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Entries in Easter (23)

Saturday
Apr232011

EASTER BIRTHDAY BASH

This beautiful birthday girl wanted an Easter-themed birthday party and her mom, Michelle, delivered! From hunting for eggs to holding live bunnies, this party made for a sweet and memorable day!

             

The girls enjoyed decorating their own cupcakes. And laughing at the ducks!A beautiful day to enjoy...

                 

Thank you, Michelle for sharing your beautiful party!  This sweet image says it all...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

  

 

Friday
Apr222011

EASY CHOCOLATE BIRD NESTS

My daughter's class was studying birds, and so we made these cute little nests to share with her friends.  I have seen them so many times but had never made them.  I was surprised by how easy they were!  They tie in well with Easter and are so much fun for the kids!

My daughter chose jelly beans to put in the nests, but there are so many choices on the Easter candy aisle!

 

 

RECIPE

12 oz. package of chocolate chips

4-6 oz butterscotch chips

12 oz choc mein noodles

1/4 cup Rice Krispies cereal (optional)

Melt chocolate and butterscotch in microwave or in double boiler.

Stir.  Add in noodles and cereal.

Place in well-greased muffin pan. 

Place 3 egg-shaped candies on top.

Let set.

Nests pop out easily.  Makes 24.

Enjoy!  ADD THESE CUTE LITTLE BIRDS TO GO WITH THE NESTS...FIND DIRECTIONS HERE

You can also make them with just butterscotch like Kate Petronis shows us below...

This recipe ties in well with this Easter book by Jan Brett...

 

 

 

Thursday
Apr212011

CHEERFUL EASTER POTS

I love using plants to decorate so that I can transport them to my yard when I would like to and enjoy them for years.  Hydrangeas are one of my favorites! 

I painted terra cotta pots a bright shade of yellow and planted a hydrangea.

I added pretty ribbon and topped the soil with colorful candy eggs.

The only problem with this simple project was convincing my sweet son that eating candy out of dirt was not ok!

 These will be on my porch for Easter and then planted in my yard to enjoy throughout the summer!

Enjoy!

Monday
Apr182011

FUNNY BUNNIES

    

 This winter, I saw the CUTEST snowman treats in milk bottles on Bakerella's website and wanted to try it with bunnies for Easter.  The snowman idea originally came from Better Homes and Gardens and has been a hit!  This is definitely one of my kids' favorites!!

  

These FUNNY BUNNIES couldn't be any cuter!  I followed Bakerella's tips for making bunny cakepops and just applied it to Dunkin Donuts Munchkins (donut holes). 

 

 

I used Starbuck's Frappuccino bottles filled with milk to make the body and Dunkin Donut Munchkins for the bunny head.  Directions for decorating the bunny face are on Bakerella's site http://www.bakerella.com/easter-cake-pops-part-two/

I found all of the candy supplies for the face at Michael's.  I really love the edible writing pens- they make it so easy!  I gently made a hole with a straw in the donut hole.  (When you put the straw through, you will have crumbs in the straw and so I used one to make the hole and took it out and then put another straw in to stay.)   Decorate the bottles the way you like to resemble a bunny and watch the kiddos light up and drink up!  These really do just make you smile!

Or act silly!

And if you want a sweet little bunny book to read to them to make the bunny milk bottles even more fun,  try this one by Kevin Henkes...

 

 

ENJOY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Apr172011

CARROT BAG TUTORIAL

These cute little carrot bags have generated a lot of questions and comments this week, and so I wanted to share a little more about them...    

 

 

I wanted a cute way to serve Bunny Trail Mix and couldn't find just what I was looking for.  In the past, I had used bags from Oriental Trading but they were no longer available.  So, I decided to experiment.  The  only thing is, I don't sew.  I knew what I wanted to make but also knew I had to find someone to make it!  And so...loaded with bags of burlap, fabric, ribbon, and an idea, I went to visit Sallie Hahn at Andrew Downs in Athens, GA.  Sallie was so sweet and enthusiastically gave it a shot!  I love the finished product and wanted to share step-by-step instructions from Sallie- for all you crafty ones out there who know how to do- it- yourself!

 

Materials: Basic Sewing Supplies
               Assorted Orange and Green Cotton Fabrics
               1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
                Carrot Templates (templates at bottom of post)
Step 1: Print the templates and cut out. With a disappearing ink fabric pen trace two of each shape onto fabric and cut.

 

 Step 2: To create drawstring opening, fold bottom of leaf up 3/4" into wrong side and place carrot wrong side up on top of leaf matching up raw edges. Stitch across using 1/8" seam allowance. Repeat for other two pieces.
 

 

 Step 3: Line up 2 sides of carrots, right sides facing one another and matching up raw edges. Starting just below crease on leaf stitch both sides together using 1/4" seam allowance, sewing only on body of carrot around the edges. Turn carrot bag right side out.

 

 

 
Step 4: To make drawstring ties, cut two 20" pieces of grosgrain ribbon. Attach safety pin to end of one ribbon and thread through both sides of opening creating a U-shape. Repeat with other ribbon starting on opposite side of leaf top. When finished, ribbons will hang on either side of carrot. Pull to close bag.
 
 
 
  
And now you are ready to fill it with your favorite treat (remember to put edible treats in a cello bag first)!
THANKS, SALLIE!!!!!  HERE YOU CAN FIND THE RECIPE FOR THE "BUNNY TRAIL" MIX THAT I USED IN THE BAGS- THESE ALSO MAKE GREAT BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS FOR EASY FAVORS! >>>
And, if you are like I am and need a Sallie in your life, contact me on how to purchase pre-made carrot bags!  Just leave a comment or send a message!

 

Happy Sewing~ Happy Sunday!

 

 P.S.  Template coming soon...

 

 

 

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