Posts Tagged ‘easter’

Spring Garden Cupcakes

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Full disclosure – I didn’t make this or think of it. These Spring cupcakes were the project for Spencer’s final 4H Intro to Baking class. They’re so cute, I couldn’t resist posting them. I don’t have the exact recipe, but I know enough to explain how to recreate them.

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They made a basic chocolate cupcake (from a mix or I love this one from Martha Stewart) and frosted the cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and topped with crumbled chocolate graham crackers (crushed chocolate wafer cookies could also be used). The basic idea for the cupcake is a dirt cake/cupcake, but topped with a strawberry dipped in orange candy melts to look like a carrot. (I imagine dyed white chocolate could also be used.)

Garden Carrots

 

To make the “carrots,” follow the directions on the candy melts, but basically you melt the candy melts over low heat, dip the strawberries in and then let them cool on wax paper.

Truman has an egg allergy so Easter is one of the trickier holidays. An egg free alternative to the cupcake is just placing the dipped strawberries on some shredded coconut, you could also dye the shredded coconut green if you wanted more of an easter grass feel.

I had a hard time keeping Spencer’s hands off of the cupcake. He was not pleased I wanted to take photos, making the wait time even longer. “Mo-oooom, I just want to pick the carrot. I made it.”

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Special thanks to Annette, and 4H baking. If you ever see this, thanks for the idea! And sorry about the photos, Spencer barely let me take photos with my phone, let alone get the camera out or set anything up. And yes, the cupcake is a little smooshed and lopsided. It was made by a 6 year old! Looks pretty good to me!

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Easter 2014

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This was my second year hosting my in-laws for Easter and the first in our new town. Like last Christmas, I was up early and everybody else slept in. Well, my father-in-law got but to go fishing. At least I had Truman to keep me company. So I played dress up. I don’t think he minded.

 Once people got up, Easter was tons of fun! Baskets and eggs were hidden and found. Ham was eaten, deviled eggs were admired and devoured. Candy was put away to be doled out at the rate of two per day. I forced everyone to take a self timer family portrait. Good times all around.

I did discover that I think Easter might be one of my favorite instagram holidays. All the kids were so cute in their dress up clothes, running around outside. Straw hats! Bow ties! Bunny ears! Hope all the celebrated Easter had a great day!

Peeps Pops for Easter #Peepsonality

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Spencer really wanted to help with this project. See?

Because Spencer was helping, the project morphed from super cute basket to awe and amaze children to a project that a kid can help with, which isn’t such a bad thing. The baby was taking a nap so spencer and I got to hang out alone together and honestly he doesn’t care too much what his easter basket looks like. just what is inside. That led to another tiny problem as I didn’t completely want to spoil the Easter Bunny for him yet. I ended up using some of the treats Peeps so generously sent me, but held back what I wanted to put in his basket on Easter morning. And maybe also the ones I accidentally ate already aren’t pictures. Did you know they come in PARTY CAKE flavor now. They were delicious; I regret nothing.

  Peeps Pops

 I told Spencer we were making a practice basket to make sure there was room for everything and he decided to make Peeps Pops for decoration, luckily I had some bamboo skewers on hand (cake pop sticks would also work). The “technical” part of this project is pretty straight forward: take peep, poke with stick. I did cut the Peeps apart first. This would also be cute with the chocolate dipped ones and those would have cleaner sides as they come individually portioned. Spencer was adamant that those be IN the basket not ON a stick though. He really took this project and ran with it.

Peeps Pops for Easter #peepsonality

The Peeps pops could also be individually wrapped for party favors or just to keep the cut edges fresh overnight. Personally, I prefer a slightly stale Peep; I love the crunch. I used press-n-seal instead of cellophane wrap and it looks way cuter in person than it photographs, plus it puts a nice seal on the cut edges.  Spencer was also practicing his bow tying.

Wrapped Peeps Pops Easter

Peeps has all sorts of new products that are new this season including Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks, and Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies. I will admit to being skeptical about the chocolate mousse flavor because I normally don’t like chocolate flavored non-chocolate items, but these are really good. And somehow they do indeed taste more like a chocolate mousse than a straight chocolate flavor. Delicious!

Peeps on a Stick

He wanted to be in all the photos and would pop up behind the basket!

Easter is coming up fast and this year is a bit of a change for me. Normally I would run out to Target on Friday or Saturday and come back ready for basket filling and egg stuffing. This year? No Target. In an effort to plan ahead, I mail ordered some legos and Angry Birds stuff and… Spencer found it. Of course. So, I am going to try and put a basket together between a drug store and a grocery store and see how it goes. At least I know I will have Peeps! And if you are running behind, try making some Peeps Pops. So quick and easy that a 4 year old could do it (and did!).

Peeps Easter Gift

This one styled and photographed by Spencer

Disclosure: Peeps sent me Peeps to sample and make something for a post. I was not provided monetary compensation. I am totally willing to just work for candy. NO REGRETS!

Bunny Crossing

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

My chalk driving courses are seasonally appropriate.

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