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Easter Highlights!

IMG_6034Good morning this Tuesday! I’m a day late on my Eater Weekend post, because travel days are always busier than I expect! I had my sunrise road trip back to school on Monday after a fantastic weekend in the San Diego area.

I came home for three and a half days for Easter weekend. My family is pretty small, and we are lucky to have such great friends who “adopted us” into their extended family for the weekend. :) I’m sure you’re getting pretty sick of reading and hearing about Easter again and again so I’ll make this quick with a few favorite highlights!

The Centerpieces!

This is one for Pinterest. Our friends who hosted the party made these adorable springy centerpieces by filling a vase with jelly beans, peeps, and flowers. The flowers were held upright with empty toilet paper rolls. Genius!

Easter Table Centerpiece on Strong Like My Coffee at

Lemon Drop Martini’s:

We tested out a few recipes for a lemony cocktail. End result was a pitcher of vodka, triple sec, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, stevia, ice and mint leaves.

We even took a walk to some neighbors to hand pick the lemons that we squeezed. Talk about homemade :)

Lemon Drop Martinis on Strong Like My Coffee at

Dying Easter Eggs:

After 20 years of dying eggs with the same PAAS kit, you eventually run out of creative egg ideas. We had some cool ombre eggs and some interesting sticker accents…. but our eggs looked pretty much like everyone else’s 80 million eggs.

Dying Easter Eggs on Strong Like My Coffee at

Missy’s Play Buddy:

Of course we brought Missy along for the trip. We couldn’t believe we didn’t buy a bunny ear headband for her, would’ve looked perfect on a little fluffy white dog. She made MANY new friends that day, but the sweetest moment was when 3-year old Bella climbed into Missy’s pen with her to hang out. They looked so cute, a toddler in her Easter dress inside the dog cage with little old Missy. :)

Hanging out with the fam!

At first I wasn’t going to consider joining the group for Easter because of the long drive to and from school. But it was SO worth it to hang out with happy fun people in the sunshine and just relax.

Family at Easter ( Aaaand there you have the last of the Easter recaps. :)

Xoxo Kenz

#TBT Six

So no one was brave enough to comment if they were thrown off by my prank post yesterday, huh? ;) Hope you had some fun on April Fool’s Day. Since this weekend we will be celebrating Easter, I thought I’d include an old Easter post for today’s Throwback Thursday. This was two years ago, while I was in track season and celebrating Easter at school. Thankfully this year I’ll be with friends and family for the first time in four years and I can’t wait!

Easter Brunch & Lemony Pasta Salad

Originally Posted: April 1, 2013

I couldn’t have picked a better way to spend my Easter Sunday. After rising extra early for a church service with one of my best friends Kerri, we got to enjoy the radiant sunshine and bright blue sky. It was glorious! Knocked out an 8-miler before noon with plenty of time to get ready for our Girl’s Team Easter Brunch.

Easter Girls Team Picture ( (

We see each other daily at practice, when we are not trying to impress anyone. T-shirts and spandex. Make-up is minimal. Don’t even ask about my hair. Blatantly mismatched outfits have become normal, especially when it’s getting closer to laundry day…We have mastered getting ready for practice in under 15 minutes. Which is why getting dressed up in our Sunday Best was so fun! Dresses and heels obviously warranted some photographic proof that we can, in fact, look girly.

Kerri and I got a ride from our friends Emily and Carissa……when we got in the car, we noticed that we all happened to be sporting denim jackets. Classic.

Denim Over the Shoulders

The Foursome (

The brunch was potluck style, and our team can cook! The table looked amazing with homemade goodies from everyone. I knew I wanted to bring something light and springy, so I turned to my faithful Pinterest for some recipe-searching. The result:

Light Lemony Pasta Salad.

  • 1 lb. cooked pasta noodles
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper to preference
  • 10 oz. non-fat greek yogurt
  • 12 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup steamed edamame, shelled
  1. Cook and drain pasta; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan, brown garlic for about one minute. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, chicken broth and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add sauce to pasta; add in arugula, tomatoes, and edamame.
  4. Stir in greek yogurt; chill overnight.
  5. Top with fresh lemon slices and serve cold!

Light Lemony Pasta Salad for Easter Brunch (

Our meal was rounded out with some fresh pineapple, kale chips, chicken salad sandwiches, homemade whole wheat cinnamon rolls and other delicious dishes.

Next on the agenda: dyeing eggs! Guess what? Water and food coloring is not a sufficient substitute for vinegar and egg dye. Plan B: Expo Markers!

My Easter Egg ( you enjoyed you Easter weekend! Now it’s back to the grind.

And I’m adding in this new Eli Young Band song because its my favorite right now, and since he says “blue jean jacket” I’m arguing that it is very relevant to this post. :)



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