Happy Easter my lovelies!
Anyone else used to LOVE this commercial too?
Anyways, what are you all doing for Easter?
I happened to book off the entire four day weekend so I could go home and chiiiilllax and, well, it has been just that. Relaxing and thoughtless really.
I got to see this pretty girl…
…who is so hyper these days apparently that she turned into Tornado dog.
Speaking of appearances, another note on Maggie…
The groomer maimed her! I came home to find her practically bald with a fluffy tail. Who does that? She said that Maggie had mats that just had to be shaved off so she buzzed her whole body (!!!) leaving the poor lil thing (she looks like a stick dog now..) cold. Ugh. People are saying she looks like a lion dog.
I got to do some creative baking…
I have wanted to make a healthier cinnamon roll for my Mom for a while as she adores Cinnabuns. These were my second real experiment but the first time trying to use just oat flour and flax.
I kinda referred to Katie’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll recipe (subbing oat flour for the flour component and making some other lil changes) and Heather’s Honey Oat Cinnamon Roll recipe for basic ratios when using oat flour. They didn’t rise as Katie’s did despite having yeast in them and they are much more dense, thus they didn’t spread out while baking. #ExperimentalBaking is all a learning curve peeps. <-Easter reference intended 😛
With a Cellucor cinnamon swirl and sultana raisin filling and a cinnamonny protein drizzle icing, I hope they turned out tasty despite not looking as pretty.
…the day wasn’t as nice as as we had hoped for, but the walk was still fun and Maggie got to run and chase anything and everything that moved.
I also got to cook my parents a lovely dinner….
I always love cooking for others, especially my family. My parents are busy with work all week and so they don’t get too fancy-shmancy in the kitchen so when I come home I make sure that I make them at least one meal that is something out of their norm. Fish is usually in the cards for my Mom because she LOVES it but never cooks it for herself because 1. my Dad won’t eat it and 2. because she doesn’t really know how to cook it and doesn’t have the time to then try to search for a recipe to make one serving for herself. For my Dad, I typically make him some form of exotic meat that I have tried recently that was super yummy and I think he would enjoy.Seared elk medallion topped with onions and mushrooms that were sauteed in the leftover steak marinade. Sundried tomato, mushroom and feta pilaf. Roasted mushrooms and peppers. Baked rainbow trout fillet topped with my homemade basil-cilantro pesto. Sundried tomato, mushroom and feta rice pilaf. Roasted asparagus spears and mushrooms.
Lets take a closer peek at that pilaf shall we…
This was another random experiment inspired by a picture from Janice’s book (GoodnessMe!‘s owner) that I still have yet to read (I really want to!! I lent it out :-(). I didn’t have the actual recipe or anything I just saw the picture on one of our new flyers and work and I just “winged the recipe” as I wanted to test it out. My parents really enjoyed it so I will share! It’s a nice and easy one and makes for a great gluten-free side dish!
I do apologize for not-so-perfect (aka approximations) measurements the not-so-professional-looking picture as I didn’t think I would end up posting it. I promise it was a goodie!
Sundried Tomato, Mushroom and Feta Rice Pilaf
- 1.5 cups of Brown Jasmine Rice (or any other kind of wild rice, just not instant)
- 1 can Low Sodium Chicken Broth (plus 1/2-3/4 of can of water)
- Handful of Sundried Tomatoes
- Handful of chopped Mushrooms
- Handful of diced Onion
- tsp minced Garlic
- tsp of Coconut Oil
- Dried Basil to taste (can add other spices of choice)
- Block of Feta Cheese
Directions: Heat your oil in a medium sized sauce pan (one with a lid) on medium heat. Saute your onions and garlic until the onions have become translucent. Add chopped mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and saute for a bit longer. Add your rice and stir around for a minute or two to toast it. Add your broth and water to the pot and turn up the heat to bring it to a boil. When boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked. When it is done, take off the heat, toss your basil (and/or other herbs), fluff with a fork and set aside for a few minutes. When you are ready to serve, stir in some feta to allow it to partially melt, while also saving some feta for a finishing sprinkle. Enjoy!Some notes: ~I used brown jasmine rice in this recipe, but feel free to use any rice you wish. A nice wild rice blend would be fabulous! Just note that the liquid to rice ratios and cooking times may be different for different grains. ~Feel free to add another other Mediterranean ingredients to this dish as well. If you like olives, toss in a few black ones. Roasted red pepper? Go for it. This dish is very customizable. ~Mushroom or vegetable stock would be wonderful in this dish as well to make it vegetarian. You could even make your own mushroom stock by simply soaking dried fancy mushrooms in boiling water for a few hours and then draining the mushrooms out when you are ready to cook. Just make sure to toss those beautiful re-saturated mushrooms in your dish!
I got to eye some cool Easter inspired things on Pinterest…
As for today, Easter Sunday, more baking is probably in store (for my Dad this time) before some family arrives for a nice dinner in the evening. Also, my Mom and I are also going to be watching this movie that I’m soooo excited for…
ERMAGAWD! Is anyone else a huge fan of this show and died a lil inside when it left us all?
Did you know that apparently this movie was fully funded by fans? People were so upset when the show fell off the planet (why did that happen?!?!) that they begged for a movie to be made. I guess it wasn’t moving fast enough and so millions of dollars were raised to make this movie happen.
…I’m just so excited I can’t even handle it.
Enjoy your Easter Sunday Friends!
Any Easter traditions you do?
Favourite Easter recipe?
Do you like peeps? Chocolate-addict? Jelly Bean hoarder?