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Easter Weekend Highlights

by Courtney on April 21, 2014

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


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.


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.


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.


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,


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



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).


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.


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.


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



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!


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.


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.


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


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.


(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…


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!


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!


10 Courtney April 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

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


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 :)


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


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.


20 Courtney April 21, 2014 at 11:40 am

Haha, he’s soooooo right! ;)


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….


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 ;)


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)!


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!


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.


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.


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!


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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