Easter Weekend 2018

This past weekend was everything I’ve been needing. My heart feels so full, and I am so excited to share the foods we enjoyed and the fun we had, and I hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well!

Friday

So this was sort of a success and sort of a fail. Lemme explain. I was going for a lemon blueberry oatmeal, but I was clearly too tired to think straight. I added the lemon juice to the milk, muesli, and oat mixture, but um…milk + lemon juice basically makes pseudo buttermilk. Note to self: cook the oatmeal then add in the lemon juice. Otherwise, it was tasty. I topped it with honey, sweet cream coffee creamer, and pistachios.

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Kaci gave me one of these to try, and it was very good! I love their fig bars, and they created a fun take on a brownie.

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As soon as I saw K brew post one of their newest drink offerings, I planned to get one in the afternoon. This is the Scruffy City: latte with house made mocha syrup, peanut butter, and topped with a sprinkle of chocolate. It was just as perfect as it looks and sounds!

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I feel so fortunate to have won the Kitchables giveaway! Our double-wall insulated latte glasses arrived along with a complimentary coaster. Aren’t they cute?

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I felt like completing a Barre3 home workout, and when Matt got home, he jumped in and did about the last 10 or so minutes with me. I loved it!! I now am trying to convince him to do a full workout with me one day soon. 😉

For dinner, we had spinach, sautéed broccoli pearls, and sardines drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette. I had the last waffle toasted and topped with avocado. I loved this simple combo!

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We each had a bowl of Imagine Soups Super Greens soup.

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After showering, dessert included Fage plain Greek yogurt with thawed tropical fruit blend, and ground flax.

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Saturday

I kept breakfast on the lighter side because we had plans to finally check out our new Knox Food Park. An old filling station was converted into a lot where food trucks can park, shut off their engines, and serve. Really neat! This was yogurt with cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom plus banana and pb. Macey wanted some!

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I also had a lemon blueberry muffin.

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Once ready, we had to take our typical photo out front. Check out that gorgeous sunshine! The day was beautiful.

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I live for capturing these photos. Matt thinks I’m a dork, but it cracks me up to get these of him. I need to create a mini book of all of them one day, ha.

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I loved all of the gray and turquoise throughout the food truck park!! Matt immediately noticed it too.

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I ordered from Forks On The Road and chose their bean and grain veggie burger sliders with mashed avocado, spinach, and instead of spicy mayo I asked for their fig jam. The bread was so so good! Soft, doughy, and flavorful.

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Matt ordered from Taste O’ Texas and enjoyed their loaded tater tots with beef brisket, cheese, jalapenos, and bbq sauce plus a side of their cilantro lime slaw. He gave me a few bites, and man oh man do they know their bbq!

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I only had a small mug of coffee at home because I wanted to try a cold brew from The Coffee Run.

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I asked a sweet lady to take our photo, and I really adore it! The sky + turquoise backdrop along with my sweet husband just makes me really happy. My top is by Faith and Co. Boutique, and I’m obsessed with it and all of their inventory!

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The lady was doubly sweet because she offered to get another close-up shot. Gotta love when you ask a woman to take photos – they always know to take a few. 😉 Matt’s not a huge fan of my shades, but check out that reflection.

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Here are the old fill-up stations still at the park. I thought they looked artsy.

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Check out this mural – so fun!

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Just up from the park Matt spotted this brewing company who has an owl on their emblem. He knew I’d want a photo. He knows me super well!

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This is also so bright and fun. You can’t read the lyrics, but it’s from the song Big Rock Candy Mountain. I didn’t know that, so Matt started singing it, and I was dying. I played a clip from YouTube, and he sounded just like it!

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Our next adventure was a hike at Ijams. Got another shot, ha!

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We thought this formation looked really neat.

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We browsed their gift shop, and my wallet was in the car. This was a good thing because there was a number of cute things I wanted. Must practice restraint, but one day I want to make these when we find our first home. I can just imagine cute baby succulents living their best lives in honeycomb shadow boxes like this.

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This hallway is so bright, and I love the wooden beams. You can’t tell very well, but the piping is a pretty blue color. Matt helped me take this to get the best angle. My blog contributor!

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I just loved this when I saw it and had to share!

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We drove around in the country for about two hours and stumbled up on this house built around a trailer. So funny! No telling what you’ll find on an afternoon drive.

Kaci text and asked if I wanted to join her for a mani/pedi. My nails were in desperate need of TLC, so while I hadn’t planned to spend the money, I decided it would be the perfect end to the day.

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I did the powder dip for the first time and think they turned out well! I love a good neutral and then went with bright toes.

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I’m thankful for a husband who is willing to eat vegetarian some days and is still appreciative of simple meals. This included spinach, 90-second southwestern rice quinoa pouch, frozen veg blend of peas/carrots/green beans/lima beans/celery/okra/potatoes/corn, salsa, and freshly shredded cheddar that was then lightly warmed together.

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When I went to wash my face, I realized I had burned slightly. {faceplam} I’m out of the habit of wearing sunscreen, but I’ll have to start wearing it daily!

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Dessert was, you guessed it, Fage plain Greek yogurt with some frozen berry/cherry/pomegranate blend, tahini, and a sprinkle of muesli.

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Easter Sunday

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I got up early to make Alexis’ chai-spiced carrot banana bread with cream cheese frosting and pecans. I had a simple bowl of yogurt with the frozen berry blend and pb drizzle.

My first time trying my coffee out of a Kitchable glass. I love how hot it kept it while protecting my hand. Matt and I love them!

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Check out this odd carrot. Hahaha. Mason’s appetite was on fire! He wanted any and everything. He even begged for this. Ray was forcing Jax to bathe her in the background. Such a diva. 😉

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Straight out of the oven without the frosting yet.

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Our loaf in all its glory!

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I didn’t check it with a toothpick, so had I, I would’ve baked it a tad longer. But I loved how moist it was. I used Bob’s Red Mill’s 1-for-1 GF flour and chose to use maple syrup instead of sugar as Alexis details in the ingredients. I went upstairs while it baked and didn’t think about the toasted pecans I’d left of the cutting board to use for the topping. Mason decided to taste test them. He was a little rascal!

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I made our roasted asparagus and fingerling potatoes for dinner then made our deviled eggs following Anne’s recipe. Look how pretty the yolks are!

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All ready!

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I completed a Barre3 workout while Matt and the babies hung out with me. Rachel just snuggled in his lap while I sweat, stretched, and exercised. I think she was rubbing it in, lol.

Lunch was leftover roasted spiced sweet potato and green beans with tri-bean blend, roasted sunflower seeds, avocado, and rice crackers. Matt and I split an apple for dessert. I had my half with cinnamon, and he had his with pb.

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We finally loaded up and made our way to his parents’ for the day. I love how this photo turned out! My dress and earrings are also from Faith and Co. Boutique. I looove maxi dresses.

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Matt and his momma.

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Kaci rocked her gorgeous maxi for the morning church service! Aren’t they adorable?

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She later got a photo with Axl, and she sneakily taped a spoon of pb to the phone. Check out his focus! We’re a pb loving crew.

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I enjoyed a slice of the frittata that Diane had made in the cast iron skillet that morning. So good! I also had one half of my deviled egg.

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Dinner came together beautifully. We seasoned a lamb steak with Tandur bbq spice blend then cooked it in the iron skillet. Roasted rosemary thyme organic fingerling potatoes, roasted asparagus topped with roasted garlic mashed into lemon juice, crock pot ham and pineapple, au gratin potatoes that Diane made, and a simple salad plus the other half of my deviled egg. Nearly all of the recipes Diane made were from Ree of The Pioneer Woman. She and I are both mega-fans! She got the idea to use these adorable bandanas as our napkins from Ree.

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Matt’s spread. The boys had classic bandanas while Diane and I had pretty floral prints.

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Matt was so sweet and happily went on about a 45-minute walk around the neighborhood after dinner. We came across this adorable, sweet cat! I love orange tabbies.

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For dessert, I enjoyed a slice of pineapple upside down cake that Diane also made in the cast iron skillet (one of the most versatile kitchen items!) along with two truffles and hot tea with honey.

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Diane surprised me with this awesome flat whisk! Adding to my PW collection.

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Funny discovery: my nails glow! When we laid down to go to bed, we realized my fingers were like little glow sticks. My camera wouldn’t pick up on them, though, so Matt had the bright idea (get my pun?) to “charge” them with my flashlight. Worked like a charm! So weird!

We were out of coffee (the horror!), so I went by K brew and got a perfect café au lait. Check out that awesome sky behind their adorable café.

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I realized just how many photos I took this weekend, so thank you for making it all the way through! I hope you enjoyed our recap and have a fantastic day and week ahead!

8 thoughts on “Easter Weekend 2018

    1. Thanks, Boo! I’m proud that you have said backyard and that your projects are coming together beautifully! :* We’ll have to food truck park double date soon!

  1. Yayyy! I have been excited to read your Easter recap That oatmeal looks fantastic- even with the little need to reorder the steps- YUM! This post is making craveeee something lemon hardcore. What a fun food truck park! SUCH a cute picture of you & matt, love love love. That kitchable glass is SO cool, I have never heard of that! LOL what a funny carrot

    Aww! That Easter looked perfect. So special. And that food looks tremendous!

    Such a fun recap I love your adventures! You always find the BEST places to go & things to do!

    1. Thank you so so much!! This Easter weekend was my absolute favorite in my adult life. <3 I want all things lemon! If you’re ever in Knoxville, I’d love to show you around to these places! 😃

      1. Ahh, it looked amazing 🙂 🙂 Awwwww!!! YES! I am adding it to my list right now! And I neeeed to have at least a coffee date with you soon! I want to visit Nashville ASAP, is it far from Nashville?! Maybe I could knock both out in one trip… hmmmmmmm

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