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It’s nice to come home to the total opposite of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.  A weekend away in the hills of New Jersey with my dogs and the whole fam is a nice change of pace. Plus, I always look forward to coming home for holidays and the big dinner with the extended family.

On Saturday I started my Easter weekend enjoying my favorite food from the holiday – Grandma’s egg bread.  It’s the best homemade bread there is and I could eat an entire loaf for breakfast toasted with a little butter … yum.

Egg Bread

We prepped for Easter Sunday with some homemade goodies – recipes to come.  And then me, Mom, Kiley, and all three dogs went for a walk on part of the Columbia Trail in Califon, NJ, a seven-mile hiking trail that was formerly part of the Central Railroad.

Rosie, Lily, and Olive had a pretty good time.


They even sported their Urban Olive harnesses.
Lily & Olive

After our walk, we stopped at Bex Kitchen for an iced coffee and pastry.  This cute little restaurant is the epitome of hometown country cafe and the food is amazing.  It’s a perfect end to a beautiful spring walk.

Bex Kitchen | Califon, NJ

Kiley and I grabbed some coffees while Mom waited out on the porch looking like the crazy dog lady.

Puppy loveOk, I guess we all look like crazy dog ladies.

Trail walking in NJIt’s nice to switch it up from the city sometimes.

Iced Coffee at Bex Kitchen