Hoppy Easter!

My little Easter Bunny had a GREAT weekend! 😀 The zoo and then Easter! We dyed easter eggs Saturday night. It was the first time for Logan.

Sunday morning Michael and I got up early and hid eggs around the house and then got Logan dressed and told him to find the eggs! He was so excited! It was cute to watch.

He found all his eggs and then found his basket. A friend gave me an Easter book that I put in his basket. He had a chocolate bunny, a new matchbook car, a small Elmo, a matching game, and a car from the movie “Cars.”

Seeing the joy on his face was fantastic. <3 He had candy before breakfast, of course. 😀 And played with his new toys. I went to the gym and then we went to Michael’s mom’s house for lunch. There were more eggs to find there!

She made her usual Easter fare: a cheese and potato casserole (which is good but I skipped because it’s not on the diet), and a crab and egg casserole that is sort of on the diet so I ate that. Plus she made a ham and had fruit salad (I had the strawberries from the salad), scones (I skipped those) and deviled eggs. Michael’s sister makes the deviled eggs and they are always great!

So except for some of the candy I swiped from Logan (ooops), I was on the keto diet for Easter.

For dinner, I made a Cuban Picadillo. Awhile ago I tried the Skinny Taste version and I liked it but found it a little bit on the plain side. So I looked for a different recipe to try. I used this recipe.

Verdict: DELICIOUS! I liked it a lot better than SkinnyTaste’s version. It had a lot more flavor.

So here’s the part where I talk about where I altered the recipe. 😉 Only because I started cooking and realized I didn’t have everything I needed! I didn’t have a green pepper so I used red. I used 80% beef instead of 90% (keto). I used red onion because I happened to be out of all other onions! I always have tons of onions, I don’t know what happened.

Anyways, the dinner was excellent. Topped with fresh cilantro, avocado and sour cream.

I would definitely make this version of the recipe again. I thought next time it needed it hint of lime. So I’ll add lime juice. Other than that, it was excellent! Would make again for sure!

Friends, Bunnies and Brunch

We had a nice weekend! Hope you guys did, too. On Saturday I went to the gym (and did lower body hardcore–ouch) and then Michael and I had a double date with some friends we’ve been trying to go out with for awhile.

One of Logan’s teachers from his old daycare (his favorite teacher) came over to babysit. She’s awesome. And another teacher from his old daycare heard she was babysitting and wanted to come, too. She’d missed Logan and wanted to see him. So we got two babysitters for the price of one!

Our friends came over and brought their almost 2 year old daughter (Logan’s BFF) and Michael made his famous mac n’ cheese for the babysitters and kiddos (and the kids actually ate it and liked it!) and we headed to Allium for dinner.

It was still happy hour when we arrived, so that was nice! We got a nice, quiet table for four in the bar area and ordered happy hour for dinner.

I got the French Onion Soup, which was really delicious and rich in beef flavor. It was really excellent.

I had a glass of the happy hour house white, a Pinot Grigio.

I also had the Brussels sprouts with pancetta and the Mussels in a white sauce. All of the food was really delicious and filling, even though it was happy hour sizes. Our friends had dietary restrictions (one was gluten-free and the other a vegetarian) and it was nice that the restaurant had stuff on the menu to accommodate both.

Michael got the burger and duck fat fries. Then for dessert Michael and I shared the cinnamon sugar donuts (they were SO good)!

We all had a great time out and it was nice to make a “new” couple friend, especially one that has a kiddo close to Logan’s age. We got back to our house and discovered the babysitters had done art projects with the kids! How cute is that??

We have the best babysitters. 😀

On Sunday we all slept in. I was going to get up super early to go swimming before the day got started, but…when Logan sleeps in until almost 8am you have to take advantage of that!! We all had a small snack and then Logan went on an Easter egg hunt in the house. 😀

After that we headed to Michael’s mom’s house for Easter Brunch. She always makes the best food. One Bloody Mary for me! And Logan LOVED Deviled Eggs this year.

Ham, potato and cheese casserole, her famous egg and crab casserole, fruit and a strudel thing (so good). Logan ate a bunch, so that was good. Sometimes he can be super picky.

Grandma hid some easter eggs around the house for Logan to find. Inside the eggs she put $1 bills. I loved that idea! So much better than candy. But don’t worry, there was a basket FULL of chocolate:

Yes that is a chocolate bar shaped like a truck! Logan was OBSESSED with it. 😀

After brunch we went home, Logan took a nap and I headed to the pool for a relaxing swim. It was a really nice swim. The pool and gym were completely empty when I was there! When I got home Logan and I put his dollar bills from the Easter Bunny in his piggy bank. Which he loved, too. I got him a piggy bank for his birthday last year and I’ve been putting coins in there randomly but…I like never have cash on me LOL so I never have anything to put in his bank. But now he’s got some $$$! 😀