Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  This weekend flew by, but the weather was really gorgeous.  On Saturday, I met up with Dina from My Superfluities She's the first blogger friend I've ever met, and it was really great!  We did a little shopping at Old Town in Alexandria, visiting this great consignment store and Anthropologie. Dina is so kind and fun, so it was neat to actually meet her and chat. 

The husband was stuck working most of this weekend, so I took the opportunity to catch up on chores and errands.  I also started getting our little tokens of appreciation ready for our moms.  I'm still trying to come up with gifts for my mom, but I think we my MIL's pretty much done after we get a card.

I picked up a few things that I thought she'd enjoy, and made a new label for the wine.

I put everything in a basket, since the candle and wine are pretty heavy.
At Trader Joe's I found two orchids, so I picked those up while I was there.  I made a little "Happy Mother's Day" flag, and we will just keep them until we go visit our moms.

How was your weekend?  Did you get to enjoy some of this gorgeous weather? 

Easter Recap!

Well, after all my Easter posts last week, it only seems fitting to share the actual event.  On Friday, my sister arrived.  She was feeling under the weather, so our big excursion was going to Georgetown to pick up some Easter cupcakes.

On Saturday, we went to a baseball game with my brother, his wife, and my sister. It was absolutely beautiful outside.

I made a really easy meal of salmon, broccoli and mashed potatoes with Georgetown cupcakes for dessert.
We purchased a waffle iron in honor of Easter brunch, and on Saturday night the husband started his experiments with the batter.
Sunday morning, I made the fruit salad,  heated up some mini quiche from Whole Foods and also made some muffins (my mom brought ups some scones and marble cake).  The husband was in charge of the waffles, and they turned out great!

Throughout the weekend, we had two games of Monopoly and lots of quality family time together.  Most of the pictures are on my brother's phone and my mom's Ipad, but it's fun to remember the day!  I hope you all had a relaxing weekend.  Now it's back to reality!

Five for Friday: More Easter Inspiration!

Today, I'm spending time with my sweet sister, but here is some more Easter inspiration.

I love these cupcakes.  If I can find these bunny ears, I'm going to have to try to make them tonight.

I'm also going to print this printable.
I love jelly beans, but this packaging takes it to new heights!
I also want to try to make these printables.
One thing I know I'm going to make for Easter brunch is this fruit salad.
Blessed Easter to all of you who celebrate, dear friends!

Easter Preparations!

Yesterday, I shared my inspiration for Easter, but of course, what materializes is much different.  First up is the  Easter sign  I bought at Kohl's a few years ago.  Even though it's not very practical to store, I enjoy displaying it every spring.
At Target, I found this cute little banner.  It was about five dollars, so I decided that it would be something fun that we could use for a few years. We don't have a mantle, so I hang it over the big window in our living room.

It's hard to read because of the sunlight, but in real life it looks more like this.
 I also made up these little treat bags for my family.  The women get nailpolish and EOS lipbalm and the guys get gum and mini Altoids.  It's really hard to find stuff to put in those eggs that isn't candy!
I also picked up some plates and napkins at the Target dollar bin. 
Are you doing anything special for Easter if you celebrate the holiday?  I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to cook...

Easter Inspiration!

One thing that is putting a little pep into my step is the fact that Easter is coming up!  I'm really excited because my family is coming to visit, and it will be great for us to all be together.  Here is some of my Easter inspiration, and I hope to share with you soon what actually materialized soon!

First up, I love this idea from Pinterest, of putting nail polish in Easter eggs, so I'm doing this for my sister, mom, and SIL.
I also adore this bunny platter from Crate and Barrel.  Unfortunately, it's sold out, but I still think it's cute.  I guess everyone else did too!
We decided to order some spring cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, and I'm very excited about this.  I think they are such a treat!
Although, if I were really into baking, I would want to try to make this cake featured by Williams and Sonoma.
I know these things are frivolous, but it's fun to prepare for the holiday.

Weekend Recap: A Little Trip to Lexington, Virginia

I hope everyone had a nice weekend and enjoyed some beautiful weather.  We took a short trip to Lexington, Virginia, and it was fun to see the town.  We stayed at the Hampton Inn, which is a historic building, and really interesting.
This hotel had a lot of charm.

They also had gorgeous arrangements of flowers everywhere.
 We met the husband's mom on Saturday night and went to dinner at Bistro on Main. I thought it was delicious, and if you're ever in the area, I'd recommend it!  On Sunday morning we went to brunch at the Southern Inn, which was also great. We walked around the downtown area for quite a bit, but forgot to take photos.  On Sunday afternoon, my MIL and I also visited the Lee Chapel while the husband was doing some work, and it was really interesting.  Even though the town of Lexington is small, it's definitely quaint! How was your weekend?

Five for Friday: An evening bike ride to the cherry blossoms

Yesterday, the husband and I had a surge of energy, and biked to the Tidal Basin after work to see the cherry blossoms.  Even though it was getting dark, they were still beautiful.
I've really been in a bit of a slump lately, but I'm hoping with the advent of spring, that I'll be back to blogging more!  I hope you have a lovely weekend.  We are off for a little road trip in VA, which I'm pretty excited about.

What's Cooking Wednesday: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew

To be honest, not too much cooking took place last week, so over the weekend I decided that I needed to better. I made this curried vegetable and chickpea stew in the slow cooker that I had pinned a long time ago.  It's very hearty, so definitely better for a fall meal, but it is delicious and easy.  It also has lots of vegetables.  I didn't halve the recipe, so I've been eating this for lunch and dinner all week; however, it's supposed to  freeze really well, so I think maybe it's time to pop some portions in the freezer. 

Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew*

Serves 8 - 10
Adapted from Cooking Light
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 all-purpose potatoes, diced
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1-inch piece ginger, peeled, and grated (about 1 tablespoon)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups vegetable broth
2 (16-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes with their juices
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
10-ounces baby spinach
1 cup coconut milk
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onion with one teaspoon of salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the potatoes and another teaspoon of salt, and sauté until just translucent around the edges.
Stir in the curry, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and chili and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in 1/4 cup of broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Pour this onion-potato mixture into the bowl of your slow cooker.
To the slow-cooker, add the rest of the broth, chickpeas, bell pepper, cauliflower, tomatoes with their juices, the pepper, and the final teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine. The liquid should come half-way up the sides of the bowl; add more broth as necessary. Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH.
Stir in the spinach and coconut milk. Cover with lid for 1 minute to allow the spinach to wilt. Taste and adjust the salt and other seasonings as needed.

Have you been cooking anything good lately?  I really struggle with figuring out what to make, which I think is part of the problem why I struggle with meal planning.

*Recipe from here.

Wishlist from the J.Crew Factory store

I am ready for some spring weather!  While I don't need to buy new spring clothes at all, there are quite a few things at the J.Crew Factory store that have caught my eye.

I love this top, and I'm hoping I might be able to purchase it when it goes on further sale.
Even though they are just plastic, these earrings are so pretty.
This scarf reminds me of the lemon theme that Kate Spade has right now.
Of course I think this one is pretty too.
While I look bad in gray, so won't be getting this even if it was on massive sale,  I think this sweater is cute.
And I think this sweater would be fun if the husband and I end up going to Maine.
Anything catching your eye lately?  I like doing little wishlists sometimes because even if I don't end up buying any of the things, it helps me keep focused on what I like.