Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pepper Place Pics, Easter Sunday Service with RT (and Parents), Judith Easter Pics, Oxford Easter Pics AND Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice

Good Tuesday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - The Chick has been home the last two weekends which has been utterly divine. Last week she came in for pre-Easter, and this week she came in for actual-Easter (Oxford Family Easter Celebration).

Mikie and I have been pretty happy, I tell you.

Delirious even.

This past Saturday, we all went to the Original Pancake House on Southside and headed over to Pepper Place for a bit before heading back to the house.

If you want a picture taken with the Pepper Place Photo-Op Wall behind you, you're going to encounter some extreme sunlight.

Especially if there is not a cloud in the sky...

And the weatherman told you beforehand there was going to be some extreme sunlight going on all day.

My eyes were totally closed, but you would never know, would you?

Pepper Place Photo-Op Wall No. 2 is actually in the shade, and I much preferred having that pic taken.

No rusty bike and ivy...

But still good.

I don't know who this guy is, but I like him!

RANDOMNESS #2 - Easter Sunday Service with RT - If you recall, I posted last week (and mentioned above) The Faulkner Family Party of 9 celebrated Easter together the week before Real Easter...

And a good time was had by all.

My plans for Real Easter included going to church with Mikie and Roxie, and then heading down to Oxford to celebrate with Mike's side of the family.

Austin, Melia and Rhett were having Easter with Melia's family...

And Josh, Courtney and Judith were having Easter with Courtney's family.

I was good with all of the above. Making holidays and birthdays last longer than 24 hours is kinda my super power.

I am NOT kidding.

So when Austin called and said their Easter plans had changed a little, and they were going to join us for the Easter Service at church, I was pretty thrilled.

It was an Easter bonus, I tell you.

A really good Easter bonus!

RANDOMNESS #3 - Here are some pics of Judith in all of her Easter Day glory...

Pretty in pink and green...

And black and white.

RANDOMNESS #4 - Oxford Easter - It is our tradition to have the traditional egg hunt in Oxford, so that is always fun.






Just a few more of Mr. Micah.

Matthew loves the selfie, and who better to take one with than The Chick!

Jared and Amber.

Roxie and I picked up a few canvases and some white duct tape (and a big ol' tarp). We taped off a white cross on the canvas, and then the kids painted anything they wanted using the nylon dish scrubbers from the Dollar Store dipped in a pie plate of paint. We used five different colors.

Each one turned out very well.

We let them dry in the sun, and we were able to peel the tape before everyone left.

Mackenzie's turned out really well, but she had to leave before I was able to take a pic of the finished product.

Trust me.

They ALL looked great.

Ham and Lima Bean Fried Rice

You will need the following:

1 1/2 cups frozen baby lima beans
5 scallions
3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup (about 8 ounces) cubed ham
2/3 cup matchstick carrots, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
2 (8.8 ounce) pouches microwavable white rice (such as Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice), prepared according to package directions
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce

1. Cook lima beans in boiling water to cover in a medium saucepan over medium-high until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, thinly slice green parts of scallions, and set aside. Thinly slice white parts of scallions, and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Pour beaten egg into skillet; sprinkle with salt, and cook, without stirring, until egg is set on top and lightly browned on the bottom, about 1 minute. Flip and cook 20 seconds. Transfer cooked egg to a cutting board; fold in half, and roughly chop.

4. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in skillet over medium-high. Add white scallion slices, ham, carrots and garlic; cook, stirring constantly, until ham is lightly browned and vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.

5. Add rice and sesame oil; cook, stirring constantly, until rice is hot, about 2 minutes.

6. Stir in chopped egg, soy sauce, lima beans and green scallion slices.

This may or may not sound great to you, but it is really good. I will be making it again!

Have a great week. I'll be back soon with more SPRING stuff to do with your family...

A list of new and old traditions and how the Faulkner Family Party of 9 celebrates Easter now...

And pics.

Lots of pics.


The Enchanting Belinda

P.S. Here are a couple of pics that didn't have a specific spot in the post.

Each of the adult kids had an Easter egg in their Easter Bucket last week containing tickets to Locked In downtown.

The time was already scheduled (3:30 that very day).

Mikie and I were going to keep the babies. However, in the end Melia wanted to stay at the house with the babes and me, so Mikie went in her place.

They didn't quite win, but they definitely had a good time.

They want to try again.

Our old Easter traditions included taking pics of the adult kids in model poses on the front porch.

Tweaking, tweaking, tweaking!

The Chick nailed it!

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