Easter was a lot of fun. I've been in a tad bit of a funk here lately, so it was nice to have some fun and forget about responsibilities, if only for a short time.
I even got a bit dressed up for the occasion:
I picked up that dress from the amazing Plowsharing Crafts
Sweater on ultimate clearance from Banana Republic outlet store
Belt was thrifted for a buck
And wooden earrings from my Erbear from Craft Alliance
I really need to fix my tripod or grab Eric as needed, because while I love my computer it doesn't allow for capturing my tall frame all that easily.
We also (E and I) decided to whip up some chickpea salad for lunch:
It's basically smooshed chickpeas (I use my hand blender grinder attachment), chopped celery bits if you have it, relish, veganaise (or whatever you use that's mayo), some salt, pepper, and seasonings of your choice. Pretty much what you'd do for a tuna salad type thing I'd assume.
Last minute I decided I should really make the lemon bars E's family loves, but didn't have lemons. After a sad attempt at finding them at the gas station, I just settled for the bottled organic lemon juice we had in the fridge. Even without the fresh lemon juice and zest, they were still perfectly tasty.
Recipe is from The Joy of Vegan Baking and can be found here, but I definitely recommend acquiring the book because it's chock full of awesome eats.
The REAL highlight of my afternoon was seeing E's brothers amazingly cute and wonderful five week old baby.
She's so dang cute with her full head of hair and chubby baby arms.
And of course I made sure E held her too. He's going to be a good pop someday in the (...hopefully sooner rather than later..) future.
I think kids are great at this age. Sure, they are almost always sleeping, but that leaves plenty of time for snuggle time. Plus, I got to play with my awesome nephew in the later evening, so I got a little of both worlds. Baby snuggles and truck races all in one day. Though my truck did keep getting put in time out. Hmm.
All in all it was a great day and I am very thankful to have many people who love and care for us and to have time to spend with them.
St. Louis has been hit hard by tornados this week, but my family and friends are all safe and sound on that front. Also, my Mama lost her father late last week to cancer and is experiencing hurt and loss, so if anyone reading this can send her a positive thought or prayer that would be much appreciated.
Hold your loved ones tight and keep riding out these spring storms. We're set to have more tonight, but I'm crossing my fingers they decide to pass us by.
Love and Puppy Kisses,