Each Easter as a kid my mom always had a new Easter dress (she usually sewed them for us… someday maybe I’ll be as cool as her) for us to wear to church on Easter. I love doing this same tradition with Brooke and get more excited about it than she does. (PS my dress is from Soel Boutique last year)
The part she was really excited about were her clip-on earnings.
She kept going around to everyone and pulling her hair up so that they could see her fancy jewels.
First, we started off the morning with an Easter basket and egg hunt. The lipstick (she called it that but it was really chapstick) was the best part of the whole experience (and the bunny gummies were for me).
For breakfast we made blueberry muffins together and then got to work on my mom’s favorite cake for dessert that night. She is a carrot cake fanatic (and quite picky about her carrot cake;) and so I took the task for Easter dessert pretty seriously.
My Mom’s Favorite Carrot Cake:
2 C sugar
2 C flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 C oil
1 C coconut, shredded
2 C carrots, shredded
2 C pineapple, crushed and drained
1 C walnuts, chopped
1 C raisins
Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon, soda and salt and set aside. Beat eggs, add oil, vanilla and dry ingredients. Add remained of ingreients and mix well. Bake in del 9 x 13 inch greased and floured pan at 335 degrees for 45 minutes (sometimes more.. sometimes less… just keep checking with a toothpick until it is done).
Add your favorite cream cheese frosting and you are good to go.
I forgot to take a picture of the inside but here is the top of the cake:) I tried to be creative and spell mom with the frosting.
After church we went to my sister’s for another Easter egg hunt and I was quickly reminded how ridiculously good those hint of lime Tostitos are. My sister and I used to go through bags of those so fast while watching Alias (did anyone else ever watch that show?). The amount of memories I have associated with different foods is kind of ridiculous.
Dinner was at my parents’ house and I arrived to this tower of avocado with fresh pineapple right next to it.
Last week we were trying to figure out who was going to bring different items for a traditional Easter dinner and then we all realized we love Mexican way more and made chicken fajita salads.
My aunt came prepared with games and cash prizes for the games. For this game you had to move M&Ms with your straw into your little bowl. The person with the most M&Ms in their bowl after a minute won. PS my mom had 10 of her grandkids there last night so it was quite a party.
The second game was seeing who could make the most amount of candy corn stand in 45 seconds. The real challenge of this game for me was not eating all of them instead.
And we finished things off with bubbles and dessert. It was a much needed rest/family day and I’m ready to hit up my Monday morning run… are you?!?!
Here is how training went last week! So far I’ve been able to stick to the Hanson’s training pretty exact but I take my rest days on Sunday instead of Wednesdays.
Monday: 5 miles @ 8:00 pace.
Tuesday: 2.55 mile w/u 4 x 1.5 mile intervals (average pace for these= 6:22) with .5 mile slow recoveries, 1.45 mile c/d…. 12 miles total.
Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:34 pace
Thursday: 1 mile w/u, 6 miles @ 6:34, 2 mile c/d… 9 miles total.
Friday: 5 miles @ 8:40 pace.
Saturday: 14 miles!!! 7:27 average pace.
Total miles—> 51
What was your best run last week? Hardest run?
Any carrot cake fans? Absolute favorite cake flavor?
What was the highlight of your weekend?
If following a training plan right now… which one are you following?