Easter Weekend

April 21, 2014

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We had quite the company for Easter – Larbs and Matt flew in, my parents drove up, Matt’s parents came from Maryland and Karen walked over from her house!

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Our weekend started off a bit rocky though when Mazen came down with both an ear infection and croup! He’s working hard on that last molar too, so he was pretty miserable for a bit. We tried to keep him as happy as possible and he was so long as we kept medicine going.

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Friday night mom and dad babysat while us youngins went out to dinner

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Husband swap!

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We stopped into the first Fridays After Five to say hi to our friends

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And then we went to Bang! where we had my favorite cocktail – the Afterglow –

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Followed by a handful of small plates to share – everything from wild mushroom dumplings to crispy tempura green beans. Yum!!

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On Saturday Larbs and I went to athletic conditioning in the morning and she went wine tasting with the group while I chilled at home with Mr. Naptime and got ready for Easter dinner

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We just bought some picnic benches 15% off at World Market {these} to go with our outdoor built-in table. Such perfect timing to have dinner al fresco!

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The yard got great use!

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Menu

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The “Hop-sparagus” was actually hop shoots I bought at the city market. We grilled them like asparagus, but I think we all agreed that we probably won’t get them again. They were a bit….funky!

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Ready for cupcakes!!

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Sweet Haus to the rescue!

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The Easter bunny came by our house! Hop hop hop!

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Mazen was excited for about 2 minutes and then he said “EAT EAT EGGS” and wanted breakfast : )

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Sunday morning we had brunch

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Just got this dress from the GAP for the occasion!

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Karen made a fabulous egg casserole with sausage and we had fruit salad, toast and bacon. Another meal enjoyed outside!

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Hope your weekend was smashing!

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1 Jackie April 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

Looks like a great Easter!

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2 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 21, 2014 at 7:35 am

Looks like a fantastic weekend — and such beautiful weather!

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3 Katie April 21, 2014 at 7:48 am

What a wonderful Easter! Love that dress, it looks like it was made just for you. I think I need to do some Gap 40% off shopping today. Mazen is looking so grown up. I remember my son’s cheeks being like that, he had numerous ear infections that started early resulting in ear tubes twice and then he his tonsils and adenoids removed a couple of years ago. Has Mazen had much trouble with his ears before now (I can’t remember if you have mentioned it before)? Hope he feels better soon! I know it was always hard for me to watch my kids not feel well (both just had the stomach flu this week).

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4 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

This was his first ear infection thankfully

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5 Katie April 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm

And hopefully his last! My son used to get some double ear infections so I got pretty good at recognizing the early signs and get him into the doctor ASAP. We realized how miserable he must have been eating and sleeping until he had his tubes, tonsils and adenoids done about 2 1/2 years ago when he was 5. For example, broccoli used to “tickle his throat” and make him cough and gag and now plain streamed broccoli is one of his favorite foods! Hope Mazen stays healthy and happy!

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6 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

What a wonderful weekend! I love that your family comes to visit so often. Such a treat!

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7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

Sounds like a great celebration with family! Can’t believe how grown up Mazen is looking….like a little man!!

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8 Sarah April 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

Beautiful weekend!!! What slide is that?!? I think we need one ????.

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9 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

From Target! $25

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10 Rebekah {aCricketSang} April 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

Amazing looking eats!

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11 Ella April 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

that last dress looks stellar on you, Kath!

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12 simple green moms April 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

looks like you had such a fun easter weekend! =)

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13 Molly April 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

I’m kind of surprised you would leave a sick child to go out to dinner, even if it’s with beloved grandparents! When kids are that ill, they need to know they can count on you… how weird to go out all evening for an unhurried restaurant meal. Just a little advice from an old hand: you reap what you sow with children!

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14 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 8:29 am

He was totally happy and then asleep or we wouldn’t have left. We were also a 10 minute walk away.

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15 Mom April 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

He didn’t seem sick. He had a fab time playing with us.

And I’m an old hand too and know that kids benefit from lots of loving caregivers in their lives, not just mom and dad.

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16 Andrea April 21, 2014 at 9:47 am

Molly – he had an ear infection and croup….it’s not like he was on his deathbed. I don’t see anything wrong with going out to enjoy dinner while leaving your sleeping child with your parents that he knows, loves and trusts, sick or not.

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17 Kim April 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

I can’t even believe this is a comment on here. If kath felt comfortable leaving than that is her decision and quote honestly Molly, you are In no position to pass judgement. As mothers we should be supporting one another, not pointing fingers. Bravo to you kath for getting out of the house for some fun!!! Period , the end.

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18 Katie April 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

When my little guy is sick is has no problem snuggling with his grandparents. Children benefit a lot from having a secure bond with grandparents or a “secondary” caregiver.

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19 Ali April 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

What do you think people do when they can’t take off of work and have to leave their child with family members, friends, or at daycare? If the parents and the person taking care of him were feeling okay with it, then I don’t see a problem with it. And, it’s not like meals take hours and hours and we all don’t have cell phones now and the care giver could reach the parent at a moment’s notice.

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20 Jeannie April 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

Wow. Molly, why would you ever feel the need to make such a rude comment?! Do you have kids? Are you passing this need to judge and be critical to them?! You reap what you sow. I think it’s wonderful to have such loving and involved grandparents in little Mazen’s world.

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21 Kari April 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Molly she left him with her parents. You know the people who raised her. Pretty sure they’d be able to handle caring for him. Mazen is obviously a well loved boy.

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22 Kim Goreham April 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

I’m super-jealous of your ability to celebrate outside in dresses, shorts, and short-sleeves! Here in Nova Scotia, our egg-hunt was done with hoodies and toques!

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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

Ah I just saw that dress in the window of Gap when I was walking to work this morning – so cute! I hope Mazen is doing better!

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24 Mary April 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

Afterglow looks good – do you remember what was in it? Also, love your Easter centerpiece of tulips and miniature daffodils!

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25 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

Knob Creek and lemongrass simple syrup!

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26 emily April 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

Those red pants are great!

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27 Katie April 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

Your easter menu looked delicious! I can’t believe how grown up Mazen looks :) I hope he’s feeling better!

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28 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

cute teal sandals — where from?

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29 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

Loft!

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30 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog April 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

I’m so happy you explained the hop-sparagus! I was so intrigued by it. We’re big craft beer drinkers so anything cooked with beer or hops always sparks my interest. Too bad it didn’t turned out quite as good as you hoped, but that’s part of the fun of trying new things, right?

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31 Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget April 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

What a beautiful Easter dinner spread. You always outdo yourself Kath! Such fun. Glad you had a fun weekend to enjoy.

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32 Kim April 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

Recipes, pretty please. ;)

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33 Nan April 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

Such a nice weekend with your family! You have such a beautiful backyard! Enjoy enjoy and hope Mazen feels better soon!

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34 Cheri @ Overactive Blogger April 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

Those cupcakes look so tasty! Last thing I need after stuffing my mouth last night (and today at lunch) with Easter food!

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35 Ali April 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

I’m sorry Mazen got croup. Aiden had that a couple weeks ago and we ended up with two ER trips and an overnight stay in the hospital. They say that most kids recover just fine, but he had an especially bad case of it I guess. That’s definitely no fun though!! I love your GAP dress:)

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36 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

So scary :( m’s case was mild luckily.

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37 Erin Shmidt April 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I love the slide and the benches from World Market. And our little guy would love that slide!

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38 Alex @ Kenzie Life April 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Looks like a great weekend with great company and eats :) Hope Mazen feels better soon!

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39 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit April 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

How nice that you had so much family together! It looks like such a lovely weekend and all the food looks incredible. Love that dress, too!

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40 Shel@PeachyPalate April 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Wow I wish I had have been at your’s for Easter dinner!!! Just tried pulled pork for the first time yesterday, slow cooked tenderloin and LOVED it! Hope Mazen is feeling a little bit better in himself today!

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41 KathEats April 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Yay glad you liked it!

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42 Amelia @ Eating Made Easy April 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Poor Maze. He looks happy despite the ailments! Lucy just got over an ear infection and pink eye in both eyes. These little ones pick up so many germs!

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43 Jeanie April 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Everything looks lovely!

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44 Emily @ Life on Food April 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Happy Easter! I cannot believe you are eating outside already; I hope the warmer weather travels up north soon.

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45 Khushboo April 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Looks like a lovely Easter, Kath! I haven’t been on your blog for a while but you are glowing…motherhood really suits you :)!

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46 Dara April 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Kath,
First of all – love your blog, have been reading it for a few months. I have a question about Mazen’s cheeks, my son’s cheeks look exactly the same right now and we’ve been trying to figure out what to do about it. Doctors say it’s probably a food allergy, but we’re not sure to what. So i’ve been wondering, does it bother Mazen at all and have you done anything about it? Perhaps you’ve already talked about it on your blog and i just can’t find it? I apologize if this isn’t any of my business, it’s just something we’re dealing with right now and i’d love to hear about your experience

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47 KathEats April 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

I’ve asked 4 different pediatricians about this and all signs point to teething. They flared when his bottoms came in and then were fine for months. Then his top two teeth came in super quick and his cheeks flared for about a week. He’s been getting one after another (8 total) for about 3 months now so they haven’t had a break. His last molar is 3-quadrants of the way in. IF when this last molar is all the way in the cheeks don’t get better we’ll try both food elimination and a dermatologist. I tried food elimination back when his bottoms were coming in and he was off gluten, dairy and eggs and they didn’t get better but when his teeth came in they did get better and I reintroduced all three foods and his cheek was fine. So I’m thinking it’s his teeth (and his doctor(s) agree) but we’ll know for sure when he has them all in.

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48 Hope April 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

My son also got red cheeks when he was teething. It still happened when we cut out dairy (because he had other symptoms of a milk protein allergy) so I really think it was just the teething. It has since gone away and he’s almost 2.5.

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49 KathEats April 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

That’s good to hear!

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50 Megan Roberts April 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Hi! I can also attest to the teething! I am a first grade teacher and all my kiddos are losing baby teeth and getting their grown up teeth; lots of rosy cheeks in the class every year. :)

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51 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 22, 2014 at 6:25 am

Lovely tablescape and amazing menu!!! Looks like you had such a nice day! My husband and I went to New York for the weekend so my kids stayed home with the grandparents…as much as I needed (and enjoyed) the time away I also REALLY missed spending Easter with my family!

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52 Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) April 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! Your menu makes me miss Virginia Rolls, such a treat when I head home! Love the outside dining table, it’s my favorite part of spring.

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53 Steph April 22, 2014 at 7:23 pm

You’re Easter weekend looks amazing! Those cupcakes are soo cute! I love the pics of Mazen’s big smiling face :)

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54 Lindsay April 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

What stunningly gorgeous family moments you have Kath! I hope to one day live close enough to my parents and friends again, until then, we are growing our community out on this island, making our own ohana.

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55 Jamie April 23, 2014 at 10:21 am

My daughter had croup often when she was a little one. We spent countless long nights in a steamy bathroom, and to this day the first thing she wants when she is sick (11 years old now) is a hot shower! Hope Mazen is feeling better!

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