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Celebrating the Easter Season with Friends

Not Your Normal Easter Season Recipes

Easter Season

I love spending time with friends and with kids it get hard to enjoy nights out very often. We try to get together on a monthly basis for adult conversation, fun, and of course food. The kids love it because we are always trying out new yummy dessert recipes and they get to help. This month was no different and with Easter coming I wanted to try out some new Easter Recipes. I get sick of the traditional pies and desserts so I ventured outside of my normal recipes. I was also looking for recipes that the kids could do. I think it is important for both boys and girls to experience the fun of cooking.

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I decided to create my version of Resurrection Rolls using Great Value Crescent Rolls. While picking up my Great Value Crescent Rolls, I decided that I was going to sneak a little Irish magic in there. I decided to use the Great Value Cinnamon Rolls and create a Shamrock Cinnamon Roll.

My favorite recipe that I made was the recipe for Resurrection Rolls. My family celebrates the commercial as well as the religious Easter Season but I had never made Resurrection Rolls. I wanted to change things up so I substituted Peeps into my recipe.

Easter Season Resurrection Rolls Ingredients

2 packages Great Value Crescent Rolls

1 package of Peeps

Easter Season Resurrection Rolls Directions

Preheat oven to 400*

Unroll crescent rolls and separate into triangles.

Using a rolling pin – roll out the triangles slightly.

Place 1 peep in the center of the triangle and fold up.

Make sure to pinch the edges closed.

Place seam sides down on baking sheet.

Bake in oven for 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and open them up to find the surprise!

 

 Our party could not have been better but there was great discussion over the merits of coloring Easter Eggs if they are never eaten. Watch for my follow-up article to see what we decided to do.

 

In the spirit of the Easter Season, I also made the following:

Jelly Been Fudge

Peep Smores

Dunkaroo Dip with Animal Crackers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Bread

 

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March 12, 2013

Easter Centerpiece: For under $5

Easter Centerpiece

I know we all think wow I have people coming over what am I going to do for an Easter Centerpiece? I often plan little parties for the kids we have special teas and desserts just for fun. I love to make little centerpieces for them but honestly like it better if the kids make them with me. I have to make them on a budget because we really try hard to achieve financial success.

 

Easter Centerpiece

This is what you will need to make an Easter Centerpiece Peeps, sticks, and ribbon, scissors, glass beads, and a vase.

Easter Centerpiece

We made another Easter Centerpiece for the parent’s table but they wanted to make their own for their table. I think creating crafts is so much fun so why not. I let my little ones create their own project. We love creating projects with peeps.Easter Centerpiece

Then my son decided to put the ribbon on the sticks. They weren’t able to make the bows so I helped with that but they made up their own way to wrap the sticks which was just fine with me. It is important to let the kids create their own project. They decided to create their centerpieces with peeps.

Easter Centerpiece

I love to give me children materials and just see what they do with them. The final project was really cute. I think it is was really fun to watch them. They enjoyed making it and eating it. They said they could send people home with a peep pop. I love how their imagination manifests into a greta project and a wonderful memory.

Easter Centerpiece

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Cinnamon Roll Recipe: Shamrock Style

Shamrock Cinnamon Roll Recipe

cinnamon roll recipe

This Shamrock Cinnamon Roll Recipe is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast!

Delight them “Irish Style” when they wake up on St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrock shaped cinnamon rolls. This recipe adds a twist to the traditional cinnamon roll and makes it unique and fun. Plus who doesn’t like waking up to the smell of cinnamon rolls in the morning.

Ingredients

2 cans Great Value Cinnamon Rolls with icing

 

Shamrock Cinnamon Roll Recipe Directions

Unroll the Great Value Cinnamon rolls.

Take the first cinnamon roll and start rolling the ends toward the middle (it will resemble a heart) . When the spirals look the same, pinch the dough one half of the roll then start rolling the dough from the unrolled end to form a matching spiral. When each spiral looks the same, pinch the dough between the two spirals to make a point at the bottom.

Repeat with two more rolls.

Arrange the heart shaped rolls into a shamrock shape on your cookie sheet.

Take 1 Cinnamon Roll to use for stems and cut off a small piece. Place under the heart shaped rolls.

Repeat with remaining Great ValueCinnamon Rolls.

Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and glaze with included frosting.

*I love cooking with the Great Value Cinnamon Rolls. They have the same quality as Name Brands but for a fraction of the cost*

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Grown-up Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham Recipe

green eggs and ham

I still remember being in 1st grade and reading Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. I could probably recite most of the book if I was inclined to try but I do digress. I also remember the day they made us try Green Eggs and Ham. I was not an adventurous kid and did not like to try new things. My mom learned the hard way once with Pierogies.  However, surrounded by class mates I was not going to be the only one not trying it. I soon realized that it tasted the same as regular eggs and ham. Now that I am older my palate is slightly more expanded and I want more flavors with dishes. I have amped up my recipe so that I get the flavor but it is not too much to turn off for my children.

Grown-Up Green Eggs and Ham!

 

Ingredients

8 eggs

1 can spinach, drained  (You could also use fresh spinach)

1 cup ham (diced)

1 tsp butter/margarine (you may also substitute cooking spray)

½ cup mozzarella cheese

Green Eggs and Ham Directions

In a medium bowl, wisk eggs together.

In a separate bowl mix together chopped ham and spinach

Preheat a medium skillet and melt butter to coat the bottom of the pan.

Pour in egg mixture to pan and cook as you would for scrambled eggs

In a small skillet heat up the ham mixture till it is warm.

Combine the ham mixture with the egg mixture and top with cheese.

Remove from heat and serve with toast.

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Easter Bonnet: Crafts

Easter Bonnet

I know this isn’t your typical Easter Bonnet but my daughter didn’t want a hat. What is the mom to a diva to do? Well, make her something fancy. The best part is this is a craft that kids can do.

Easter Bonnet

Easter Bonnet Materials

Ribbon, Scissors, head band, ribbon, tulle, imagination

Easter Bonnett

bowdabra

This is the famous bowdabra … I love mine but you do not need one for this craft. It is for those of us that need help with this stuff. It also is helpful when you have little crafters working with you.

                                                  Darice BOW1003 Bowdabra Bow Maker and Craft Tool <—- you can buy one if you want

If you want to see how I made them you can check out my you tube video. It is os much easier to explain when you see it. The point is you can whip these up and place them in birthday gifts, easter baskets, princess party favors, and dance competition head gear. They are a favorite craft in our house and we just keep buying headbands at the $1 store. Then we keep our crafting scraps and recycle them into something adorable. You take the headband and tie your scraps on with the ribbon then you curl the ribbon. It takes me about 2 minutes but it takes a little longer for my 4 year old to make hers. The picture above is of a headband that she made with my help. I had to tie it but she cut the scraps and stacked them This is a super craft and it is a great Easter Bonnet for the child that doesn’t want a traditional hat.

I would also like to remind you that no matter what they create be proud of them. Enjoy the time you spend with them and keep on crafting! If you have a moment pin our post so other can make something pretty for themselves or someone else.

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St Patricks Day Centerpiece Sweet Pot of Gold

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

My usual bonding time with my 6 year old son usually involves running around, playing basketball or other sports but this week I decided to do something different just like doing some craft for St Patricks Day. I asked him and he said that he loves coloring, balloons and sweets so we decided to combine it all together and make a St Patricks Day Centerpiece.

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

Materials:

  • Papers in white, green, black and yellow colors.
  • Sticks
  • Balloons
  • Ribbons
  • Chocolate Gold Coins
  • Green Candies/Sweets
  • Small Container

 

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

You can use any small container for this project. If you don’t have a green one, you can just wrap the outside part with a green colored paper. For this project, my son own a small green sand pail so we decided to use it.

Tie a black ribbon (black paper will also do) around the container. Add a small square yellow paper with cut out square inside to serve as a buckle design. The container will look like it has a leprechaun’s belt.

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

Draw a rainbow on a white paper. I traced the rainbow and then asked my son to add the colors. This is a great way to teach your little ones the colors of the rainbow.

Cut out the rainbow and glue a stick at the back.

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

Place several paper linings inside your container. In my project I lined it with black and green paper. Then I placed some crumpled black paper inside.

Add the rainbow.

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

Add balloons on a stick. I decorated it with some curled ribbons.

Place the chocolate gold coins inside.

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

Draw and cut out some shamrocks and leprechaun’s hat.  Then place a stick at the back of each. It will look nicer if you’re going to make them in different sizes.

Also, you can cut the sticks in different lengths so when you place them in the container your designs are of different heights. This makes it look more interesting.

Of course, to make the centerpiece sweet, don’t forget the treats. Place your sweets on a stick.

And you’re done!

St Patricks Day Centerpiece

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