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happy family day!!

My mom got me the CUTEst thing everrrr.  See that little lemon?  That would be a tea steeper!!  Completely adorable.  I couldn’t wait to try it out with some new tea I picked up in the bulk tea section at Whole Foods.  It is pomegranate green tea with real tried pom!  It smelled fabulous.

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At first the flavor was a little tart/sour.  I didn’t add any sweetener and it really grew on me.  Republic of Tea makes this, if you’re curious.

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A lemon steeper top! So cute :)

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Farm freshies…sooo good!  I made my mom pour, poke + spread eggs with toast for breakfast.  She loooved them!

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I was totally craving steel cut oats.  These were Easterific ;)

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Today’s mix:

  • 1/4c steel cut oats
  • 1 1/4c water

In the last 5min this went in:

  • 1 med banana,
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1/3c coconut milk [SO delicious brand..not from a can]

Topped with:

  • unsweet coconut
  • peach fruit spread
  • Heather’s jam
  • pnut butter
  • almonds


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The Easter bunny found Chris + me.  My mom + dad shipped a HUGE box to us before my mom got here with all of these things in it.  The box had instructions to NOT OPEN.  She organized it when she got here and had it all set up this morning ;)  Totally cute.  So many fun things inside, like the tea steeper, Malley’s chocolate, a few things from Trader Joe’s, etc. mmmm 

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I introduced my mom to Caramel Oikos and she loved it!  She said she doesn’t like caramel mixed in things usually, because it has a fake flavor but she really liked the caramel in this.  ME TOO!

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Time to hard boil some eggs!  [not with the farm fresh…they don’t hard boil very have to wait at least 5 days]

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Time to make my graham crackers to make graham cracker crust!  This was the first time I used my graham’s to make crust and it worked perrrfectly.  I promise these graham crackers are super easy :)

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Lemon infused cheesecake!  The easiest most foolproof recipe EVER!

Lemon Infused Cheesecake

  • 2, 8oz packages cream cheese [I used Organic Valley, full fat]
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4c pure cane sugar
  • 2t vanilla
  • 1T lemon zest
  1. Leave cream cheese out for about 30min to soften. Pre-heat oven to 350*
  2. Whip cream cheese with a mixer for a few minutes until creamy + smooth.
  3. Add eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Beat with mixer until light and fluffy ~3-5min. 
  5. Stir lemon zest in at the end.
  6. Fill on top of pie crust in a 9” pan.
  7. Bake ~30-35min until pie starts to crack around the edges.
  8. Let cool on a cooling rack for ~2-4hrs.  The pie will probably be poofed up and then while it’s cooling it will fall.  This is totally normal.
  9. Cover + place in the fridge for at least 2hrs but best if refrigerated overnight.

I noticed:  I have made this many time but for some reason it seemed like the lemon zest curdled the cream cheese a bit.  It left little lumps that would not smooth out with mixing.  So, that is why I said to stir in the lemon zest after mixing all the other ingredients.  The cheesecake texture still came out perfect though, but I would do it that was as a precaution.

Also, do not cover the cheesecake and put it in the fridge if it is at all warm because it will form condensation and then you will have a soggy cheesecake!

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I have posted about the graham cracker crust I make but here it is again:

For a 9” pan

  • 2c ground graham cracker crumbs
  • ~4T butter
  • 2-3T honey
  1. Mix in a bowl until well combined.  If it seems extremely dry, you might need another T of butter.
  2. Pour in pan.  Pat down with your hands and work up the sides.
  3. Optional – bake at 350* for 5-10min

I use my fingertips to spread it around and then work around the pan pressing the sides to compact it.  If you want you can bake it for 5-10min to kind of set it.  These grahams were pretty dark already so I didn’t bake it at all.

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fluFFed UP!  Note the slight cracking.  It will still have a slight jiggle to it, but will solidify when cooling. 

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I also made Mama Pea’s vegan key lime pie with my non vegan graham crust ;)  Well the grahams are vegan but then I added butter for the crust…hehe

Agar Agar – a natural, vegan gelatin!! 

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I also decorated Easter eggs, which I haven’t done in YEARSSSS.  Thanks mom + dad for the kit ;)  Next year I’m definitely trying to use natural dies with beats and turmeric. hehehe 

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Tye-died cute!

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Ahhmazing carmelized onion dip from 101 cookbooks.  Seriously this was FANtastic. 

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baguette + baby bellas + cucumber + carrots – diPPers!

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My mom and I were suuper busy in the kitchen today.  It was so much fun.  We also made smokey deviled eggs.  Wow, were these good!!  No mayo or mustard! 

Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt [slightly altered from original]
Made 24 halves

  • 12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  • ~1 - 1 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4T sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1t paprika [use smoked if you can find it, I couldn’t]
  • 1/2t cajun spice blend [added this to make it smokey]
  • 1t salt, 1/2t salt
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1-2T olive oil
  • pepper cracked on top
  1. Mash eggs with 3/4c of the yogurt.  Add more yogurt until it’s smooth and creamy.
  2. Add paprika, cajun spices, 1/2t salt, few grinds of pepper, 2T sun dried tomatoes.  Taste and season to your liking.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat oil on medium.
  4. Add shallot and cook for ~3-5min until caramelized.
  5. Pour on a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with 1t salt.
  6. Top eggs with pepper, onions and the rest of the sun dried tomato.

If you can find smoked paprika use 1 1/2-2t of that instead of the paprika + cajun spice blend.

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There were reallllly tasty!! 

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Yaaay mom :)  Wish you were here too dad!

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Little mini pita pockets to house pork tenderloin.  Yes, I actually cooked meat today!  I haven’t had it in about 2 months except for a few litttttle bites here and there.  I just haven’t had the taste for it.  We got 2 high quality tenderloins from Whole Foods today so I had to give it a try. 

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Kurtz and Ann came over for dinner!!  They brought this amazing green bean casserole with cherry tomatoes and herbed goat cheese.  It was such a fun spring dish and full of flavor.  LOVED it.

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Pat + Natalie came too!  Natalie made TWO killer dishes.  Also very springy and just amazing.  This was a warm quinoa salad full of spinach, zucchini, lemon, dill and topped with feta.  Perfection.

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She also made a tomato and asparagus dish that was crunchy and fabulous.  YUMmmmm :)

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Not very photogenic but this was actually incredible.  The few bites of meat I’ve had in the past 2 months I’ve been very “meh.”  I definitely haven’t been too excited about meat.  I baked this at 350* for about 45min until it got to 160*.  There were 2 pounds total and I marinated it in a garlic herb marinade for about 3hrs in the fridge.  It was THEE most tender meat I think I’ve ever had in my whole life.  You know pork can be really dry.  This was NOT in any way.  It was extremely juicy and didn’t need extra sauce.  The quality was outstanding.  I’ve had great luck with all of the meats I’ve gotten at Whole Foods and alwaaaays find out exactly where my meat is coming from and what the animal was fed during it’s life. 

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Chow time.

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Pat + Chris

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A blurry Pat + Dakota…they’re pretty much BFF’s

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Ann + Kurtz also brought some delicious LOCAL pinot noir.  It was fabulous and the story about the winery is pretty cool.  It’s a biodynamic farm.  Basically the whole farm works in 1 huuuge cycle.  Very sustainable :)

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So the key lime pie.  I know it looks a bit weird in color but I obviously wasn’t going to die it to look greener…also the kitchen lighting isn’t the best.  The flavor was AWESOME.  I really liked it but it was completely impossible to cut and serve.  It didn’t fully gel to where you could make a clean cut at all and the texture looked a little strange when scooping it out.  It seriously was delicious though and went great with the graham crust.  I also made some coconut cool whip!!

Coconut Cool Whip  [I didn’t know if this would work but wanted to give it a try]

  • 1, 15oz can full-fat coconut milk
  • 3T cane sugar
  • 1t vanilla
  1. Refrigerate the can for a few hours before making this.
  2. With a cold metal bowl and beaters, whip this until soft peaks form ~3-5min.

This whipped up perfectly and was creamy + coconutty. 

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The very outer edge of the crust was slightly burnt but you couldn’t tell at all.  This cheesecake recipe is so simple + delicious.

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The ladies!! :)  Ann, me, mom, Natalie

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It was an awesome day cooking with my mom and an awesome night with our family.  Kurtz + Ann aren’t family related, but they’re still family ;)  I call this “family day” because that is what I think holidays are all about. 

Wowoww…time for beddddd..I’m beat! 


Reader Comments (35)

That's an awesome Easter basket! And all the food looks fantastic!
Glad you had an awesome day with your family. :)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

That is the cutest little tea steeper! And wow, you made some incredible food today! I love deviled eggs - can I have one of yours? :P I love dying eggs, too, although we haven't done it in years. My husband and I have been hiding little chocolate eggs for each other for a few years now :) Don't worry about the dye - I'm sure that will come right off! Have a great day! :)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

What a fantastic weekend!!! Your mom is adorable. How sweet of her to come bearing so many wonderful goodies.

I have been looking for a good recipe for deviled eggs without mayo. These sound amazing!

Glad you enjoyed the weekend with your mom and a fantastic Easter holiday.

Have a great day Ashley!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Those smoky deviled eggs sound fabulous! And all of the food looks delicious, too. That tea steeper is adorable!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

The lemon tea steeper is really cute, and score on the easter basket! Everything looked so yummy :)


April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I love that tea steeper! Looks like a delicious easter :-)

That was your best post ever, hands down......well at least from a Dad's perspective.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

What a feast! I can't believe how much stuff you cooked. That must have been so nice for you mom to be able to spend easter with you.

I bet you're gonna have lots of fun with leftovers this week ;)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdarryn (brio.gusto)

of course we would have the same menu. hehe.
everything looks amazing and I can't wait to try that cheesecake! so simple! all the veggie dishes look so so good, especially with all the delicious cheese on top. YUM.

glad you had a great family day!!

i am in love with your tea steeper...too cute! way to go mom :) one of my favorite pork tenderloin recipes is (it's going to sound gross but i promise it's should try making homemade mayo!):

rub a tenderlion with about 2-3 Tbsp mayo
completely cover in Tony's Greek seasoning (I use low sodium)
put on a baking sheet and roast at 450 for 45 minutes. then leave the oven door shut and turn off the heat, letting it sit for another 45 minutes. it's heaven!

That tea steeper is too adorable!

Wow--everything looks so amazing! I really love the bowl you put the onion dip in. 3 of my friends work/have worked for Jack Rabbit Hill. I've gone to visit, and it is such a cool place.

Also, I made a vegan chocolate cake with non-vegan german chocolate frosting. For some reason I find it very entertaining when I make something vegan and then "ruin" it with a non-vegan item.

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

amazing pics and food!! coconut cool whip?!?! this sounds too good to be true!!! and the warm quinoa salads looks fantastc!

love theboston red sox hat too :)

glad you had a great easter weekend, my dear!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi (onefitfoodie)

I'm so curious what happened to your pie. How long did you refrigerate it for? Mine was in there overnight and sliced PERFECTLY. In fact, it may have gotten a little too firm. I'm so sorry it didn't set up for you!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Where did you get the tea steeper? It's so cute!!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great food spread! I didn't know coconut milk could whip up like that! I'm keeping that in mind for the summer time desserts. Sounds so good over fresh berries.. mmm :)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

Love the photo of you and mom! And love egg painting -- what a fun pastime!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGena

Oh my gosh that is so cute that you hide eggs for each other!!!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Let me know if you try out the eggs..they were sooo yummy!!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks dad!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

LOL...and I actually had 1 more thing planned to make, but was like "really ashley?? do you need to make something else? no!" Chris said it was the FIRST time he ever saw me get to sit down before our friends came over when having a dinner

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I told my mom about the menu...she couldn't believe it! She was just checking out your blog this morning ;)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

wow 450?? I cooked 2, 1lb tenderloins on 350 for 45min..seems like 450 would be way too hot!? I trust you though ;)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The bowls came in a pack of 3 at bed bath and beyond...I got them for the wedding. They were pretty cheap too! I looove them and use them all of the time. All I had to do with the crust was use earth balance, which I make it fully vegan, but I forgot! hehe

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You must try the cool whip!!! The quinoa was awesome!!!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We must figure this out!! :)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

My mom ordered it from an Avon catalog..she said they had a strawberry too!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl! Yeah...they would have looked better but I was in a rush to get them done ;) I had to have a centerpiece!! haha

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Haha! Well all that cooking helps to explain your magnificently toned arms! ;)

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdarryn (brio.gusto)

I love, love, LOVE the tea steeper! LOVE! :)

I also really enjoy ROT's Pom green tea. All the food looks so delish! YUM!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

That basket is so cute! And I absolutely LOVE that tea steeper, if only I had loose tea enough often you know where she got it?

I'm obsessed with all things lemon, I also have this storage container to put leftover cut wedges/slices that I originally got from Sur La Table (but they don't offer it anymore):

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

Oops, I just saw the earlier comment! Thanks for the product info!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura@youngDCliving

What a day! So much good food, and one precious lemon tea steeper. Everything looks wonderful, and I envy your Easter basket!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn/CinnamonQuill

I NEED that tea steeper!

April 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Totally need to try that cool whip!!!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

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