There is a bit of prep but it comes together quickly. I found the fresh noodles at the Ranch 99 market. In addition to the ingredients listed, I also added some toasted sesame oil (about 1 tsp.) and a dash of Shaoxing (Chinese cooking wine) to give it a little more Asian flare. We mayyybe went overboard on the serrano, it was spiiicy, but so good!
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.
The girls were invited to an Easter party by a school friend, once we decided Kaili was up for it we headed out.
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.
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.
Their house has quite the views, hawks soar above the citrus trees and squirrels dart across the path to their pool.
If you squint you can see some of our favorite wineries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.