Happy Friday: Volume 18

Easter egg

Happy Friday: Volume 18 // Our Stuttgart PCS pack out is finished, Easter weekend and Fest starts, lots of change, and an excellent book. Happy Weekend!

We made it through the pack out! The movers finished up this morning and we are cleaned up and everything that is left is put away. We are bare bones until we fly out, but I feel a million times better now that that hurdle is done.

I can handle having a house full of stuff and an empty house, but the part in the middle – the mess and the chaos are hard for me. My brain doesn’t function well in clutter. There was stuff everywhere. It was a disaster.

We hear a lot of horror stories about movers, but we’ve been really lucky and have never had a bad experience. The movers we had this time were the best we’ve ever had. They were incredible. Treat your movers well, they are professionals and know what they are doing.

PCS packout

It is Easter weekend and the start of Fest. Normally, I make Easter brunch or dinner, but I don’t really have the things I need to make a full on meal, so we think we are going to Fest instead.

I had two jars of change and took it to the coin machine. It ended up being 160 euro. I told the kids they could blow it all on snacks, rides, and games. They were really helpful and flexible this week, they deserve a treat.

Easter is a huge holiday in Germany. Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays and everything is closed. Germans decorate their homes with egg trees and the bakeries have the most incredible Easter breads right now. It’s a delicious time to be in Germany.

German Dyed Hard Boiled Eggs

(You can buy colored hard boiled eggs all year round in Germany.)

WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE THIS WEEK //

This is such a sweet DIY.

I’d like to have the same bathroom as Hal. That vanity!

If I was hosting, this would be my Easter centerpiece

What does it say about me that I’ve watched all but one

Clean skin care that you can get at Target. 

My almost 11-year-old has requested this as soon as it comes out. 

My sister and brother-in-law’s restaurant was named one of the Top French restaurants in NYC. (It really is incredible. THE BREAD.)

Game of Thrones is BACK! These tweets give me life

Bookmarking (is that still even a thing?) this because I look it up at least twice a week. 

Super cute for Easter

Before you slide into anyone’s DMs, read this first

If you ever hurt my daughter… (Could I love this any more than I do? NO.)

This hits all of my husband’s triggers. I’d love to see this in person, but I’m guessing he’d have a FULL. BLOWN. PANIC. ATTACK. 

I’ll check it out and see. 

No need for Boomerang anymore. I use that alllll the time. No one needs to know that I’m actually answering an email at 2 am do they?

This is not surprising to me at all

Does it matter where the money comes from in a charitable contribution? Interesting. 

How to navigate a special needs encounter. This is a good read

Easter egg tree in Germany

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK //

Circe by Madeline Miller. I truly did not think that I was going to like this book and I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is a legitimate page-turner. A book about Gods and nymphs, who knew?

Flank Steak with Garlic Sauce

Today is National Garlic Day, if you need some garlic recipes, I’ve got you covered. 

Flank Steak with Garlic Sauce // A simple sauce that transforms a grilled flank steak. 

Savory Garlic Rolls

Garlic Rolls // I seriously need to update the pictures in this post because they are awful, but the recipe is a keeper. I made these recently and they received RAVE reviews. 

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken // Another recipe in serious need of a re-shoot, but I promise you will become a favorite. On the table in 30 minutes and even the pickiest of eaters like this. 

Easter eggs

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