Last week I got a phone call from my Dad asking if they could come over for Easter weekend; as you can imagine, I was thrilled. Even though we don't really celebrate Easter for what it really is, we do celebrate the Easter bunny with an egg hunt, candy and Easter bunny baskets. Actually, the famous Mister Bunny, as the kids like to call him, is the favorite magical character at our house, since that means lots of candy, chocolate and even more sugary treats.
Back home, Semana Santa
or Holy Week was always a lot of fun. It usually meant we were going to spend a long weekend packed with fun activities at the beach. Good Friday
is a national holiday in Puerto Rico, so we always looked forward to Semana Santa
for the big family outing to the beach. As Khadine mentioned in her post last Sunday
, the Easter bunny was never a regular in our family traditions either, but now that I have kids we absolutely love to celebrate Easter Sunday; it is like reliving the Christmas day euphoria all over again.
This year we got to have not only Grandparents, but also my sister Lisa and brother-in-law, Adam. The kids had no idea they were coming for a visit and, on Thursday morning, we woke up very early, as we usually do, had breakfast and watched a cartoon when all of a sudden...Surprise! I cannot even begin to express the faces of happiness, joy and surprise in both Lucia and Joaquin.
They are not leaving us yet, right Mami? Are they staying with us? The kids were in Family heaven. They played together, watched movies and just couldn't stop hugging and kissing them for four days. It was the best of times and we just chilled and relaxed all weekend. Lots of great food, wine, laughter, basketball games and my children's happy faces all throughout the weekend made it the best Easter so far.
It is not easy to be apart from our loved ones, so even if it is for a week or a long weekend, these visits from friends and family are what really makes the difference, they can turn any weekend into a Holiday. Now that we have kids not only does it make a difference in their lives, but it is also a nice change from our parenting routine. On Good Friday, since we had Grandparents in town, Enrico and I went on a date to the gym...I know, I know the gym? that is not really a date, right? Well, family time also means lots and I mean lots of food, wine, desserts and leftover Easter Bunny chocolate so a date to the gym was just what the doctor ordered. Ay Mama!
For today's recipe, an easy, low-fat and delicious garlic bread recipe, the perfect side dish for anything! Enjoy.
-1 loaf of whole wheat bread
-3 big garlic cloves, minced
-2 Tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 cup light butter (i.e. Smart Balance light)
-2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice bread open and set aside. Combine garlic, butter, parsley and olive oil and spread on bread halves.
Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and broil for two minutes, only until cheese melts and bread edges turn golden brown. Serve hot. Buen provecho!