Easter Monday Greetings

Monday, April 1, 2013
Did everyone have a lovely Easter and/or weekend?

I have to admit, I'm in the midst of a particularly murky Monday. May be a bit hungover from copious amounts of jellybeans and chocolate consumed over the weekend. (Good-bye Lent, hullllloooooo chocolate!)

On a side note, if you almost single-handedly consume an entire bag of Starburst jellybeans in a single day, you will have some pretty strange dreams that night. (Think, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sort of dreams.) Not that I know from experience or anything. *cough* Anyone else indulge just a little too much in  the Easter sweets this weekend?

Once again, the Easter bunny was exceedingly good to me. Not only did he deliver a ton of chocolate, the flowers pictured above, and a beautiful apron (which I could have used when I splatter melted chocolate and butter all over my cashmere sweater while making a flourless chocolate cake on Saturday), he also brought a little companion (picture below on the right) for one of last year's Easter surprises.
For the holiday, my parents came up on Saturday afternoon and spent the night. We enjoyed the beautiful balmy weather on Saturday (50+ degrees! Sunshine! Mud!) by punting around the neighborhood and sitting on  the deck sans jackets. Yesterday morning, the weather had shifted a bit and it was cool enough for a two mile hike up to a nearby scenic overlook (where it was very, very breezy at the top) without spending the whole hike punching through melting snow. We came back for a midday meal of lamb tagine over couscous, a big salad, and chocolate cake. T'was another lovely Easter for the record books, but I have to admit that a 6+ day workweek followed by a holiday weekend was enough to take the wind right out of my sails. After my parents took off, I promptly fell asleep for over an hour. Hosting is hard work. ;)

I did rally to get the first of my seeds started. More on that later this week.

Say, wanna to win these mittens?

I'm giving away a pair on the Handmade MN blog. Click here to learn how to enter. Hint: if you follow this blog, or me on Twitter and Facebook, you've already earned yourself a few giveaway entries. I'd love to ship these off to a loyal blog reader, so don't be shy - step right up and enter!

Happy  Easter Monday and April Fools Day! May your pranks today be good-hearted and tricks pulled on you truly amusing! Side note: I really hate April Fools Day. As someone whose humor is heavily grounded in sarcasm, I've never found April Fools Day antics very funny, since they tend to hinge on ignorance. And I think we can all agree, ignorance is no laughing matter!


  1. Starburst jelly beans are quite possibly one of my most favorite things about Easter candy. They're so delicious.

  2. I understand, totally, the sugar OD.

    Also, loving this mittens, in my favorite color, too.

  3. Ada, sounds like ol' EB was very good to you. I can relate to the sugar hangover. For me, it's the Cadbury mini eggs that do me in every year.

    Love those mittens! Off to enter the giveaway.


  4. Sounds like you had a *sweet* holiday! Ours was stifling hot, but nice. I spent the day taking photos of a fancy hotel brunch. It was really fantastic and I was happy to try some of the delicacies!

    By the way-- great giveaway. Alas, I have no need for gloves (it doesn't drop below 70* here), but whoever wins is quite lucky!


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