weekend recap + my top 3 recipes from Easter

I hope you had a great weekend.  We celebrated Easter and attempted this family photo on our deck.  I'm not really sure what's going on with my vice grip on my toddler's bottom, but regardless, we got a photo with everyone together!  Usually I'm behind the camera.  I swear my kids are going to grow up thinking they only spent time with their father because he's in all the pictures! ;-)

On Friday, my friend and photographer, Tracy, came over to take pictures of both me and my house.  If you follow me on Instagram you've already seen more than enough photos about our shoot.  But I just want to say that it is not easy acting natural and feeling comfortable in front of the camera.  However, Tracy did an awesome job of being patient and working with me until we got it right.  I'm so excited to see how they turned out.  There's a new blog design coming soon and you'll get to see the shots then! 

Most of you know that I really love to cook.  I'm not going to say I always keep it healthy, but our Easter dinner sure was delicious.  Here's my top three recipes from the weekend:
Green Bean Bundles.  Ah-mazing.  Seriously.  They were supposed to be on our plates for dinner but we couldn't wait to eat them so I served them as an appetizer.  I really can't recommend these enough.  I did cut way back on the amount of brown sugar all around.  It was still very tasty.

Pioneer Woman's Glazed Ham was the rock star of the day.  I made ham for Christmas (boiled in Coke) and it was a total flop.  This recipe was a dream.  It really looked just like the picture when it was done.  Incredibly juicy and flavorful.  Now I just need to decide what to make with the leftovers.  Any ideas?

Pioneer Woman's fruit salad was not only beautiful on the eyes, but a fast mover.  You coat the entire salad with a simple syrup mixture of orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla.  You can't go wrong.  My only regret was not having some angel food cake to go with it!

Would you try any of these recipes?  They certainly aren't exclusive to the holidays.  In fact, I may have to make those green bean bundles again tonight. ;-)

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  1. I tried a ham with coke once too. It was pretty good, mostly my kids were totally amazed about that secret ingredient and so I was a rock star mom for one day :) That fruit salad dressing sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

  2. i made PW's fruit salad also. It was delicious! I thought it was yummy enough to put on ice cream!

  3. Those are some great recipes. I hope you had a great Easter.

  4. oh those dishes look super yummy! and cant wait to see the new blog design!

  5. What a sweet family picture! Those green bean bundles look amazing! Have to try those. I'm coming to your house for the next holiday!! :)

  6. I sooo want to make a ham that looks like that! Can't wait to see the pictures and the new design. Wish I could fly her out here to take pictures for me!!

  7. the green bean bundles sound amazing - I am sure they would be fantastic with filets! I love what you said about photos - that is my new years resolution to be in front of the camera as well (and more family shots too!)

  8. Oh my! Those recipes all look delicious! Definitely giving the green beans and fruit salad a try soon!

    Glad you had a great Easter! :)


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