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Easter? It was Easter?!?!

Ok, so I didn’t TOTALLY space out about the fact that it was Easter yesterday, but you would never have known it if you had come to the house!  Aside from a few bunnies perched on various ledges around the house, there was no indication that a holiday had arrived.  Normally DPF is decked out, but this year something else took precedence: my brother Colin’s birthday (as a side note, it was also my father’s birthday, but he lives in Wyoming, so we couldn’t exactly celebrate with him!).

Even though we didn’t celebrate Easter traditionally with baskets, candy and bunnies, Victor and Lorena did buy Ellie Graye an Easter dress – hoping that at least they could pretend to have celebrated the holiday.  When she saw the dress, however, she let out a shrill scream, contesting with a very strong, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! NO DRESSSSSSSSSSSS!”

Yovani tried to get it on her. Victor tried. Nana tried. Uncle Colin, Grandma, and Daddy tried – without success! During the attempt to sway her little 21-month-old mind, she made more than one trip running through the kitchen with just her panties (over her diaper) and t-shirt on. Wherever she went she was screaming the shrill, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” of a child who just isn’t going to give in!  I let her have that one!  Hmmm. I wonder if I have a tom-boy on my hands!  You’ll hear no complaints from me on that one! I do much better with that than with frilly stuff!

Yeah, no dresses for her.

This was the outfit she settled on...

Anyway, the birthday celebration was a blast, and most certainly a group effort.  Between Mom, Jake, Susie and me, everything went along smoothly and fun was had by all!

Luckily, I wasn’t the one who was head chef for dinner since Frank’s legs are still pretty bad, and I ended up having to not just clean the horses’ stalls, but search the pastures for wires, soak his legs, dress his wounds, and give him some much needed attention…

I returned to the house in time to prep the appetizers and start helping Jake in the kitchen. I cannot tell you how much fun Jake and I have cooking together.  We laugh, we argue, we critique the other’s technique, all while entertaining the inevitable group of people standing on the other side of our island.  It’s as if the kitchen was custom designed just for how we work and entertain.  The Gaylords (the previous owners) couldn’t have planned it better for us!

One round of observers

Our sous chef

I swear they weren't special mushrooms! 🙂

Ok, enough silliness….here’s some of the scrummy yummy goodness that came out of the kitchen:

Chocolate Cake painstakingly made by my Momma

The painstaking work of Granma Lene - Gorgeous, no?

Mom got a big kick out of putting trick candles on there! 🙂

Baked Brushetta with Asiago and Roasted Bell Peppers

Rosemary Marinated Cheeses (Mozzarella and Cotija)

White Bean Dip with Crackers and Veggies

Delicious Beef Tenderloin

Plated and ready to be devoured

"Come on, EVERYONE!!! DINNER is ON THE TABLE!!!!!"

I did like the table settings….I love reusing things in new ways.  The orange table cloth is an IKEA curtain, the placemats I made from Tea towels from the Dollar Store, and the napkin rings are actually just scrapbook paper that I cut and then taped into rings…aaah, so much fun!

See the flower arrangements from my last posting? I designed them around the table decor. They're low profile, simple, and colorful - PERFECT centerpieces!

MISC. PHOTOS FROM THE DAY

Happy Birthday, Bro

Crazy Carvey Kids

I love to laugh

Who's phone is that EG? "Bootsie's!!!!" Hee hee. Too funny

I'm trying to sell my drink tags to my family while Jake is doing...uh...who knows what

She loves helping me in the kitchen. Gosh, she has gotten so big!!!!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST….Peanut Butter

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One Comments to “Easter? It was Easter?!?!”

  1. Happy birthday to Colin! It looks like you all had a fantastic time. I thought of you the other day when I was buying some bento accessories (an expensive yet fun hobby of mine)- they have these great jeweled picks that I think you would love, especially for those great parties you throw! ~M

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