Thank you all for stopping by today’s recap blog! I hope you had a wonderful Easter despite everything going on in the world right now. I am on my third cup of coffee, and it’s only 8:00 am. We woke up to the loudest wind and rain hitting the upstairs windows followed by our Alexa tornado alarm going off downstairs. It was around 5:00 am, and we decided to take the dogs into the lower hallway until it passed. We live next to the woods and have giant trees all around that would cause incredible damage if one were to fall on the house. It’s much safer to stay downstairs, so despite how tired we were, we hunkered down until the violent storms passed. We lost power for a few hours, but it’s back now, and the sun has managed to come out. I’m all for spring storms, but not when the winds are reaching 70 mph.
It looks like we’re going into our fifth week of social distancing. Weirdly, this whole situation is starting to feel “normal.” I am tired of the repetitiveness, though. Luckily, in eleven days, we’ll be moving into our new house. It’ll be a much-needed distraction and change of pace. My recap post is kind of a blur since everything is starting to blend and feel the same. I’m going to share a couple of things I did this week, along with some meals I ate. I wish it were more interesting, but I’ll make sure to make the moving blog much better. I’m packing up my closet today, and dreading that project!
I spent most of Monday working on things for the home sell and recipe creating for the blog. I’m in the process of filming/editing flat lay videos for recipes, and boy is it work. I can see why people hire freelancers for that.
This entire week, I’ve been enjoying a HUGE salad filled with all the delicious toppings. I seriously cannot get enough. It has romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, sunflower seeds, sprouts, avocado, and a garlic cashew dip from Fresh Cravings (remember the cashew cheese I’m obsessed with? well, their garlic dip is just as amazing.) After lunch, I take a long walk and call a friend and chat. It’s been nice catching up because it feels like forever.
And of course, I have to update you on the wildflowers. They are THRIVING! I’m curious to see what happens since they are so crowded 😂 , To be honest, I thought only a few sprouts would come up, especially after reading the “nothing sprouted” reviews. I thought about transporting a few into the new yard, but I’ll have to do more research.
On Monday night, I had a slice of Udi’s gluten-free bread toasted with Kite Hill cream cheese, avocado, everything but the bagel seasoning, and smoked salmon. It was delicious! We finished a few episodes of Ozark and headed to bed pretty early.
I needed to get out of the house on Tuesday, so a nature walk it was. There’s a garden in my town that I’m obsessed with, and the flowers are stunning, especially in the spring. I think it’s a hidden gem since it’s rarely flooded with people, and when I mention it, people seem surprised to have never heard of it before. I love taking my camera and Leo out on nature walks. The top is from Anthropologie 😊
I was proud of this bee shot. 🐝
This is such a dream spot. This is the beauty I needed!
Leo had a blast, especially since we had the gardens to ourselves.
Awwww, that face!
This break has reminded me to spend time doing things that make me happy, like photography. I take a lot of photos for the blog, but I have a deeper love for photography when it comes to nature and capturing other people.
After breakfast on Wednesday (strawberries, almonds, pineapple, honey & coconut), I got on a video call with Becca for our mini workout! We did a massive leg workout, and I’m still feeling it right now! I’m going to record this leg workout for YouTube soon. It’s nice because you are literally on the floor the entire time! It’s perfect for doing while watching T.V.
I had the same salad for my lunch! I had it every day, and I got some new lettuce yesterday, so I’ll be eating it again this week! No shame in the salad game.
I had THE BEST baked corn tortilla taco on Wednesday night. IT WAS SO GOOD!!! I had a lot of messages asking for the recipe, so I made sure to blog it and share it on Friday. You can get the recipe here! I made a bunch, and they’re in the freezer now for whenever I want one. I pop it into the air fryer, and it comes out crispy and delicious. I topped it with homemade guacamole and cashew queso dip.
Fast-forward to Friday because I was so busy on Thursday that I didn’t blog anything!
Kyle and I grabbed an iced coffee from Starbucks drive-thru and headed to the house to check out the landscaping. I’m so excited to start adding new trees, flowering bushes, flowers, and prettier things int the garden. I’ve been reading everything about cottage style gardens, and I can’t wait to transform the space.
Friday late lunch/early dinner (i ended up warming up a baked taco later in the evening) was another jumbo salad but with an onion vinaigrette on top this time along with bell peppers.
We were so bored on Friday night that we drove by to “see the house at night.” It was pretty cool seeing it so lit up! We only live a few miles from the build, so it’s hard to contain ourselves when it comes to driving by.
Saturday morning breakfast was Udi’s gluten-free toast with vegan butter and strawberry jam. I also had an egg and Applegate maple chicken sausage on the side 😋
Saturday night, we had cauliflower tortilla pizzas with pizza sauce and Followed Your Heart vegan cheese. 😋 And I also had shishito peppers on the side.
We had dinner with my mom and dad for Easter. I made gluten-free/vegan lemon sugar cookies with lemon zest on top! They were so good. We played cornhole in the backyard while the dogs ran around.
After spending four weeks isolating and social distancing, we chose to spend Easter together. My mom, my dad, and my Fiance. We haven’t had any symptoms for over four weeks, took our temperatures, and felt comfortable having Easter dinner together. You may not agree with it, but it was ultimately our decision. We weren’t out in a large group, attending a big mass, standing in line at Home Depot, or doing anything with strangers. It was our small family that has not been exposed to the virus and have all been isolating. You don’t have to agree with it, but it was our family decision that we all felt comfortable with. If you don’t think it’s safe to see your family, then don’t. It’s been weeks that I’ve all felt great, and we will continue staying away from outside people. Now if you see me out in a large group, go ahead and send all the hateful comments and SD police my way, but we felt completely comfortable having dinner just the four of us.
My mom made homemade dinner rolls. She used this recipe here, and they were a hit around the table!
I made avocado & smoked salmon deviled eggs, and I’ll share that recipe this week! They are so delicious and the perfect party appetizer.
I also made an incredible brussels sprouts salad that I’ll be sharing as well this week (most likely tomorrow on the blog!)
Easter dinner was incredible! 💜 We watched church on T.V. and relaxed the rest of the day.
I hope you all have a great week, and I’m excited to share the moving countdown during the next few days! 😊 We have our blue tape walkthrough on Friday, so crossing my fingers that goes well. xo
Questions for you!
- Did you cook anything good for Easter?
- Have you been able to get out on walks?
- Which should I share first, the deviled egg recipe or the brussels sprout salad?