a little more than a week ago, my family got together for an easter brunch. my dad and stepmom had recently come back from a three week long trip to taiwan and easter sunday was a perfectly timed holiday/homecoming celebration.
my brother and i never really celebrated easter growing up so i had no idea it was such a gift giving holiday. we usually just dyed eggs with my mom and had an egg hunt with my cousins at our grandparent's house. the easter bunny never made an appearance. this year though, was the first that i really noticed how kid centered the holiday could be and it made me excited to do fun stuff with my kiddos someday.
anyways, i love pretty much all holidays and birthdays because they give you a reason to get together with loved ones. needing to find reasons to get together makes me sad, though life is often so busy that it's hard to commit without a reason. i get it. my friend caroline talks about how she wants to take more pictures of people, not food and i totally understand that! like i want to spend more time doing things with the people i care about and connecting in person. i'm sure this is a common goal held by our generation since we're always "plugged-in". but one of my favorite ways to "unplug" that really satisfies my soul is preparing a meal for people i love. so on easter, i was so happy that my family agreed to cramp themselves into our tiny apartment and spend some time together.
spinach mushroom egg bake
tomato basil mozzarella salad
biscuits with jam, honey, & butter
citrus & berries salad
spicy pickled cucumbers
grapefruit & blackberry spritzers
creme brulee for dessert
the creme brulee was uh-mazing! even though i had to broil it to get the shell because home girl doesn't own a blow torch. maybe now that i've proved myself, someone will invest in me..ha!
x x alicia