Bird Nests

One of my earliest school memories is of being at an end of the year class party and eating a Haystack for the very first time. It was amazing. Years have passed and I’ve often thought of that delicious piece of candy. However I haven’t had another one since. So the other day that memory popped in my head and I instantly knew what I had to do. I had to make some Haystacks but since it’s almost Easter I decided to be a little festive and make Bird Nest Haystack. Needless to say they turned out absolutely mouth watering. Today I’m going to show you how to make Bird Nests/Haystacks.

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Here’s what you’ll need

1 Bag of Butterscotch Morsels

1 Cup of Peanut Butter

1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla

4 Cups of Chow Mein Noodles

1 Bag of Egg Shaped Candy ( I used Whoppers Robbin Eggs)

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Start by placing the 4 cups of chow mein noodles in a large bowl. Set aside. Then in a separate microwavable bowl pour the butterscotch morsels and add the peanut butter. Melting the mixture in 30 second increments. Be sure to stir after each 30 seconds.

Once the mixture is complete melted stir in the vanilla. Then pour it over chow mien noodles. Stir until the noodles are covered.  Using cooking spray, spray your muffin tin.

Next spoon the mixture in to the pan. Using your spoon dig little ditch into the center of each nest. (This is so your eggs will sit down inside of the nest, instead of on top of it.) Then place your eggs in the nest (This allows the eggs to stick in to the nest) Chill the Birds nest for about an hour.

Then using a butter knife remove the nest from the muffin pan and enjoy!!!

 

DIY Bunny Mask

It’s almost Easter and with the weather being crazy here my toddler is getting restless and so am I.  Honestly, there is only so many episodes of  P J Masks I can watch before I start twitching. (But at least my child’s not into Caillou! I can’t stand that show with that whinny little kid. I’ve literally dive for the remote, whenever I hear that dreaded intro song.) Today I wanted to mix things up a little bit with my little guy. Go a little old school by making Bunny Mask  and using our imaginations instead of turning on the tv. I’m going to show you how to make your very own Bunny Mask.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Sheet of White Construction Paper

1 Sheet of Pink Construction Paper

Hot Glue Gun or Elmer’s Glue

3 Black Pipe Cleaners

1 Cotton Ball

Scotch Tape

Pencil

Hole Puncher

Scissors

String/Ribbion

Bowl

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Grab the pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Set aside. Then trace the bowl.  (You’ll want to pick a bowl that’s about the size of your child face.)

 

Next you’re going to slide the bowl up to the top of the circle you’ve already made. You are going to trace the one side of the bowl. Then move it over to meet the line you’ve perviously created. (This will be the rabbit ears)

Then you are going to cut the rabbit out and trace only the ears on the pink piece of construction paper. Once you’ve traced the ears, you’re going to draw the inner ear. (I just free handed it. It doesn’t have to be perfect just fun.)  When you’ve drawn the inner ear cut it out and glue it on the bunny.

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Using something small and round trace the eye holes. ( I used my reusable K-Cup thingy) Cut out the eye holes. ( I personally hate cutting the eye holes. They are they worst but I didn’t want my kid running into things.)

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Next you are going to glue on the nose and whiskers. Draw the mouth of the rabbit.

Lastly you are going to apply a piece of scotch tape on each side of the mask. Then punch a hole in the tape. (This insures that when you tie the ribbon or string to it, it won’t tear the paper.) Tie a piece of ribbon to either side of the mask. Then place the mask on your little one (or yourself) and let imagination and giggles take over. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Easter Egg Bath Bomb.

I’m the type of person that believes sometimes after a stressful day, all you need is a relaxing bath and glass of wine to make you feel better. Most people enjoy a good bubble bath but I prefer a nice bath bomb. Something that eases my sore muscles and takes me to my happy place. I’m going to show you how to make your very own Bath Bomb with a little holiday twist. That you can make for yourself or give as a gift. Today I’m going to show you how to make Easter Egg Bath Bombs.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 Cup of Baking Soda

1/2 Cup of Citric Acid

1/2 Cup of Epson Salt

1/3 Cup of Corn Starch

1 Tablespoon of Melted Coconut Oil

1 Teaspoon of Water

Essential Oil(s)

Food Coloring

Plastic Eggs

Plastic Wrap

 

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In a large bowl combine the baking soda, citric acid, epson salt, and corn starch. Stir until fully mixed.

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Then in a small bowl mix together the melted coconut oil, water, and essential oil(s). (You’ll add as little or as much essential oil as you’d like. The more you add, the stronger the scent. I used 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Essential Oil by Young Living.)Next pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until it’s completely combine.  (There will be a little a reaction but don’t worry that’s normal)

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Divide the mixture up into 4 or 5 different bowls. Make sure to cover each of them with plastic wrap immediately. ( The mixture tends to dry out quickly, if you don’t.) Using one bowl at a time add 7 drops of food coloring and mix well with a fork. Then recover and set aside.

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Open the plastic egg and alternate layers of the colored mixture on each side of the egg. Make sure to gently pack the mixture into eggs but be sure not to over pack it. When both sides of the egg are filled, close the plastic egg. Leave the in mold for 2 hours. Then using a wooden spoon tap the outside of the egg to loosen any mixture that may be stuck to the sides. Then slowly remove the bath bomb from the plastic egg.

Place the Easter Egg Bath Bombs either on plate, a towel or even in a cardboard/foam egg crate to dry over night. Once they are dry turn on some music, pour yourself a glass of wine, and drop one of the eggs in a warm bath. Enjoy or better yet Relax!!

 

 

 

 

Rice Krispy Treat Messy Eggs

When I was living in Chicago back in 2010, I didn’t have anyone to spend Easter with. I wasn’t the only one alone for the holiday, a few of my other close friends were by themselves too. So we all decided to make our own Easter celebration. Together we made a pretty amazing dinner and then took a trip to the beach. It’s one of my fondest memories of my time in Chicago.

One of the desserts we made was Rice Krispy Treat Eggs. They were delicious. Now that I have a husband and a son, I want to make awesome memories with them. So what better way to create more memories than by taking something special from a past memory and putting a new twist on it. Today I’m going to show you how to make Rice Krispy Treat Messy Eggs.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

10 Cups of Rice Krispy Treats

1/2 Cup or 1 Stick of Butter

6 Cups of  Miniature Marshmallows

1 1/2  Teaspoons of Vanilla

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Bag of White Melts

Food Coloring  (A Variety of Colors)

Lollipop Sticks (Optional)

Plastic Easter Eggs

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In a large pot melt the butter on low heat. When the butter is melted, add 3 cups of marshmallows, the vanilla, and salt.

While waiting for the marshmallow mixture to reduce, pour the melts in a bowl. Then place it in the microwave for 30 second intervals until the melts are completely melted. Next stir, in the food coloring of your choice. Make as many different colors as you’d like. Then set aside.

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Once the marshmallows mixture is smooth. Then stir in the remaining marshmallows until they are melted.

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Then stir  Rice Krispies into the melted marshmallow mixture. Set aside.

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Take some butter or cooking spray and grease the inside of the plastic eggs.

 

Using a spoon or your hand fill both sides of the plastic egg with the Rice Krispy Treat mixture. Then close it to get the mold. Next, remove Rice Krispy Treat and place it on a baking pan. (Wax paper or Aluminum foil will save you on clean up) You may want to flatten the bottom out a little so it sits better on the pan or if you plan on placing it on a lollipop stick.

 

Once you have all of the eggs molded the real fun begins. Using a spoon drizzle your colored melts over the Rice Krispy Treats. Repeat this step using different colors, as much or as little as you want.Turn on some music and let the kiddos help out. (Tip: If your melts start to harden before you are finished place them in the microwave for an additional 30 seconds)

When that’s finished let them dry for a bit and then enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

DIY Easter Stamps

I am always searching for new fun and cheap crafts to do with my son. When I came across this crazy inexpensive and easy diy project I knew that I had to give it try. Today I’m going to show you to make your very own DIY Easter Stamps.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Potatoes (Any kind, just make sure they are big or small enough to fit in your child’s hand)

Ink or Paint

Small Knife or and Xacto Knife

Paper

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Start by cutting the potato in half.

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Using your knife score the design you’d like to make. Once you’ve achieved the design, cut the lines/shapes deeper into potato.

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Then you are going to start carving out the center section. (These aren’t going to be perfect, unless you are a professional potato carver or an artist, but you’re kids will enjoy them regardless.Trust me.)

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Next it’s time to dip your potato stamp in ink/paint and start creating some memories. ENJOY!!