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Easter Weekend: Egg Hunt, Girl’s Night at Kid Cashew, Zootopia

Hi there. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and Easter if you were celebrating. While I didn’t have a traditional Easter, it was a nice weekend that included an egg hunt, a girl’s night out, seeing Zootopia and more.

Salad with arugula, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, toasted pecans, sauteed prosciutto and sauteed chicken tenders with a homemade tahini dressing.

I had a super low-key Friday night but it was just what I needed after a long week of work and a day that started at 4:50 a.m. I took the girls for an evening walk while I chatted with my grandmother and then set up camp on the back deck with candles and a glass of wine to finish up a big project that was due. I finally wrapped it up around 9 and made myself this salad. Arugula, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, toasted pecans, sauteed prosciutto and sauteed chicken tenders with a homemade tahini dressing. I was in bed reading by 10:30 and lights out by 11.

Scrambled eggs and fruit

Eight hours of sleep later, I made a light breakfast of two scrambled eggs and a fruit bowl before running out the bank and the farmers market to pick up more eggs from my favorite farmer.

Saturday morning run

I met a friend for a run and we ended up covering just under 6 miles. I am happy to see the return of running weather. (I am always light on the running in the winter because I hate being cold!) I refueled with a banana topped with cashew butter and raisins and got ready to teach at 11:15.

Easter Egg Hunt

I was super excited about my afternoon plans. I invited myself to an egg hunt that some of my friends were having. One of my friends has the sweetest and cutest 18 month old so I was eager to see her hunt eggs for the first time.

Easter Egg Hunt

It was crazy how quickly she picked up on the process and I especially loved her excitement when she learned that there were all sorts of good things like chocolate, cheddar bunnies and fruit leathers inside of the eggs.

Twilight Flow at Y2 Yoga

I never teach on Saturday nights but due to the holiday weekend we didn’t have anyone to cover our 6:30 p.m. twilight flow so I subbed the class. I love the more relaxed vibe of this class and the more downtempo music. Here’s my Spotify playlist (you can follow me on Spotify)!

After class I headed home to quickly get ready for a girls night with one of my best friends.

hummus at kid cashew

There are so many new places in Charlotte that I want to try to we decided to check out Kid Cashew (how’s that for a restaurant name?). It’s a new Mediterranean restaurant in the Dilworth neighborhood. We started with hummus. I really liked the thick texture of this hummus.

Beet salad at Kid Cashew

We shared a few things for dinner. This is a beet and arugula salad with pistachios and whipped goat cheese. (This was first goat cheese since Whole30 and it was every thing I remembered and more!)

Chargrilled octopus at Kid Cashew

The chargrilled octopus with white beans and fried garlic was amazing. The octopus was so tender and the white beans were really big and not mushy.

Salmon and quinoa with tomato salsa and cilantro yogurt sauce at Kid Cashew

And finally salmon over a quinoa blend with a tomato salsa and cilantro yogurt.

Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Kid Cashew but one note is that the restaurant is SUPER loud. It was hard to hear each other at time.

My friend’s husband and baby were out of town visiting family so we made the most of girl’s night. We stopped by another wine bar before heading back to her place where we stayed up talking until almost 2 a.m.

girlslazy

My girls spent most of the weekend like this. (And I Snapchatted way too many photos of them, follow me @jendecurtins.) It was overcast and rainy in Charlotte but it made for a very cozy Sunday.

Easter Brunch

I made brunch for me and the boy. We had egg and veggie scrambles with avocado, sweet potato bowls with almond butter and a big bowl of mixed fruit.

Whole Foods Dinner

The rest of my Sunday was spent taking and teaching yoga before a Sunday night date. We grabbed dinner at Whole Foods. I had cilantro lime rice, roasted broccoli, a lemon rosemary chicken thigh, a smoked chicken leg and stewed okra and tomatoes.

zootopia

My fiance asked if I wanted to see the new Superman movie but I had just endured Deadpool with him a couple of weeks earlier so I convinced him that we should get to see something I picked instead. I picked Zootopia after hearing great things about it on NPR one day. It was so smartly written and engaging. I highly recommend it for kids and adults!

cadburyegg

Best end to the weekend. Cadbury Creme Eggs are my #1 favorite Easter treat (even above Reese’s Eggs!).

How did you celebrate Easter (if you did)? Did you do Easter brunch, lunch or dinner? Any egg hunts?

What’s your favorite Easter candy? 

Relevant post from the archives that I wrote after Easter in 2014: How to Rebound from an Indulgent Holiday (hint: forget about it!)

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Jonna Green March 28, 2016, 1:35 pm

    Hi Jen,

    I was wondering if you would share your tahini salad dressing recipe?
    Thanks,
    Jonna

    • 2
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

      YES! I just made it again at lunch today so I can nail down the recipe to share soon!

  • 3
    Sana March 28, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Good for you for picking the movie! I DESPISE the movies so my boyfriend knows better than to ask me to see something. I would rather go for a hike or a bike ride.

    • 4
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 2:07 pm

      Oh I hear you on movies! I like them at night but I cannot sit in a theater during the day when I could be out and about.

  • 5
    Sarah @ SarahRuns26 March 28, 2016, 2:42 pm

    I so want to see Zootopia! I have heard so many good things about it! My favorite Easter treats are the Cadbury mini eggs. Love them! I’m with you, if I have an indulgent holiday (or indulgent day, period), the best thing for me to do is enjoy every minute of it, then move on. I try my best not to get caught up in “good” or “bad” foods. Some foods are just good for the soul!

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 7:10 pm

      I don’t know why I never get the minis. I need to try them! Rebecca in the comment below suggested freezing them!!!

  • 7
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 28, 2016, 2:49 pm

    Back in the day yes, but the MINI cadbery creme eggs (frozen!!)! So good! And Stale peeps (or the pink chick variety were best) <3 Bahahaha!

    • 8
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 7:09 pm

      Frozen Cadbury Eggs? Now you’re just talking crazy. YUM!

  • 9
    Jennifer L. March 28, 2016, 4:10 pm

    We DID see Batman vs. Superman this weekend. I am generally a fan of the Marvel Comicbook movies. I didn’t have high expectations for this movie (I am not a big fan of Superman, plus, I wondered how Batman and Superman together would work). Overall….It was just different. Hard to describe.
    I totally want to see Zootopia! It looks absolutely adorable. Good to know my husband and I aren’t the only two adults who go to kid movies…without the kids! 🙂

    As for easter candy? I am seriously digging the mini Whopper easter eggs. My love for them has been recently rekindled. I had forgotten how much I like them.

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 7:09 pm

      Thanks for the input. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up seeing it with him so good to know! You’ll love Zootopia. I love a lot of these kids movies because they have really great messages and it makes me happy that the kids are hearing them. I felt this way about Inside Out and the new Cinderella movie too.

      Whoppers…so long since I’ve had them!

  • 11
    Julie March 28, 2016, 4:20 pm

    You were wise to pick Zootopia. I haven’t seen it yet, but did see Superman vs. Batman, & Deadpool was WAY better! S v. B was bad, but it wasn’t great either – just ok. Waaaayyyy too long!
    It is so much fun to watch toddlers experience their 1st Easter egg hunt! I spent ALL afternoon in the kitchen Sun. preparing our Easter feast, & it was great! Cooking is relaxing for me so I thoroughly enjoyed my day, & the eating part wasn’t too bad either. 😉

    • 12
      Jen DeCurtins March 28, 2016, 7:07 pm

      Do see Zootopia. It’s so sweet and good!

      I am jealous of your cooking extravaganza. Cooking for holidays is my favorite and I also find it very relaxing. (And of course the eating is awesome!)

  • 13
    Cecilia March 28, 2016, 10:53 pm

    Thank you for a great class (7:15p) today! I specifically tried making it over for your’s because I know my workout will be solid and always enjoy your inspirational reflections too! Best- Cecilia

    • 14
      Jen DeCurtins March 29, 2016, 10:11 am

      Thanks so much for this comment Cecilia! It made my morning! xo

  • 15
    Brittany March 29, 2016, 4:35 am

    Pistachios on salad is everything, but I never think to add them at home!

    • 16
      Jen DeCurtins March 29, 2016, 10:11 am

      i know, it’s my FAVORITE!

  • 17
    Alyssa March 29, 2016, 6:13 am

    Your meals look amazing! My favorite Easter candy is anything with PB and chocolate. The Reeses eggs. MMM

    • 18
      Jen DeCurtins March 29, 2016, 10:12 am

      Thank you! PB and chocolate…all the time, agreed!

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