Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

Our Easter weekend was filled with fun, friends and family. Over the four day long weekend, we cooked up a traditional Nigerian meal for Good Friday; we celebrated my brother in law's birthday with Mexican Tres Leches cake - a birthday tradition he started after a trip to Mexico; we made playdough for the kiddos; we decorated eggs: volcano egg dyeing with my nephew and dip died eggs filled with confetti for cascarones; we enjoyed lots of chocolate goodies :)

Our multicultural Easter: Nigerian fish stew for Good Friday; Greek Easter bread & game of tsougrisma (Hubby ended up with the egg that would not crack - a year of good luck ahead for him!); dyeing and filling eggs with confetti for our cascarone egg hunt

We had a wonderful Easter pot luck brunch on Sunday with our great friends & family. Rather than a traditional chocolate egg hunt, I hid 24 cascarones, Mexican confetti filled eggs. The tradition is to break these eggs over someones head, which brings good luck to both involved. We make a few every year for our family, but this year we included our friends in a hunt. The hunt was to find the cascarones and break them on someone, hoping to find the one egg filled with glitter for a prize. Lots of chasing, running away, and egg throwing -  it was so much fun adding this element to the cascarones, we are already looking forward to doing it again next year. The 24 eggs were found and smashed rather quickly, next year we'll have to add more. The winner of the prize was my 4 year old nephew who found one egg, smashed it on himself, to reveal all the glitter! We continued with a few egg races, which were taken very seriously by the competitors :) It was a beautiful, warm day, perfect for all the outdoor silliness.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Looks like so much fun! It is nice to see older kids egg hunting. I have wanted to make cascarones for years, but I never seem to get around to it. I think I have this fear of blowing out eggs. LOL Happy Easter, my friends.

    1. LOL Phyllis - I'll tell you a trick for cascarones - no blowing involved - I take a pair of manicure scissor, poke a hole in the bottom of the egg, then cut a circle out of the eggshell a little smaller than a quarter. Take a bamboo skewer to poke at the egg inside and break the yolk, then all that egg just falls out. We've been eating omelettes and scrambled eggs for days! Pea seems to have outgrown Easter overall - though not receiving her basket full of chocolate :) Elle is full of enthusiasm, but to have Pea join along, it helps to have our friends over - when she sees a bunch of 35-50 year olds acting like children, she is more likely to join in :)

  2. What a lovely Easter. We did an egg hunt with 11 children and it rained so we had to do it in a small indoor room! I hope my children never grow out of hunting for chocolates, then I would have to grow up too!


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