Recipe: Edible Hollow Easter Eggs

By Jess on April 17th, 2014

Hollow Chocolate Eggs

Last year I did the craft that looks just like these that uses yarn and glue on balloons. They came out really cute, but after Easter, they were pretty mangled, so we tossed them. Instead, I think we may make this edible version from She Knows - and they are SUPER CUTE!

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate candy melts in pastel colors (1 cup solid candy melts = about 3 hollow eggs)
  • Piping bags, frosting, or zip-closed sandwich bags
  • Small latex balloons (DO NOT USE WATER BALLOONS!)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Straws or wooden skewers
  • Clothespins
  • Plastic cups or glasses (larger than the inflated balloons)
  • Optional: Small Easter candies like jelly beans

Directions:

  1. Inflate balloons to about the size of a real egg or slightly larger. (Do not use water balloons. The latex is too thin and will burst when you pour hot melted chocolate on it.)
  2. Put one cup of chocolate candy melts in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until completely melted. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping bag or zip-closed bag. Cut off the tip or corner or the bag.
  3. Work over the sink or a newspaper and hold the inflated balloons by the tied end. Grab each balloon by the end, and lightly spray your balloons with non-stick cooking spray, then drizzle melted chocolate across the bottom of the balloon in all directions. Turn balloon over and continue drizzling chocolate over the top and sides.
  4. With a clothespin, clip the balloon to a straw or wooden skewer and balance inside of a cup or glass to dry.
  5. Once the chocolate is completely dry and cooled, deflate your balloon by clipping the tied end with scissors to release the air. Let it release the air on its own, don’t rush it.
  6. Very carefully and slowly pull the balloon out of the hole that is left where the tie of the balloon was.
  7. You can either leave the eggs as they are, or you can break some of the candy and use it as a basket. Fill with little candies for extra fun!

DIY Rainbow Jello Egg Jigglers

By Jess on April 16th, 2014

Jello Rainbow Easter Eggs

Seriously, are these not the CUTEST things you’ve ever seen? They are extremely pretty and a bit tedious to make. You can always just make 1 or 2 colors of Jello instead and work yourself up to these full spectrum rainbows. Here’s what you do:

Using  Jell-O Jigglers Egg Molds,  coat the mold with a generous amount of cooking spray.  Use a syringe to add each layer of color at a time, then chill for 10-15 minutes between each layer before moving to the next. Store them in the fridge in an egg-carton, making “hard boiled eggs” that were filled with Jell-O instead. :)

DIY Eggshell Planters & Gardens

By Jess on April 15th, 2014
From Better Homes & Gardens

From Better Homes & Gardens

Eggshells contain an abundance of natural vitamins and minerals that help plants of all kinds grow stronger and live longer. One way to use the shells is to just throw them in a food processor and throw them in your garden’s soil, but also a great way to start a garden is inside of eggshells! Many people start this little project right after Easter – perfect timing with spring and to reuse the eggshells from Easter eggs!

Empty the shell completely by cracking the pointed end and breaking the shell down to where 2/3 to 3/4 of the shell is still there. Rinse the insides of spare egg residue, crack the bottom of the shell (for the roots to grow through and for oxygen), and stick it back in the carton. Fill the shell with planting soil, poke a hole with your finger for the seed or plant, and continue with more eggshells. Make sure to set your new garden near sunlight water as needed.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine says this is how to know when to move them from the shell to the real garden, “The first leaves to sprout will be the cotyledons or seed leaves, which supply nutrients to the young plant until the first true leaves (resembling those of the parent plant) appear. When plants have grown to about 3 inches and have at least two sets of true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted to the garden. (Remove them from the eggshells first.)”

Recipe: Easy Jello Rainbow Cookies

By Jess on April 14th, 2014

Jello Cookies Recipe

These Jell-O rainbow cookies are such a hit with kids!  The cookie will take and become the flavor and color of the Jell-O you choose. Fun as a party snack and would be great for St. Patrick’s Day, here is the super simple recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • pack of any flavor Jell-o or store brand gelatin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix together the butter, sugar, gelatin powder and eggs until creamy.
  3. Mix in rest of ingredients until fully blended.
  4. Roll dough into balls, place on a greased cookie sheet, and flatten balls with a fork.
  5.  Bake for 6-8 min and enjoy!

DIY Shaving Cream Dyed Marble Easter Eggs

By Jess on April 13th, 2014

Marbleized Easter Eggs

I haven’t dyed eggs with my kids yet. It seems like Easter flew up on us this year. If we don’t make Kool-Eggs, then I think we are going to do Marbleized Dyed Easter Eggs. Inexpensive, fast, pretty, and very pretty!
NOTE: Dyeing your eggs with shaving cream is for decoration ONLY since egg shells are permeable and you shouldn’t eat shaving cream. If you like to eat your eggs after dyeing them, you can do marbleizing with whipped cream instead of shaving cream. Whipped cream is a lot more expensive than buying cheap shaving cream at a dollar store, so this is an optional switch.

What You’ll Need:

  • Completely cooled hard boiled eggs
  • Food coloring drops in different colors
  • Medium to large baking sheet, baking pan, or other container with sides
  • Cheap shaving cream (or whipped cream in an aerosol can)
  • Spoon
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic gloves, sandwich baggies or plastic wrap
  • Paper plate or cheap plastic storage container (that you don’t care will get dyed)

Instructions:

  1. Spray shaving (or whipped) cream and spread out evenly on a cookie sheet (or other container) with a spoon.
  2. Dribble food coloring across the surface. Neon food coloring makes cooler looking eggs.
  3. Use toothpicks to swirl the colors around in the shaving cream. Do it totally randomly and be sure to pick up and restart lines into the cream. This will make the best designs.
  4. Take a dried, cooled hard boiled egg, and roll it around in the cream. You can use plastic gloves, or use sandwich baggies or plastic wrap as gloves to help keep the dye consistent, keep finger prints off the eggs, and will protect your fingers from dye.
  5. Add more cream and/or dye as needed throughout the dyeing process.
  6. Sit colored eggs to the side on a paper plate or in a plastic storage container and allow them to dry for at least 2 hours, but best is overnight to 24 hours. DO NOT WIPE THEM OFF, leave them in the cream and dye. If you used whipped cream, be sure to put them in the refrigerator while they sit.
  7. After allowing the eggs to sit, wipe the cream and dye off with paper towel. You can store in the original egg carton in the fridge or set them out as decorations.

Thanks to TotSchool for the picture!

Recipe: Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies

By Jess on April 12th, 2014

Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies

Spring is here and Easter has some of the cutest and brightest holiday treats. These adorable Fluffy Bunny Butt Cookies recipe from the Pillsbury website are easy and will be a big hit at any parties or family parties this weekend. Have your kids help decorate these lil cuties!

Ingredients:

  • roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 container (12 oz) fluffy white whipped ready-to-spread frosting
  • 22 miniature marshmallows
  • Spring colored candy sprinkles
  • Optional: Pink gel food color

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, knead cookie dough and flour with hands until well mixed.
  2. Reshape dough into 9 x 1 1/2-inch log. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove plastic wrap. Cut cookie dough into 33 slices. Cut 11 of these slices into 4 equal wedges. Shape each of the wedges into ovals for bunny feet. Place cookie dough slices and bunny feet on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake cookies for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Let cool for 1 minute, then remove from cookie sheets and place on cooling racks. Cool completely (10-15 minutes).
  5. While cooling, using a medium microwavable bowl, stir frosting and 1 to 3 drops pink food color until well blended and you find the color pink you like best. Microwave frosting uncovered on High for 10 to 15 seconds or until soft, but not translucent.
  6. To make bunny butt, frost 1 whole cookie slice and 2 bunny feet with frosting. Place bunny feet on bottom of cookie as shown in photo. Place 1 marshmallow in center of each cookie for tail.
  7. Decorate bunny paws with candy sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cookie slices and bunny feet. These can be baked and frozen for up to 2 months before thawed and eaten.

FUN EXTRA: If you want to decorate more, you can add ears to your bunny by placing candy-coated almonds or jelly beans at top of each cookie.

Free App: Dragon Box (Reg $5.99)

By Holly on April 11th, 2014

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Today Only 4/11! Hurry over to Amazon and get your Free App Download of DragonBox. This award winning app is free for today only, regular price is $5.99! The app is geared for ages 5 and up. It secretly teaches kids basic algebraic concepts through fun and games. This is the perfect app for adults too, its a great way to brush up on your algebra skills to be able to help your children with their homework. Note that this is for Android devices only.

High Value $1.00 off Household Coupons

By Holly on April 11th, 2014

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The birds are singing and the sun is finally shining, the first signs that winter is finally over. Time for cookouts and long walks, sitting on the porch and chasing fireflies. Along with all these wonderful memories comes a not so pleasant chore; spring cleaning. It’s time to clean out the closets, sweep all the little dust bunnies from under the bed and deep clean the house. Here is your chance to save money on your cleaning supplies and put that money towards something more enjoyable like a big juicy steak for the grill. Hurry to print yours while they are still available! Happy cleaning!

 

10 Free Country Music Downloads

By Holly on April 10th, 2014

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Attention Country music fans! Here is your chance to get 10 Free Country Music downloads from iTunes.  In honor of People Magazine’s Country Special issue they are offering 10 free country music download from iTunes, including popular artist like Rascal Flatts and Sara Evans. These are not just samples of songs or just demo, they are full length versions.

Simply visit the site and click the Get it free on iTunes button which will open iTunes, from there just click Redeem and your songs will begin their downloads. Offer does end on May 31,2014 so get yours now!

DIY Tiara of Queen Elsa from Frozen

By Jess on April 10th, 2014

DIY Queen Elsa Tiaras

Unless you live under a rock, you know of the amazing Disney movie, Frozen. It’s the hottest animated movie of all time and literally every Frozen-themed item is either completely sold out or being sold for 4 to 10x the original price. People are even upset they can’t buy beach towels! I’m here to help with that, at least a little bit. You can make a Queen Elsa of Arendelle tiara yourself in about half an hour and for about $10 (yay!).

What You’ll Need:

  • Wax paper
  • Hot glue gun (and LOTS of glue sticks)
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • Blue, faceted aqua colored beads
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Plastic hair piece comb
  • Print the template
  • Scissors
  • Xacto Knife
  • Optional: For easier versions, use felt or cardboard cut out instead of glue

Directions:

  1. Print out the PDF of the template from Instructables, then tape it to the back of some waxed paper. (For the easier felt versions, tape the template to some felt and trace it onto the felt by holding it up to a light source, or trace and cut out cardboard).
  2. Hot glue all over the stencil showing through the wax paper and put the comb into the bottom so it will be nice and strong. Try to complete a whole section at once so the glue will be even and not show layers.
  3. Once glue is cooled. cut it out using some sharp scissors to get really clean edges. Refine the shape with an Xacto knife to get sharp tips on the tiara, 
  4. Once the crown is as you like, spray with gold spray paint.
  5. For the jewel, cut a length of wire that will reach from one side of the middle of the teardrop center to the other. Put the jewel on the wire and hot glue the wire to the tiara.
  6. Do your hair up like Queen Elsa on Coronation Day, and you’ve got yourself some happy kids!