet momma!


15 Clare May 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

Oh how fun, hope you guys had a great day :) All the food looks delicious!
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16 Lisa May 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

Sounds like such a great day to celebrate with your fam! That trifle sounds incredible. Yum
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17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

Looks like an amazing day filled with lots of family. :)
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18 Khushboo Thadani May 14, 2012 at 1:32 am

Can’t wait to try out that trifle recipe & glad you had a great Mommas’ Day :)!
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19 Pat May 14, 2012 at 2:43 am

Wow, a wonderful way to celebrate mother’s day!
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20 Miz May 14, 2012 at 5:59 am

and LOVED meeting you finally and chatting and laughing and yammering (me at you. sorry :)).
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21 Courtney May 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm

LOVED meeting you too, Miz!! Hopefully we can do it again SOON :)


22 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

I second everyone wanting to try the trifle recipe… yum! It looks perfect for summer!
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23 Ashlee @ A Step in the Right Direction May 14, 2012 at 9:00 am

It was beautiful here in NY yesterday! Now it is a little dreary, but at least the weekend was great!
I have that same top – from Old Navy right?
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24 Courtney May 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Haha, yes it is! Bought it last year :)


25 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

All that food looks so good, especially the open-faced sandwich and the dessert you made! I’ve never had a trifle!
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