Monday, April 6, 2015

Lots of Catching Up to Do!

Wow, it was March 20 the last time I wrote!

Right after that last post, I was hit by a horrible sinus/upper respiratory infection that knocked me off my feet. It was just awful. I didn't even have the strength to shower for 2 days.

Luckily I was all better in time for my hubby's 40th birthday. He didn't want a party so the kiddos and I surprised him with a super fancy dinner when he got home from work, and then sent him off for a one hour massage. That was one happy man.

If you've followed me for a while, you know the hubs is a super healthy eater. He's into all natural, nothing fried, no chemicals, etc. So, it was my mission to make a dinner that we would all enjoy and would pass the husband health test.
I am happy to report, I succeeded! It was fantastic. I even had to take a picture of my plate because it looked so good.

It was broiled salmon and a new quinoa dish I tried and loved. Don't let the portion on this plate fool you, I definitely went back for more salmon and more asparagus!
Here's the recipe for the quinoa. I skipped the jalapeno and cilantro since we don't really like either of those flavors.

Giving up meat for Lent has forced me out of my comfort zone in the kitchen. I didn't want to just put pasta on the table every day and call it vegetarian. I made lots of new dishes and nobody really missed the meat. In fact, now that Lent is over, I haven't felt the urge to go out and buy meat. I wonder if I'll feel sick eating it now after 40+ days without it.

Yesterday was Eater and we hosted some friends at our house. I instinctively made an all vegetarian meal, not even thinking about the fact that I could have meat since it was Easter. Everything turned out great, especially the egg dish. There were no left overs, and we were wishing there were.
Here's my little dessert tower which the kids loved.

Those little balls on top are called Carrot Cake Bites and I found them on some raw/vegan website. I don't have the recipe here but they were made of carrot, dates, raisins, orange zest and almonds, then rolled in coconut. I just had some of the left overs for breakfast! They were awesome, and not too sweet.
The birds nests were mostly for the kids. I thought they were cute.

The weather here has been great so we had an egg hunt outside. We have a HUGE yard, so there was a lot of running around to burn off the breakfast and sugar.

Oh, speaking of sugar. You know I also gave up sugar for Lent. I made it all the way to Good Friday, and then I caved. I was putting together Easter baskets for the kiddos and without thinking, tossed a few jelly beans in my  mouth. Well, you know what happened next. I had a few more, then a few more. Then you know what I did? I threw out the rest of the bag. I had put just enough in the baskets for the kids, and really didn't need or want the left overs in the house, so in the trash they went.
I noticed after 40 days of not sugar, that my right eye almost immediately went blurry. Wow. Weird and scary all at the same time.

After all our friends left, and we all took a short nap, we went for a family walk. It's funny to hear from our friends on the east coast about how much snow they have because it's definitely spring here. It's cold in the mornings but warms up nicely during the day.

I got up early today and went for a good brisk walk and got to see the sunrise, which is my favorite part of the day. I even got to see a beautiful cardinal, and he was singing his morning song.

So, we've had some wonderful family and friend celebrations over the past month. We're all healthy and happy, and grateful. Things are not about to wind down any time soon since the in-laws are on their way to visit and will be here for 5 days while we celebrate my little one's birthday.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and are enjoying some spring weather where you are.
Happy Monday!


Sarah Kopf said...

Those carrot cake bites look delish!

I currently have the awful sinus/upper respiratory infection. Started yesterday midday. I'm miserable. So glad you're back on your feet!


Beth Ann said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. That dish looks straight from the Food Network. Well done!!

Jody V said...

Sounds wonderful! I enjoy your posts.

#fatfreefloozy said...

You are so creative - the little dessert tray looks gorgeous!