Anyone else a little partied out? The entire month of December was a ball! But now I feel like my body (especially my liver) is begging me to reset my eating habits. Today I started with my 5 week Paleo Plan. I’m easing into Paleo by starting this week off with no carbs and no alcohol but I’m still eating dairy. Let me explain what I mean by no carbs. I’m not counting fruits or vegetables, in my opinion, those are A-Ok. I’m referring to things like bread, pasta, crackers, chips, rice, tortillas, and all sweets. My hope is that by the end of the five weeks I feel better overall and that I continue to consume less carbs overall.
I’ve been collecting Paleo recipes on Pinterest for a while now (follow me here). I’ve also had a few guest posts in the past with some awesome Paleo recipes. (These are a favorite and totally on the menu plan this week.) But I’ve never done full Paleo. That meant I had to do my homework! So I planned out the week of meals including 5 different dinners, 2 soups for me for lunch, and a few breakfast options. I assumed that the fam would eat leftovers two of the nights.
Today was a pretty heavy prep day, but I know it will be worth it for the rest of the week. I’ve been sharing what I’m eating on Insta (follow me here @mamamomtourage). But here are the recipes from today.
Easter Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner Ideas
Easter is just around the corner, today I’ve got a round-up of the best Easter brunch, lunch, and dinner ideas to make your family’s day extra special. They are broken up in to types to make finding the perfect dish easier. If you are stressed out and need to laugh read this. If Easter Baskets are tripping you up read this. If decor is causing you some drama read this. You can find these pins and many more on my Easter Pinterest Board.
Breakfast is the kinda meal that I love only when I can enjoy it leisurely. Unfortunately, most days it’s a race to get something nutritious on their plates that they will actually eat without being asked 50 times all while leaving in time to get them to school without having to get a late slip. On days when I’m serving a crowd or when I want a hot breakfast without the hassle of making it, I prep this Breakfast Casserole.
It has the typical breakfast ingredients: potatoes, eggs, onions, sausage, and cheese. You could change the ingredients up in this dish to whatever your family prefers. I’ve done it with bacon and sausage and I’ve served it up as a Denver-style casserole with ham and peppers. Just use the same proportions and cooking times and you’ll be just fine! I swear, this is The Best Breakfast Casserole. But don’t stop at breakfast, it’s also delicious for dinner too!
You can bake it in advance and keep it in the fridge overnight, then just pop in the over to warm. Or you can throw it together a week in advance and freeze until you’re ready to cook it. The options are seriously endless! I think this is The Best Breakfast Casserole to take on vacation. All the work is done for you. All you need to do is get some toast and pour yourself a mimosa!
Welcome to my home at Springtime! Easter is in my top 3 favorite holidays. My mom always went all out for it when I was little. I dyed Easter eggs and she hid them for me through college. I remember the first Easter Paul and I spent together. We arrived at my parents and my mom was giddy with excitement about the egg hunt. He said, “You really still dye and hunt Easter eggs?” I said,” Yep, welcome to the family.”
This year I bought a couple fun new Spring items while treasure hunting with Amanda
. First up, the fabulous vintage wheelbarrow. I had to have it! I filled it with pastel and paper mache eggs from Michaels and displayed it on my island with a bucket of flowers and a cute bunny I picked up at Home Goods.
A few touches of burlap because I can’t celebrate a holiday without it and Voila! A masterpiece.
Also in my kitchen I have a few display areas that I love to incorporate a little holiday cheer.
I picked up these super cute “Crunch” carrot plates at Home Goods this season and added a few egg cups and a chocolate bunny for the finishing touch to my vintage scale.
On our kitchen table, my standard tray with the usual tarnished silver pieces. I love the keep this the same and change out the little details for each holiday as well. Here I added a mini basket and nests I picked up at Cost Plus.
In the living room I have this darling table I picked up at my favorite vintage store and it makes the perfect display area for holiday items.
I found this carrot garland at Rod Works this year and the bunny came from a nursery out of town.
I found coordinating vegetables made from natural elements at Cost Plus this year and thought they were perfect in the old grain scooper.
On my coffee table I keep the standard crate and change it out for the seasons as well. I added some fun carrots I picked up at Raley’s this year and a potted mini daffodil from TJ’s. A new friend gave me the adorable bunny dish with the most amazing pastel Jordan Almonds from William Sonoma. They are seriously delish!
On my side table, another chocolate bunny and silver bowl of eggs.
(Sometimes while laying on the couch at night I think about reaching over and eating the ears off the bunny just to see how long before anyone notices…lol)
Our entry way wlecomes our guests with a darling pennant banner I picked up at Target this year. On one side I have an old crate with vintage books, a 1950’s copy of Peter Rabbit and a moss covered carrot my mom gave me years ago.
On top are three dairy bottles of daffodils. TJ’s sells bunches of daffodils all season for $1.29. I buy 3 a week to change them out. A small price for something that makes me so happy every time I walk in the front door.
On the other side of the credenza is my moss bunny. My MIL gave him to me a few years back and I love him. I filled his backpack and the Spring basket (from Michaels) with a bunch of cute felted eggs I got at Target a few years ago.
Out front, oversized eggs lie in wait with some cute signage to direct the Easter Bunny!
I leave the front door area empty this time of year because we try to avoid any hiding places for resident rattlesnakes.
Next year, I will DIY two matching wreaths though. Put that on my To Do list!
Hoping everyone has a wonderful Easter!
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this with us! It’s amazing! I really wish I had the ability to put things together as beautifully as her. Really fabulous!
Today we are talking Easter decor. Can you believe Easter is only 17 days away? It’s coming fast! But it’s not too late to spruce up your home with a little festive decor. Here are a few pins that are inspiring me lately. You can follow my Easter board here and my Spring board here for more fresh inspiration. Or find all my boards and pins here. Enjoy!
Love the weather-worn wood box!
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So so cute! Love the muted colors and ranunculus.
I always love a great mantel-scape. This blogger takes you through hers step-by-step.
Old books and new blooms.
My daughter would go crazy over this sweet nest.
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This is so fresh, clean, and springy. Love it.
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Bunny in motion. Lovely.
I don’t know why, but I always love a decorated piece of nature. This is gorgeous. And this is one of my favorite decor bloggers. Click the lnk and check out the site. So inspiring.
This is so sweet. Robin’s egg blues and old pics of people that have passed. A great nod to the true meaning of Easter.
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All white with some green. LOVE this!
Feathers and fresh bulbs in an old chippy crate. Beautiful.
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Are you in love with your own Easter/Spring decor? If so, send me pics! We all want to see and be inspired by your genius! I’ll be featuring reader decor next week, including some of my own. Email me or comment below and I’ll email you.
Have a hoppy day!