An Easter Brunch Feast & A Daffodil Run!

Good morning!

I’m back in Chapel Hill feeling refreshed after my nice relaxing weekend in Pittsburgh. It was SO worth it to spend all last week busting my butt so I could take the weekend off from homework! Only 1.5 weeks until I’m done with my first YEAR of grad school. Bring it, finals!


I hope you all had a nice (Easter, if you celebrate it) weekend! We had quite the brunch feast at Matt’s parent’s house yesterday. To rev up our hunger, Matt and I went on a nice 5.5 mile run around his hilly neighborhood beforehand!


We took a break at the midway point to admire this huge field of beautiful daffodils :)


Aren’t they pretty? It was cool and a little rainy yesterday in Pittsburgh so they had pretty raindrops all over them :)


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Heh. Photos courtesy of Matt’s Droid phone :)

It was a great run and we returned home ready to EAT!

Hello, beautiful:


Mmmmm. Matt’s dad has done culinary training courses and is really into cooking and food presentation. Case in point — this beautiful grilled pineapple! (And our Thanksgiving feast — remember that?!)


On the menu for brunch yesterday was: Roasted Vegetable Quiche with Aged Gouda:


Delicious. He roasted the vegetables first before adding them in so they were nice and soft! And dare I say I’m starting to like caramelized onions?!


Broiled Tomatoes stuffed with spinach, swiss chard, and bacon, topped with shaved parmesan cheese:


Major yum. I loved all the spinach and swiss chard stuffed inside!

French Toast Casserole with real maple syrup:


This was to DIE for. It tasted like a combination of a Cinnabon and French toast! Ahhhh


And finally, Brown Sugar and Peppercorn Crusted Bacon:


Peppercorn makes everything (savory) more delicious, I’ve decided. Must recreate this!

I forgot to get a photo of my plate because I was too busy digging in, but I enjoyed some of everything :) After a bit of relaxation, we came back for the grand finale dessert — super Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries!


Whew. What a delicious way to end the weekend! The recipes that Matt’s dad used as inspiration for this feast can be found by clicking here.

I’m bummed the weekend went by so quickly — we had such a nice time biking, running, and, of course, eating! :) Matt sent me a few more photos that he got on his phone from our bike ride on Saturday, so I thought I would share: image image

Yay :) We went to REI on Friday and I found that green biking shirt on clearance! I was excited to try it out — I don’t own any other biking shirts. They have these fun little pockets in the back so you can carry things like fuel and cameras:


Anyway! I flew back to Chapel Hill last night and fell right into bed so I could get up early this morning and swim before my busy day. Matt was sweet enough to pack me a sandwich for dinner on the plane. He makes the best sandwiches :)

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Time to get back to business! We have two papers due and a presentation to give today. I’m rocking some major goggle and swim cap lines at the moment — here’s hoping they are gone by my presentation this afternoon ;)

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Have a good one, friends!


  1. 1

    Glad you had a fannetastic Easter!!!!
    Matt’s dad seems to know how to really cook…. that bacon looks A-a-a-a-amazing!

    Pittsburg looks like a pretty city, I’m embarrased that I’ve never been there
    (especially since I’ve lived in Philadelphia 3 decades of my life)

    Glad your safe back at school again, I hope you excel in the remainder of your classes…
    ps I love the bike shirt; It makes me want to ride!
    (I noticed it on yesterday’s blog, but I was too busy playing with the Easter Bunny!)

  2. 3

    Looks like a gorgeous feast. I LOVE baked french toast casseroles. They are so much easier to whip up for a crowd then french toast made on the stove and every bit as delicious.

  3. 4

    That looks like quite a feast you had! Everything looks so insanely delicious! I’m a wee bit jealous =) So Glad you had a great Easter!

    I bet it was nice being spending a weekend free of homework. My finals are this week, so I had to squeeze in some studying. Almost done, though, right?!

  4. 5

    Glad you had an amazing Easter weekend, Anne! Those daffodils look so pretty, I would have loved to look at them while running.
    The food is making me drool as usual. That french toast cassarole must have been amazing. Next year I’m definitely joining you for Easter brunch! Haha! :-D

  5. 6

    I’ve seen French Toast casserole on so many posts today and I am SO jealous! I love the Girl Scout cookies with the strawberries!

  6. 7

    Wow Matt’s family sure does know how to eat! All of that food looks amazing!!! You wouldn’t happen to have a recipe for that quiche??

  7. 9

    Oh my everything looks so delicious!

  8. 10

    I LOVE the pockets on the back of bike shirts- they really come in handy!
    And my mouth started watering for the French Toast Casserole, good thing lunch is soon, bad thing…I dont have French Toast Casserole haha

    Good luck with the paper and presentation!

  9. 11
    Adventurer says:

    Wonderful run route, great chow, and terrific bike shirt! Next you need one with advertising on it!

  10. 12

    Everything looks awesome! I am super impressed with Matt’s fam! Remember my french toast casserole thing from PW at Bit’s wedding? How did this compare??? ;)

  11. 14

    Those daffodils are gorgeous! And food delish too! I’ve been wanting to broil tomatoes and stuff them, but I’m nervous they’ll fall apart. Guess I’ll have to be brave. :) p.s. thanks for all your brussels sprout tips about taking off the outer coating. I made a dish for Easter and used your method – came out perfect!

  12. 15

    I never thought I’d drool over a tomato, by ohmygoodness that looks good! Yay for being almost done with school; I’m 3weeks away from being done with my first year in my RD schooling journey!

  13. 16

    Holy. Wow. Yum!

  14. 17

    OMG… all the food…amazing!


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