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Play Time is Over - Time to Get Back to Work 
Apr. 3, 2013 2:38 pm 
Updated: Apr. 3, 2013 3:42 pm
Last week was my Spring Break and I made the most of it, even though it was more like a winter break since it was so cold and snowy. Our camping trip was cancelled to wait for warmer weather but I quickly filled my days with fun things to do.

Much of my time was spent bonding with my daughter since she also had break last week. We met a good friend for lunch at a winery one afternoon and then headed to the local chocolate store.  We picked up some delicious chocolates and some really good wine, too, so that day was definitely a success!

On Wednesday we made a trip to the West Side Market. A fire had closed the place down a while back and it had just re-opened on President's Day, so I was anxious to check out the place. My son-in-law and Jon also made this trip with us; we could use the extra hands for carrying our purchases. The building is so clean!  And, we found some great deals on produce and other items.  One of the vendors sells maple syrup and maple products and they just happened to have small bags of maple sugar for sale.  Since I had just made the maple custards and had topped them off with a crunchy sugary topping, I thought I should buy some maple sugar and see how that went as a topping.  I also got some sweet potato flavored orzo and some lemon basil flavored orzo - which I can't wait to try. We always buy a couple pounds of dried fruit from this one vendor that has the best dried fruit I've ever had, and we got some yummy cheese and a butter in the shape of a lamb for my Easter dinner table.  Of course when we finished our shopping we headed over to the Great Lakes Brewing Company for lunch and a tasty brew. 

Friday was spent with our "grandchildren" dyeing eggs.  We also hide plastic eggs filled with candy for them and we take one large egg for each child in which we put candy and a clue to find a gift.  They love that clue - this year Yahir (who is 7) can read fairly well so he was able to read his own clue, which made him very proud.  We also had an additional two children for our day as their cousins were visiting from Chicago.  Those two girls were 6 and just-turned 5 and were every bit as sweet as our three.  It was a fun day for all. 

Friday night I made another tres leches cake for Saturday night.  Our friends invited us to join them in a special dinner.  I had success a second time in my baking!  Dinner was supposed to be at 6:00, but the restaurant got so busy that they all had to end up working and we didn't get to eat until almost 9:00 pm! Federico kept apologizing, but we assured him an unexpected busy  night at the restaurant was nothing to apologize for! He said that in past years the Saturday night before Easter has never been very busy, so he had figured he and his wife would not be needed at the restaurant.  Dinner was well worth waiting for!  Marisela had made what she called shrimp soup.  It was a tomato based broth and then filled with shrimp, crab legs, calamari, fish and tiny bits of onions.  I had a huge bowl of it and enjoyed every last drop!

I host Easter dinner at my house for my family and this year was no different.  It was the second Easter without Steve at the table, since he moved to South Dakota just before Easter last year.  This year my nephew was also absent as he and his girlfriend had gone to Detroit for a concert on Saturday night.  Also my brother did not make the trip up from Columbus - so our table was only 9 people.  We all ate plenty, though.  As the dishes were being passed around the table, there was plenty of talk and laughter, but as everyone's plates got full my dad pointed out that all of the men had stopped talking, but the women still were chatting.  Desserts are always a big thing in my family.  Some day I'm going to serve dessert first - the meal second.  I don't think there would be any complaints from anyone!  We had chocolate silk pie, strawberry pretzel salad, lemon berry trifle, a Springtime ambrosia where I used pastel marshmallows, and plenty of jelly beans.

As Sunday night came to a close and everyone had left it then hit me...... my Spring break was over and Monday morning it was back to work for me. I haven't cooked a meal since Sunday as we have had leftovers or been at the restaurant since. Tomorrow night I plan to make a ham, mushroom and asparagus quiche for dinner. I haven't made one in a while and have been thinking about quiche all afternoon. In my house, real men do eat quiche. Or they go hungry! 
Apr. 3, 2013 3:28 pm
Sounds like you may need a vacation to recover from the break!
Apr. 3, 2013 3:42 pm
BSM: You are so right! We always seem to stay so busy when we're on vacation that we feel like we need to go back to work to rest up. :)
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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