Easter Weekend Adventures

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a lovely Easter (or regular) weekend. First things first – for those of you who have a ton of leftover hard boiled Easter eggs on hand, try my Healthy Deviled Egg recipe! It’s an old favorite.

healthy deviled eggs

Matt and I spent Easter weekend down in Winston-Salem, NC, with Matt’s brother Chris and his wife Jess and Matt’s parents, who drove down from Pittsburgh. It was such a nice, relaxing time. Here are some of the highlights!

On Saturday, the weather was gorgeous – perfect temperature and Carolina blue sky at it’s best, so all of us decided to go out for a hike!


Chris and Jess’s adorable dog, Maggie, came for the adventure as well.


We’re besties. :)


We did the Yadkin Islands Trail in Pilot Mountain State Park. It was a really pretty area and almost empty except for us and a few people riding horses, so that was nice, too!


We had fun walking and chatting and enjoying the sunshine and scenery. We forged some mighty streams:



Crossed some tracks:



And enjoyed some river views. Here I am with my sister-in-law, Jess:



After a couple hours, we found a picnic table and settled in for a late lunch!


We hit up Whole Foods before heading to the trail and we had quite the feast – meat, cheese, baguettes, fruit, nuts, veggies, olives, etc. Delicious!


After our hike, we drove over to the top of Pilot Mountain to check out the viewing area. The “kids”:


It was such a wonderful way to spend the day. We also went out to a fabulous dinner on Saturday night at a southern place in town called Milner’s. Highly recommended if you’re ever in the area!

On Sunday, we continued the feasting! Chris and Jess hosted a big Easter lunch for us as well as Jess’s family, who live nearby. We all pitched in to get the meal ready and everything came out great.


Lunch appetizers:


Plus some Prosecco! My favorite.


We all started with a delicious salad. Loved the herbed cheese!


The main event was roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and asparagus. Everything was amazing. I went back for seconds on the meat and carrots!


For dessert, we had macaroons, homemade by Jess:


And apricot gelato, homemade by Chris using their ice cream machine! Yum.


Such a wonderful weekend with family. And now – back to the grind! Matt and I drove back to DC yesterday and arrived home late last night to fall into bed. Oh Monday, you always come too quickly.

How was your weekend? Also, happy April Fool’s Day! Anyone play any good pranks today? Or have any good stories from years past? I always love to see what Google does on this day every year – apparently this year’s prank was announcing that YouTube will be shut down! As if. :)


  1. 1
    Healthy Eater says:

    Wonderful weekend, it’s clear. Neat hike, great Easter brunch, and good family time. Well done!

  2. 2

    Your hair is getting so long! I love it. It looks like you had a lovely weekend and luckily wonderful weather!

  3. 4

    So much great food! Looks like you had a great weekend!

  4. 5

    So glad you had a wonderful Easter! And happy to see DC is finally starting to feel like Spring. Love you girl!

  5. 7

    Macaroons are my favorite cookie! Looks like such a fun weekend!

  6. 8

    Looks like you had a lovely weekend! I was happy we had some lovely weather here in Chicago too! Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy it! :-)

  7. 9

    What a beautiful weekend! Try this:

    It REALLY works! 😉

  8. 11

    That hike and picnic look wonderful!! No April Fool’s Pranks yet, but we did get a message that our CEO is retiring next year this morning…and for a while everyone thought it was a joke…until they confirmed that it wasn’t…oops. I guess it just so happens to be his 15 year anniversary, so that’s why they announced it today.

  9. 13

    This looks like the best Easter food I have ever seen. Herbed cheese!? I would be in food heaven.

  10. 14

    Looks like a fun weekend with gorgeous weather! I’m jealous. And I have a dog named Maggie too :)! All the food looks so good and YUMM macaroons!! Ahh.

  11. 18

    Looks like a great Easter with family. Monday definitely came too quickly for me too! I always feel a bit out of sorts after spending all day Sunday out of town..wish I had an extra day!

  12. 20

    Wow, all of the food looks so, so good! Homemade gelato?! Yum!

  13. 21

    Sounds fabulous!! :)

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    Your Easter looked fun!! Always great to hike, one of my favorite things to do. I love Easter and spring time. I spent the weekend wedding dress shopping on saturday, kids church sunday and a great family dinner at my fiance’s aunt and uncle’s house ending the day at my sister’s house with my parents who came into town. Food looked delish!!

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    You had quite the weekend! I will admit I’m very jealous of the warmer temps you’re getting!! We’ve had snow and freezing temps the last couple of weeks here!

  16. 25

    Looks like lovely weather and a nice weekend.
    Last year for 4/1 I replaced all of the kitchen stuff in my boyfriend’s kitchen–took the real stuff and hid it and replaced with paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, etc.
    In college my roommates played a prank on me that we were being evicted from our apartment and had 24 hours to move. I was in a full on panic all day and wasn’t too amused when they told me it was a joke!

  17. 27

    Those Macaroons looked like they would have been delicious :)

  18. 28

    All that food looks delicious! Glad you had a fun holiday!!! :)

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