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Where do the days go?  One day it’s Easter and now I am rushing around to get everything for the almost six year olds birthday party.

Speaking of Easter, we had a pretty low key day. Early Saturday morning Kaili woke up sick. There is nothing like slipping in vomit with bare feet after you’ve taken half of a sleep tab, seriously the best! (keep that in mind my young friends.) She woke up with a fever and zero energy, unfortunately she missed her best friends birthday party that day. She seemed to pep up towards the end of the day and we were hoping she would be good for Easter.

The girls woke to their baskets delivered to our door step by the bunny, thank you for the one who gave me that idea. Kaili seemed a lot better, they tore through the baskets, ate breakfast and then set out on hot pursuit for hidden goodies in the backyard.

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The girls were invited to an Easter party by a school friend, once we decided Kaili was up for it we headed out.

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From here you’ll just have to take my word for it because I tucked my phone away for the entire party. The family was very nice, they had waaaayyy too much food, but they also had alcohol so…. We helped hide over hundreds of eggs for the hunt, which was over in minutes. All the girls had so much fun and there was a tad of resistance when we told them we had to go.

For dinner I made a fancy shrimp scampi that was a lot more work than I normally do and although the shrimp were plumper being poached, the taste was pretty much the same.  Maybe I will share the recipe some time. I do have a brilliant whole fish recipe for you, courtesy of Chrissy Tiegen! Coming soon.

 

Easter

Kaili woke up eager and ready to see if the Easter bunny had left anything for her. Averi decided to sleep in….of course.

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Once Averi woke up and we were able to get some real food into the girls, we let them see what was hiding outside.

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The grass was wet and cold, Averi didn’t want much to do with it. Kaili didn’t care and managed to gather all of the eggs on her own. Averi found a couple on dry land but put them in sissy’s basket.

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We had brunch plans with friends so while the girls ate their weight in candy, I made my way to the kitchen and stayed there the next few hours.

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I made a grapefruit yogurt cake and a tomato tart.

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Luckily we weren’t going far. We walked over the pack n play, the kids toys, our food and we tucked in for a nice day with neighbor friends.

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We had quite the spread, baked donuts, savory scones, tomato tart, eggs Benedict casserole and fresh fruit all washed down with mimosas and good wine.

Averi napped in her pack n play for hours while we played in the backyard.

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We talked and drank the day away, nibbling on cheese as the sun started to set.

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Reminding us that tomorrow was Monday and we should probably bid adieu. The girls knocked out after a long day and we sat down for all the great Sunday night TV.

It was a very nice Easter!

Easter in Ramona

Our old neighbors are now living out in Ramona. They have so much land, so much space, perfect for an Easter egg hunt. So the girls got their baskets and we loaded up the truck.

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Their house has quite the views, hawks soar above the citrus trees and squirrels dart across the path to their pool.

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If you squint you can see some of our favorite wineries.

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The kids had a lot of fun hunting eggs, well I should say Kaili had fun. Averi just wanted to chase the cat and explore.

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There was quite a spread for lunch, homemade quiche to fried chicken sliders and delicious fresh squeezed OJ from their trees. I made this lemon cake. I was overly cautious to keep an eye on it but somehow I overcooked it by a few minutes, but I would still recommend the recipe. I am going to try another recipe this week to compare and because I need a another piece of lemon cake in my life.

Once we were able to drag the kids away from their playground we headed down the road to Kohill winery. We are new members and had a wine pickup but also, you can’t go to Ramona without hitting a winery, i am pretty sure it’s illegal.

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The girls snacked because they don’t eat their actual meals and then they chased each other around the tasting room while we decided what wines to take home.

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It was a good practice run for Easter, now we get to do it all over again next week but without getting in the car.

A Week in Photos

Easter has finally come and gone. It seems like it lasted an entire week this year, no wait, it did last an entire week.. Kaili had four Easter egg hunts and WAY too much candy.

Hunting goodies at the beach in La Jolla.

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It was so much fun she did it again with her class.

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Easter goodies from Grandma Sandy

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Taking a break from all the fun to have lunch at the airport.

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Dying Easter eggs.

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Easter Saturday in Coronado. Pancake breakfast, a meeting with the Easter bunny and another egg hunt.

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Of course we can’t forget Easter Sunday. Checking out her loot from the bunny.

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One more egg hunt to finish up the holiday.

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The rest of the day was spent in the hot sun.

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Hope you all had a great holiday.

Easter

Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter bunny,  Easter food, and Easter sunshine.

We had the fam bam over yesterday for the holiday. We watched Kaili eat junk, hunt for eggs, and eat more junk. We ate pretty well ourselves, I tried out a new salad and made Pioneer Woman’s prime rib which is amazing.

Coloring eggs
Coloring eggs
Checking out her Easter bunny loot
Checking out her Easter bunny loot
Easter mugshot
Easter mugshot
Painting break
Painting break

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I hid too many, she was trying to get the adults to get them for her in the end. Smart girl.
I hid too many, she was trying to get the adults to get them for her in the end. Smart girl.
Neighbor Christine wanted in on the action
Neighbor Christine wanted in on the action
Arugula with roasted pears and blue cheese
Arugula with roasted pears and blue cheese

RECIPE

Story break
Story break
Happy girl had a great day.
Happy girl had a great day.

Easter Inspiration

Feeling inspired this Easter? Is your inner Martha screaming to make, bake and create? No? Well me neither and it probably doesn’t help that I have been sick. I do have a ham in the fridge to cook up and some plastic easter eggs but that is about it. I found some things to try to help fire up my inner Martha, maybe they will do the same for you.

Having an Easter get together? How easy is this? Perfect for over the fireplace, front door or even along the table.

Pantone Easter Garland

A new twist on the table centerpiece. Bonus, you get to eat the goodies after everyone leaves.

JellyBean Centerpiece 

Tired of dying Easter eggs year after year, try these pretty no-dye eggs for a change.

Pretty Glitter Eggs

Cupcakes in an egg. I love this idea, I just need a reason to make them.

Easter Egg Cupcakes

Speaking of cupcakes…who doesn’t love a cadbury egg once in awhile? Combine that with a cupcake, heaven!

Cadbury Egg Cupcakes

No Easter is complete without the Peep. Instead of buying them this year how about making your own?

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Then you can make these with the leftovers, if there are leftovers.

Peep S’mores

If you are feeling really motivated, you can wow your guests with this adorable bunny butt cake.

Bunny Butt Cake

Happy Easter!