Easter Weekend in Pictures

Hi bloggy friends! I hope you all had a lovely Easter/Passover weekend (if you celebrate). Mine was really really good, but as usual, it went by super fast and it’s back to the daily grind. The only good thing about that is that the countdown is officially on–4 weeks til I’m no longer a sophomore! Wooooooo :D I am beyond excited for summer and everything I have planned for it, plus all the little things that are sure to pop up. Just gotta get through these next few weeks.

I took a bunch (well, not really) of pictures this weekend so I wanted to do a mostly wordless recap of my Easter weekend. So here goes!

Small sweet potato topped with peanut flour paste and almond peanut cashew butter, garlicky kale, fresh strawberries, chocolate and peanut butter Puffins in unsweetened almond milk.

Look how bright those strawberries are! My mom bought a huge box of them at Whole Foods for only $5 and even though they started to go bad by the end of the weekend, I got to enjoy them several times over the weekend. They’re my first of the season and were really juicy and fresh. Definitely a sign that summer is on its way! The garlicky kale is a super simple dish that I whipped up three times this weekend–oh yeah, it’s that good!

Garlicky Kale (vegan, gluten-free)

large handful curly kale, washed and patted dry

1/2 tsp olive oil

1/2-1 tsp minced garlic (or freshly grated garlic clove)

sea salt, nutritional yeast and black pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Add kale and salt and pepper, until the kale starts to shrink and gets crispy edges. Add garlic to pan and cook until fragrant and browned. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on top and serve as a side dish (makes 1 serving).

Saturday's outfit: navy striped cropped tee (Hollister), dark wash jeggings (American Eagle), necklace and bracelet (American Eagle).

Saturday was fairly busy but pretty fun. My sister and I went for a walk, then my dad and I popped in at my pastor’s house for his birthday open house and later my whole family went out to eat to celebrate my dad’s birthday a few days late. The restaurant wasn’t too vegan friendly, but I did get a yummy homemade-style black bean burger with a side of avocado and black bean salsa. Yum!

The lovely Easter eggs, post-dyeing.

Coloring Easter eggs is one of our family traditions. My sister didn’t join in on the fun this year because of homework, but I had fun dyeing the eggs. Do I have a future as an artist? Ummmm, probably not!

Easter outfit: yellow floral dress (Abercrombie and Fitch), bracelets and necklace (American Eagle), unpictured silver wedge sandals (Target).

Besides going to church on Easter (I always love the holiday services!), we also went to Starbucks where I got my new favorite unsweetened iced coffee, played tennis for 45 minutes, snacked outside in the gorgeous weather (sunny and in the low 70s), colored eggs, made a special dinner and Skyped with my grandma and grandpa.

This year's Easter basket!

My mom still hides Easter baskets for me and my sister…yes, we are still 5 years old! Haha, just kidding, but I still think it’s fun to go find the basket and see what’s in it. This year, I got some Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips (super excited about these!), some sparkly green nail polish, guava-scented body wash from Ulta, mini Sweet Tart bunnies/ducks/chicks and two new-to-me Chocolove dark chocolate bars. My mom knows me so well :D

My Easter dinner: grilled chili lime tofu and mini sweet peppers, broiled lemon pepper asparagus (tops only, the best part) and cheezy quinoa (sprinkled with nooch).

While the rest of my family enjoyed their carnivorous dinner (flank steak, asparagus and cheesy mashed potatoes, in case you were wondering), I had a very vegan and very yummy dinner. It was my first time grilling tofu and I was a fan. I think next time I’d get extra firm, rather than super firm sprouted tofu, since it was kinda bitter, and I’d try out a marinade, rather than a seasoning on the outside. But still a really nice Easter dinner.

My new favorite 'ice cream': So Delicious mini Neapolitan nondairy ice cream sandwich.

I really wanted to try the new So Delicious almond milk ice cream sandwiches, but my Whole Foods didn’t have them. I did find these, which are soy ice cream, and actually really good, if really small. I haven’t had an ice cream sandwich inย years, but these are better than regular dairy ice cream sandwiches. They also have coconut milk ice cream versions, if you like coconut milk.

Just what I needed on a Monday morning--Starbucks tall coffee light Frappuccino with soy.

Monday came early–at 6 am, to be exact. I wanted to stay all of Sunday so I could spend more time with my family, so my dad had to take me back up to school on Monday morning and we had to leave at 7. Luckily, we made a stop at Starbucks and I got my first Frapp in about six months. It was the perfect little pick-me-up!

How did you spend your weekend? What’s your go-to weekend lunch?ย 

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24 thoughts on “Easter Weekend in Pictures

  1. Looks like you had an awesome Easter :). That Kale dish sounds super good and I need to get some Kale and cook it like that (never cooked Kale before). Love your dress and glad you got some Easter treats too.

  2. I am so glad to hear you had some easter treats! That is great m’dear and you certainly ought to :) The kale dish sounds great… I contributed kale to the meal too, mixed with squash and onions and dates, yum!

  3. Alexandra says:

    I love your Easter dress!! So pretty! Um glad your weekend was so awesome, you deserved some great family time :)

  4. You looked gorgeous for Eater! I love your hair!! Mine is stick straight and won’t hold a curl so some definite envy there ;) It sounds like you had a great Easter with your family! An ice cream sandwich sounds pretty darn good right now too.. haha

  5. Aaaaw,Ashley,I’m so glad you’ve had a nice Easter weekend at home! :)
    You looked absolutely adorable in your beautiful dress and with those beautiful curls… Like a princess,oooh,I’m so jealous!
    Sorry to say that,but it’s still quite obvious you’re underweight though… especially in the first picture of you,your legs look soooo thin! :(
    Anyhow,I’m sure those last four weeks will go by in a rush,and then… PARTYYYY?! :P

  6. Aw I wish we still got easter baskets!! I could go for some dark chocolate bunnies or something. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those ice cream sandwiches at whole foods before. I’ll have to try them!

  7. Sweet potato envy! Four weeks until summer (aka my own apartment, no meal plan, and whatever food I want). I bet my go-to lunch will change then and feature some of this awesomeness, but right now it’s a combo of hot-line stuff, deli-bar stuff, and a yogurt granola parfait with peanut butter. :P

    Those portions are still itty-bitty, girl, I hope you’re getting the support you need to get better! Sending you hugs and warm feelings! :)

    • Yay for no more meal plan! I’m almost done with mine forever too and it feels so good, even though I haven’t used it much this semester. It’s exciting though to be able to cook for yourself!

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