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Little Happies: Easter Octave Celebrations

April 28, 2014

This week’s Little Happy link-up is brought to you by….THE EASTER TRIUDUUM!!! WOOT!!!

There are many many things I love about our Catholic faith…but the celebrations and feast days are simply the best. Little glimpses of what is yet to come, forever!!! The Teixeiras take celebrating pretty seriously, so every single day of the Easter Octave brought with it some celebratory activity.

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Easter Monday

Jamba Juice. Even had two $2.00 off coupons. Booya! This night we also went to  The Wizard’s Chest to grab a Settler’s of Catan expansion. Wahoo!

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Easter Tuesday

We had the Digital Campus team over for dinner and after enjoying Huevos Rancheros we played a round of Bocce Ball. If you haven’t played this intense and fun game…you NEED to as soon as possible. I haven’t had this much fun with a yard game since the good old days of Kuub.

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Easter Wednesday

Remember when I told yall I got the America’s Test Kitchen gluten free cookbook? Well it’s turned out to be worth it’s weight in gold. NOTHING tastes or feels like it’s gluten free. In some cases, the recipes are actually far better than it’s gluten cousin. Above are the brownies we made and served on top of vanilla bean ice cream. It was quite the indulgence.

We ate these while watching Captain America…in preparation for the next Little Happy.

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Captain-America-2-PosterEaster Thursday

We went to see Captain America – The Winter Soldier and were very pleased! What’s funny is that I never used to be a comic-movie type of gal until I was taken on a date to see Iron Man 2 several years back. Since then, I have seen pretty much every Marvel movie that’s been made. Call me nerdy but they are just so entertaining!

What made this night extra special? We bought movie theater popcorn! The Teixeiras usually don’t opt for this artery-clogging snack luxury…but hey, it’s Easter!

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Easter Friday

I saved the best eMeals recipe on our weekly menu for Friday – Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus. We ate on the back porch underneath our strings of lights. It was possibly the best dinner I’ve ever made.

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photo 3Easter Saturday

Apparently all we do is eat when we are celebrating. Hmmm.

We went and got our free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches with gift cards received at the new one in our neighborhood’s opening day celebrations. Since it’s Easter, we added fries and one of those delicious lemonades. Afterwards we went to Costco and continued eating by trying all the free samples.

I guess we are easy to please! 🙂

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Divine Mercy Sunday

POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II canonization day!!! AGGGHHHH! We were married on his first feast day, so we’ve claimed him our dude in heaven to pray for our family.

We were so excited that we decided to celebrate this final day in the Easter Octave in the Polish spirit. We listened to Polish radio all day long and had no idea what they were saying but it was great music. We also set out our JPII photos, statue, and 3rd-class relic (aka something touched to something JPII touched).

We made stuffed cabbage for dinner followed with sugar cookies (again from America’s Test Kitchen). Our neighbors joined us for dinner and we all watched a John Paul II documentary together to end out the celebrations.

Now I am resolved to read Witness to Hope. I think JPII knew a LOT about suffering and I need to become his student because I don’t suffer so well let alone redemptively! Pope St. JPII, pray for us!!!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Mr. M April 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    These are great little happies. We are all about food as well. I have good news too. I think that may be a second class relic you have if it is his clothing! We have the same looking relic and it is second class because it is a piece of his clothing! Check it and enjoy!!!

    • Reply Amanda April 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks for the heads up on the relic. I will look into that tonight!

  • Reply Stephanie April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    So much happiness and so much yumminess here! Thank you for sharing all these great moments from your Octave of Easter! I especially love the Jamba Juice (mmmmm, so good! What’s your fave flave?), bocce (how do you pronounce it: boh-chi or bah-chi?), that yummy cookbook that you are SO tempting me to buy right now, and obvi JP2’s canonization!! Man, this was a great list! Thanks for putting a smile on my face today. I really needed it. 🙂

    • Reply Amanda April 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      I am not sure what my fave flave is…I know I picked one with kale/apples and it was wonderful. It also is the lowest sugar smoothie they’ve got…which is still like a ton! 🙂 Bocce is pronounced bah-chi and it’s a great game to play when the weather is nice. Please try it sometime! And that cookbook, you won’t regret it one bit. It is a bit intensive if I am being honest but that is America’s Test Kitchen for you. They test and retest every recipe dozens of times to get it jusssst right. So there are little details and order in which to do things that other cookbooks wouldn’t mention. But they are precise and always produce, so it’s hard to not like them! They also have regular cookbooks too. I’ve been thinking about buying one and just swapping GF ingredients when necessary into the recipes.

      • Reply Stephanie April 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

        I’ve been hesitant to try the kale/vegetable smoothies, so I’m actually happy you mentioned it. I’ll definitely have to try it next time. I heard that you can ask them to leave out the cane sugar to cut back on the high sugar levels. It obvi won’t be as sweet, but that might be a good thing. 🙂 I really love bocce! I used to play it in my backyard growing up. My husband and I seem to disagree on the pronunciation, but it looks like you just settled that debate — I win! We own Cook’s Illustrated’s The Science of Good Cooking cookbook and absolutely love it. It sounds similar to your book, especially in the way it describes (in great detail) the best way to cook everything. We love it and have found many recipes that we’ll treasure forever in there. 🙂 Highly recommend!!

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