Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Easter Weekend Recap

Four days of the most glorious weather combined with a relatively relaxed holiday made our Easter long weekend simply wonderful. I needed the sun - for my emotional and mental health - as well as a break from my online world. It's been a long winter.

Here's a recap of the highlights, although every minute was pretty sweet.

~ Waking up on Good Friday to two deer standing amidst the maples in the back yard.
~ Waking 2 sleepy boys to see the deer, followed by a leisurely breakfast.
~ Connecting with friends and family over lots and lots of ham.

~ Making Easter Brunch as a family: cider braised ham, maple baked beans, asparagus, scrambled eggs, and homemade Coffee-Glazed Doughnuts. Oh. MY. the doughnuts. (Yes, the recipe is coming.)

~ Enjoying brunch with family - and the first al fresco meal of the spring.

~ Catching up with the furry cousins, Roxy, Nelly & Tulip in our back yard.
~ Talking seriously about getting chickens.

~ Discovering signs of spring, and that the forest floor is carpeted with bulbs.
~ Finding the first crocus, only to see it trampled by little rubber boots.

~ Hours and hours spent outdoors, with a hand-built compost bin and fire-pit to show for our efforts.

~ Toasting homemade coconut marshmallows on that new fire-pit and establishing them as the new favorite delicacy for the summer.
~ Eating more meals out of doors than indoors.

~ Relishing in exposed knees and shoulders after a long winter, and even, the next morning, a touch of sunburn on the nose.

~ Enjoying the best part of camping -toasted marshmallows- but from the comforts of your own home.
~ Putting wasted kids to bed and staying up way too late with siblings and board games.

~ Watching geese, collecting rocks and hunting for worms on a casual day hike with friends.

Today we went back to the day-to-day stuff, but things feel different. I can compost now, for one. Then there are all those flowers in the forest to keep an eye on in anticipation of their blooms.

I also still have the canola oil from the doughnut fry-up, too....something tells me it's not going to go to waste.

Look for that recipe coming soon!


A. said...

beautiful brunch... I'm a little jealous :-)

DGMama said...

That looks and sounds like the most perfect and lovely weekend - seriously, what memories! It looks almost like a fun vacation - those are the very best holidays!

Anonymous said...

Everything sounds heavenly...from the food, to the fire, to the games....just perfect!

Haidi said...

It does my heart good to see those boys running around outside. That's where kids should be! Your woods are so beautiful... And those donuts! My mouth is watering. Mira, you look lovely.

Melissa said...

What a beautiful and wonderful weekend! Our brunch menu was very much alike! Too funny!

Haven't commented in a while-my keyboard died. :(

Coco Bean said...

I love the pictures with the marshmellows! How much fun is that! Your new place looks fabulous, I couldn't dig a fire pit here on monkland!

Julie said...

Sounds like bliss. But when you have a moment? I'll need that coffee donut recipe. STAT.

Also? Do get chickens!

islandgirl4ever2 said...

I always LOVEEEE your pics!! Looks like you had a wonderful time! The kids are adorable and growing!!
Joyeuses Pâques (belated).. Do you celebrate Lundi Pâques like here in France??

islandgirl4ever2 said...

P.S. Can't wait to see the donut recipe, too! They look DELISH and maple's my fav. flavor!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic long weekend Aimee with the entire family...great food and plenty of memories.

gabrielle said...

As always, in love with your pictures and post! What a lovely weekend!

Cheri said...

Ooo.. I cannot wait to see the recipe for those coffee-glazed doughnuts! They look like perfection.

Amber said...

Sounds perfectly blissful!

Aimée said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone! And I'm off to edit those doughnut shots before Julie comes after me.

Terrie said...

Wonderful post, Aimee. Yes, the doughnuts. YES!

Tiffany Rieder said...

Looks like you r as out in the boonies as I am. My son wanted to put on shorts but forgot the word and had to show me...you know its been a long winter when... Very nice pics.

Kristen said...

What lovely photos and those marshmallows look fantastic! Looks like you had a perfect Easter :)

Jan (Family Bites) said...

How much fun is all of that? I'd love to hear more about the chickens (not legal here - yet!) and the doughnut recipe? I can't wait!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

Sounds like such a divine way to spend the weekend.


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