Peeps 'n Baseball

Hi gang! I hope you all had a spectacular Easter weekend - if you're someone who celebrates Easter, that is. Last year, my birthday was actually on Easter, which was not exactly conducive to my "It's my birthday - look at me!" habit. Restaurants were closed for dinner, friends were out of town... it wasn't a party.

But this Easter, being so late in the month, was wiiiiidde open. We weren't able to get home to either of our families, but Eric and I had a pretty great holiday, just the two of us.

Things kicked off in the morning when we woke up and discovered the Easter Bunny had left baskets of goodies for both of us! Our baskets were filled to the brim with tons of candy, and I even got a special surprise in mine:

I must admit, I am a sucker for anything "As Seen on TV." I've never actually ordered from a commercial, but I love scouring the AS Seen on TV section at most drugstores. Seriously - the stuff is so cheap, and they're basically guaranteed to change life as you know it. Every time I saw the Chef Basket on TV, I'd exclaim to Eric how I thought it was such a fabulous kitchen tool - a strainer, steamer and basket all in one??? WHERE DO I SIGN??? I had to laugh when I saw this under my Easter basket, but I can't wait to give it a whirl! The Easter Bunny knows me so well.

After the sophisticated pairing of coffee and Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs at home (you know, to cleanse the palate), we headed over to Trocadero for Easter brunch. Trocadero is one of my favorite brunch spots in Milwaukee - their menu is incredible and I always have the hardest time deciding what to get!

Yesterday, I opted for the Crab Cake Benedict, which was served alongside Trocadero's rosemary potatoes and a delicious yellow curry sauce. It was amazing - I nearly ate the entire thing!

After Trocadero, we were feeling pretty stuffed. We went home to relax, call our families and chill out before the big event of the day: An Easter-Sunday game at Miller Park!

The Astros were in town, and the Brewers were in need of a win if they were going to take the series that day. We got to the game early and took a walk around the Kid Zone, which is always a blast to watch. They've got tons of photo-ops with life-sized models of Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Bernie Brewer and the Racing Sausages. But my favorite thing is watching the kids "race" a cut-out of Corey Hart that rolls on a track - they've always got such a look of determination on their faces!

Yesterday also happened to be John Axford bobblehead day! Axford is the Brewers' closer, who's notable for his killer mustache. I have to say, they did a great job with the 'stache on his bobblehead (Please note: that is Eric's man-hand in the photo. My hands are not much larger than those depicted on the bobblehead here):

And, yes, I did pack a baggie of Easter candy to snack on during the game.... This poor Peep never knew what was coming.

Thankfully, the Brewers played really well and ended up winning! They're above .500 and only a half game out of the NL Central right now, so I'm hoping they keep winning series like these. And while the Brewers did have a good game yesterday, a National-Geographic-esque battle between a hawk and a pigeon in the stadium took all the spotlight from the players for a bit.

While there was no Easter ham, egg hunts or big family outings, I'd say this low-key Easter was a success. Only thing is, I'll probably be snacking on candy for about two weeks now..... Rough life, eh?

How was your Easter? Do you have any big, family traditions?

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