Easter dinner menu and a trip to Mystic, CT

Hey everyone! I was gone for a couple of days for a fun trip to Mystic, CT. I will talk more about that in a bit, but first I want to share my Easter menu. I will be posting the full weekly meal plan over the weekend, but I wanted to share our menu in case you are still looking for some ideas on what to make before you head out for your big grocery shopping trip.

easter menu

If cranberry sauce seems like an odd choice after Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s because the kiddos don’t consider anything a holiday meal unless cranberry sauce is involved! They know what they like. We always have ham for Easter and I never prepare it with the glaze that comes with the ham. I serve our ham with a side of tangy mustard sauce and it is so good!

3 tablespoons Stone Ground Mustard

2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Mix, chill and serve!

Depending on the brand of mustard you use, you may need to add a little extra vinegar and/or brown sugar to balance out the mustard flavor. Any leftover sauce is great on a ham sandwich the next day.

Super D picked our dessert out of one of my cooking magazines. She knows I do NOT BAKE so she made sure to review the recipe with me to see if I was up for the challenge. Smart kid. The recipe is very easy and it looks like she will be able to make most of it on her own. She is developing a strong interest in cooking and I love it. She is constantly reminding me to write down recipes for her so she can recreate her favorite dishes when she is a grown up. 🙂

As for our trip…. The kiddos are on Spring Break this week and Dan and I wanted to do a quick, fun trip and we decided on Mystic,CT. Neither one of us had been there before and the drive is less than 3 hours from us so the perfect spot for a mini vacation. Our big reason for going was the Mystic Aquarium. To the kids, the highlight of any vacation is the hotel pool! We always stay at places with an indoor pool. I’m pretty sure we could drive to a hotel 10 minutes from our house and the kids would be just as happy if they can go swim.

We were only there for 2 days, but it was fun. On the first day we went to the Mystic Seaport and it was so interesting.  Tickets to tour are pretty pricey, but they are kind enough to offer a military discount. Yay for savings!

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We toured the oldest whaling boat in the world including the sleeping quarters under the boat. Look how small and low the ceilings are! Dan was hunched over the entire time and luckily he is not accident prone like me so he did not knock himself out!

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Bunks for 4 grown men! So crazy.

We walked through the town that is set up as it would have been in the 1800’s. Not everything was open because it is still sort of the off-season, but we got to see a lot. After walking around for a couple of hours, we grabbed a snack and headed to the pool. Si-Guy could not contain himself. Trying to get either kid dressed and ready to go takes forever unless you mention swimming. Suddenly, clothes are flying off, bathing suits are on, pool toys are in hand and this is all before I can take off my coat! They wore themselves out with an hour of hard swimming and cannonballs. Luckily we had the pool to ourselves so they could splash all they wanted! We had a pizza and chowder party in the hotel room. Pizza for the kiddos and some of the best clam chowder I have ever had and a Greek salad for me. It was tasty and we lucked out finding a good restaurant nearby so Dan could walk over and pick up the food.

After a late night for the kiddos, we were up the next morning to go to Mystic Aquarium. It was awesome. My favorite part….. the Beluga whales!

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Super D and I decided that a Beluga whale is our next pet. 🙂

We got to see a great Sea Lion show, a frog exhibit and so much more! It was a really fun day. We are back in NY and I can not wait to go for my run today. I am feeling a little stiff and an easy run sounds good to me. Before our trip, I was able to get in a good interval run.

interval run

Most of my interval runs happen by accident. When I start a run and decide I am feeling a little bored, then I do an interval run where I am changing up speeds all of the time. It helps when you need some distraction! I love the treadmill, but everyone has their days when you get bored. Spring running is going to feel so good!

I will be back soon with an update on my first, upcoming race of the year and the full meal plan for next week!

What are you having for Easter dinner?

 

 

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