Tuesday, April 10, 2012

“If You’re Going to Eat Chocolate for Breakfast You May as Well Eat Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for Dinner”

Early on Sunday morning, I squished my eyes closed tight, clamped my hands over my ears and tra-la-la-ed while my three kids relished in the delight of an entirely self-choreographed, chocolated, Easter breakfast. At one point I overheard the eldest advise the youngest to ‘listen to her body’. The youngest stopped munching and held silent and still, her head cocked to the side, for whole, long moments: LUCKY I CAN’T HEAR MY BODY TELLING ME ANYTHING!

Not long after, we piled in the car with packed lunches and headed for the hills. We found a walking track, noted the cool and the damp and the

exquisite



detail.



After a while, the voices calmed and those three kids fell back into themselves:

Dreamers...



Adventurers...



Inventors...



Bite-Off-More-Than-You-Can-Chew-ers...



The vague plan was to hang out in the hills for the day – at least ’til the Mr stumbled across a chestnut tree.



The day became foraging for chestnuts,



hoping like heck a spiked meteorite wouldn’t plummet to earth, via a human head.



We rushed home – quicksticks! – for fire-building, roasting and toasting. Spent the afternoon and early evening in the backyard, by the fire, babysitting those chestnuts,



drinking tea, listening to just one more Harry Potter chapter, waiting for spur-of-the-moment, Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes to emerge from the oven. More chocolate was consumed. More Mama eyes were averted.

The Chief Chestnut Roaster (aka Mr Myrtleandeunice) noted the knit-knit-(not-stopping)-knitting of the Rubble jumper,



and suggested rustic hunks of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, a perfectly viable dinner. He reckoned that was the kind of wisdom he’d be happy to be quoted on.



A Sunday packed to the brim and overflowing and runneth over-ing with GOOD.

Monday night dinner: virtuous, brownest rice; holier-than-thou broccolini. Tonight: less smug, (buttery) brussel sprouts and chestnuts.

Just all ’round YUM.

36 comments:

Mrs Smith said...

You guys really know how to celebrate! Happy Easter!

katiecrackernuts said...

What a gorgeous day full of serendipity.

Rosangela said...

Que delícia, eu também catava estas castanhas quando era criança.
Beijo.

Little Gumnut said...

Loving your photography Tania! And had to laugh at the holier than thou brown rice and broccolini!!

Pétra said...

It sounds like such a wonderful day!!

june at noon said...

Sounds like perfectly reasonable advice for a special day. I am still eye-averting for the time being, until I manage to find all the hidden candies and confiscate to the reward box. We are sugar crashing around the clock over here.

My Bearded Pigeon said...

we are now on day 2 of arguing over the chocolate stash. I may throw it all out ( or eat it all myself alone under the doona cover) Lovely photos Tania.

Tammi said...

Now that sounds like my kind of day :)
That 'chew of more than you can chew' photo...priceless!
x

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

Absolutely beautiful - as always with the Myrtle & Eunice gang. Chestnuts - what a find!! Chocolate for breakfast is always acceptable on Easter Sunday.... that's what I tell myself and my children anyway....

Gaby said...

ok, now i want a pineapple upside down cake. oh and maybe some knitting... x

Cinnamon said...

The tradition in our house is jello eggs and jello jelly beans until you feel sick. Mama and Dada get to have jello bean shooters all day too. Neighbors raised their eyebrows at us when they discovered why we kept calling the green jello beans "for grown-ups".

Then they finished off the rest of them for us.

Sounds like you had a lovely day. I especially love the roasting chestnuts and chapters of Harry Potter. So cozy!

Lola Nova said...

Oh how fantastic! Seems brilliant weekends were on the wind. Very good indeed. (As I type, quinoa and kale are on the bubble)

Cass said...

Sounds like a perfectly wonderful way to spend any day. Chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner happened here on Easter Sunday. I just kept saying don't make yourself sick

Kylie said...

What a perfect day! Love the pics (as always that little one of yours is a treasure!) Sound advice from the Mr too I think. Happy holidays guys :) Kx

Fer said...

Sounds like a perfect Easter to me!

(thanks for the pattern link too!)

Jane said...

Wow, what a beautiful, senses-full-to-overflowing Easter that looks like :)

Catherine said...

oh, what a magic day! it reminds me of the time we had left over chocolate pudding for breakfast as kids (dad was in charge, and being uncharacteristically lenient)x

teddybearswednesday said...

That Mr, he knows a thing or two.
Sounds like the most perfect way to spend Easter xo

Jo said...

Roasted chestnuts - yum! Reminds me of buying them in little bags in Europe. When we got back to Aus we found some & excitedly put them into Te oven to roast and Boom! They exploded. We learnt our lesson. And I too did a lot of gaze averting on Sunday ;-)

Nikki said...

Better watch out - I might just be putting myself up for adoptiion by your family...

Samantha said...

What a brilliant photo of your tree-climber! I'm still cackling to myself!!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I love your family.

I wouldn't fit in at all, but I love your family!

Stomper Girl said...

Very Carpe Diem at your house! I did allow quite a lot of chocolate munching but every so often I'd be revolted and declared a chocolate ban until after the next meal. My kids received an obscene amount though! Whereas I received almost none *grumble*

Sarah said...

Oh I wish my family would be satisfied with dinners like that...

Ummm roasted chestnuts... so all those chestnuts in my mums garden are going to waste! Better skip over tomorrow and roast some in our outside fire.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Sounds perfect to me .... all food groups covered , fresh air and exercise , culture and cake .

Michelle said...

I like the way your Myrtle and Eunices roll.

Sabahnur said...

oh my! so amazing photos and adventures:) the chestnuts look soo yummy

mel @ loved handmade said...

I'm still tr-la-la-ing..they will have had enough sooner or later..surely!?? What a day you guys had, looks beautiful..x

mel @ loved handmade said...

I'm still tr-la-la-ing..they will have had enough sooner or later..surely!?? What a day you guys had, looks beautiful..x

Trudy said...

Chocolate + Pineapple Upsidedown Cake + Brown Rice + Broccolini = Good, Well Balanced Diet!!!!!

Posie Patchwork said...

Super cute take on 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire' only that is Christmas. Isn't it the BEST smell, takes me back to London streets at Christmas in the snow, ahhhh. Love Posie

Jumbleberries said...

Sounds (and looks - fab pics) like you had a great Easter. Thanks for sharing.

Jumbleberries xx

Mel said...

What a fabulous adventure! I too averted my eyes and ears (under the doona to be exact), to the chocolate breakfast but figured that since we'd only just finished last year's easter haul a month ago my strategy this year might be to just get it all consumed within one day and deal with the consequences. Yeah. I think I need to come up with a strategy somewhere between those two for next year.

Always so lovely and inspiring to come a visiting at your space xx

leslie said...

gorgeous : )

Magic Bean said...

Yum! Even the broccolini... Ax

Lillie said...

pineapple and chestnuts are highly nutritious. They probably more than balanced out the chocolate! These things are all a matter of perspective...