cascarones (Mexican Easter tradition of cracking confetti filled painted egg shells on your favorite people), wild bunnies, and even a rattle snake hunt (yep, we live in the country and yes it was "taken care of"). It ended with kids stuffing themselves on Easter treats and us all talking, laughing and soaking up our lovely spring weather (lovely Texas weather is a fleeting thing). I really wanted to grab a pic of the gang chasing and cracking cascarones on one another, but I was a target and trying to help my three year old be a part of the fun. But I caught them a moment before the fun:
Sara with her favorite cat ABC
Our lovely little ladies...ahem, what are you doing Sophia?
See baby goats:
Now for the "giveaway": well it is no secret in these parts that I enjoy cooking and baking (I carry more evidence of that fact on my person than I care to, but oh well). I guess with all our visitors 'round here this weekend I pulled out new and favorite recipes and went to town:
Cake Pops alaBakerella
Giada DeLaurentiis' most awesome asparagus salad with mozzarella, melon and prosciutto
homemade ranch dressing ala Pioneer Woman
Quick Yeast rolls ala Southern living
Crash Hot potatoes ala Pioneer Woman
Apricot Peach tea
there was one dish I knew would cause a round of "yumms" , "mmmms" , and "oohs, ahhs". And as much as I wished I could say that I "thought it up", or "tweaked it my way". Nope. I stick to this simple perfect recipe, and even when I have fudged a bit, it has ALWAYS turned out wonderful, healthful, and DELICIOUS! So I will give away this treasured recipe.....
The Best Roast Chicken Ever:
I could credit the cast iron skilled for the succulent outcome but truly it is Jan's nice balance of oil, lemon, garlic and rosemary that makes the perfect juice. And we carve it in the skillet, letting the pieces swim in the pan drippings a little to get the full umpf of the dish. Now I can't make you do this tonight but it is highly recommended. Enjoy!