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Eating News

I’ve been meaning to do an update on the whole calorie counting thing, and the six week nutritional habits program Evan and I have been doing with Gillian. I can’t believe we’re already on week four and I gotta say, I am noticing some pretty great changes. I have now lost 10lbs since Christmas. YAS QUEEN!

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So, I am pretty happy about that. My clothes are fitting a lot better and I feel more confident in them.

It has not been all or nothing and I am not being super restrictive. I do not feel at all deprived. I’m still eating the world about once a week, but other than that I am prepping all my own food (with Evan’s help obviously). I am running about three times a week for about 45 minutes (doing the 10k runner program –more on this later!), walking nearly every day at lunch, following Gillian’s nutritional habits, and I am still tracking everything in MyFitnessPal. And in MyFitnessPal I’m actually looking at my macros (protein, fat and carbs) as well as calories, mainly because of Gillian’s habits plan, which I have never really done before. These little habits are all adding up and I’m starting to see results and it’s exciting and motivating!

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The habits are similar to a IIFYM (if it fits your macros) type of plan, so a lot of this may be common knowledge to you. I’m a n00b though so bear with me.

When I last left off, we were on our first habit: try to eat 30-40g of protein each meal. I have been really focusing on that and am successful for most of my meals.

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Our next habit was to concentrate on eating a minimum 15g of (healthy) fat at each meal (as well as keeping the protein habit), so eating foods like avocado, cheese, nuts and seeds (or nut and seed butter), olive or coconut oil, higher fat dairy, and higher fat fish and meats. The 15g is the recommended amount for optimal health and to keep you full between meals.

This habit came up in the week of Winnie and I was definitely not perfect with the healthy fats. I fell off the bandwagon a bit eating-wise and I also did not go to the gym at all this week.

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It was also my birthday week so there was a lot of extra fat in the form of cake. It wasn’t ideal, but it was what it was.

The fat though is interesting, because before I started looking at this I found that I was either not eating enough fat (like chicken breast and vegetables and rice for example — no fat there), or way too much fat (like if I had a cupcake). Taking out the low fat dairy and switching to higher fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese has helped me. And now if I have a salad for lunch, for example, I will add olive oil dressing, sunflower seeds, and some goat cheese until I hit at least 15g. If I have leftovers from dinner for lunch that don’t include much fat (for example, lentils and rice), I will add half an avocado.

The third week’s habit was to just be mindful of carbs.

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Gillian is really about not labeling certain foods as “bad” which I appreciate, but basically the habit is to just be mindful of how many grams of carbohydrates we are eating. The recommendation is that we consume a moderate amount of carbs and that we get most of them from non-starchy fruits and vegetables, so therefore the flowering parts of plants (lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes) and non-processed foods.

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The reasoning behind this is non-starchy foods are packed with nutrients but low in calories, so they provide us with the fuel we need and satisfy our appetite because we can consume more while losing weight or maintaining weight (uh, that’s basically a quote from Gillian, I wouldn’t know what I was talking about without her).

I needed some help here because we tend to eat a lot of starchy carbs. This habit is forcing me to eat my protein and fat first, and if I’m not full, then I can carb it up. I’m not super strict on the carb thing and I’m still eating starchy carbs like rice and sweet potato, but I am eating less of them and I’m cutting down on my bread consumption significantly. It’s forcing me to be more mindful for sure.

Because of the new habits I have switched my morning oatmeal (super carby and I was starting to get sick of it anyway) to two hard boiled eggs (with Franks) and then a sliced banana mixed with a handful of nuts and coconut chips (or ribbons as mine are called), or sometimes Greek yogurt. Still keeps me full all morning, it meets my protein and fat needs, and I’m being carb conscious. Wins all around.

It’s a lot to think about honestly, so I’m still getting the hang of it. I still usually eat a Girl Guide cookie after lunch, and as I said I am going out to eat the world about once a week and I will eat pretty much anything on the menu. But I think I am following the 80/20 healthy/non-healthy ratio right now, which has not been a habit for me for a long while.

This week’s habit is shaping our kitchen environment. This one has been a biggie for us because if we happen to have junk food around it is typically easily accessible (like if we have chips they might be out on the counter) and then we’ll see them all the time and want to eat them. And if we had vegetables sitting in an opaque container in the fridge or down in the crisper we might forget they’re there and not eat them, but if they’re handy maybe we will! So I am being conscious of this and I have also cleaned out my snack drawer at work because if snacks are within my reach I will snack all day long. Just because they’re there.

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But if I have to go downstairs to the cafe to get a snack, I am less likely to make that trek because chances are my laziness will win.

One other habit that I have imposed upon myself is to make sure I pack a lunch every day that I look forward to eating. If I don’t take a good lunch that I’m excited about, I feel sad all day and like I have nothing to look forward to. And then I might go out and get something trashy instead.

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So I try to make sure my lunches are healthy and fit my protein/fat macros, but still something that I really want to eat.

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That’s how I look when I’m eating my salad (which I am genuinely excited about because it has the dressing and goat cheese in it).

So I guess that’s all. I’m trying to eat more consciously and I’m running a bit and things seem to be improving in the svelteness department, so, hurrah.

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Easter Eating

Oh, eating holidays are the best holidays. Stretchy pants 4ever.

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I went for a run outside on Good Friday since it was actually decent out (and the good weather is not lasting quite yet) before heading to my dad and Mona’s with Evan to kick off our weekend of eating. Mona makes a very, very good ham.

Those two retired coconuts have been living the dream in Florida since Christmas and missed my birthday in early March, so they brought out the big guns for a late celebration.

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Nothing like a chocolate banana cake. Mona knows the way to my heart. The inside of that thing was perfect.

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Just perfect.

Tweety enjoyed watching us eat from his perch in his box.

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That cat is gigantic. Like four times the size of Winnie. He’s basically a lion.

Evan made a big breakfast on Saturday morning, and his breakfast included chips!

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He sliced potatoes and then fried them in a little pot of olive oil, just like he said his grandpa used to make for him. He even used the pot that his grandpa brought here from Slovenia, because he says it is the pot that makes the chips. I’ll have to take his word for it because they were amazing. They were a good addition to breakfast.

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He also made those beans. I enjoy Evan’s cooking, I have mentioned this, yes?

In the late morning we hit the road to Belleville to visit with Evan’s mom and nana. It’s a bit of a hike and it was past lunchtime by the time we arrived and I was getting hungry again. Evan made a quick detour to Nova Deli before my hunger monster could make an appearance (he knows me very well). Nova Deli is a little restaurant he used to frequent in high school, for a maritime donair.

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It brought back all the memories for Evan. It is a cute little shop with about six tables and quite an interesting menu. I saw onion rings poutine on there! But I stuck with Evan’s recommendation and got a small donair.

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Small, but it was pretty large. I have never tried a donair before. Actually, I didn’t even know what a donair was. It is like a gyro pita with onions, lettuce, tomato, cheese and hot peppers (optional, but I like) and the most amazing secret sauce. The sauce is what made it and I don’t even think I can describe it. It was surprisingly sweet and just added to the other flavours. I was a big fan of the donair. I will be eating that again sometime.

Since we had curry not too long ago at Evan’s nana’s, we decided we shouldn’t make her slave in front of the stove for a day leading up to our visit. Instead we took Evan’s mom and nana out for dinner. We did some googling and decided on Quinte Restaurant. They serve a ton of stuff but their specialties seem to be Greek and Italian. I was in a Greek sort of mood.

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And when I am in a Greek sort of mood, I can not resist souvlaki with potatoes and Greek salad. I got the chicken souvlaki combo with pastichio, which is oven baked macaroni noodles with meat sauce and bechamel sauce. It’s at the top and looks like mashed potatoes. I discovered that bechamel sauce is not for me. I could have done without the pastichio, but everything else was delicious. My only complaint about the restaurant was that they were out of saganaki! I really wanted flaming sheep’s cheese! I was excited to introduce Evan’s mom and nana to it as well. Oh well, next time.

We had a fun sleepover at Evan’s nana’s. Those ladies are a good time.

On Sunday we had breakfast at nana’s and then headed to Evan’s dad and Loulou’s for Easter lupper. Brotherman and Kelly arrived in the evening the day before as they had a prior Easter engagement on Saturday, so they were along for the ride as well. I was excited for more eating. And my animal friends. Specifically Sasha.

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She really is the happiest dog.

And my favourite pal Zeke.

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I like that he immediately trots over when he sees me coming.

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Such a beautiful donkey.

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There have been some new bird additions over there, and some of them have pretty interesting hairstyles going on…

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That bird on the left in particular. I am not sure what is going on with his hair there but it reminded me of Devon Sawa circa Casper and Now and Then. Or maybe one of the Stooges (the fourth Stooge, what’s his name…Shemp?). Anyway, that bird was entertaining. We actually almost came home with a bird, but in the end I didn’t think it would be a good idea for Winnie. I see her with the pigeons that come to the balcony sometimes and there is no way she would be able to leave a bird alone. She would sit by the bird and make her guttural “I want to eat you” meowing and drool. I already have enough of a time trying to keep her from eating the plants.

Okay, back to eating. We had quite the delicious Easter dinner.

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Pork, sauerkraut, roasted veggies, quinoa with black beans and corn, and bulgar and quinoa. I loved it all.

And mini eggs for dessert!

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Just kidding, those are finch eggs. I legit thought they were Mini Eggs though and I almost ate one. And then we cracked one open and it was literally just a mini egg. Like a regular chicken egg but with the teeniest little yolk.

It was a good Easter with this guy and our fam’s!

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Although I missed my mom (and her cooking) and Eric, as I always do around the holidays.

Oh, also found this gem in my travels…

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What a little muffin.

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Eating Adventures at the Calgary Stampede

Last post about my vacation and then I will shut up about it, I promise.

I need to talk about the food at the Calgary Stampede, because whoa. I am still undoing that damage. The Stampede is really a lot like the Toronto Exhibition, only with cowboys and rodeos. In the food department it is very similar in that it is one of those “let’s see how crazy we can get” type of deals. Like cronut burgers and such.

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Who doesn’t want a hand dipped double bacon corn dog? I actually did have a hand dipped jalapeno cheese corn dog and honestly I ripped all the corn off and just ate the dog, so I am not sure what that says about me. Probably it says I was inebriated because that happened late Saturday night.

There was food EVERYWHERE. Everywhere you looked. All the food. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder, along came pizza on a stick. And chips on a stick.

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Those Wiggle Chips were GOOD though, they were Evan’s dream!

And deep fried Philly cheesesteak (I almost wrote chilly pheesesteak)…

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And all of the items on this list:

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Why did I not get the chocolate covered bacon?! WHY?!

And then there was all your typical carnival/fair type fare as well:

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There were a lot of different kinds of foods, and sadly I can’t eat everything, so I had to choose wisely. Here are the things I remember eating:

Pulled pork from the 3 B’s, which was delicious.

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I love a good pulled pork from a legit barbecue joint. I could have gone for more sauce on there, but that’s alright. You can’t have everything.

Taco in a bag!

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Which is crushed Doritos topped with all the taco fixins (ground beef, cheese, lettuce tomato, salsa, sour cream). That actually may have been one of the greatest things I’ve ever eaten. I never wanted that goody bag to end.

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Deep fried cheddar cheese…

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Which was also amazing. Just a crispy nugget of melty cheddar. Love.

Deep fried avocado…

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And I would say deep fried avocado is not as good as it sounds, but I don’t even know if it sounds good… We should have stuck to the deep fried pickles ’cause I KNOW that is goodness right there.

And of course…

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Yep and yep. Deep fried Oeros…

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And deep fried Pop Tarts.

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The Pop Tarts were surprisingly good. The taste was pretty much bang-on deep fried Pop Tart. If I didn’t know beforehand what I was eating, I would have been able to guess it. HOWEVER, they did have a weird kind of sogginess to them that I didn’t really enjoy. Not sure what was up with that.

The deep fried Oreos were obviously dynamite. You can’t go wrong there.

All the deep fried things reminded me of when I used to work at Dairy Queen in high school and we would experiment with the deep fryer and try to fry everything. Like processed cheese. And cones. And the ice cream itself (deep fried cone with ice cream is SO good). And one time someone accidentally dropped a drive thru headset in the deep fryer. It actually still worked afterwards, but it was greasy forever after.

Anyway. I washed all the amazingness down with sweet, sweet lemonade.

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And beer.

Good times. And you know what, I didn’t even gain any weight while we were away because we walked so much. So that is a win. Though, every time I go on vacation I seem to gain 10 pounds the second I’m off the plane somewhere new…and somehow when I’m home again I’m back to normal. Weird, right?

Have a great weekend! EAT LOTS!!!!

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Eat All the Food and Drink All the Wine

On Monday evening I was invited to Milestones Empress Walk in Toronto for “an exclusive evening of culinary creations prepared by Milestones’ Executive Chef Jason Rosso.” According to the email I received, Milestones would be serving a six-course tasting menu inspired by their upcoming Summer Chef Menu, and each course was going to be accompanied by a selection of Constellation Brands’ finest wines.

I’m sure you can guess what I said to that invitation. Food + wine? Yes and yes, count me in. I roped my beautiful friend Dawn into joining me for the evening (she didn’t need a lot of convincing).

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I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a Milestones. It’s been years for sure. And I didn’t even know what was on their menu, to be honest, so I was excited for some exclusive tasting action.

I was immediately impressed with how professional this event was. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the Chief Operating Officer of Milestones, Montana’s, and Kelsey’s, Mark Findlay, and also Dave Grant, Strategic Account Manager at Constellation Brands (producers of wine. Wiiiine). Usually when I am invited to events like this it is run by a PR company, so I mainly interact with them. There may be a representative from the actual company in attendance, but the COO? Well now, that is just impressive. Everyone was very nice, and they seemed to enjoy talking with us and asked us lots of questions.

All was going well until one of them asked me what my favourite restaurant was.

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I just didn’t know what to say. As I love food so much (I don’t want to call myself a “foodie”), I wanted to seem worldly and cultured and say a trendy place that was well-known without being too popular, you know? But all I could think was chain restaurants, and I didn’t want to name one.

And this was interesting, because one of the reasons for this evening of food was to change our opinion of chain restaurants. There is definitely a bit of a stigma surrounding them, that they may not be as good as independent restaurants. I have been noticing this a lot more lately. When I lived in the suburbs I used to eat at chains all the time, and all my friends did also. But now that I am in the city I am starting to become a little bit of a restaurant snob, and I am not sure why this is happening. Maybe because there are many independent restaurants located close to me? I don’t know.

Anyway, upon our arrival we were immediately set up with two  of Milestones’ new cocktails.

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I can’t remember either of their names, but that raspberry one on the left was amazing. Definitely my favourite. The cucumber martini on the right was good also, but Dawnald and I agreed that it was just a little too sweet.

There were also some pretty great appetizers floating around.

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Mozzarella Cheese Balls

There are few things in life I enjoy more than a good cheese ball, and those did not disappoint. Dawn and I both ate four of them.

And then we were all ushered upstairs for dinner.

I originally expected to be sitting with only Dawn and enjoying a romantic dinner for two, but this was not the case. There were about 20 people in attendance, and we all sat together at one long table. Just an intimate dinner with people who are way more important than me. No big deal. I am really not sure how I got invited to this event (wait, yes I am, ahem Stephanie Fusco, you cheeky minx), because I certainly am not that important.

Dawn and I were sitting with a handful of chefs. Real chefs, who actually cook for a living. I am in serious awe of them. Like Rossy Earle, who coincidentally is the chef at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, which I visited in January. We talked about how hilarious Prince Charmin is. And Joshna Maharaj, who is probably the biggest celebrity chef I’ve ever met.

Someone asked me if I was a chef.

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No no friends. I just like to eat. I could never be a chef, because you’re never home for dinner! That is very important to me.

So let’s talk about the Milestones Summer Chef’s Menu samples.

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Extensive, and amazing sounding. But the funniest thing about this photo is my place card, Lindsey Evanhoff. That is not my name. It’s just Evanoff. No H. But this was exceptionally funny to me because at my previous job one of my coworkers thought my last name was spelled “Evanhoff” for four months. When she called me that in emails I thought she was joking, until she wrote “Evanhoff” on my birthday card and I realized she really thought that was my last name.

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Just Evanoff. But I do understand how it could be confused, so no worries.

Anyway, moving along. Check out this food. It was AMAZING.

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Crispy quinoa shrimp with chimmi churri aioli and vegetable slaw

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Panko blue crab cakes with fennel and arugula salad

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Spicy Thai basil stir fry

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Grilled Japanese tuna Tutaki with asparagus and fennel slaw

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“Surf and turf” – grilled flat iron and lobster fricassee

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Avocado and lime tart

Six courses in total. I really need to say that everything was fantastic. Everything. Honestly. Best meal I have had in a long time. I cleaned every single plate and it was so good I probably could have eaten more, even though I was dying of fullness. I truly would order any one of those dishes, and they were all even better than I was expecting. Chef Rosso and friends do not mess around.

My favourites were probably the stir fry, because it tasted like curry, and the tuna Tutaki. Sweet baby cheeses and all things holy and delicious, that tuna… Dawn was studying the menu before everything came out and she mentioned to me she probably wasn’t going to be a fan of the tuna, and then it ended up being her favourite. It was so good.

Also surprisingly good was the avocado and lime tart. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about that but I loved it. It tasted like a lime meringue pie to me.

Dawn and I were so impressed with everything that obviously we had to pay our compliments to the chef.

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Excellent job Chef Rosso. If you would like to move in with me and be my personal chef I would be very okay with that. I think I could eat that stir fry every day of my life. But I’ll allow you to cook me new things also. I’m not picky.

Oh, and the wine! I can’t forget to mention the wine. There was so much of it!

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I can’t remember all the selections, but each dish was perfectly paired with a glass of wine ranging from pinot grigio, to pinot noir, to sparkling wine, to ice wine. I am not a huge wine connoisseur, but I do love it. They all tasted great to me, though red is always my favourite.

I eventually arrived home after our night of gourmet eating and face-planted onto my bed, unbelievably full and a little bit drunk. Milestones, I don’t know what I thought of you before, but I’ll tell you what I think of you now. You are delicious. I like you, and I like you a lot. I am coming back and I am eating all the things and I am telling all my friends. Thank you so much for having me! You have definitely changed my opinion of chains in general.

In other news, though kind of related, the subway stop where this Milestones is located is THE subway stop where Dawn and I had our unfortunate accident 15 years ago. Perhaps you will recognize these doors. They are the ones we got stuck in.

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I drew them, though my memory was off slightly.

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Ah, memories. If you don’t know that story you can read it here.

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It’s A Good Eatin’ Friday

I hope everyone is enjoying their Good Friday and is eating lots!  I definitely did.  I am still full from lunch.  But let’s back up…

This morning I awoke and got straight to baking!  I had picked up Easter cookie-cutters a little while ago with the idea of turning my Nana’s shortbread Christmas cookies into Easter style cookies.

Christmas Cookies

Ando pointed out that the Christmas cookies might not be as special if I started making them for any old occasion…but it’s Easter, it’s a big occasion!  And they are the best cookies I have ever tasted, so any excuse for cookies I say.

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These cookies involve kind of a long and annoying process (so worth it though), so I will post the recipe on here sometime this weekend, but my cookies did turn out pretty good.  I ate so much icing when I was making them (which is basically like eating butter, only tastes better), and I was starting to feel kind of sick, so I thought I’d counteract with a decent breakfast.

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Vanilla Greek yogurt topped with raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds, and Gerber Graduates apple cinnamon puffs (which is a cereal for toddlers…but I like it ;)).  I was able to overcome my sugar coma, and I was ready to take on some serious Easter eating.

Andreezy, Taylor and I headed up to Ando’s parents around 11:30 for a late Easter lunch.

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Android’s mom had set a beautiful table for everyone…

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And his grandma added some treats (her specialty)…

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We hung out and chatted for a while, and listened to the kids talk about their Easter egg hunt adventures and big wagon ride that morning.

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(Our nephew’s pretty cute too, but he won’t sit still long enough for a picture!  Caitlyn, on the other hand, is a total camera ham.  Kinda like her Auntie Lindsey…)

Once everyone arrived it was time for lunch!

The Spread

It’s hard to see everything in the above photo, but the spread included ham, bacon, pancakes, french toast casserole, egg and salsa wraps (which I now have the recipe for!  I’ll post that up later), broccoli and chicken frittata, hashbrowns, and eggs in a basket.  A LOT of food.

I snagged a bit of everything.

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The highlights for me were the egg and salsa wraps (I saved that for last ;)), the chicken and broccoli frittata, and the ham, but everything was delicious!

Notice the little watermelon place tag?  Taylor and I made those for everyone about three years ago, and they’re still around!  We made one for every holiday.

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For dessert I had one of my cookies, and a few of my very favourite chocolate eggs.  I was stuffed.  Could barely move.  It’s almost 7 and I am just starting to get hungry for dinner now (and that plate is looking pretty darn good right now…)

Yay for Easter!

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Taylor got a pretty sweet Easter present too…

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After lunch I played around with the kids, which means I sat on the floor and let them jump on me.  It was almost a physical activity, so I’m debating putting it in my workout log… 😉  Always a fun time.

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Good times all around!

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I’m off to get ready, as Ando and I are hitting up a friend’s birthday party this evening.

What are your plans for Easter?!

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