Easter Crafts

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece
PEEPS & COMPANY® provided me with products to help facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 
Spring has definitely sprung around here and I couldn’t be happier! Easter is coming next weekend and the weather is warming up and nature is showing some signs of color. Easter is always so much fun and when you live in a state that gets hit plenty with grey skies, extreme cold, snow and ice all winter long it’s always nice to see the fun colors of Easter make their appearance. One staple of Easter in my house is always a variety of PEEPS®. The fun shapes and colors always make me think spring. What’s even better is that you can use PEEPS & COMPANY® products to help decorate as well as munch on this Easter. This quick, easy, inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece will make a fun and colorful addition to your Easter table.

This centerpiece is perfect for an Easter table not only because it fits perfectly into the Easter theme but because once the meal is over and the table is being cleared, the kids can each grab a PEEPS® pop out of it and enjoy a sweet treat. The other nice thing is that this centerpiece is so quick and easy to put together that the kids can help or an older child can even make it on their own. 

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

1 package of PEEPS® Decorated Eggs

9 short skewers or lollipop/cake pop sticks

1-2 packages of Easter grass filler

floral foam (I found a four pack at the dollar store that worked perfectly)

1 Easter basket

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Arrange the floral foam blocks into the Easter basket.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Cover the foam and fill in any spots that need it inside the basket with the Easter grass filler.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Remove the PEEPS® Decorated Eggs form their package. Separate and skewer them onto the sticks. 

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

Take the PEEPS® Decorated Eggs on the sticks and stick the sticks into the floral foam. Space them out and arrange them to your liking and there you have it, a beautiful, fun and festive centerpiece.

Quick, Easy, Inexpensive PEEPS® Easter Centerpiece

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Easy Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland
Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

 

 

 

It’s Spring! Or so they keep telling us here in Chicago but with snow twice this week I am inclined to disagree. I hope spring does make an appearance though because I do love it. Everything goes from brown and gray to bright, green and colorful. In honor of spring and the approaching Easter holiday I wanted to do a quick and easy food that will be perfect to serve and your spring feasts. These Spring Bird’s Nest Cookies can be made with store-bought items and come together in a snap!

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

I love food crafts like this because you can use so many prepared food items to make this easier on you and to make this a fun and kid-friendly cooking project. If you prefer though you can always use your own favorite cookie dough recipe for this like I did. You can find my recipe here.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

You can use a muffin or cupcake pan for this but I prefer to use a dessert shell pan. In this case, what becomes the top and the sides gets a lovely brown color which is reminiscent of a tree branch. Also, you are assured of having a lovely evenly hollowed out center for your frosting and candy.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

If you want to bake with your kids or have kids like mine who think playing with frosting is fun. Then this is definitely something to do with them. To make the nests I used a pastry bag fitted with a grass tip. The great thing about the grass tip is it is very easy and forgiving so it will be easy for kids to use without the frustration of a tip that requires more control.

Easy Spring Bird's Nest Cookies #Easter #Baking #Cookingwithkids

Spring Bird's Nest Cookies
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2003 calories
314 g
186 g
80 g
6 g
15 g
512 g
921 g
292 g
0 g
62 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
512g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2003
Calories from Fat 718
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 80g
123%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 38g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 921mg
38%
Total Carbohydrates 314g
105%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 292g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Prepared cookie dough (I used chocolate chip)
  2. 1 can of green frosting
  3. Cadbury mini eggs, jelly beans, Peeps or other candy.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven according to cookie dough recipe or package instructions.
  2. Press about 3-4 tbsp. of cookie dough into dessert shell pan. Each cavity should be half way filled. Bake in the oven cooking for about 15 minutes.
  3. Let the cookies cool in the pan for about five minutes and then invert onto a baking sheet. The cookies should pop right out or come out with a tap on the bottom. Allow to cool completely.
  4. Fit a pastry bag with a grass tip and then fill the bag with canned green frosting. Pipe the frosting in a circular motion into the cooled cookie shells.
  5. Decorate each nest with candy eggs and birds.
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calories
2003
fat
80g
protein
6g
carbs
314g
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 On a side note… I cannot be held responsible for the sugar rush that will happen if your children make these.

 

 


Easy Bunny Wreath

by Jennifer Wieland

Easter sort of sneaked up on me this year. I had so many recipes and crafts planned for the blog for Easter that will never make it on here in time this year. Oh well, I guess it will make it easier next year. That’s what happens though when you are completely wound up and excited about a cruise, getting ready for said cruise and then going on the cruise. I’m not going to lie, I could have gotten some more work in this past week but I have really had a hard time getting back in the swing of things. That Royal Caribbean cruise with all of the other bloggers was just what the doctor ordered for me in the rest and relaxation department. So what if I came back a little to relaxed. I’ll get it together eventually, but in the meantime I am slowly chugging along while enjoying my tan and going through photos.

Anyway… I did want to make sure I got this one craft up though. I have been meaning to make this for weeks. The supplies were all sitting out just waiting for me to get busy with it but I kept getting sidetracked. I did manage to buckle down though today and get it done and I am super happy with how cute my Easy Bunny Wreath turned out be. This is a perfect last-minute craft to decorate your house with for Easter and it comes together very quickly.

 Supplies:

Grapevine garland
Grapevine wreath(s) (optional as you can just use the garland)
Wire cutters
Brown covered wire
Wired ribbon

Easy Bunny Wreath

Instructions:

Unroll the grapevine garland and find the two largest loops and cut it from the rest of the garland. Take the two next largest loops and cut it off as well. Shape those into a bow without the tails and use the wire to secure it into the shape.

Easy Bunny Wreath

Next attach the ears to a grapevine wreath or make one from the remaining garland. This will be the head of the bunny. I personally used an 8″ grapevine wreath for the head. I then took the two largest loops from the garland that I had cut off earlier and used those to make the largest circle, body of the bunny. I secured everything together with the wire and made a loop to hang it from where the ears and head met. Tie a bow around the neck and you are done.

Easy Bunny Wreath

 


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