We’re All Together Sisters

by Holly on April 4, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,holidays,Thai,Vietnamese

This year, there were only four people at the Everythingtarian household for the Easter holiday. For the record, I have three sisters and two parents; so in theory, the numbers should equal six. This weekend however, Mama Everythingtarian, Daddy Everythingtarian, yours truly and one of my BFFs, Ashley, were the only VIPs in attendance.

As my sisters + I get older, sometimes holidays are spent apart as they celebrate with their boyfriend’s families or I go off traveling somewhere (as has been the case thus far). I swear, just yesterday, my older sister was cruelly taunting me, “I know where your Easter basket is, but I’m not telling!” and now, she is a homeowner and dating the same guy for 10 years. Growing up is a crazy thing, no?

Katie, 27: quintessential bossy older sister


Or take my younger sister for example.  It wasn’t that long ago I once threatened to kill her for making me get off the computer so she could rightfully take her turn. She didn’t sleep that whole night. Now, she’s been dating her boyfriend for six years and spent the weekend helping him move into a new apartment.  Also, if you know anyone hiring a nurse in the Twin Cities area, let her know.

Alli, 24: caregiving middle sister with attitude


Finally, my youngest sister will be graduating high school this June and heading off to Colorado for college in the fall. By the way, she is more like eight years old in my head instead of 18. I still remember her at age five reciting word-for-word, inappropriate lines from Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison (which happens when you have three older sisters).

Kendra, 18: sweet and funny baby sister


However, as much as I miss having my three sisters all together, their absenteeism does have its perks. For one, I get to spend more one-on-one time with Mama + Daddy Everythingtarian, which is truly a rarity with three sisters. Growing up, holidays were more likely to consist of hair pulling, backseat fighting and ganging up on one unlucky sister (usually, moi) than actual quality time spent together.

So, when my parents, Ashley and I headed out to a new Thai restaurant on Saturday night, I have to admit I quite enjoyed being able to chat with the ‘rents without fighting for attention (which, yes, still happens even though we range in age from 18 to 27).

Daddy Everythingtarian ordered a lovely, smooth bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for the table to start…

Perusing the Asian-Thai-American fusion menu, he chose the red snapper served with fresh ginger, mushroom and onion

This was amazing. The snapper was fresh and really tasty, and the whole dish had a nice Thai touch.

Mama Everythingtarian got the pad thai with chicken

If you didn’t realize it, you are staring at the reason for all my eccentricities.

Then, Ashley + I decided to split the som tam (spicy papaya salad), which came with a lovely side of sticky rice, cabbage and sweet teriyaki beef jerky…

…as well as the Tri Curry with chicken, which is a sample of each yellow, red + green Thai curries…

Verdict? So. Dang. Good.  Overall, I think the red snapper and Tri Curry were the winners of the evening. Both dishes were extremely well done.  And, there was so much food, I even got to bring home some leftovers back to Madison.


Another perk 0f being the only sister home for the holidays is one that I personally enjoy: there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. To be honest, they don’t really cook anyways, but I enjoy the quietness and freedom to do my kitchen thang nonetheless.  No offense sisters.

This Easter morning, I started off the day by baking up a batch of Berry Oatmeal Scones.  However, I added too much baking powder or soda (and was uber-angry at myself for not properly measuring), and the scones had a slightly bitter aftertaste to them.

I still ate mine, and upon returning from a round of golf, Daddy Everythingtarian wolfed down two of them. Apparently, the bitterness couldn’t have been that bad.

After three hours of watching the America’s Next Top Model marathon, the four of us sat down to a yummy brunch at 12:30pm. Since my three carnivorous sisters were not in attendance, ’twas a lovely vegetarian affair.  *Cough* reason #3 sister-less holidays have their advantages *cough*.

Starting with some dyed hard-boiled eggs

Because Easter is just not Easter without egg dying.

Followed by a huge bowl of fresh strawberries + pineapple….

An 8-x-8″ bruleed pan of Kath’s Baked Banana Oatmeal

I added LOTS of cinnamon to this recipe, for obvious reasons. I also like to cut things (like this pan of oatmeal) into different sizes.  That way, if someone just wants a smidge of it while another person wants a honkin’ piece, everyone is happy.  I guess that’s the compromise-loving, avoid-conflict-at-all-costs middle sister in me talking.

I also took this advice to heart cutting up the broccoli and mushroom frittata (based off this recipe)…

Altogether, with a slice of Ezekiel toast + buttah and coffee + skim milk

Perfection. And fullness.

And no worries, it’s not Easter without a basket of this sitting around…

Multiple (as in 100?) dips were made into this basket throughout the weekend, especially for the peanut M&Ms, Almond Joy eggs and malted milk eggs. My favorites.

Then, we wrapped up the weekend with more America’s Next Top Model and a 5-mile run in the sunny, 60 degree weather. As nice as it was to have a low-key weekend filled with yummy food, trashy TV, my parents + friends (Ashley, as well as Stacy + Clinton), a holiday just isn’t a holiday without my sisters.

Because sisters do as sisters should, and we’re all together sisters

July 4th, 2010, we’re gunning for you…hair pulling, backseat fighting, cruel taunts and all.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Happy Easter Holly! :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans April 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Your family is wayyyyyyy too cute Holly! You Everythingtarian ladies are certainly a sassy bunch!

Mama Pea April 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

This could quite possibly be my favorite post of yours ever. It is so sweet, so nostalgic, so wonderfully written. I’d expect nothing else. Love you!

Run Sarah April 5, 2010 at 12:13 am

Your family sounds awesome – I have one sister as well and I know how much I miss her like crazy when she’s not around on a holiday.

Erica April 5, 2010 at 12:45 am

What college in Colorado is your younger sister going to??

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) April 5, 2010 at 2:58 am

Aww! Such a cute family! And your post reminds me why Thai is so friggin AWESOME and that I can’t believe I never ate it until college!

Jen April 5, 2010 at 5:43 am

I’m the only girl in the family with 3 brothers. We were all together yesterday, and as always even with ages ranging from 29-21…I was still ganged up on (and I’m the oldest!). It’s all in good fun though, it seems like only last week we were fighting over playing Nintendo!


Lauren April 5, 2010 at 5:52 am

Your family is a riot!!! I love seeing you all together. Honestly makes my heart so happy to see such a beautiful and happy family together.

Glad you enjoyed Easter and all of the food looks amazing as usual!

Take care love.

Chelsea @ (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 5, 2010 at 5:56 am

Awww, your post made me a wee bit homesick for my family! Also, that Easter brunch looks AMAZING. Particularly that baked oatmeal.

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes April 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

“….Lord help the Mister who comes between me n my sista and Lord help the sista who comes between me n my man!”

That line from White Xmas says it all.

Susan April 5, 2010 at 6:50 am

Aww, looks like a great weekend with your fam! Happy Easter girl!

I made your banana split overnight oats this morning!

Erica April 5, 2010 at 7:04 am

aw! Your family is so adorable. Glad you got to enjoy time with your parents. Sounds like you had some amazing eats. I want to go to brunch at your house. The scone looks good (even if the taste was a bit off). I didn’t eat any candy yesterday! I may have to make up for it at some point this week ;) Hope you have a good Monday.

Maya April 5, 2010 at 7:04 am

I’ve often thought of how strange it is that one day I may only be seeing my brother a couple of times a year. My dad has five siblings and he sometimes only sees some of them once a year. I have a feeling that even if that’s the case in the future, when my brother and I get together it will definitely be like old times! Siblings are good for not letting you forget the embarrassing and funny moments from when you were younger!

Evan Thomas April 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

This post is so great and a good reminder to soak up family time while we have family with us. There’s clearly a lot of love in that wild haired house

Angharad April 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

That weekend looks like perfection my love! I wish I had all my siblings in one place too but that rarely ever happens these days…you can definitely blame that on me living in a foreign country and them constantly travelling. Ugh.

Fritata = yum. 5 mile sunny run = excellent. mucho easter choc = YES.

Love yoooooooooouuu xxxxxxx

Whit April 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

awww too cute. and all too familiar. :D


Therese April 5, 2010 at 9:04 am

This was such a sweet post! It’s true…my family normally has some sort of dysfunctional meltdown at every family gathering (there’s four of us too) but if one of my siblings isn’t around I totally miss them :(

Happy Easter gorgeous!

Kailey (SnackFace) April 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Uh-MAZING post. I love it. So beautifully put together. My only problem with it is that I was not there. But, while you were having a fabby time with your momz and popz, I was busy meeting people. I have BIGNESS to share witchoo. Loooooove you and your everythingtarian familia!

Kacy April 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

Your family makes me happy, even if they weren’t all there for the holiday. Lovin all the resemblence b/w you all. Adorable.

That baked oatmeal looks to be quite amazing. I believe I will have to give it a whirl.

Adrien April 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

Your family looks like they’d be a lot of fun- and perhaps trouble, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.

Looks like a great Easter- especially with the ANTM marathon tucked in there!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) April 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

I love this post! I wasn’t able to be with my fam for Easter and I missed them SO much. And we’re never too old for easter baskets. My mom just sent an easter box to my work. Professional? Not so much. Delicious and much-appreciated? YES.

Emily April 5, 2010 at 11:51 am

aw, I miss my sisters! I was the only one who didn’t make it home this year, so I missed out on the giggling and hair pulling and easter egg-dyeing. yeah, we’re in our twenties but we’re just kids when we are all together. love!

BroccoliHut April 5, 2010 at 11:59 am

I can relate to this post SO MUCH. I am one of three sisters, and I agree that it seems like just yesterday that I was chucking a calculator at my sister’s head for calling me tubby. Ah, memories.
I was a little sad yesterday though, because my two sisters and their respective spouses were all at home celebrating with my parents, while I am stuck here in Durham. Oh well–all part of growing up, right?
PS I am totally that younger sister who used to quote really inappropriate movie lines. My favorites were from Vacation and Ferris Bueller:)

samantha April 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm

growing up with only a brother, i cannot IMAGINE what it must be like to share the spotlight with – gasp – another girl! when i was little i always declared that if another was born, i was leaving the family (what can i say, i like being the youngest!)but now often wonder what it would be like to have a sister. i want one!

glad your holiday with the family was great, sans sisters and all.

Lisa April 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I loved this post! I grew up with two older brothers and I loved reading the dynamics btwn you and your sisters!

sounds like you had a great holiday!

Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I love all of your posts, but this was one of my favorites. :D

Happy (a little belated!) Easter, Holly!

janetha April 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

your whole family is STUNNING! basil looked fabulous and what a great name for a restaurant. mama E is so hilar. the baked oats and baked eggs both look glorious. on the list. i loved this post, definitely a winner!

Adam April 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

What a great looking family! My family also has children spread out over ~10 years and it is never boring around the holidays! So cool that you were able to soak up some time with your folks. Your writing has a certain eloquence to it that makes reading it fun and extremely smooth! I love how you put this post together and i am jealous of your leftovers that you scored!

Gracie @ Girl Meets Health April 5, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Can I PLEASE hang out with you and your family? Heck….can I be adopted into your family?! Haha, don’t get me wrong. I love my own dysfunctional little fam, but your just looks so darn FUN!

It looks like you had a faboosh Easter :D

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) April 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Lovely Easter spread! (Also lovely hearing a little more about your fam – I can NOT imagine 3 sisters) :)

April April 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing about them.. I didn’t know you had so many sisters!

Your Easter spread looks delicious! I love baked oatmeal.. I need to make some!

katie April 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm

okay you get the reward for the BEST FOOD THIS WEEKEND! the baked oatmeal and fritatta all look aweeesome! LOVE YO HAIR!

Michal April 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Happy easter! :)

Jess P April 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

love it holl, definitely made me hungry!

Susan April 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

This is such a sweet post!! I come from a family of three sisters, so I can totally relate. Except, I’m the baby, so I’m the eternal 5-year-old ;) Thai food and breakfast both look incredible!! I had an ANTM mini-marathon of my own this weekend – it’s what long weekend are for!! xoxo

Kristie April 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I’ve just DEVOURED my Easter chocolate stash. Not even cool. I think I got jitters from chocolate overload. I’ve (reluctantly) thrown the pathetic last remnants into the freezer as a deterrent. I don’t think that’s gonna do much, they’re STILL calling out to me.

Angela @ A Healthy Fit April 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

This is my first time stopping by your blog, love the name!!

Love the pics of your sisters. Too funny! Can’t wait to read more. That is quite an Easter basket you have there. ;)

Jess April 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

You have such a beautiful family!! I’m glad you were able to get some quality time with your mom and dad!! The food looks super yummy, especially those scones!
<3 jess

elise April 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

kendra is gonna killllll you for that pic, hahahaha

that nana oatmeal looks legit. i wish our families both lived on a cul-de-sac and we were all besties. i have two younger sisters, and we are soopah close, and very very good at pointing out each others’ most uncool moments :) its an art.

Katie April 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Gah, I can’t even IMAGINE having four sisters. I am so SPOILED. I have two older brothers and I always get the special one-on-one mom and dad time because, quite frankly, I’m the favorite. :-) Haha. I can’t wait for your baby sister to come to Colorado…whooowheee!! Glad you had a great weekend, lady. xoxo

Gabriela (froyolover) April 6, 2010 at 7:21 am

Awww – lovely pics, girl!
And delicious eats, as usual ;)
Have a wonderful week!
Brazilian XOXO´s,

Lynn @ The Actors Diet April 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

i always wanted a sister. i got an older brother who used to torture me. i still want a sister. i’m still hoping.

Jessica April 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

YOUR FAM IS SO HOT! And you girls seriously look sooooo much like mama everythingtarian! I love it :)

So glad you had a fun Easter weekend Holly! Everything looks amazing–and now I really want to try Kath’s baked oatmeal and that fritatta! The bowl of strawberries and pina (or the thai!) don’t sound half bad either…

ANTM marathons are the best. I still can’t get over how GOOD seasons 1-3 were. Then it got a bit repetitive but I still love it and have been sucked back into watching this season online after I stopped altogether, a few seasons back! Que ridiculoso, I blame spring break + jeany bear!! LOVE UUUU!

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