Easter Weekend Staycation

Given that both Friday and Monday of Easter weekend are public holidays, most people take advantage and hop on out of town (no pun intended). We had plans to do the same, but unfortunately “having plans” and actually making plans are two separate things. It worked out though because with all of the traveling and entertaining we had been doing in the past couple of weeks, a quiet weekend at home actually sounded much more appealing.

Good Friday was spent pretty lazily. When we finally got out of the house to look for a place to eat lunch, we realized that EVERYTHING was closed. Being that Australia is not a very religious country we were surprised to see that everything had pretty much shut down for the day and/or long weekend. Even the grocery store was closed. After over an hour of driving around we finally found a spot. The rest of the day we laid around and went to see a movie. Per usual, we were the only people in the theater. I will never understand what the deal is with Australians and the movie theaters. Is this normal or is it just our neighborhood?


But don’t worry I did make Travis take this adorable picture. Making people put their face through a cardboard cutout does not get old for me.

Saturday we decided to take advantage of being in town and explore our neck of the woods. We had been wanting to do this hike in nearby Mt. Tamborine (about an hour away) so we headed out there after breakfast.

hikingWe had absolutely no idea that there was MUCH more to do in Mt. Tamborine than just hike. There were cute little shops, nice restaurants, wineries galore and TONS of different activities. We went hiking, ate lunch and did some wine tasting. I will write more on Mt. Tamborine later and hopefully we will be making a trip back there soon.  tamborine

Easter Sunday we got up extra early to go to church. We ran into one of Trav’s co-workers and his family that are all from my family’s hometown so we had our own little Texas aisle. Afterwards we hit up the farmer’s market to get lunch and some produce for the week. It was funny how everything was closed on Friday but then Easter Sunday it was business as usual. We spent the afternoon laying by the pool and cooking up an Easter feast for the two of us. It was definitely the first year Easter dinner was prepared in board shorts.


Our meal included this Jamie Oliver recipe for slow cooked lamb and mint sauce (delicious!), Trav’s mom’s recipe for cheesy potato squares, caramelized brussels sprouts and bacon, grilled halloumi and the Aussie staple of Hot Cross Buns (bought at the market).


And a bottle of wine from the winery we went to Saturday. Because Easter is about Jesus, and Jesus turned water into wine. It just makes sense.


Our verdict on the hot cross buns… chocolate is the best! So next year we will just be purchasing chocolate because raisins are gross and I am five.

hotcrossbunsMonday was also a holiday (longest weekend ever) so we spent it brunching, binge watching Kimmie Schmidt and going on a impromptu pub crawl on our bikes.


Now back to real life- at least for Travis. I am now on school holidays for two weeks which is kind of a joke because I haven’t even worked two weeks consistently. Hopefully I will use my free time to get caught up on blog posts and Teachers Pay Teachers projects. Hopefully.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend full of kids in cute outfits with bunny ears on their head (my favorite) and lots of chocolate.



18 thoughts on “Easter Weekend Staycation

  1. I can’t figure out the Good Friday thing either-EVERYTHING was closed, but hardly anything was closed on a Easter. Also, that picture of Travis is rich.

  2. Man I wish I had Monday off! lol Your hike looked awesome! Like total rain forest! So do Australians not frequent the movie theaters as much as Americans? We went to see Furious 7 over Easter weekend and it was PACKED lol.

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      There was actually a “crowd” (like 20 people) when we were waiting for our theater but they all went into Fast and the Furious. It’s always dead when we go, so weird.

  3. Thank you so much for including my recipe for caramelized brussels sprouts and bacon, I hope you enjoyed them as much as we do! Looks like you had a lovely Easter!

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      It was busy, I felt like I needed a break for the break on Tuesday. Which luckily I did have, it’s school holidays for the next two weeks.

  4. You had me at cheesy potato squares. Mt. Tamborine looks so gorgeous, I want to see more pictures, please! I’m so glad y’all had a nice Easter, and I firmly support the preparation of Easter lunch while wearing board shorts. And I also firmly support the wine choice. Well done.

    • court.alkek@gmail.com says:

      More pictures are coming soon, I promise!! I agree, I think no matter where we live Travis has to wear a bathing suit to cook dinner.

  5. ohmigoodness. that first photo had me cracking up when I scrolled down and realized his face was there! (I’m covertly checking this in a tiny window at work!) too funny. glad to hear you had such a sweet Easter weekend! xxo.

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