There is something about Easter that inspires great baking and craft creations. I have been doing some mad pinning over the last few weeks, gathering ideas for things I could do to make the Easter season special. I though I would share with you some of my favourite finds. To see my full page, click on this link.
I love any recipe that is easy to incorporate little people help. Pizzazzarie
I love how cute these rainbow cakes look. A lovely pastel one would be perfect for Easter. The Gunny Sack
I don’t know that I would have the patience to create these gorgeous biscuits from Somewhat Simple, but I can dream.
The one thing that is always a hit when it is made, is a cheeseball. I might shape my favourite cheeseball recipe into a carrot like Jo and Sue.
And for creating……
Easter garden from The Frugal Homemaker. We have already started on our own Easter garden. We have used wheatgrass instead of moss and have been watching it grow.
If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times – I LOVE bunting! Living Well, Spending Less
We are certainly going to have a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt. Lil Luna
Creating one of these at the base of my parent’s massive tree has been a goal of just about every adult of the family at one time or another. It must be done! David Lowe Design
I cannot tell you how much these little chicks are loved by my two boys. They will enjoy making this little project to hang in their rooms. Annaboo’s House
I will pop back soon and show you what we have created and baked. Have a great day!
I can’t believe that Easter is just around the corner. I love this time of the year. The kids especially enjoy a bit of Easter decorating, and I thought I would share what we have out with you.
Starting outside in the kids’ play area….
I picked up this cute chalkboard bunting from the local variety store the other day. I love bunting, and the idea of being able to change the message on it to suit the occasion, is perfect. I added it to the grass bunting I have already slung in our outdoor play area. The rabbit wall art I picked up at a local gardening store.
There are also lots of families of bunnies throughout the house. The boys hate the idea of anyone being lonely.
As well as looking pretty, these baskets of plastic eggs are used in some educational games with the kids. You can see some of my Easter inspired educational games here.
So there you have our Easter decorations so far. I say so far, because the boys will no doubt find something else we, “Just have to have.”
Do you decorate your house at Easter?
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.