The Week/Weekend That Was (1-8.April.18)

Ciao! I've decided to switch things up a bit so the weekly post formerly known as The Week That Was is now The Week/Weekend That Was and I'll be putting it up on Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). Mainly, this is because most of the interesting things we do around here happen on the weekends and they're old news by the time I write about them on Friday.

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As I mentioned in my last post, I brought this pretty (labor-intensive!) rainbow salad from Food & Wine to both of our Easter celebrations. It looked great and was delish, but if you decide to make it don't get too hung up on finding the exact right veg that the recipe calls for -- colorful substitutes work just as well. Also, I thought the dressing was a little heavy -- especially since there was already so much going on with the salad. A nice vinaigrette would have done just fine.

The big news this week was that it was spring break! And, though the weather was totally un(r/s)easonable, Brian and I both took a little time off work for some family fun, including the Omaha Children's Museum (left two pics) and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium (right two).

We capped it all off on Friday with a trip to Kansas City. I had wanted to visit the Nelson Atkins Museum but we got a late start and the girls were a little bedraggled (Trixie had gone to the opening night of our minor league baseball team on Thursday -- which turned out to be a double-header -- and I'd let Irish stay up until she got home). Instead, we went straight to Hallmark Kaleidescope at the Crown Center, and were all completely charmed. It's a fully stocked art/projects room for children where they can draw, paint, create pictures that are turned into puzzles, make cards (because, Hallmark), do melted crayon sculptures, etc. Despite being a place where children, crayons, markers and paints all come together, it was immaculately clean and actually felt rather civilized. 

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Next door, the Hallmark Visitor's Center had a pop art exhibit including Murakamis, a Keith Haring, a Rauschenberg, Warhols, etc., so I felt like I got my own art experience as well. The kicker? It was all free -- totally worth the three hour drive from Omaha, and we can't wait to go again.

When we got home, I stayed up super late making this lemon raspberry cake for Brian's birthday. I tried to make two because we had a group of 23 people, but one of the layers hit the floor when I tried to get it out of the pan, so we had one three-tiered cake for the group and one beautifully-frosted floor cake which my husband is eating all by himself (five-second rule). When you have so many people attending your birthday party, sometimes floor cake is the only way you get to have your cake and eat it, too!

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Have a fab week!