FYI: The Easter bunny is real. His name is Lil Omar and he lives at my house. He’s also the cutest bunny on the planet.
I cannot express to you how wonderful this past weekend was. My heart is full, and I feel so thankful for my life. I’m thankful for the sunshine, as it warmed my weary bones. I’m thankful for my family, and the time I got to spend with them (and my adorable little nieces in their Easter dresses!).
I’m thankful that the time for fasting is over, and that the feasting has begun.
I’m thankful for the Resurrection and the joy and hope that it brings.
Since I’m feeling particularly joyful (and since Instagram finally became available for Android phones), I thought I’d share with you a few images and thoughts from the weekend.
1. I’m (kind of) world famous. I was interviewed about my favorite Portland places for AFISHA-FOOD magazine in Russia. If you happen to be literate in Russian, you can read what I wrote about my favorite spots (which happen to be The Albina Press, Ned Ludd, and Rum Club).
2. I got a new MacBook Pro! Nich & I have been sharing a laptop for a while now — and while I love my husband very much — it was time for me to get a new computer. My very own computer. It is so awesome.
3. I made these beet pickled deviled eggs with fennel. OMG. Not only are they the prettiest deviled eggs you’ll ever see, but they taste phenomenal. (Minor failure on my part: I totally forgot to bring my deviled egg platter, so I had to display these beauties on a normal plate.)
4. I made Nettle Spanakopita as a side dish for Easter dinner (I thought it would pair well with roast leg of lamb). I think my family was entirely confused by this culinary choice (my brother-in-law kept referring to it as ‘Spankopedia‘). To their credit, I understand that the thought of eating stinging nettles is somewhat frightening. Thankfully, the nettles lose their sting once they are cooked, and they make a great substitution for spinach in this traditional Greek dish. I’d never cooked with either nettles or filo dough before, and so I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out well. Even the skeptical family members seemed to enjoy it. :)
5. Last, but certainly not least, my sister made a purple ombre coconut cake. When I asked her why she chose to make a purple ombre coconut cake, she replied with: “I wanted to make the most Pinterest-y cake in the world. For Jesus, of course.”
And that about sums it up.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter/Passover/Weekend.