I know, I know, I’m supposed to have been doing this whole blogging thing for a while before I take a four-day hiatus! I guess with Easter coming up and getting ready for my parents visiting, the last few days and evenings just got away from me. It’s Spring break for Courtney this week and she’s super excited to have her grandparents here for the next few days while she’s out of school (finally!). I’m gonna see if I can bang this post out fairly quickly since this morning, I’ve got a chicken to roast, a workout to do and the usual morning chores before my family and I can head out for the day.
Since yesterday was Easter, I thought I would just put up a few pictures of our Easter breakfast, dinner (that didn’t go completely as planned!) and dessert. Breakfast was a low-fat version of french toast casserole. I got the original recipe from “Chubby Vegan Mom“, but I had to modify it because the wet ingredients didn’t do what they were supposed to. The tofu just would not blend with the other wet ingredients! I think it was the brand of tofu I had, so by all means, try the original recipe. If I had the correct tofu, I’m sure it would have been perfect! Luckily, I had plain non-fat Greek yogurt (not vegan anymore!) on hand and replaced the tofu with that. In the end, it turned out great, and that’s what matters, right?
My original plan for dinner was to make a roast chicken for our main dish, but the men (Greg and my father) preferred ham. Not us girl’s first choice! So I bought both, a ham and a chicken. I put the ham in first around 11:00 a.m. knowing that it would only take 2 hours……..yeah right; this dang thing would not heat through! It had been a while since I cooked ham (I don’t really care for it) so I just read the directions on the package. It said heat at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound which turned out to be about 2 hours. Long story short, I wound up taking it out after the 2 hours, baking my cake and then putting it back in afterwards. I’d have been there forever waiting for this stupid ham to get done! Since I still had my asparagus and potatoes to roast after the ham was (finally!) done, I wound up skipping the chicken, hence the roasting of it this morning. Everything turned out great. Everyone was happy with the ham (even me, I guess) and we had a delicious dinner.
Let’s talk about dessert. I had been looking for a while for Easter desserts, and I wanted to make something I had not made before. Last year I made coconut cupcakes courtesy of Skinnytaste (Thanks, Gina!) that were fantastic, but since I made a coconut dessert last time, I wanted something different. I thought of a lemon trifle so I could use my new trifle bowl that Ma (that’s what my sister and I call our mother!) got me, but Greg’s not a huge lemon fan. (I know, I can’t believe it either!) Then I decided to check out my favorite dessert site, Chocolate Covered Katie, to see what she had for me. I’ve made several of her recipes (a couple I’ve posted on my blog!) and trust me, she will NEVER disappoint! I found this recipe for “Crazy Ingredient Chocolate Cake“. I am not going to tell you what the “crazy” ingredient is……you gotta go visit Katie to find out! I love to try these recipes out on my family! They are the perfect “guinea pigs”! I will tell you that EVERYONE loved this cake……including my father who would have never in a million years given it a try if he knew the “secret” beforehand! It is super rich and super moist and I promise, if you try it, you will LOVE it!
The rest of the day between cooking and baking, we all just hung out and visited. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get everyone together for a picture yesterday (my parents aren’t fond of getting their picture taken and neither is Greg; come on people, it’s Easter for goodness sake!) I would have liked to get a shot of the Easter basket we got for Courtney, but I didn’t think about it until after she took everything out of it! Oh well, there’s always next year!!!
I did snap this picture of Courtney after she got her new Spring purse! Don’t you just love the color coordination?
Did/do you have family visiting?
If it’s Spring break for you, what are your plans for the week?