Hope your day was lovely, however you spent it. I was very fortunate to spend yesterday outside at UMASS Lowell coaching field hockey and seeing friends there. It was the first day most of us had spent any time outside - it's been a rough spring here. We still have plenty of snow at home, but traveling a wee bit south was all it took. Hubby and DD headed to CT with the high school softball team and they had a great time outside there as well. A wonderful coaching weekend was had by all.
Now, about the Easter ideas I shared back on Monday morning... I had the chance to put some into action today. Thrilled with all the results!
For starters, I made loaded baked potatoes - the idea came from Key Ingredients. I made mine a bit different - due to what I had available in the frig:
I found a GREAT package of bacon at Trader Joe's yesterday (amongst quite a few other other items... you'll be reading about them in the future) It was called "Bacon Ends & Pieces" - makes me think of the ends you can get at the deli? It was $1.79 for this 1 pound package. There were large slices, tiny bits, all sorts of pieces. Oh, did I mention they are applewood smoked? No...well, YUMMY!
Here is about 1/3 of the package, cooked up:
I cut this up and made lots of little chunks to add to the potatoes, along with about 1 cup of shredded cheese - oh yah...it was incredible!
This next bit of sweet deliciousness didn't photograph well, BUT let me just say YOU. MUST. MAKE. THIS. I thought it sounded good - I was beyond right. It was AMAZING!! A huge hit with the family, which I thought it would be. These peanut butter cheesecake cookie bars were, well, like I said, AMAZING! They tasted like peanut butter fudge - melted in your mouth. I didn't put the chocolate/peanut butter on top and they still were great.
I didn't end up doing the rolls - when I got to Trader Joe's they had a display of these pretty darn good looking ones right as you walked in. For $1.99, I said, "Hmm... okay...let's do it!" I succumbed, sorry. We'll save the Texas Roadhouse rolls for another day.
I cooked the ham in the oven, rather than the crockpot. If one is going to USE the crockpot, one needs to give one's self more than 3 hours to cook said ham. I know it works - did it before - just not this Sunday.
Rather than fruit pizza, I threaded fresh strawberries and pineapple on a skewer and put them out on the table with the cookie bars. The fruit was a nice break from the sweet, peanutty goodness above.
wreath the other day. That came out nice - lots of comments from folks that saw it up close and personal.
The last thing from that post I got to do for today was the cookie kits for the boys. We had hidden eggs...twice (the beauty of younger kids...) and then brought out the kits. DD and I made sugar cookies on Friday and bagged them with several different sweet decorating treats and a container of frosting each.
How was your holiday? Hope you were able to enjoy the day and the whole weekend. :o)
Stop by tomorrow and BE SURE to enter the drawing for fabric - it ends tomorrow (April 1) at noon!