1. I have a feeling I might be in the minority here, but who’s stoked that March Madness begins today?? Anyone? Anyone?
I’m really weird when it comes to college basketball. Basketball is hands down my favorite sport to watch (unless we’re talking pros…I have no use for the NBA), but I really prefer watching basketball live to watching it on TV, so I tend to ignore most of college basketball season until March. (College football, however, I will happily watch all season long, both in person or on TV) But man, I love March Madness. I love the Cinderellas and the upsets, but most of all I love brackets. Usually I go into my bracket completely blind (see: I tend to ignore most of college basketball season until March), but I feel like between the office discussions about the Big 10 and the fact that I have a friend at Duke who regularly tweets about their games, I have a slightly better edge this year than I have in years past (though in 2011 I finished in the 91st percentile on ESPN with no awareness of what was going on in the college basketball world, so maybe my logic is faulty.).
Despite the edge I may or may not have, my ultimate decisions came down to ridiculous reasons. Michigan State is in my Final Four because they’re from Michigan, and so am I (p.s. I’m not even a State fan…). Gonzaga and Georgetown are in my championship game because I almost always pick Gonzaga since I like their name, and my cousin goes to Georgetown, which is obviously a legitimate reason to pick a team, right? Of course. I mean, last year I picked Syracuse to win it all because during my sophomore year of undergrad, I thought about going to Syracuse for grad school (spoiler alert: that didn’t happen. Grad school is nowhere near my list of things to do at this moment in my life), so at least my Georgetown reasoning is a little more logical. Maybe. Possibly. All right, probably not.
2. Though my 11-year-old self might have begged to differ, apparently not having a boyfriend in middle school was a good thing for my overall health, wellbeing, and general responsibility. Who knew?
3. As I think we all discovered in February, I’m always on the lookout for a reason to cook a large meal full of new-to-me dishes and/or adventures. As such, I’ve invited a friend over for Easter dinner (dinner, in this case, being a midday meal, not an evening meal) and am in the process both of menu planning and praying that my friend doesn’t bail after I’ve bought all the things I need to make dinner, as I’ve recently learned that a shockingly high percentage of my friends are prone to backing out on plans we’ve made (we’re talking three of the last five times with three different friends…not impressed). While I’ve got my main and side dishes figured out, I’m struggling on the dessert front.
Pictured: exactly what I’m not looking for.
I want to make something Easter-appropriate that isn’t cutesy, i.e.: I don’t want to make bunny cupcakes, nor do I want do put Peeps on Rice Krispie treats. In fact, I’d like to keep candy off of my dessert as much as possible, because I want this to be as close to 100% homemade as I can get it. I’m not sure I entirely know what a “traditional” Easter dessert is, though. We always have a good Easter dinner in my family, but I don’t remember ever having one go-to dessert (like pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, for example). If you have any suggestions, ideas, or guidance in general, I’m all ears!
4. Still in the market for a date to the Red or White Ball. Just throwing that out there.
Do you fill out brackets for March Madness? Ever have any luck with them?
Amazing dessert recipes? Pinterest is letting me down big time.