Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter weekend

Easter is one of those holidays that can be hard to go home for, but it's one of my favorites to be there for. I never made it back home for Easter during college, but once I graduated and moved closer to home I started going back for Easter even when it meant driving in after work on Saturday night or working from my parents' house on Easter. 

I figured it would be a stretch now that I'm further from home, but when I found out my office was closed for Good Friday, I decided to take off two extra days and drive home for the weekend. It was a long trip, but totally worth it to start off Easter Sunday with this:

(Photo courtesy of my sister)

And I have to say the rest of the weekend was pretty great as well. I got to see family I don't see very often, have dinner with a friend from high school, hang out with my brother and sister, and enjoy some wonderful time outside in the gorgeous weather biking and hiking.

I also got to indulge in Sonic a few times, one of the things I've missed since moving. It also made 16 hours in the car a little more bearable.

My mom also provided some inspiration in the kitchen with the amazing meals she served all weekend, including Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup, Pioneer Woman's Mashed Potatoes and my favorite broccoli casserole, all of which I intend to make sometime soon.

I'm exhausted from the road trip today and need to work on getting my life at home back in order. At least I only have four work days this week!


  1. Wow. Those mashed potatoes look insanely good, but I'm afraid of cream cheese. Do you think they'd be almost as good without it? I love the idea of making mashed potatoes ahead of time. It's such a time-consuming but necessary dish.

  2. I think you could probably substitute something like sour cream to keep them creamy or just add more cheddar. These were the best mashed potatoes I've had in a long time!

  3. Yay!

    pssst I think there's a Sonic in Waynesboro so we'll have to make a trip over sometime!