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An Easter Roast

by Meghann on April 4, 2010

If ever there was a perfect day to celebrate Easter Sunday I think this would be it.

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I’m sure the pups would agree. They were in outdoor heaven all day. πŸ™‚

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This afternoon’s Easter celebration was a big success! There was great food, great drinks, and of course great friends and family to celebrate the holiday with.

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My family is anything, but formal when it comes to celebrating holidays. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share and everything is first come, first served. Basically. you snooze you lose. : -P

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Determined not to be one to miss out on any of the yummy appetizers, I made a small plate of goodies right before people started arriving. I was hungry and knew I couldn’t last another couple of hours until the main meal.

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The chips, cheese, cauliflower, and carrots all made great dippers for the black bean dip I had made earlier. For something I created on a whim, the dip was pretty kick ass if I do say so myself. πŸ˜‰

Today’s weather was much too pretty to stay inside for any extended period of time. Everyone was encouraged to stay outiside adn enjoy the sunshine while watching the pig roast.

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Look who else was soaking up the sunshine!

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I invited Katy and Lucas to our easter pig roast last week. I believe the phrase ‘pig roast’ really peaked their interests and they were curious to see what the whole ordeal was about.

They came bearing homemade brews and I couldn’t wait to sample one of Lucas’ Cherry Wheat brews.

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It was a great, refreshing brew that was perfect for sipping in the beautiful spring sunshine.

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*Warning* *Warning* *Warning*

Vegetarians and Vegans please continue reading at your own risk!

You know what’s coming next…

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Time to carve the pig!

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The pig roasted for 8 hours on the homemade rotisserie my Dad and uncles had built for the occasion.

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The night before my Dad had marinated the pig with a secret blend of spices and sour orange juice by injecting the marinade directly into the pig. Throughout the 8 hour cooking time my Dad and brothers continuously basted the pig with the homemade sauce and monitored the heat closely. The results were nothing short of amazing.

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I’m pretty sure all the dogs were in pig scrap heaven.

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Unfortunately big family equate to long lines for food. Sadness… at least I knew it would be worth the wait. πŸ˜‰

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Yep, totally worth it. πŸ™‚

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Good thing I ran that 50k yesterday. πŸ˜‰

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I loaded my plate up with a little bit of everything and demolished it all.

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If I had to pick a favorite it probably would be the cheesy rice casserole or the roasted carrots. πŸ™‚

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Have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this dessert table?!?!

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The star of the table was my Grandma’s Red Velvet Cake. I’ve tried to replicate her recipe in the past and haven’t even come close to producing the same delicious cake. She only makes it every once in a blue moon, so when you see it on a dessert table you grab a slice and you grab it quick. Once it was cut into I doubt the cake lasted longer than 10 minutes before it was gone!

Luckily I was able to snag a thin piece, as well as a cupcake, angel food cake, and a piece of a chocolate haystack.

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I also went back for a couple of bites of items that weren’t there my first time through. I am a sucker for good dessert, especially homemade dessert I only get on special occasions. πŸ™‚

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It wouldn’t be Easter without an Easter egg hunt!

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Just ask these kids.

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Ready. Set. Go!!

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While the kids were finding the eggs in the front, my Dad was hiding the eggs for the adult easter hunt in the back. Instead of chocolates and change, my Dad filled the eggs with mini bottles of liquor.

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There’s something about hunting for mini bottles of booze that brings out the kids in all of us. πŸ™‚

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What a perfect Easter Sunday.

I got to eat great food, I was able to catch up with friends and family, and I was reminded how truly blessed I am to lead the life I do. The perfect end to the perfect weekend. It doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ˜‰

Now it’s time to put on my sweats, chill in front of the TV, and mentally prepare for another work week.

Good night!

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Evan Thomas April 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Wow I probably should have headed the pig warning. Lesson duly noted(even though I had ham for dinner, haha). YUM that cake looks awesome. I’m always always impressed by layer cakes

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2 Beth April 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Wow looks like you had an incredible day! Makes me wish I had a big family (though not the long line at the buffet!) I’m also jealous of that red velvet cake.. my favorite kind!!

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3 theprocessofhealing April 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Haha I love the adult easter egg hunt.. best idea EVER!!
The food looks seriously amazing. Red velvet cake is my favorite cake ever, along with carrot cake. YUM!

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4 blueberrymuffins April 4, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Wow what an amazing time πŸ™‚ I am glad you got to enjoy great eats after your 50k! You rock!

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5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

So many great calories to make up for post 50K, huh? Perfect timing. You have such a lovely fam.

PS It looks like Maddie has a mini camera around her neck πŸ™‚

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6 Kayla April 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Love the pig warning ;P Looks like you guys all had a blast and love the adult egg hunt idea.

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7 poiseinparma April 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I LOVE THE PIG ROAST! What a great Sunday! Happy Easter to you and yours!

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8 Pam (Pamcakes and Eggs) April 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

oh man that all looks awesome! It looks like you have a great family!

Plus mini bottles of booze are sweet!!

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9 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Your family gatherings always look so fun! All of the food looks amazing and it looks like everyone is so close!

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10 amanda April 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love pig roast because the meat taste soooooo good. Looks like a great Easter. Btw, when I was in Brussels I had some cherry beer before and it was interesting to say the least.

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11 Jenny April 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

woah! check out those pig pics- crazy… like a very greek easter:) i love the hunting for booze:)

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12 Molly April 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

love the booze hunt haha. fabulous! Looks like you had a great easter!

xo-Molly

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13 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) April 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Wow, AMAZING!!! So sad we had to miss out on that! I LOVE the adult easter egg hunt..awesome!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the invite! Your family is amazing. Hopefully you, Kelly and I will be able to hang out soon and arrange that triple date with our guys ASAP! πŸ˜‰

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14 Matt April 4, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Sounds like a great Easter πŸ™‚

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15 Emily April 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

We also had an adult easter egg hunt! However, we had scratch off tickets in ours! It was still fun and I won 3 bucks! lol

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16 Lele April 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Mmm that is serious pig!

Also, I loooooove your dress! So springtimey! And that blue is beautiful.

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17 amanda April 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

ah, easter egg hunts are the best. especially when mini liquor bottles are involved.

happy easter!

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18 prettyladycmu April 4, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Aww I love the east egg hunt. Happy Easter!

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19 Katy B April 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Imagine cracking a chicken egg and beer comes out…wow I wouldn’t know what to think!

Happy Easter πŸ™‚

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20 Anica April 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Your easter feast looks amazing!!!!

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21 Ariffa April 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm

aww it looked like you had a really nice easter and pretty dress! i love all your dresses really…

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22 Stephanie April 4, 2010 at 11:38 pm

What a great looking egg hunt! I haven’t done one of those in a long time! They were always so much fun.

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23 gavrielski April 4, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Looks like an amazing weekend! And HUGE congratulations on yesterday’s ultra–you’re a superstar!

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24 Ashley April 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Omg your family Easter looks amazing! I’ve never been to a pig roast. It looks delish!

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25 Julia April 5, 2010 at 12:30 am

What an awesome adult Easter Egg Hunt! Sounds like you had an awesome day overall!

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26 Crystal April 5, 2010 at 1:08 am

Hehe, I think it is cute how you organized your plate by colour! Did you do that on purpose? πŸ™‚

It looks like the weather was on your side today! We had a huge windstorm on Friday and Saturday, and it appears that it is still going on. It made staying inside very cosy.

That pig roast looks so cool! It must have been awesome to be a part of that! And to have a feast after doing that huge run must have felt totally justified! I hope you enjoyed your Easter gathering πŸ™‚

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27 peonynutshell April 5, 2010 at 1:49 am

πŸ™‚ whos is the live tattoo, iv got it written on my belly but in a strawberry vine design xx

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28 Meghann April 5, 2010 at 6:49 am

Its my sister Kelly’s tattoo πŸ™‚

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29 Diana April 5, 2010 at 2:26 am

Everything looks so nice and delicious! And everybody looks happy πŸ™‚
Glad you had an awesome day!

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30 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 5, 2010 at 4:10 am

What an amazing day! All that food looks incredible! And crikey you have a giant family lol!!
I’d love t hold something like that, it must be so SO fun – shame my family aren’t big enough :s
Glad you had a good day!

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31 Grace April 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

lol, what a brilliant idea… an adult Easter Egg hunt with booze instead of candy! What a chill, fun day with family. I wish I was related to you. πŸ™‚

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32 Melissa S. April 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

what a great easter meghann! i’m sad i couldn’t make it since i had work because i know i would have loved it! your family is the best!

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33 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 5, 2010 at 8:11 am

What a fun day!!!

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34 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

Oh I love a good porchetta!

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35 Jenna April 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

What a great day!!

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36 PhillyGirlRuns April 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

Love the pig roast! We’ve done one a couple times for family reunions, and my brothers have been talking about doing one this summer sometime. Do they rent the spit/roasting equipment?

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37 Rachel April 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

Great recap! It sounds like you had a wonderful Easter Sunday. It is my favorite holiday πŸ™‚
The best part looks like the desserts. They all look so wonderful!
I don’t know how you handled the whole pig roast. I think it would have turned me vegetarian!

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38 Domesticated-Bliss April 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

Adult Easter Egg Hunt = AWESOME πŸ™‚

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39 dianacheung April 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

ZOMG. No wonder you are a foodie! Your parents are probably THE best party throwers ever!! To roast a whole darn pig? I hate to upset some vegetarians out there but HOLY YUM!

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40 Can You Stay for Dinner April 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

What a wonderful day with your family!! So glad you’re feeling good after your amazing accomplishment!

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41 Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

Your family get togethers always look like so much fun! I wish I had a big family like that.

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42 peanutbutterfingers April 5, 2010 at 9:17 am

awesome easter!!! that pig is insane!!! what a neat easter feast!

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43 Kelly April 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

What a great Easter Sunday! The pig roast always amazes me. And your family is huge.

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44 cara April 5, 2010 at 10:11 am

I am so glad you could enjoy your easter so much. the red velvet cake looks amazing. mmmmmmm.

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45 Kate April 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

Pretty sure that I laughed out loud when I read that adult Easter eggs have mini bottles of booze in them…that’s my kind of Easter egg πŸ™‚

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46 allijag April 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

So I know I should be all “Oh looks like a fabulous Easter” or “Aww, your family is the cutest, and seriously knows how to through a party” (all of these are true statements) πŸ™‚ – LOL – BUT – my biggest take away from your post: OMG YOUR FAMILY DOGS ARE JUST THE CUTEST! I feel like I haven’t seen Scooby in FOREVER πŸ™‚ and Maddie, well – she just gets cuter by the day! And some thing with Oliver – I feel like he hasn’t been on in a while either! So cute I could just eat them up! πŸ™‚

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47 adrienmelaine April 5, 2010 at 11:34 am

We’ve got our first (hopefully annual) beer hunt today- I’m looking forward to it like you wouldn’t believe!

Jealous of the mini bottles of booze you guys got though- something tells me I would prefer 5 vodkas compared to 5 beers- but I will survive!

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48 Lacey @ Lake Life April 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

The adult egg hunt sounds like an awesome idea!

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49 Sarah April 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Is that one of those no-bark training collar things on your pup? Does it work well?

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50 Meghann April 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

It’s an electronic fence and all the dogs have one on their collars. It works great!

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51 Laura Georgina April 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Awesome pork roast! My family does one every year at Christmas. And pork with sour orange….yum.

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52 rc1001 April 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

We wore the same Easter dress!

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53 missyrayn April 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love that your family celebrates together on Easter. And the adult easter egg hunt made me laugh.

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54 feetinmotion April 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

What a gorgeous day!! Looks like you had a good Easter!

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55 cmae April 5, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Is your little pooch a Jack Russell? I’ve got a rough coat Jack (named Jupiter) who’s game for a 5k or 10k every now and then when I find a race that allows dogs.

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56 goodtastehealthyme April 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

LOL love the adult Easter egg hunt!

Pig roast looks so gross, haha but I’m sure it was delish.

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