Snow & Slivovitz - Easter 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016
Mike and I were able to celebrate with both sets of parents this Easter. Ron and Judy are back in Kansas through May after a warm winter spent in Florida, and my parents drove down from North Central Kansas on Saturday.

I always feel so lucky to have such fun, loving parents and in-laws. We all get along so well, and it’s always an evening of wine, good stories, and laughter when we get together. 

Wine time with my mother and mother-in-law! 

Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, so we had everyone over to our house for happy hour and grilling before watching the Jayhawks play in the Elite Eight. 

My dad with his essentials – his iPad and Chardonnay.

We drank wine and visited over appetizers while Mike prepped the burgers. I made Bonnie Aeschliman’s Mediterranean dip from her cookbook, “Cooking with Bonnie: From Farm to France.”  I love this recipe because it’s easy (besides some chopping), tasty, and healthy.  I love having an appetizer with wine while visiting, but sometimes the appetizers are so heavy, it’s difficult to save room for the main course. Bonnie’s Mediterranean dip is perfect. Satisfying, delicious, and just healthy and light enough you’re still craving that juicy burger on the grill. And, how pretty and springy does it look?

This Mediterranean dip makes a great spring appetizer.  

Ron’s mother and father came to the United States from the Czech Republic and Poland , and many of his family members still lived there (and still do today!) when he was a little boy. We always love hearing Ron tell stories about when his family would come to New York for Christmas. He tells of his aunt smuggling in Slivovitz, a very strong plum brandy from eastern Europe, by strapping it to her leg underneath her full skirts. I love hearing these stories – they make me smile and remind me of the many wonderful cultures that make up America. 

This is potent stuff- 80 proof! My dad ordered it for my father-in-law from Croatia. 

My dad found a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about Slivovitz. He decided to order a bottle, and surprised Ron with it. We all wondered how long it had been since he had seen a bottle or tasted some!

Ron loved his Slivovitz surprise and said it looked just as he remembered. Later on Sunday after the Syracuse win, Ron emailed my dad to let him know that he and Judy had a shot of it. Yikes! Makes my throat burn thinking about it! 

Ron still smiling about his Slivovitz surprise!

We grilled burgers, and I made my favorite broccoli salad (here’s a similar recipe from – except I use golden raisins) and Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potato salad to go with our laid-back dinner. If you’ve never tried P-dub’s Perfect Potato Salad, you’re really missing out. Try it and it will quickly become a summer staple. 

Despite having a great time watching the game together, the Jayhawks broke our hearts again this March. This loss was particularly hard because they were such a talented team, and a team of really good guys we loved to watch. But that’s how March Madness goes, isn’t it?  We turned off the TV with heavy hearts, took our flag down, and cleared our schedules of anymore watch parties. Tomorrow was another day – Easter, in fact!

Pre-Elite Eight loss before my face was covered with smeared mascara and tears of disappointment. Kidding. Sort of.

As if Mother Nature understood how we were feeling after a loss on Saturday, we awoke to a very strange scene Easter morning – a blanket of snow. I looked out the window, groaned, and decided against my open toe Easter shoes. It was a really beautiful snow, but come on, it’s Easter. I want sunshine and daffodils.

Ready for church on Sunday morning. 

We bundled up and went to church – which was packed. I always enjoy when my parents are in town and able to go to church with us. After the service we drove to Terredyne Country Club in Andover to meet Ron and Judy for Easter brunch at the Hereford House. One of my favorite things about eating at the Hereford House is that guys zoom around on golf carts to take you from the parking lot to the front door. I love a golf cart ride. It’s really the small things. 

Hereford House put on a fantastic Easter brunch full of so many delicious options that we made several trips through the buffet. We definitely left full and happy.

I never would have guessed we'd be wearing our winter coats on Easter! 

By afternoon the snow had melted, and the green grass reappeared. From snow to Slivovitz, and brunch and basketball, it was a wonderful Easter weekend spent with our parents. Easter blessings for sure! 

1 comment on "Snow & Slivovitz - Easter 2016"
  1. Thank you Sasha and Mike! It was a wonderful Easter. Enjoyed great food and fun in your lovely home!


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