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Easter Weekend Highlights

by Courtney on April 21, 2014

Well, I’d say Lucas’s first Easter was a hit!

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The Easter fun started on Saturday, when my in-laws came over to drop off our Easter baskets a bit early. Lucas got spoiled with all sorts of goodies but was probably the most excited about the canister of puffs that was hiding in there.

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Of course he’d get most excited about the food. Just like his mama. ;)

I had gone grocery shopping that afternoon and while I was there, came across an idea to make steak sandwiches for dinner using thicker sliced meat from the deli.

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So I bought a French baguette, some of the thick-sliced deli meat (it was an eye round roast, I believe?), and a few slices of this roasted garlic cheddar cheese(!!!). It was ridiculously easy to put together too…we sauteed up a pepper and some onion, and once they were about done, we threw the meat in the pan for a couple minutes.

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After that we layered it on the cut baguettes, topped with cheese, and popped ‘em under the broiler to let the cheese melt. Totally delicious. And I totally won “Best Wife Award” in Jay’s eyes with that meal.

Later that evening once the babe went to bed, we had an almost 4-hour marathon of Downton Abbey (I. can’t. stop.) and I put together Lucas’s Easter basket,

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while snacking on some Easter candy. Ummm, Twix eggs?

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AMAZING.

Easter morning started a bit early…I’d say Lucas was excited for the Easter bunny, but he was really just hungry with a poopy diaper. Totally making me wish we hadn’t quite stayed up as late as we did! I decided to have some fun and put together a mini “Easter egg hunt” for him (aka, tossed some eggs in plain sight on his toys).

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He managed to find all of them eventually, so I’d say it was a success. :)

Lucas went down for his morning lap a little while later, I squeezed in a workout (another off the Nike Training Club app…I did one on Saturday too with a 3.2 mile run and whew, they are awesome!), then we got ready and were out the door for brunch at Jay’s aunt’s house.

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I honestly don’t think that the weather could have gotten any nicer yesterday. It was just beautiful! And probably one of the nicest Easter’s we’ve had in a long time.

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Brunch was totally delicious. We started out with homemade peach margaritas (SO good), and then dug straight into the food.

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As for my contribution, I made my first-ever attempt at lemon bars and I must say…I don’t know why I’ve never made them before. Man, they’re good. And easy!

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I wound up slightly altering a recipe I found online, so if you guys are interested, I’d be happy to share. Just be warned…they’re not healthy (unless you count using lemons as healthy, which I can roll with). ;)

A couple of hours later we left his Aunt’s house and headed over to my parents’ house for dinner. Lucas napped for a little while and by the time he woke up, everyone was itching to get their hands on him.

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He even got a fun new swing from grandma and papa, which he really seemed to enjoy. I’ve gotta get my hands on one of these for home.

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Dinner was scrumptious…turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and corn.

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I wanted to go back for seconds so badly, but we had only eaten brunch about 3 hours before and I was still full from that. Oooof.

BUT…not too full for some dessert a little while later.

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(Props to my mom on the super cute, swirly cake – I was impressed!)

Apparently, the dessert was a bit too much for the boys and put them over the edge…

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If only they had been cuddling. That would have been one to frame. ;)

And that, my friends, was our Easter weekend in a nutshell! Lots of good food and fun with family.

I hope everyone else’s weekend (whether you celebrated Easter or not) was the same, and here’s to hoping for a good week ahead for all of us!

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1 Shel@PeachyPalate April 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

A day that ends with a snooze is a good day! :) Lemon bars look awesome!
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2 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige April 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

What an awesome weekend!
I have to admit, I was a little bummed all day yesterday, with all of my family being in IL (wish they would just move to CO! :))
The Twix eggs?! They were ALL out when I was at Target last week. Gave me the sadz haha
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3 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

What a fabulous Easter!

I’ve made lemon bars and they were delicious! In fact, yours are making me want to make them again -it’s been a while!
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4 Sarah @ Sweet Miles April 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

Whoa whoa whoa….roasted garlic cheddar cheese?!

What a beautiful family you have! Glad you had a successful weekend! :) Yay for Lucas’s first easter!!
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5 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles April 21, 2014 at 9:37 am

Looks like a perfect first Easter for Lucas! And I need to try that sandwich – it sounds perfect!
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6 Karen April 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

He is just too cute!

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7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

Twix egg? Not sure I’ve ever had one! But Reese’s taste better in egg form so I’m sure Twix must too! Cadbury mini eggs are another favorite which I refer to as Easter candy crack and yesterday got my family hooked on them too!
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8 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

Peach margaritas?! Yum!

Love seeing Lucas all handsomed up! So adorable. Glad you guys had a great Easter together!
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9 Amanda April 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

Where’s that cute camel jacket from? Love it!

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10 Courtney April 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thanks! It’s from Express a couple of years ago :)

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11 Brynn April 21, 2014 at 10:10 am

What a wonderful Easter weekend! All of the food looks so delicious and the weather looks beautiful. I need to find one of those Twix eggs…yum!!
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12 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

yes. please share the lemon bar recipe! i always just buy the box mix but would love something with a wee less sugar.
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13 Britt@MyOwnBalance April 21, 2014 at 10:15 am

Happy Easter! I think the hunt you did with Lucas is so cute!
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14 chelcie @ chelcie's food files April 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

lemon bars are one of my favorite treats ever but i’ve never made them from scratch. Yours look like they turned out to be delicious!
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15 Kim April 21, 2014 at 10:46 am

The lemon bars look great- as do the peach margaritas! Your son is too cute :)

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16 Jess @ dearhealthyness April 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

The lemon barss!! You should share the recipe, even if it’s not the healthiest one, it’s ok to indulge in unhealthy eating every now and then :D
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17 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

love your mint top — where from?
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18 Courtney April 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

Thanks! It’s from the Gap outlet – just got it a couple of weeks ago

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19 Julie F April 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

My husband just said today that those Twix eggs were evil. But ooohh so delicious.

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20 Courtney April 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

Haha, he’s soooooo right! ;)

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21 Sheila April 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

the photo of the guys napping on the couch reminds me of the Friends episode where Ross and Joey nap together – though they were spooning a bit more than these guys….

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22 Polly @ Tasty Food Project April 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Looks like you got to enjoy lots of yummy food over the weekend!

That’s so cute how Lucas had his first mini egg hunt! He’s adorable!
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23 Marina @ Lazy for Diet April 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I see, you had great weekend! Never it is impossible to be rather full for a dessert ;)

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24 Ali April 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Aiden has those little cars that you put in his Easter basket too. He likes them a lot. And for the lemon bars, they might be my favorite dessert (and that’s saying a lot)!

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25 Linz @ Itz Linz April 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

definitely looks like a lovely easter weekend! are lemon bars traditional for easter? you’re the second person who said they made them for easter (and since i’m jewish i don’t know what’s traditional for easter haha) either way – they look fantastic!
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26 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit April 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Looks like you had a nice day with family! I decided to have a splurge Sunday and grab a cookie dough latte after always seeing it on here – I just had to know how it was. You’re right! Freaking delicious!
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27 Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts April 21, 2014 at 2:45 pm

ok, Lucas’s little sweater vest is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. love!

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28 Amy April 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Hello Courtney,
I would LOVE it if you could post the Lemon bars recipe!!
~Amy :-)
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29 Marielle April 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Looks like a perfect day, how fun! I just tried a snickers egg things last weekend…those were amazing!
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30 Annette@FitnessPerks April 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

What a fun idea to do a mini-easter egg hunt for him. Too cute!

Love that blue/green top you’re wearing!
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31 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun April 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Looks like an amazing easter weekend with family! :)
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32 Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire April 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

That sweater vest!! Oh the cuteness.

Looks like a great day full of family and fun! I’m so glad it’s starting to warm up for you guys and actually feel like Spring! :)
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33 Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts April 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I would love for you to post the Lemon Bars recipe, I would love to make them, they look so good! Lucas’s little vest is adorable! Happy Easter :)
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34 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment April 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Looks like a great weekend! I love the your jacket too.

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35 Leigha @ Minougirl April 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

What a wonderful weekend!! I also took a nap just like your guys.. :)
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36 Hilary April 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Love that swirl cake! It is so cute :) Those lemon bars look delicious as well!
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37 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Looks like you had a wonderful Easter! Love Lucas’ cute little outfit!
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38 Erin Bucchino April 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Happy Easter! That swirly cake looks so good, oh my goodness.

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39 Lyric April 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

Dawwww Lucas is just so darn CUTE! And you looked fabulous as per usual. The sandwich is a genius idea! Especially because I just don’t like cooking red meat because I always over cook it LOL.

Happy Easter Courtney!

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40 Ellie April 22, 2014 at 2:12 am

Haha I hope jay doesn’t notice that picture of himself! :P and Lucas had such a great time! What a cutie he is,for real.
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41 Jenn@Mark My Miles! April 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

Looks like a perfect first Easter for you and your little family. It was our first Easter with our son as well and what a blessing it was : ) Have a great week!
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42 Danica @ It's Progression April 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm

such a great picture of your family!! glad you had a good Easter – the weather here was beautiful, too! And that rarely happens for Easter in MN :)
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