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April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

Ohh, what a weekend. Where should I begin? How about with food?? 😉

Friday night  when my boyfriend finalllllly arrived we sat down and made pulled pork sandwiches. I have 2 things to say about this. 1.) This is the easiest recipe ever. 2.) Have you ever had bone suckin sauce? You must go buy this RIGHT NOW.

Obsessed. This was my first time making pulled pork even though I order it every time I eat out if it’s on the menu. Who knew it was so easy to make?

Pulled Pork

  • 1 sliced onion
  • 3 lbs pork shoulder
  • 1 can of vegetable broth
Place it all in the crock pot on Low for 9 hours. Remove pork and shred (remove fat). Place back in the crock pot. Serve on Whole Wheat Buns. Clearly I like BBQ sauce,so my sandwich is drenched in it… But whatever you choose to do with yours, PLEASE use the bone suckin sauce. You won’t regret it.
Since I made 3 pounds there were plenty of leftovers… We could’ve easily made these sandwiches again. But I have a.d.d. and a new  pan
so it must be put to good use. Cuban panini’s sounded like a good plan to me 🙂
and they were. Whole wheat bread, honey mustard, leftover pulled pork, deli turkey, Muenster cheese and of course pickles! Sorry about the bad picture :/
Saturday was rainy so we dyed some easter eggs in the morning.
Don’t mind the clorox bottle… My boyfriend’s a little messy.
Since it was raining we needed a comforting, warm breakfast. So we had a “healthier” version of my Overnight French Toast Casserole.
The “healthier” version included whole wheat bread, egg whites, unsweetened almond milk, earth balance “butter” and sugar-free maple syrup. Still JUST as good as the regular version, so save the calories if you can 🙂
The sun magically appeared and we headed to Camden Yards to try to scalp tickets to the Baltimore vs Yankees game. My boyfriend is a HUGE baseball (yankees) fan so being the great girlfriend I am 😉 I agreed to give up my dreams of trying out the new Vegan restaurant to have blue moons and hot dogs.
Best part about it? We got FREE tickets 20 rows behind home plate!
Worst part about it?? My car was towed…To the tune of almost $400!!!!! Baltimore city is THE worst.
So annoying.
That left us a good 4 hours of sleep before Church the next day.. Somehow we managed to look presentable.
It turned out to be a BEAUTIFUL day so after taking a million pictures outside we headed to my mom’s for Easter linner.
The Easter Bunny had dropped off a basket for me – Sprinkles cupcake mix (dark chocolate), pretty cupcake liners, sugar-free peeps, jelly beans, lindt chocolates, a notepad, hand made note cards and of course REESE’S EGGS! I politely asked the Easter Bunny to go easy on the Eggs this year because I knew I would eat all of them. So there were 2… I approved.
Aren’t these notecards GORGEOUS? Every detail is hand-made… I’m saving them for a something special!
NOW, for the food. We easily ate ourselves into a food coma… But, that was the plan.
Honey Baked Ham

Spinach Salad w/ feta, dried cranberries & sunflower seeds

Grilled Corn salad with cheese, tomatoes and avocados

Homemade mac & cheese

Grandma's Mashed Potatoes

Unpictured: Turkey, Sweet Potatoes, and rolls.
My plate went like this:

Carb Loader

My boyfriend and I were in charge of dessert and I’d like to think we succeeded.

Strawberries & Cream Cake

Crumb Cake from Carlos Bakery in Hoboken

My plate:
I had to try everything 😉
It really was an AMAZING weekend (minus the car being towed) with surprisingly beautiful weather. I went to bed at 745 pm to catch up on sleep from the night before in hopes of feeling normal today. It didn’t work. BUT, I am hoping to be back on track by tomorrow. I have a little confession…
I’ve been eating horribly, not going to the gym and I’m really starting to feel gross. So, tomorrow I need to get back on track… I need to get to the gym, I need to pack healthy food and I need to get out of this funk!! Give me some motivation 🙂
Let’s make this week a good one!!

Questions: What do you do for motivation? Send me some!! 🙂 What’s your favorite memory from the weekend?

April 22, 2011

Egg-citing Friday!

Happy Friday!!!! I am enjoying an unexpected paid day off 🙂 No better way to start your weekend then with that type of news!


I made myself a quick breakfast…

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin w/ PB and 1/2 a banana on one side, Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves on the other and Chia seeds sprinkled all over top. I love the added crunch!

I’ve already thrown dinner in the crock pot…

BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches (forgot about the whole no meat thing on Fridays)

Prepared a smaller (healthier) version of my Overnight French Toast Casserole for tomorrows breakfast…

It’s layered 3 times…Think that’s enough for two people!? 😉

and made some “Reese’s” easter eggs…

um, hello peanut butter and chocolate =)

Speaking of Reese’s Eggs WHY do they taste so much better than the cups?? Is it because there are no ripples? more peanut butter? or am i being tricked to overeating them because it’s Easter and on Easter you eat candy…right? Either way, they are my absolute FAVORITE Easter candy.

This morning the radio station was talking about What your favorite easter candy says about you… Reese’s wasn’t one of them but I guess it could be counted as the last one? Here is their list.

Jelly Beans:  You are a kid at heart.  You have to dig deep thru an Easter basket to get them, you big kid!!

Peeps:  You always hope for the best.  A never say die optimism.

Chocolate Bunny:   Fans of these guys, maternal feelings run very high.

Cream Eggs: You are a deep thinker, maybe because you have to dig in there to scoop out the cream.  YUM!

They also had some Easter facts I thought you might be interested in..

How do people eat their Chocolate bunny? 74% Start at the bunnies ears, 13% the feet and 10% go for the chocolate bunnies eyes. 90 Million bunnies are made for Easter every year.

Jellybeans didn’t become an Easter tradition until the 1930′s.  Kids say their favorite jellybean is cherry.  Young girls are more apt to eat jellybeans by the handfuls!

More than 50% of kids get up before or at dawn to check out their Easter baskets.

Favorite Easter tradition: the sunrise at church, followed by..Easter egg hunt, and coloring eggs.

I still get up before dawn to check out my easter basket. I’m a kid at heart 🙂 Even if my favorite easter candy isn’t jellybeans!

Yesterday the girls I nanny for gave me an Easter basket filled with my favorite things – Reeses, Cadburry mini eggs, Lindt hollow bunny, godiva chocolates, a headband we saw in the store the day before (how cute?) and a $50 gift certificate to a new store in the mall. They spoil me! I don’t hate it.

I also brought them Easter baskets filled with toys and planned an Easter Egg hunt…It was a good day 🙂

I was going to wait to post the Reese’s egg recipe until I made my Egg Shaped Funfetti Cake but I’m not a tease – No matter what my friends think 😉

(I was presented with the tease mask at the bachelorette party this past weekend)

So here it is! You can thank me later… Actually, thank me now – you might hate me later when your pants are tight. Kinda like mine. Right now.

PB & Chocolate Shaped Eggs


  • 1 1/2 cups of Peanut butter
  • 1 (16 oz) bag of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk (for consistency – i used about 2 tbsp)
  • Chocolate for dipping (I used Wilton’s)
  • Mix everything in bowl ( I suggest doing this with your hands!)
  • Scoop with an ice cream scooper and shape into eggs
  • Freeze for an hour
  • Melt your desired color of chocolates and dip each egg into them.
  • Sprinkle immediately
  • Let chocolate harden in fridge
These are for Sunday’s family party but I may have taste tested 1 or 2…or 4. I had to try every color. Clearly. They are GOOD. Make these for your family – They will love you forever.
I’m picking up my boyfriend in about 6 hours and I’m VERY excited. We haven’t seen each other since Key West. Ugh yeah, that’s 7 weeks! Our plans include dyeing easter eggs ( he doesn’t know about this one yet ), hiking at Great Falls, trying out a new Vegan restaurant in DC, maybe an O’s and Yankees game if the rain holds off and of course church and slipping into food coma’s on Sunday!
OK, time for a big veggie lunch so I don’t feel so guilty for eating my weight in PB eggs today. Have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!
3 cups of romaine lettuce, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/4 cup white corn, 1/4 of an avocado, 5 flax tortilla chips crushed, 4 grape tomatoes halved and a drizzle of enchilada sauce.

QUESTIONS: What are your plans for Easter? What is your favorite Easter Candy? Do you make anything for your family? Feel free to share the link!