I hope you all had a very enjoyable Easter. The four-day weekend was a great opportunity to catch up with friends and indulge in some extra special treats. This year I chose just a few sweet things to make over the weekend and they were more than enough. I though I would share what I created with links to the recipes.
Firstly, the most decadent baked caramel filled cheesecake. I will be making this again very shortly. We all loved it!
My own take on Cinnamon/Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. I love anything cinnamon.
The kids decorated their own cupcakes with the decorating kits I picked up at Kmart. They had lots of fun.
And what Easter would be complete without Hot Cross Buns? These are mini ones I made in the Thermomix.
What treats completed your Easter?
Now that I have been on a bit of a roll creating the Activity Bags for the kids, I had to make some Easter themed ones. You can see some of my other activity Bag posts here and here.
There is an abundance of Easter themed crafting items about at the moment so it was really easy to create these activities. Take a look….
Easter Egg Word Creation. A 3 letter word and picture clue.
Easter Egg Colour Match. Match the top and bottom part of the egg to the picture.
Easter Egg Number Match. Place the correct number and colour of pom poms into the numbered egg.
Easter Egg Colour Match. Place the correct coloured egg yolk into the egg.
Easter Symbol Sequencing. Match the sequence on the cards using the correct symbols.
These fun activities live in an Easter gift bag by the garage so we can grab it when we are heading out.
With Easter holidays starting at the end of this week, I can see these will get a good workout before Easter arrives.
Have a great day.
I LOVE Hot Cross Buns. Unlike others who groan at their appearance in the supermarket on Boxing Day, I am excited.
In the past I have had a few attempts at making my own, but I have never been able to master the texture. They have either been too dense or too dry.
Last week though I made the best Hot Cross Bun I have EVER eaten! They were light, soft and perfectly spiced. Full of fruit and delightful with some butter.
After hearing it’s amazing reviews, I used the recipe from the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook. Making them in the Thermomix made the task so simple – all the more reason to bake them all the time. If you don’t have a Thermomix there is no reason why you can’t make these in a stand mixer or with good ol’ elbow grease. You can find a version of this recipe here.
To make these little baked goods healthier for my family, I used spelt flour and stevia to sweeten. Quirky Cooking also makes some healthy substitutions to this recipe which you can see here.
Seriously, if you like Hot Cross Buns, go make this recipe – NOW. You will not be disappointed!
I am a sucker for a cute Easter decoration. I have picked up a few bits and pieces in the last week and I have my eye on a few more. Here is what I have bought so far. Where possible I have included a link to the store where you can buy them….
This cute Easter egg garland.
A pair of hanging Easter eggs.
This set of Easter bunnies. They remind me a little of the “Guess How Much I love You” storybook.
These crockery sets for the kids. I have been searching for some Easter themed crockery for the kids for years. It is virtually non-existent. If you are Australia and know of anywhere that is selling Easter crockery, I’d love to know too!
And finally, we now have a family of mossy bunnies.
We only have a week and a half of school left before we break for Easter holidays. I can’t wait! I love this time of the year.
A few weeks back I found these great Easter cupcake boxes and wrappers at Big W. I thought that they were so cute that I had to buy a stash to use for neighbour’s and friend’s Easter gifts.
I made a batch of vanilla cupcakes ( I thought it might be a nice change from chocolate at Easter) and decorated the tops with the cutest mini candy-shelled eggs.
Very simple but I think they look gorgeous. I just love how they look snuggled in their special carry box.
I hope everyone enjoys them. I am off to deliver them now so they can be gobbled up for morning tea.
Last Easter I posted about a new Easter tradition we started that involved planting a garden with Easter Egg Seeds. You can read the original post here.
Basically, what happens is that at some point before Easter, the Easter Bunny leaves my kids a packet of seeds to plant in the yard. If they are good and very lucky, they will grow into Easter eggs by Easter Sunday.
The Easter Bunny left our seeds for us to plant today.
Master O is taking his gardening role very seriously, watering and watching for any growth. We are certain that a few eggs will sprout before Sunday ;)
While on the topic of preparing and looking forward to Easter, we had a little poke around the shops this morning and bought some Easter decorations on sale. I think they are just adorable, so I had to share them with you.
These lovely bunnies cost me just a few dollars each at Bed, Bath and Table.
And this ceramic Easter egg, also from Bed, Bath and Table, pairs nicely with my big bunny and is perfect for holding chocolates for our guests to help themselves to.
There were so many lovely decorations on sale that I know I will cave and be back to buy more before the end of the week. Stay tuned!
Yesterday I showed you the cute thumbprint Easter egg cards the kids and I made for their teachers. You read about that post here.
As we had such a ball making them, we decide to also make an Easter sign for our entrance using a blank canvas.
A bit of stamping, some paint and a few stickers later and it was proudly on display on our hall table. Cute
And don’t you just love the moss bunny? He has been my favourite addition to our Easter decorations this year.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
I came up with this cute card design to accompany my kid’s teachers’ Easter gifts.
The kids were able to get involved and we had a lot of fun completing them. Give them a go yourself.
What we used:
Blanks cards – we purchased ours or you could make these from card stock
A variety of acrylic paints
How we did it:
Taking the first colour, I painted each child’s thumb and got them stamping. I directed the kids to stamp away from the very bottom of the card – you will see why later.
Before we used the other chosen colours, we washed and dried our hands. This helped to keep the colours crisp.
Once the thumbprints had dried, we used textas to decorate the eggs and to add a greeting to the card.
Taking a strip of green paper, I cut out a zig-zaggy section of grass.
Using some glue, we secured the grass to the bottom of the card. As we had positioned the thumbprint eggs further up the card, they appeared to be hiding in the grass.
And that is it. Relatively quick and easy to make and they look gorgeous.
We have attached these cards to a bundle of mini eggs for each of the kids’ teachers.
As we had such a fun time doing this, I have dreamt up other uses for fingerprint Easter eggs. Tune in tomorrow to see them elsewhere.
I don’t know about you, but it scares me just how fast Easter is approaching. It seems to sneak up on me….every year! Over the weekend we completed a few fun projects that have helped get us into the Easter spirit, so I thought I would share them with you.
The boys had fun hanging some egg-shaped decorations along with this cute ‘Happy Easter’ banner.
I ‘helped’ (although the correct term would probably be ‘cleaned up after’) the boys as they painted some plaster Easter decorations to display about the house.
I experimented with my chocolate lollipop mould and made these cute bunny shaped ones.
This week the boys and I are decorating some props for our Easter Egg Hunt and making some more chocolate creations. I hope to share them with you soon, but until then, take a look at some of my other Easter posts……
Click on the images to link to the post.
Today the blog has hit a time warp. This is a post from last Easter, but it is such a fun craft, we will be doing it again.
The lead up to Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. I think it has a lot ot do with the weather and the fact that the mornings are crisp but the days are warm with clear, blue skies (well, maybe not here at the moment). It may also have to do with the fact that I am absolutely addicted to Hot Cross Buns. I am NEVER the one who complains about the fact the grocery stores have packets of buns for sale on Boxing Day. However, I always feel if you blink you will miss enjoying the lead up. With the craziness of the Christmas/New Year season you seem to just get back into the ryhthm of life and Easter is at your doorstep. So it was Friday just gone that it dawned on me that I had only 2 weeks until the Easter Weekend. I had not even thought about Easter at all. So I seized the day and created a craft project for Master O and I.
Last Christmas I fell in love with the Fingerprint reindeer Bianca at A Little Delightful completed with her son. Taking inspiration from this and these cute little chicks you find everywhere at Easter time,
I created a fingerprint chick project.
With little time or effort, I designed and printed some placecards for our Easter table. Then with some yellow paint, Master O fingerprinted the cards.
When they were dry, I added the chick’s features with black and orange felts. To make sure they were going to be sturdy and last if we wanted to use them next year, I laminated them.
I think they are super cute. Tomorrow we plan to make some matching cards and present tags.