Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

I know, I know, you probably are already hunting for eggs, but when my kids were little, we always had to wait for everyone to arrive BEFORE we could actually start hunting.  If you are in the same boat, here’s a quick scavenger hunt they can do while they are waiting for the big show:

  1. Basket
  2. Pastel colored ribbon {if you have little ones {or boys, ha!}, you may have to explain to them what pastel means}
  3. Jelly beans
  4. Carrot
  5. Chocolate Bunny
  6. Picture of Easter Bunny {they can draw it or take a picture of Easter decor}
  7. Marshmallow Peeps {everyone gets them, no one likes them}
  8. Plastic Easter Egg
  9. Something yellow
  10. Something green
  11. Something pink
  12. Something purple
  13. A sign of spring {tell them to think:  blades of green grass and hopefully not one of your tulips}
  14. A dyed egg
  15. Candy wrapped in foil

There are tons of things you can add to this list if it is nice enough to let the kids outside for a bit.  What would you add?

~Mavis

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Easter Trivia

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easter triviaI love to have little bits of trivia to share at each holiday.  It always a conversation filler, and it gives my kids a reason to roll their eyes at me.  Ha!

Here’s some cool little facts about Easter that are sure to impress {I tried to keep it non-secular, so as not to offend/exclude}:

  1. How did Easter get its name?  {from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre}
  2. What is the most popular color of jellybean?  {red}
  3. Why is an egg associated with Easter?  {It was the symbol associated with Eastre and is a symbol of “rebirth”}
  4. What group brought the Easter rabbit to the U.S.?  {The Germans, around the time of the Civil War}
  5. 76% of people prefer to eat what part of the chocolate bunny first?  {The ears}
  6. Is Easter on the same day every year?  {No, it occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox}
  7. How much do Americans spend on Easter candy every year?  {$200 millionHoly Cow!}
  8. How many chocolate Easter bunnies are sold each year? {1 million}
  9. In the song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” he’s got eggs for who?  {colored eggs for Sue}
  10. A female rabbit is called what?  {Doe}

Happy Easter!

~Mavis

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Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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how to dye easter eggs naturally

Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

vinegar

The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

blue eggs

*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

naturally dyed easter eggs

Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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How to Color Shredded Coconut

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How to Color Shredded Coconut

Colored shredded coconut makes awesome bird’s nests for Easter themed crafts. It kind of makes me want to try to make a completely edible Easter basket.  How cool would that be? ;)

How to Color Shredded Coconut

You’ll Need:

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Bowls
  • Paper Plates
  • Spatula

How to Color Shredded CoconutDirections:

First, put water in the bowls.  How much water totally depends  on how much coconut you will be coloring.  You don’t need a ton, though, just enough to soak the coconut through, not enough to give it a full water bath.  Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the water.  Add the coconut and press it down with the spatula, so it soaks up all the water and color.  Allow it to sit for a bit, until you are satisfied with the color.

diy shredded coconut

Then, put 2 or 3 paper towels over the top of the bowl.  On top of the paper towels, place the paper plate.  Now, gently turn the bowl over, like you are removing a cake from a pan.  The water and coconut should flip over onto the paper towels and paper plate.  Now, just leave it there to dry completely.

Here’s to an edible Easter,

Mavis

How to Color Shredded Coconut

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Easter Crafts For Kids – Marshmallow Peeps

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easy easter crafts for kids peeps

~Happy Easter to one of my favorite PEEPS~

I posted this easy peasy Easter Craft last year and thought I would share it again for those of you who might have missed it.

All you need are a few “snack size” ziplock baggies, a few boxes of brightly colored marshmallow peeps, and this free printable peeps topper.

Simply place 1 row of peeps in a snack size ziplock bag and close it tight.  Then staple {or glue} the printable peeps topper and you are good to go.

Mavis

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Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs with Glow Sticks

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glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggs

These glow in the dark Easter Eggs were such a hit with my kids last year I wanted to share the tutorial again for those of you with kids who are growing a little tired of the same of Easter Egg hunt. 

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This year instead of a traditional Easter Egg hunt on Sunday morning, I’ll be hiding Monkey Boy and The Girl’s Easter eggs after the sun goes down. They are teenagers, and getting them to go outside and hunt for candy filled eggs at the crack of dawn just isn’t as fun as it use to be.

So in an effort to bring back some of that fun, I’ve decided to make egg hunting a little more exciting this year by making my kids hunt for their Easter eggs in the DARK!

glow in the dark easter eggs glow sitcks

How to Make Glow In the Dark Easter Eggs

Supplies

12 plastic Easter Eggs
12 Glow Stick Bracelets
a wee bit of candy

Directions

Open plastic eggs, snap bracelets to activate and stuff the bracelets in to the Easter Eggs along with a treat.

glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggsHappy Hunting!

~Mavis

 

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My Favorite Carrot Cake Recipe

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the best moist carrot cake recipe

This is hands down my favorite cake to make for special occasions. I’ve been making this carrot cake for a few years now and let me tell you, it is Da’ Bomb!  Everyone loves this cake and I am frequently asked for the recipe.  When I attend a pot luck or awards dinner and need to bring a dessert,  I bring this cake and every time I go home with an empty cake stand. Everyone from adults to kids love it.

If you are looking for a special {and delicious!} dessert to bring to Easter dinner, or you just want to make something special, this recipe is a total winner.

This recipe was adapted from the Earth Bound Farms Cookbook

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda {15 Cool Uses for Baking Soda}
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups carrots, grated

Frosting

1 1/2 cups cream cheese, softened
3/4  cup unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

frosting for carrot cake

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees . Butter and flour 2 round 9-inch cake pans and set aside. {I used insulated cake pans}

Sift together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in the shredded carrots.

Divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans. Bake for about 45- 55 minutes {or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean}.  Cool cake pans on wire racks.  Remove cake from pans, wrap in Saran wrap, the aluminum foil.  Place on a cookie sheet and freeze cake layers over night.

Over the years I have learned when making layer cakes it is best to slice the cakes while they are very cold.  This helps to eliminate excess crumbs.

After you cakes have chilled in the deep freeze set them on the counter and proceed to make the frosting.

To make the frosting, combined the cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium-size bowl with a wire whisk until creamy. Slowly add in the powered sugar.

slice of carrot cake

Building Your Cake

Place a dab of frosting in the center of your cake plate.  Add the first layer {you will need to cut both of your 2 cake layers in half to make a total of 4 layers}. Frost the center of each layer, then the top and sides.  Garnish with a foil wrapped chocolate carrot or fresh baby carrots from the garden if you have them.
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Recipe: Rustic Split Pea Soup With Ham

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If you prepared a ham for Easter Sunday, and are trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers, this recipe for split pea soup should help.  A crock pot works best for this and you can add as much or as little split peas as you’d like.  Some people like it thick, and others thin.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

Ingredients

1/2 – 1lb leftover ham
1 1/2 lbs of dried split peas
2 chopped carrots
1 chopped onion
3 minced garlic cloves
1 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Rinse, drain and pick over your peas. Add peas to crock pot, cover with 3″ warm water and turn crock pot on high. Add ham and cover. Saute carrots and onions in olive oil until lightly browned, add minced garlic and saute for one minute longer. Toss sautéed goodness over ham and pea mixture. Add salt, pepper and thyme. Stir and replace lid.

Set it and forget it. Come back 6 hours later and eat until your belly is nice and full. Serve with rolls. Enjoy.

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Simple Crafts & Recipes For Easter

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Here is a quick little re-cap of all the Easter crafts and recipes I have blogged about over the past 2 weeks. I hope you have a wonderful Easter, and remember, be kind to the chocolate bunnies.


Easy Easter Craft Project For Kids: Peeps

Easter Treats in Glass Jars

How to Dye Eggs With Natural Ingedients

Baked Pineapple

Sweet Potato Casserole

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

 The Best Carrot Cake I’ve Ever Made

Have a wonderful Easter.
Mavis

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How to Make an Easter / Spring Centerpiece Using Fresh Flowers

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I was able to make this daffodil centerpiece in under 10 minutes.  By simply using the supplies I had on hand, I was able to create a gorgeous floral arrangement for my dining room table without spending a dime. Thank you Mother Nature, I love you!

Here is how I made it:

Step #1

Fill a mason jar 2/3 full with water and set the jar in a taller/wider vase.

Step #2

Add flowers.

Step #3

Gather moss. If you live in the northwest you can probably just walk out your back door and find some like I did.  If not, head on over to Joann Fabrics, Michael’s, or even Home Depot and pick up some dried moss and simply hydrate it.

Step #4

Carefully push the moss down in between the mason jar and the vase.  Make sure the moss covers all interior walls of the vase so the mason jar is not showing.


Step #5

Now comes the hard part.  Do I want to keep this for myself and display it on my kitchen table?  Or bring it to Easter Dinner?

Want to learn more about floral arranging?  Amazon has Fresh Flower Arranging By DK Books on sale for $17.85.  The book is filled will tons and tons of step by step directions and awesome photos.  Go HERE to take a peek.

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