Amazon: Beautiful Girls Easter Dresses Under $20

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Beautiful Girls Easter Dresses Under $20

 

Looking for a girls Easter dress?  You’ve got to take a look at the Sunny Fashion Dresses on Amazon.  They’ve got some lovely dresses for Little & Big Girls for well under $20 Prime.    Plus, you’ll automatically save 5% on your $50 purchase of select items.  Additionally, you’ll receive a free Cheongsam Dress with your purchase of $100 or more.  These are extremely highly rated dresses – some with several hundred reviews.

Remember: Amazon prices can change at any time.  This deal is valid as of 12:45pm on March 10, 2016.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas + Our 2016 Theme!

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Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Are you thinking about Easter baskets yet?  It’s almost here!  We’ve got just about a month to put them together, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at what we’d like to include.  If you’ve seen these lists of mine before, you know my husband and I always give some candy, but that’s never the main focus.  We include craft items, books, pocket Bible/answer books – things like that, too.   Non-candy Easter treats.  That is the challenge each year, isn’t it?  Non-candy treats.  Well, I’ve put together this year’s list of goodies we’ll be giving our kids.  I strive to pick thoughtful and useful gifts for their baskets and egg hunt, so I hope you enjoy this list as much as previous lists.  And, of course, everything here is nut free too!

As with my other lists, the first set of items includes toys. The second section is the theme we’re using this year. Scroll down if you just can’t wait for that. 😀
Play Doh Easter Eggs

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Set of 3 Jumbo 6″ Easter Eggs with Plush Toys 

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Shopkins Season 4 Eggs

Minecraft Minifigures

Assorted Minecraft Mini-Figures to go inside fillable eggs (There are more combinations here)

Here are some other items that are perfect for Easter.  They include egg hunt items, basket goodies, and a baby’s first:

And what you’ve been waiting for – the theme of this year’s baskets!  The Secret Garden!  We’ll be reading the book together, coloring in the coloring book, and planting a few different gardens together.  It’ll be a literature and science lesson in one.  I’m so excited.Secret Garden Book

The Secret Garden Book  (other options here including hardcover and audible.  Audible is great if you have a younger child and the Kindle app!)

Secret Garden Coloring Book

Secret Garden Coloring Book – It has hidden garden creatures.

Sunny Side Up Gardens - Little Bunny Garden Kit

Sunny-Side Up Gardens Little Bunny Garden Kit (baby’s basket)

Grow & Glow Terrarium

Grow & Glow Terrarium (my son’s basket)

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Wildflower Garden (my daughter’s basket)

There are a couple of other garden kits I want to mention.  I was really torn about which ones to get!

Grow & Learn Indoor Garden Craft Kit for Kids 

Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit

From Seed to Plant

From Seed to Plant  (Hardcover Book) My son has already studied plant growth, so the focus for him will largely be literature.  This will serve as reinforcement for what he’s already learned and continues to build upon.

Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stone Kit

And to finish it off, they’ll be making Garden Mosaic Stepping Stones 

And for the baby…

16 Piece Finger Puppet Set

16 piece Finger Puppet Set (includes 10 animals and 6 people)

Puppettos Finger Puppet Stage Theater

Puppettos Finger Puppet Stage Theater.  The puppets and stage are mostly for the big kids to put on shows for our tiny girl.  It fosters creativity in them and entertains the baby.   And when she gets older, she’ll be able to use the set as well. Win-win!

Fuzzy Sock Slippers

Fuzzy Sock Slippers

Lilly Monogrammed Bodysuit

Monogrammed Bodysuit

Now, here is the list of other items I considered.  I may still add some of these to the baskets, but I feel that they’re already quite complete.

And if you’re looking for unique gifts, these online shops have them in abundance.

Whew, that’s a big list of items!  I hope you’ve enjoyed this years list of Easter goodies and that it inspires you, too!

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

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DIY Easter Bath Bombs

 

I don’t know about you, but I always like to put a personalized handmade spin on all of these gift laden holidays.  For Christmas, I’ve made my own gingerbread Play Doh and sidewalk chalk and paints for Easter.  None are particularly complicated, by any stretch, or I wouldn’t be able to pull them off!  This year, I’m making Easter Egg Bath Bombs!  Keeping with the theme of non-candy treats and goodies, these are a perfect Easter basket filler.

By the way, the egg theme works just as well for a Mother’s Day basket.  You could make a ‘nest’ out of  a pretty decorative gift bowl filled with a shredded paper bag.  I like Japanese Noodle/Rice Bowls.  They make a nice gift when paired with a chopstick/rice paddle gift set, by the way.  Just fill one or more of the bowls with robin’s egg blue bath bombs and the rest of the basket with trial size bath freebies, The Body Shop BOGO deal items and other things you’ve held onto for a project like this.   It’s a great way to keep using those fillable plastic eggs after Easter, too!  I always keep them on hand for various projects throughout the year.

 

 

DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons water
  • 3 drops essential oil
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Using a large bowl, add baking soda, cream of tartar, corn starch and epsom salts.
  2. Blend the coconut oil into the dry ingredients and mix well The mixture becomes sandy with an oil feel.
  3. One teaspoon at a time, begin to add water to the dry ingredients, stirring it in immediately with a large spoon.
  4. Continue to add the liquid until your mixture resembles damp sand.
  5. It should still be partially dry, but when you squeeze a handful together it could form a ball.
  6. Add food coloring and your essential oils, by thoroughly mixing them into the liquid ingredients, one at a time.
  7. If you're making several colors, divide the mixture evenly among 3 or more bowls and add the food coloring in each bowl as you desire.
  8. When the mixture is the color you want, take a small amount and press it firmly into each side of the egg mold
  9. You can also do this in thirds by placing a smaller layer in the bottom of the larger egg half about halfway up, then adding another color mix and filling slightly over the top. Then, fill the other smaller half of the egg until you know it's flush with the overfilled egg half and will compress together tightly.
  10. Allow to dry for a 24 hours or more.
  11. Gently remove from the egg molds and place on a flat surface for another 4 hours. Then store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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KMart: Bella Cake Pop Maker $12 + Free In Store Pickup! Plus, Mother’s Day Cake Pop Bouquet Idea!

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You know what!?!  I’ve found a way for you to make a very nifty Mother’s Day gift and give one to yourself, too.

One of my favorite little kitchen gadgets is on clearance at KMart – the  Bella Cake Pop and Doughnut Hole Maker. It’s $12 (reg. $19.99+) and you can pick it up in your local KMart for free.

OK, so here’s what I’m thinking….

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Buy a Cake Pop Maker and, well, keep it for yourself!  Next, buy a small terracotta pot.  You know what? Don’t buy it at a craft store.  Pick one up at Lowe’s, Home Depot or your local gardening center.  They’ll be a whole lot cheaper.

Then, spray paint it or paint a pretty picture on the side.  Add a quote if you like.  Tie a finishing ribbon around the rim.   Fill it with a chunk of craft foam, and top the foam with leftover Easter grass.

Dum Dum Birthday Bouquet

Note: I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint in Cotton Candy Pink last summer for my daughter’s birthday party and loved it.  It has a very nice, even gloss finish that looks like you worked on it for a long time.    From what I can see, they no longer make that color, but they have a Gloss Watermelon pink color that’s a creamy yet vibrant pink.  Of course you can use whatever you want!  I just like that color!

And if you’re not big on crafts or painting and all that, you can dress up the cake pops by picking up a small vase.  If you’re concerned about cost, stop by Dollar Tree and buy a vase along with some bags of glass gems to fill the vase.  This should only cost you $3-$4, and take you only as long as it takes to open those mesh gem bags!  So easy.

Now, for the cake pops:

Make 8-10ish tasty little cake balls.

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Attach the Cake Pop Sticks

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Dip them in melted Wilton Yellow Candy Melts.  You can use melted white chocolate if you’re making these for someone with a nut allergy  – either Hershey’s White Chocolate Chips or Baker’s Chocolate work for this,too.  I think if I were using white chocolate I would use the orange sugar below.

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 Sprinkle the wet cake pops with Orange or Yellow  Sanding Sugar just as they’re starting to set.  As far as the color goes, it’s really up to you whether you want to keep the continuous color or have a slight bit of contrasting color.

Allow to dry.

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Poke the stick end through the center of these Mini Spring Flower Cupcake Liners  and push it up so that the liner cradles the cake pop.  If they’re starting to slide down,you can paint a little bit of the melted yellow candy on the bottom of the liner to ‘glue’ it to the bottom of the cake pop.

Arrange them in your vase or flower pot.

Voila!  You’ve got a lovely, personal gift for a very special Mom!   Plus, you get a handy kitchen gadget to keep!  And, really,this gift idea works for an Easter hostess gift (ahem, next year) or Spring gift, etc.

And don’t forget how handy this gadget will be around Christmas!  You can make some super cute Santa Strawberry Shortcake Pops

Easter Themed Triple Chocolate Frosted Fudge Brownies

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Easter Triple Chocolate Brownies

 

You already know we had our Easter dinner last Sunday. You didn’t think I’d let dinner slide by without dessert, did you???  Of course not!

Well, I told you I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing an Easter dinner.  And I didn’t!  I made these darling Triple Chocolate Frosted Fudge Brownies  (recipe at the bottom of the page) the day before our dinner and they were absolutely wonderful.  They provided the perfect balance of whimsy and elegance to our Easter table.

I did have some ambivalent feelings about the project though.  I was equally looking forward to making these and being seriously intimidated by them.   I’ve used silicone molds before, so that wasn’t the problem.  I mean, I’ve used them to make snowflake crayons, for heaven’s sake. This time through, I felt like making pretty different colored impressions might be fun and that was the problem.

I did think about going the easy route and just making a beautiful layer of dark chocolate with an equally beautiful springy impression to layer on top of my frosted brownies.  After all, that would have been perfect and lovely, too.  Instead, I thought I had better test my kitchen skills to see if I could pull off something a little bit more challenging:  layered color.

Spring Themed Triple Chocolate Brownies

And it worked!  I initially started only making two layers of color, but I got brave and my second batch had three layers!

Layered Color Spring Candy Plates

It wasn’t difficult at all.  You just have to pay close attention to the varying depths.

Sweet Creations Spring Mold Bird

For my first batch, I piped in the white base color just to the bottom edge of the bird using melted white chocolate chips in a ziploc bag with a very small (not tiny) tip cut off.  I lifted and tapped the mold lightly on the counter to distribute the chocolate and remove any air bubbles.  Then, I piped melted blue chips into the bird area.  I tapped it lightly again, and filled the remaining space in the well with white chocolate.

Basket Weave Chocolate Plate Tutorial

I repeated this pattern for all of the other designs in the mold.  It only took about 20 minutes or so to do them all.  Then, I popped the whole thing in the freezer for about 15 minutes until they were set.  And this is the best part.  If you’ve never used a silicone mold, you can literally peel it away from whatever it is you’re molding.  It won’t make your chocolate break or fall apart or even stick to the mold.

Good Cook Sweet Creations Spring Bark Mold

Now, you can use this mold to make plates like I did or to make bark, brittle, chocolate or baked goods.  The wells are adequately deep for baked goodies and the mold can be heated to 420F.  I only filled them to the divisions at the top of the patterns for my project.

So that night following our Easter dinner, I was laying in bed thinking about that mold.  No kidding.  You know I’m weird like that.  And all of a sudden, I had a great idea.  I thought that I would use the basket weave area of mold to make a Flower Basket Cake!  I made a preliminary cake to test it out, but I’ll be baking one of these for my Mom and Mother-in-Law for Mother’s Day.

Flower Basket Cake

I baked a box cake mix in an 8×8 square cake pan and made 8 of these white chocolate basket weave molds.  I frosted the cake and placed the molds around the cake – two on each side.  Then, I made a bunch of different colored flowers  by tinting homemade buttercream icing and filling in the open space on top of the cake.

Flower Basket Cake

I cannot tell you how much I ridiculously love this mold!  And if you love it, too, you can pick one up at Amazon.  It’s the Sweet Creations Easter Silicone Mold.  The spatula above is the Sweet Creations Hop Into Spring Silicone Spatula.

Now, here’s the recipe for my Triple Chocolate Frosted Fudge Brownies!

Triple Chocolate Frosted Fudge Brownies

Ingredients

  • 10 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 can milk chocolate frosting.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 11x7in brownie pan.
  3. In medium sized bowl, heat butter and chocolate chip in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Continue to heat an additional 30 seconds if chocolate and butter aren't melted. If the chocolate is nearly melted, just stir until completely melted.
  4. Add sugar and brown sugar. Blend well.
  5. Add vanilla extract. Blend well.
  6. Add eggs and blend well.
  7. Stir in cocoa, flour and salt until well mixed.
  8. Pour into baking pan.
  9. Bake 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick is clean except about 1/4 inch at the bottom.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  11. Frost with chocolate frosting.
  12. If you use an 11x7 brownie pan, these will cut nearly evenly into the sizes you need for the Spring Bark Mold.
  13. Top with white chocolate plates.
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Spring Triple Fudge Brownies

Note: I used Wilton Candy Melts for this project and they are manufactured on shared equipment with peanuts.  If you are considering this project and need a nut-free alternative, use white and dark chocolate chips, Vermont Nut Free Candy Melts, Chocoley or tint your own white chips using Americolor Oil Candy Coloring.  This brand is nut free.  Wilton Oil Coloring is not.

Reminder:  Manufacturing practices change over time.  While any mentioned products may be safe at the time this post is made, it may be years down the road when you may be reading this.  Please always read all labels carefully to avoid cross-contamination if you are avoiding allergens and call the manufacturer if you’re still unsure.

My HoneyBaked Ham Easter! Plus, Coupons for You and a Giveaway!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of HoneyBaked Ham. I was provided a gift card to purchase a ham in exchange for my review. The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.

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From the time I was a little girl, and I mean very tiny girl, I knew Easter was a special day.  I didn’t fully understand why, but it always seemed to have somber underpinnings that I couldn’t quite understand.   There were only a few things in our house that evoked such feelings.  You know how it is, when you’re small like that and understand very little, you categorize things.  Things that bring about that same tone, like this…

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Me, looking at a picture on the wall:  “Momma, who is this man?”

Mom, in that’ tone:  “That’s your great-grandfather, Enos Mitchell.  He was a Baptist minister, and a very good, kind man.”

Occasionally, I would forget who he was, and ask again.  I’d always receive the same answer, and always in that tone.  The best way I can describe it is to say there was a greater depth of feeling in those heavily weighted words.  I knew he was a special man.   A man that I have never met.  Yet, his life, his family, and his unwavering faith influenced the development of my own.

You see, when I was a tiny girl of about three, I went to church.  No, I didn’t go every Sunday.  Well, I think that ended when I was taken to Sunday School and listened to a record about taking cookies out of the cookie jar without asking.  “Doggone”, I thought, “I do that all the time!  I’m a sinner.”, and promptly vomited all over the table and floor.  You see, in my house, I didn’t need to ask for cookies.  I knew I was allowed to have 2 cookies.  If I hadn’t eaten my daily dose of chewy, chippy goodness, I would help myself to some.  Yep, you guessed it, I just didn’t understand the message.  Once again, yes, I was too young.  And clearly, I’ve always taken things very seriously.

After that,  I continued to go to our Baptist church, but I sat with my parents. No more vomiting.

Periodically, I went with the neighbors to their Lutheran church and sat with them.  No vomiting here either.

Sometimes I went with the other neighbors to the Catholic church, and sat with them.  Yep, I was ok here, too.

Church was church, and I liked them all.  Still do, as for that matter, and I always say “Same tree, different branch…”, but I am a Baptist.   By the time I was able to make a decision, that was my choice.  I was 10 and that was 30 years ago.  Once again, it was all about feeling, the depth of it, and all of the inexplicable whatevers that comes with it.  Even now, it’s all very natural to me and woven tightly into the tapestry of my being.

Maybe I need to be more clear  about where I’m going with this.  The depth of my faith comes only from the strength of my relationship with Christ.  Period. He died on the cross for my sins, rose on the third day, and therein lies my salvation.  THAT is Easter.  There is another dimension to my faith, however, that has something to do with the familiarity of it.  Something that enables my easy allegiance to it.  And I believe my ancestors, with their unwavering faith that I’ve known about since…forever, contribute directly to that.    And no, there’s nothing hocus pocus-y there.  I’m simply saying that I was raised with the knowledge that my whole family is Baptist, chock full of ministers, extraordinary people, and that their lives influence my own path.

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This is my grandmother.  She’s sitting at her father’s grave.  Enos Mitchell’s grave.  She would take her chair, flowers, and just sit there.  Sometimes she’d talk.  Sometimes she’d cry.  This went on for years.  I think I have a pretty good idea why.

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Grandpa Mitchell was quite something in life.  He was born on Christmas Day in 1862, during the height of the Civil War in Greene County, Tennessee.  And although Tennessee, and Greene County in particular, were largely Unionist, Tennessee was one of the most deeply divided states during the Civil War.  And even under great duress, my great grandfather and his family remained firm in their convictions.  You see, he descends from one of the founding members of the Tennessee Manumission Society, formed in the early 1800’s to abolish slavery.  His other grandfather’s home was burned by Bushwhackers because they not only refused to participate in the war, but they refused to support the Confederacy.  His mother was the daughter of a Quaker, whose family was pro-equality and anti-war.  And Grandpa Mitchell himself was known for saying, “God made all different colored flowers in his garden.”  The bottom line is this:  These were good people who made it a business to try help everyone and judge no one.  I admire that beyond what I could ever express in words.

And in his life as a minister, he helped lead many people to Christ.  As a Christian myself, I don’t think there is anything more that anyone can aspire to do, or say they have done, than that.  The picture above is of him baptizing a couple of identified family members and other unnamed parishioners in the Saint Francis River.  I have another similar picture from a different day.    I have an idea that there would be countless pictures if they’d have been readily available to take, which is astounding to me.

Now, armed with this understanding and my own faith, Easter is exclusively a time to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ, to deepen my relationship with God, and spend quality time with my family.    And unlike my typical Christmas, I have never spent Easter in the kitchen.   Every year for easily the last 10 years, we have picked up a HoneyBaked Ham.  There is a reason for this, too.

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If you’ve never had one, you are truly missing out, and I’ll wager that any ham you or I could make would not taste better.   Whether you choose the Turkey Breast, Signature Ham or both, they are coated with the same sweet, crunchy glaze.  I’m convinced there’s a hint of cardamom in that glaze, too.    Each ham is slow roasted, smoked, and glazed by hand.  That attention to detail creates a quality, delicious main dish that everyone will love.  And as I said before, it’s part of our Easter tradition.

This year, we had our family Easter dinner this past Sunday (3/30).  Meh, it’s a little early, but it was the only day we could all be together.  That’s what’s important.  So, I stopped by my local HoneyBaked Ham store in West Bloomfield to pick up a ham.   I was surprised to see that they have quite a few reasonably priced offers (and coupons!) that are perfect for an Easter dinner.  We’re going back a little closer to Easter to pick up an Easter Ham & Turkey Combo to freeze and have on hand for Mother’s Day since it’s so close.

If you’ve never had a HoneyBaked Ham, I highly recommend taking advantage of these in store specials, so that you can enjoy your day with your family as well.

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Coconut Marshmallow Bunnies! (Nut-Free)

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coconut marshmallow bunnies

 

We’ve been very busy today around the house making treats…I mean, friends.  My precious and tender-hearted girl has decided to take these marshmallow bunnies under her wing because she simply can’t bring herself to destroy them.  So, with that in mind, I have some new friends I’d like you to meet!    From left to right, please say hello to Elsa, Kristoff, Anna, Sven, and Olaf.  We don’t like Hans, of course, so he is excluded from everything.

So, well, if you can bring yourself to eat these very sweet, sweet treats instead of naming them after characters from the movie ‘Frozen’, here are the instructions for you to make them yourself!

Coconut Marshmallow Bunnies (Nut-Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (plain not butter flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 12oz bag White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 bag Large Marshmallows (not jumbo)
  • 1 bag Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 14oz bag Coconut Flakes
  • Confetti Sprinkles (in Birthday Mix)
  • Oval Sprinkles (in Spring Mix)
  • Pink & Purple Jimmies (also in Spring Mix)
  • several toothpicks

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add two tablespoons of confectioners (powdered) sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, add 1 cup coconut flakes. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add one bag of white chocolate chips and one tablespoon shortening. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat an additional 30-45 seconds until melted.
  4. Create an assembly line of marshmallows, white chocolate, and coconut. Dip your marshmallows in white chocolate, then roll in coconut flakes to coat. Place each one on the parchment lined cookie sheet to set. This should take very little time.
  5. To decorate:
  6. Lay the marshmallow on its side, like a cylinder on its side, on it's flattest side. Using a steak knife, cut grooves about 1/4 of an inch back from the front of the marshmallow just right and just left of center. This is where you will place the ears on top of the bunny's head.
  7. Using scissors, cut the front off of a regular non-dipped large marshmallows. Pretend you're trying to cut the marshmallow into quarters. This will help give you some scale as to how thick the pieces should be. A teensy bit thinner than this is preferable, if you can manage it, but quarters will do. Then, after you've cut the face from the marshmallow, cut that face in half. These are your two ears. They will be sticky, so you can dip them in the powdered sugar for a very fine coat (removing excess) and this will help you be able to work with them more easily.
  8. Press the pointed end (of your choice) down into the slivery well you've created with your knife.
  9. Now, you can start decorating the face.
  10. Dip a toothpick into your white chocolate and paint the face area where you will be placing your sprinkles and jimmies - being mindful of the foot placement. Decorate as shown using two tiny confetti sprinkles for eyes, oval sprinkle for the nose, and jimmies for whiskers.
  11. Cut a mini marshmallow in half and paint the cut side with white chocolate. Press into place on the bottom left of the bunny face/body area. Repeat with other mini marshmallow half for the right foot.
  12. Arrange on a plate of Easter grass, Whoppers Eggs, and other assorted treats for a darling treat display.
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And don’t forget about the Bunny Bottom Oreos either!  They’re Easter perfect, too!

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Easy Bunny Bottom Oreos! (Nut-Free)

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Easy Bunny Bottom Oreos

You know I don’t like time consuming food projects, but I love it when they look like they are!  This one takes a ‘hare’  longer than a super easy project, but it’s still an easy one to pull off.

So go ahead and pin these and plan to whip up some of these Easy Bunny Bottom Oreos for a spring brunch, Easter party, school or church function.  They’re impressive, easily made nut-free, and everyone will love them!

Easy Bunny Bottom Oreos

Yield: 20

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, heat the chips and crisco in the microwave for one minute. Stir. If they aren't sufficiently melted, continue heating in 30 second intervals until only small chip pieces remain. Stir until they're completely melted. The residual heat should finish the melting for you. Do not overheat!
  2. Using a fork, dip the oreo and completely cover it in white chocolate. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess and place your oreo on the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  3. Repeat until all oreos are dipped. Save the remaining white chocolate.
  4. Place your sheet of oreos in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  5. While you're waiting for the oreos, prepare your fondant, roll it out, and cut out ovals using the smallest cutter in this set - the 1/2" cutter.
  6. Roll two mini marshmallows together in your palms until they're combined and look like cotton tails. Repeat with the other 38 marshmallows for a total of 20 combined.
  7. Remove the oreos from the freezer.
  8. Using a toothpick, dip it into the remaining white chocolate and place a small amount on the top center of the oreo. Affix rabbit tail quickly, pressing down. It should adhere quickly because the oreos are frozen.
  9. Dip a toothpick into the remaining white chocolate and 'paint' the back of an oval cutout. Place it on the bottom left area of the oreo,slightly angled, to look like a foot. Repeat this process for the right foot.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until all of the tails and feet are in place.
  11. In a small bowl, heat frosting for 2-3 seconds. I am not kidding. You just want to slightly heat it. It may take 4 or 5 seconds, depending on your microwave. Do not liquefy it though or you'll have to wait until it sets again.
  12. Blend in color if necessary.
  13. Fill decorating bag.
  14. Carefully pipe a tiny filled circle for the foot pad in the top middle of the foot oval, and three tiny circles for toes at the bottom. I started with the middle toe since I had some trouble with my frosting pulling a tip. If you have the same trouble, you can pat those down with a toothpick after the frosting sets. You don't need a fancy tool for that, really.
  15. Allow the frosting to dry and you can place them on a tray covered with Easter grass or you can make a bed of green tinted coconut flakes.
  16. Enjoy!
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Seasonal Spotlight: Napkin Easter Bunnies!

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I love pretty decorating ideas as much as the next person, but the only thing Martha and I have in common is that our first names start with the letter ‘M’.    That said, I’ll attempt simple things, and this is something I think I can manage with a little practice.  With that in mind, I thought you might  like to take a look, too.

Chinet has a nifty tutorial for making Napkin Easter Bunnies.  In addition, when you join Club Chinet, you’ll receive a coupon via email for $1 off any Chinet product.

I’ll be picking up the supplies this week, and I’ll post my napkins for you to see when I get them done.

Seasonal Spotlight: Bunny Food! (Popcorn Snack)

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Whenever I have company for a holiday celebration, I always like to have some kind of homemade gift for our guests to take home.  Generally, that’s some kind of cookie or individual cake, but my tasmanian devils often preclude me from just taking a shower!  Obviously, finding time to bake something gets moved so far down the list of priorities that I’d have to walk down the street three houses to find its place.  Nevertheless, it is important to me, so I have to find a way to make it work.

My answer?  Bunny Food aka Bunny Bait.

I made a variation of this for Halloween with candy corn and black & orange sprinkles.  Candy corn.  Do I need to say more?  Nah, didn’t think so.

For Easter, I’ll be whipping up this nut free confection on Saturday and making pretty take home bags tied with pink satin ribbon for my guests.    It’s so easy to pull together.  If you’re pressed for time and would like to do something special, give this a try.  The supplies are very inexpensive….well, for us anyway.  😉

Bunny Food (Nut-Free)

Ingredients:
2 Bags Pop Secret, Pop Weaver or Jolly Time Plain Popcorn (microwave)
1 – 12oz Hershey’s White Chocolate Chips* (*see bottom of post)
OR 2 – 6oz packages of  Bakers White Chocolate*
1 & 1/2 cup Pretzel Pieces (coarsely broken whole pretzels)
2 – 5oz bag Easter Sixlets*
Pastel nonpareils or jimmies/sprinkles

Directions:

  • Line a 13×18 jelly roll pan with wax paper.  If you don’t have a jelly roll pan, you can just use a cookie sheet.
  • Pop popcorn according to package directions and pour into large bowl removing all unpopped kernels.  Add pretzel pieces.
  • If you’re using Baker’s White Chocolate, cut it into smaller pieces before melting to hasten the process.
  • From here, I generally melt either the chips or chunked chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each cycle, until almost melted.  Small unmelted pieces throughout are fine.  They will melt with the residual heat in the bowl.
  • Drizzle half of the melted chocolate over the popcorn/pretzel mixture and fold it into the popcorn until coated.
  • Add Sixlets and fold again.
  • Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the popcorn and fold until the popcorn is fully coated.  Don’t over mix because you don’t want the color coating on the Sixlets to start running.
  • Pour evenly onto jelly roll pan in a single layer.
  • Coat evenly with Easter sprinkles.
  • Allow to cool and harden.  Break into pieces.

*Note: This recipe is nut free for my son, but you can use Easter M&M’s in yours if you don’t have sensitivities in your home.  Also, feel free to swap out the white chocolate chips for candy melts.

Recipe adapted Cooking Classy