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Easter Weekend 2013

We have had a lovely weekend!  The weather has been nice – lots of sun, no longer bitterly cold!

Our Aunt & Uncle (A&U) came for a visit…we had so much fun together.

Thursday evening we went out for dinner – I worked all day and A&U had a long drive to get here.  We went to Portabella’s in Picton.  It was a great dinner with great service!  Afterward, we came back home and chatted and caught up on all the news into the wee hours of the night.

Friday morning I woke up and decided to make Hot Crossed Buns, from scratch.  I love to bake and it is so nice to bake for other people.  I had read the recipe and it didn’t seem too difficult.  Well, it wasn’t, just a bit time-consuming waiting for the dough to rise between the various steps.  They were delicious and well worth the wait, time and effort….and the house smelled sooooo good!

It looks perfect...and you can already smell them!
It looks perfect…and you can already smell them!
Currants and peel added; second rising before baking!
Currants and peel added; second rising before baking!

They were so good, we all just dug in and ate them before any photos were taken.  The recipe is from “The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book”.

Now that breakfast was finished and the kitchen was clean and tidy again…I started my second baking project – Almond Cake, for our Easter dinner dessert.  The recipe is from the Epicurious website. It was really simple and extremely yummy…

Here it is fresh out of the oven
Here it is fresh out of the oven
Ready to serve, with a little decoration!
Ready to serve, with a little decoration!

We had a wonderful dinner of baked ham, Dauphinoise potatoes (with lots of garlic) and maple syrup & grainy mustard glazed carrots and this wonderful dessert.  Really, when finished, we could hardly move….

After a yummy breakfast on Saturday morning, we went into town and checked out what is new for spring at our favourite stores and then for a bit of a walk to work off all that dinner.  The sun came out and it was really nice out.  There were lots of people out on the street…it is so nice not to have to bundle up against the cold finally.

Saturday’s dinner was A&U’s request of one of our house specialties, Lemon Garlic Pasta, recipe listed below.  I love this dish, it is fast, simple and simply delicious!  While I made the dinner, hubby made a fantastic tossed salad…and we enjoyed some great “county” wine.  (Mouton Noir from Sandbanks Winery).

A lovely table
A lovely table

Lemon Garlic Pasta

  • 1/2 lb spaghetti
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, to taste

Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until done, drain and return to the hot pot.  Mince the garlic.  In a small pan, heat the oil & butter.  Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Toss the garlic oil, parsley, lemon zest & juice, salt & pepper with the pasts.  Taste for seasoning and adjust to your taste.  Serve with plenty of freshly grated parmesan cheese.  (Note:  this can be made earlier in the day and served at room temperature for a nice light appetizer)  (Note 2:  it is also nice with some added bacon, or sautéed mushrooms or even some grilled chicken or shrimp)

Another great evening of chatting and movie watching and off to bed.

Our Aunt & Uncle left today after breakfast…we were sad to see them go. It was a great weekend – lots of fun, lots of food, lots of laughter – and really, isn’t that some of the BEST things in life?

I didn’t sew – I didn’t take many pictures – but had one of the best weekends!

Until next time, we all hope you had a Happy Easter weekend!

Connie 🙂


I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

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