Easter is the New Thanksgiving

Workouts this week:
Ugh, you don’t even want to know.  I will just give you the “highlights” and say that I did a 12 mile long run on Thursday, and a brick on Saturday with a 48 mile bike ride (it was supposed to be 50, but when you get up at 5:30 in the morning after working on a paper until 11 pm and bike in the cold/rain/dark, you don’t quibble over 2 miles;) with a 4.5 mile run after.  And, yeah, that was probably about it for the workouts this week except for maybe one other run:(.
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Hi!  I’m still alive (although barely)!  I am sorry for disappearing:(  Please bear with me as the next two weeks are my LAST two weeks of grad school classes!!  After that I have to work on my thesis, so I’m not completely done with school, but I will be done with classes and papers that do not relate to my thesis–woo!!  But, that means that last week and the next two weeks are all dedicated to working on finals, which has brought back the stress monster!

This week I did very little except sleep, go to class, eat lots of junk food (and regret it immediately after), cry, lie on the couch paralyzed by stress, and maybe a little bit of homework when I was capable of overcoming my stress paralyzation to sit upright at the desk and type on the computer and see the screen through the tears in my eyes (only slight exaggerations).

I did eat a couple things that were not complete junk food.  I found a new favorite oatmeal last week:

Pumpkin, raisins (these are actually sultanas), walnuts, and a little bit of peanut butter.  YUM.

And my wonderful husband made me some taco soup (this picture comes complete with school work, computer, and the burnt hot pad in the background).

And I tried turkey bacon for the first time.  (It was good! More like ham than bacon, but good!)

With one egg and half a slice of muenster cheese on an English muffin, and a side of cottage cheese.

Luckily, despite my mental breakdown/stress paralyzation this week, I did get enough work done to be able to go enjoy Easter weekend with the in-laws in Pennsylvania!

It is important to know that Eric’s mom’s family is Italian–and I don’t mean that his great, great, great, great grandfather came over from Italy–no, his grandmother did.  Eric’s grandmother still has a house in Italy, and a lot of his family lives there.

It’s also important to know that the Italians love to feed you–and I mean REALLY love to feed you.  Eric’s mom always makes us wonderful dinners when we go over there, and I always eat way too much.  Also, the first time I had dinner at Eric’s grandmother’s house, I left feeling horribly, horribly ill.  There was gnocchi, chicken, lasagna, bread, salad, pie, ice cream, coffee with ice cream, figs…all of which is served to you with no questions asked–and everyone knows it’s rude not to clean your plate when you’re a guest!;)

Throw in a holiday, and it’s only worse (better? worse? I don’t even know at this point:)!  I thought Thanksgiving was the big eating holiday, but it turns out it’s Easter!!!  I wish someone had warned me, so I could have worn my stretchy pants!!

Saturday we had another amazing dinner a la my amazing mother-in-law, Patty.  We had delicious roasted pork, corn, sweet potatoes, potato filling, bread, and one of Patty’s amazing salads for dinner, and shoe-fly pie with vanilla frozen yogurt for dessert.

If you don’t know what potato filling is, you’re not alone!  I had never heard of it/had it before I met Eric!  I don’t know if it’s just a Pennsylvania dutch thing, or if I am just sheltered.  It’s kind of a cross between mashed potatoes and stuffing, and it is amazing.  I had also never had shoe-fly pie before I met Eric.  I think one of the main reasons I married him was because of all of the amazing food his family exposes me to;).

For breakfast Sunday morning Patty made us some awesome baked oatmeal!!  It was delicious and of course she gave me the recipe, so be prepared to see more of this on the blog!!

If you think this piece looks small (for me, anyway), it’s because it was my third:).  Served warm with milk poured over top (and the first two had banana slices on top:).  Mmmm.  (I had leftovers for lunch today in school and everyone was jealous of how good it smelled:).

For Easter dinner there was home-made ravioli, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, Italian wedding soup, with tons of meats and cheeses, pretzels, cookies, Italian desserts, and 50 more things I am forgetting.  It was the most food I have seen in one place in my life.  And yes, that is counting Thanksgiving:).  I was too busy shoving food in my face most of the weekend to take a picture of the spread, but I did sneak a picture of this cute Peeps bouquet Eric’s cousins made:).

After dinner we hung out with Eric’s adorable cousins.  His cousin Vinny (yes, and I guess that now makes him “my cousin Vinny,” too.  Hahah, I’m sure his family hasn’t heard that 100 times already;).

Vinny was upset by the camera flash!  It only lasted for a second before he was smiling again!

While we were having fun with Vinny, the older cousins were playing with their iPhones.

At one point I counted six iPhones out out of nine people in the living room, lol!

Not only do we eat a ton when we visit the Shipes, but we always leave with our cars full of food, too!  I am going to give you an approximate list of what we brought home, food-wise, and I dare you not to be jealous;):

1 tub of potato filling
1 tub of pork roast
1 box of home made dark chocolate peanut butter Easter eggs
1/2 bag of chips
1 bag of party mix
1 bag of home made ravioli/meatballs
1 bag of ham
1 box of chocolate-covered pretzels
1/2 a loaf of whole-grain bread
1 tub of baked oatmeal
1 tub of shoe-fly pie

Eric asked if there was any way we were going to eat all this food.  He clearly underestimates our eating abilities.  I am so excited that we pretty much don’t have to cook all week and have awesome Italian food to eat!

My favorite take home, though, was Patty’s secret to her awesome salads–her amazing salad dressing!!  Okay, so maybe it’s not really a secret, but it was to me!  She uses the Good Italian seasoning, which comes with its own special carafe (see picture below), which has lines on it to tell you how much vinegar, oil, and water to put in it.  She gave me a packet of seasoning AND a carafe!  I love my in-laws!!

I guess there is one secret to the dressing–special balsamic vinegar from Italy!  Lucky for me, we had our own bottle that we hadn’t opened yet that Patty brought us back from her last trip to Italy (I was waiting until we finished off our regular balsamic to open it, but I cracked ‘er open for the salad dressing!).

And had it with a spinach, tomato, mozzarella, walnut, and cranberry salad, which went perfectly with my leftover ravioli, meatballs, and bread for dinner!

So much food talk!  I had a great time spending Easter with my in-laws!  I am a lucky girl that I married into such a great family:).

Wish me luck with my last two weeks of classes!  I missed you all this week!
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What did you do for Easter?  Did you eat a lot of good food?  Did you eat to much (like me), or were you well-behaved?
-I was pretty good this Thanksgiving, but yesterday I was horrible.  I guess a really stressful week of school + a 50 mile bike ride/4 mile run + a table full of all of my favorite foods = me not needing to eat for the next three weeks.  I feel like my veins are full of butter.  Blech.  I will now be spending all of this week making up for that one day by eating really well, drinking a lot of water, and getting as many of my workouts in as I can!!

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9 Responses to Easter is the New Thanksgiving

  1. Patty says:

    Bbbbrrrrrrrrrrrppp! (Excuse me…) After eating the whole weekend, I am ready for a good fast or some kind of cleanse… So glad you guys came up to PA for a visit. I miss you so much!! I loved having you here!!! Hope to see ya’ll again soon! 😀

    • Ugh, I know! I was totally thinking that now I know why some people do cleanse diets. I felt like my veins were full of butter! Bleh! We had a great time visiting. I hope we can make it up again soon, too!:)

  2. Dana says:

    I’m drooling over that salad with the homemade dressing right now! That’s so cool that she gave you the carafe along with the seasoning. I hope you guys had a happy Easter!!

  3. I know what you mean about the Italian family thing! Christopher’s grandparents came over from Italy as well and he still has family there (though we don’t know any of them). There’s a long sad story in there, but he didn’t grow up knowing his dad’s (Italian) family as much as he grew up knowing his mom’s (German) family. So a lot of his upbringing was more meat-and-potatoes kind of thing than really Italian. We’ve been trying to bring healing to his family and get to know long lost cousins over the past couple of years. Oh! And there is totally a cousin Vinny in his family too (his dad’s cousin)… love it. 🙂

    Aaanyway, the food looks amazing even if it was a lot all at once. I’m glad you had fun and hopefully now you can get back to regular life… well after the next two weeks anyway. 😉

    • Haha, that’s too funny that Christopher has a cousin Vinny, too!:) Eric’s dad’s side of the family is German, so it sounds like our husbands have a very similar heritage:). My family is German and Irish.

      Yes, I can’t wait to get back to a somewhat more “normal” routine after the next two weeks! Grad school has been one of the most stressful experiences of my life!

  4. Great, great pics Erin!

    I love pumpkin so much and think I found a new oatmeal to try!!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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