Good Old Fashioned Weekend Wrap Up!
To my credit though, last week was spring break and Dr. Mad Scientist and Chunky were home all week. I kept Moochie out of daycare for two of the five days last week. Daycare makes you pay even for the days you don't show up, so I wasn't about to keep him home for five full days.
I'm (and I think Baby Sister* is too) enjoying the quiet today brings. I love my boys, but man they can be loud!
This weekend was awesome though.
On Friday, we dyed our Easter eggs, as we do every year.
Check out Dr. Mad Scientist's "vacation beard!"
On Saturday I went crazy and made three loaves of Italian Easter Bread using this recipe. I omitted the anise oil, didn't put sprinkles on top, and put a dyed raw egg in the dough. I also halved the recipe. Look at how much I got from just the half of the recipe! Imagine if I had baked the whole thing!
I gave one of the round loaves to Basement Neighbor (he's cool and not pushy-annoying).
Then I baked this for our Sunday Easter dessert.
I cheated though. I used a boxed yellow cake mix and basically just added the coconut and lemon juice. It turned out delish!
Finally, I made something that a coworker turned me on to--Italian Easter Meat Pie. She, or someone else brought this in last Easter to the office. It's basically a meat and cheese pie that Italians round these parts eat on Easter to break the Lenten no-meat fast with a bang.
When I posted about this on Facebook, people asked for the recipe. Here's what I learned about this dish--there really is no recipe. My coworker brought in her mom's "recipe" for me which was basically a list of the ingredients--but no measurements.
But that's how you know you've got a great family-heirloom quality dish!!!!
So here's how I did it.
First I gathered my meats. I use 4 oz of prosciutto, 2 of those ziploc containers of thin sliced ham, a package of hard salami and a package of cotto salami.
I diced up all the meats and mixed them together.
Next I added 8 oz of a shredded 3 cheese blend I found at the store. You could get away with using shredded Parmesan or mozzarella instead.
Next I added 15 ozs. of ricotta cheese (the original recipe from my coworker called for "basket cheese" which I rarely see for sale but is similar to ricotta), and two raw eggs and mixed everything together.
Now you can either make your own standard pie crust or cheat like I did and use a pre-made crust.
Press the meat, cheese, and egg mixture into the pie crust.
Put another pie crust on the top, slit it, and bake it for 1 hour at 325 degrees.
*I think Baby Sister is going to be her blog name. Moochie has dubbed her this to the point where when his teachers at school have asked what his sister's name is--he replies "Baby Sister!" Ha ha!