Happy Easter Monday/April Fools day!
1. Is Easter Monday actually a holiday? I know elementary/high schools get the day off and banks are closed, but pretty much everyone else is back at work/school, right?
2. April Fools’ Day scares me a little. I’m terrible at pulling pranks, so I just try to hide and hope that no one tries anything.
But long weekends are pretty marvelous, no? I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Mondays, but I figure it’s better to look at the positive side.
Yup, I’m jumping on the lovely Katie’s MIMM bandwagon. I’ll save Friday for later, but I will show you some fun Saturday/Sunday things!
You know what’s marvelous? Easter chocolate.
This is why my chocolate stash will never die. As soon as I’m running low, people give me more Between Eric and I, there’s four chocolate bunnies, a chocolate rose, and a box of cereal.
My mom told me that when she saw this at the store, she had to pick up a box for me because she loved the name so much. I’ve fallen out of cereal love lately (those eggy oats have my heart right now), but this is one way to return me to my cereal loving roots. Loooove this stuff.
She also managed to find me a chocolate bunny with sprinkles in him. Seems pretty appropriate.
Chocolate bunnies in a cage. That is some good presentation, at least.
It’s pretty marvelous to have a mom-cooked Saturday breakfast!
Eggs, bacon and rye toast – one piece with butter, one with honey. I love rye bread, but I never think to buy it!
A yummy Easter dinner is marvelous:
Saturday dinner with Eric’s family: an appetizer of little veggie roll sushi things (how’s that for a description?), a full turkey dinner, and Black Forest Cake for dessert. I’m pretty sure the last time I remember eating black forest cake was about 6 years ago, but that stuff is good. Chocolate, cherries and a ton of whipped cream. Amazing.
And something that is EXTREMELY marvelous:
Blogger meet ups!
Devon was in town visiting a friend for the weekend, so of course, we made plans to meet up. I’ve been talking to Devon for a while and she’s such an awesome girl, so I was thrilled we could meet up.
When we were trying to figure out where to go for lunch, I suggested Indian – it’s been a while since I’d had it, and she’s pretty much an expert on the stuff We went to The Raja in downtown London for their Sunday lunch buffet.
I think buffets have to be my favourite approach for Indian food…there’s so many different options that I like having the opportunity to try a bunch of different dishes.
so we’ve got:
- some sort of salad/salsa stuff (I’m doing really well on the food descriptions today, aren’t I?)
- tandoori chicken (always one of my favourites)
- channa masala (chickpeas)
- sag aloo (spinach and potatoes)
- an onion bhajee
- some sort of okra dish (the first time I’ve ever eaten okra, actually. Might be picking it up again, I liked it!)
- mystery chicken (it wasn’t labeled. It was good though)
- basmati rice
When it (finally) came around, the naan bread.
I always judge an Indian restaurant based on their naan bread. My ideal naan bread is buttered but not too greasy, and stable enough that you can use it as a proper scoop. The Raja passed
Fresh fruit and a gulab jamun (which are basically little fried, syrupy dough balls of delicousness)
So basically, lunch was awesome, but the company was even better! Devon and I just talked for hours about everything from blogging to travel. We have a ton in common, right down to the matching nose rings We were probably getting a bit of a stink-eye from the staff, we lingered for so long!
Fortunately for me, she’s only about an hour away so I will be making the trip up to see her again soon.
Being the awesome person that she is, she also gifted me some PureFit bars.
She recommended them on her blog a while back, but I haven’t been able to find them anywhere in my area. They look awesome – anything that’s supposed to taste like cookie dough is good in my book.
Thanks for the bars, and for an awesome lunch Devon!
I just need to take a moment to gush about how fortunate I feel that blogging has lead me to some amazing individuals that I would not have had the chance to meet (or ‘meet’) otherwise. There are some wonderful people in this community, and I’m so happy that I get to talk to you guys regularly and consider you my friends!
Oh goodness, the marvelous-ness. Have a great Monday!
<— Are there any cuisines you love but find too intimidating to cook? I love Indian food, but I’m afraid to actually attempt it from scratch. Same story with sushi!
<— Tell me something marvelous about your weekend!