This past weekend was one of my favorite. I got to relax, spend time with friends, see my family, do some baking, fit in 3 runs, and work on my food photography with a couple of different cooking projects. I even went a full 24 hours (Friday morning – Saturday afternoon) without opening my laptop!
Let’s start with Friday. I did a morning run around campus before a group of us headed to Eno River State Park in Durham, NC, for a hike. My roommate, Shannon, and I had been wanting to go hiking together for the longest time, and Friday was a beautiful day, so it was the perfect way to unwind from the week.
Afterwards, we headed to a friend’s house for the night. We stopped at a Harris Teeter along the way to pick up ingredients for homemade pizza, and we made dinner when we got to his house.
We spent the night playing soccer & ultimate frisbee and sitting around the bonfire making s’mores. Then, the three of us squeezed into the same bed and ended up talking until 3 am. I love sleepovers with friends!
I made a last-minute decision to come home for Easter since we weren’t too far from my house, so I got home on Saturday afternoon. My dad and brother were out of town and my sister was still at school, so I got to spend some quality time with just my mom and do some cooking.
I made a batch of homemade Larabars, and then I made a special Easter dessert for Sunday, plus dinner for Saturday night. My mom had just made some of her incredible spaghetti sauce, so I used the sauce to make baked spaghetti with whole wheat angel hair pasta, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
My mom stocks the freezer when she knows I’m coming home, so she had some of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s waiting for me!
On Sunday morning, I went for a run before church, and then I got to open my Easter basket.My mom knows I’m not a huge fan of Easter candy, so she put together an awesome basket with lots of other goodies, including:
- Ghiradelli Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolates
- Godiva Chocolate Lava Cake Truffles (can’t wait to try these!)
- A few different kinds of Larabars
- A cute new notepad (since I love making lists!)
- A Chipotle gift card
After Sunday lunch, we dug into our Easter dessert– chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake! It was my first time making cheesecake and it’s been on my baking bucket list for a while since it’s always intimidated me, so I decided to give it a shot. I recreated the Cheesecake Factory cookie dough cheesecake that I had last weekend, and I was really happy with how it turned out. No cracks on top!And of course, I had to take advantage of my short time at home to play with my puppy.
I bribed her to take a quick picture by giving her some of her favorite food– broccoli. Yep, she’s my dog alright.I hitched a ride to campus with a friend on Sunday night, so now I’m back at school. It was the perfect 3 day weekend!
Questions for you:
How was your weekend?
What are your favorite homemade pizza toppings?
Did you make or eat a special Easter dessert? Do you like Easter candy?