Easter Weekend Recap + Brownie Recipe!

Hello! I am slowly but surely coming out of a sugar coma from this Easter weekend. I didn’t really go nuts on the Easter candy or chocolate, but a few treats slid onto my plate here and there and desserts on Easter Sunday were too pretty and delicious to ignore, so here we are… ready to tackle this short week and fill it with kale smoothies and quinoa salad. I had a wonderfully relaxing Easter weekend. It felt almost like it moved in slow motion, which I was okay with because I also felt like I was moving in slow motion. I was okay with 11am gym sessions and lazy afternoons and time spent being with friends and family.

Instead of breaking things down day by day, which is how I sometimes do my weekend recaps, I thought I would share some wonderful moments, in no particular order, from my long weekend. I was super duper lucky in having both Good Friday and Easter Monday off of work, so I have four days worth of snow storms, shopping, food, and people to share.

I mentioned last weekend that I’ve been really craving that cozy, fresh feeling for my life and my apartment. I spent some time at IKEA this weekend purchasing furniture and accessories for my patio. I will have to hold off on setting it up because… snow… but I found the most adorable lights, lanterns, candles, and patio tables and chairs to extend my living space a few more feet onto my patio this spring and summer.

A snow storm derailed my plans to attend a friend’s birthday party about an hour and a half outside of town, so I stayed in and visited my brother for a bit. He has final exams coming up so I didn’t want to interrupt his study day too much, but when he said he was making BBQ’d flatbread pizza for a late lunch, I figured I could stick around a while longer. I can’t even describe how amazing it was. And yes, he BBQ’d while it was snowing.

I went to the gym with my friend (part of the weekend gym girl tribe) and we did legs and shoulders. I push myself so much more with other people, particularly badass strong women, and I was finally able to do my sets (3 sets of 10) of Romanian deadlifts with 135lbs! There is something so satisfying about loading those 45lb plates on the bar. I did assisted chin-ups (with a band) and felt super empowered, so it’s going to be fun to work on reducing the tension in my band until I can finally do a chin-up unassisted. I know it sounds lame, but they are SO hard! We finished  our workout with battle ropes, so my shoulders are immobile today.

Our amazing “extended family” invited my brother and I for Easter dinner as my parents were away for the weekend. Most people don’t believe it when I say that my parents’ neighbourhood is just the biggest group of friends that has turned into extended family. It is the most rare and remarkable thing, but truly wonderful. We had a ham and perogie dinner, with side dishes of sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, quinoa salad, paska (Ukrainian Easter bread), and more. As an example of how incredible these people are – they even cooked a portion of the perogies without bacon so that there would be vegetarian ones for me! Ahh! My brother and I were in charge of desserts, he made carrot cake while I made brownies.

I hopped on Pinterest to find some cute ideas for Easter themed desserts, and found adorable carrot patch brownies. I used my mom’s best recipe for chewy soft delicious brownies, added a whipped chocolate frosting, chopped chocolate Oreos, and then the “carrots.” For carrots, I melted white chocolate chips, added orange food colouring, and dipped the strawberries in. I let them set for a few hours before added them to the brownies. The brownie recipe is one of those ones that is written on a recipe card, sitting on my mom’s cookbook shelf, and is used ANY time we need a solid go-to no-fail brownie recipe. You could really top them with any icing – a nice ganache, chocolate, buttercream, cream cheese, you name it! You could also add walnuts or chocolate chips as a final optional step!

What a lovely weekend to spend with friends and family. In additions to the moments mentioned above, I had a lunch date with a colleague-turned-friend at a new place called Blaze Pizza that opened up near me, I browsed Bath & Body Works for what seemed like hours because how on Earth do you decide which scents you will purchase, I went for a few (indoor) runs, and I most definitely made sure that the Easter Bunny left something for my parents when they returned from their trip.

I love that a lot of my friends have little kiddies and seeing their Easter joy on Instagram was adorable! I hope the Easter Bunny found you too and unlike me, you handled your sugar intake a lot better.

How was your Easter weekend? What was your favourite moment?

What was the best Easter tradition you had as a child?

Have you tried any new-to-you restaurants or cafes or food spots lately?

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