Easter dinner and Italian pastries


We had a great Easter yesterday.  Slept in, went to Church, took a long walk, played games and had a fantastic dinner with the big kids and their friends.  Mara even found her Easter basket (hidden in my trunk… she bought it with grandma and hid it there…  now that’s what I call raising independent kids haha)!

  • lamb chops – roasted and broiled with a dijon-panko crust
  • roasted baby red potatoes with rosemary
  • French green beans, steamed then sautéed with garlic and topped with toasted almonds
  • green salad with spring radishes and goat cheese
  • rosemary & sweet potato rolls
  • cheesecake (or cheesecake variation), with lemon zest and a graham cracker+gingersnap crust, topped with strawberries and enjoyed with a glass of port

Saturday night we went for a light meal of sautéed white fish with lemon, butter and parsley, and a big bowl of kale salad.  We did ours with avocado, pine nuts and parmesan.   Super yummy and the perfect night-before-a-big-food-day dinner!

Over spring break, Isabel had an Italian project to do.  She had to research Italian foods and cook something from start to finish, all in Italian.  She made these sfogliatelle.  Yes, all from scratch, and with a little help from Alex.  Pretty darn amazing, actually!

Have a great week, everyone!  xo M.

Easter dinner and Italian pastries

Recovering from injuries

While Alex was recovering from shoulder surgery last weekend (which, by the way, turned out to be a HUGE tear, one of the three worst the surgeon said he has seen in his career, but hey, go big or go home, right?!), the girls and I had some fun drinking bloody Mary’s, shopping for toilet paper and picking up milk (and, hey while we’re here, let’s get some cheese and a baguette, and doesn’t steak and salad sound good for dinner?)….

Then, while I was nursing a back injury, I found I had some extra time to try those macarons again (this time with raspberry buttercream filling) and French breakfast muffins (because if you can’t run or work out in the morning, might as well make a hot breakfast, right?!) and some other treats (do you see the problem here?  time spent not working out should not equate to time spent baking goodies… you would think I forgot “bathing suit season” is just two short months away… oh wait, I forgot, I’d rather enjoy baking and eating than worry about “bathing suit season”…).

This week I have some new recipes worked into the menu:

Have a great week, everyone!   xo M.



Recovering from injuries

Dreaming of Cooking for one?

I realized this week I had about 2 dozen tabs open on my phone internet app, mostly cooking stuff and recipes to “save for later.”  I need to find a better system.  In the meantime, here are some of the keepers that I’m planning on making this week:

What would you do if you found yourself alone and cooking for one for a while?

Have a great week/end everyone!  xo M.



Dreaming of Cooking for one?