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Easter Cookie cups platedIf you’re looking for a fun and simple dessert for Easter, think about serving Cookie Cups. The kids (and young at heart) will love them!

easter cookie cups cut to fit silicone

Start with sugar cookie dough (either homemade our from the store). Roll it out and cut into circles, then form the circles over an oven-proof container like custard cups to bake.

 

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

I used silicone cupcake pans to form my cups. Just press them around the outside and bake with the cups upside down.

 

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned then cool. You can form a handle out of dough. Just roll a rope of dough and bend it in a handle shape and bake along with the cups.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

You can fill the cups with whatever your heart desires. I made ours like fruit pizza with a sweet cream cheese filling and fruit.

 

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Put a thick ring of whipped cream around the top if you want to add a handle and stick it into the whipped cream to hold it upright.

Ta-Da!

Ta-Da!

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

You can also make mini cookie cups. Just form them on the back of a mini cupcake or muffin tin.

 

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

Cook until lightly browned then cool.

 

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

I colored coconut green to look like grass.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

And filled the mini cookie cups.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

Then topped with jelly beans. This would be fun to mark each place setting or as a little take-away treat if you are the host for Easter dinner.

She Who Wishes You All a Very Happy Easter!

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Years ago, back in my newspaper reporter days, I interviewed a very talented woman who made Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Eggs). They were so cool!

Pysanka are blown-out eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysanka comes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax. The art of the decorated pysanka is said to date back to ancient times. The colors used as well as the symbols selected for each egg have meaning.

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I watched this woman teach a group of middle school students how to do the process. It involves adding layers of wax and dye as the design of the egg progress. When finished, the wax is removed with heat (like from a candle) and what is left is a brilliantly colored, intricately designed egg.

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As a thank you for doing the article, she gifted me with three eggs that I have carefully kept.

They are, eggshells, after all.

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I found a website that was step by step instructions, if anyone is interested in trying this at home.

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She Who is Still Utterly Fascinated by the Process

 

 

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On a cold, blustery day back in February, I decided to force grass to grow in a container for an upcoming gathering I planned to host.

Unfortunately, the gathering was two weeks away and my grass was nowhere near ready by the time the party rolled around.

But it did provide a bright spot through the remainder of the dreary winter days and gave me the perfect centerpiece for some Easter ideas!

You could easily use wheat grass (available at most grocery stores) to recreate the same thing without spending weeks tending faithfully to growing grass!

Line a tray or container with garbage bags or plastic.

Line a tray or container with garbage bags or plastic.

 

grass tray full of dirt

Fill the tray almost to the top with potting soil.

 

I used a bag of grass seed we had left over from last summer and threw in a few flower seeds.

I used a bag of grass seed we had left over from last summer and threw in a few flower seeds.

 

And liberally sprinkled over the potting soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil then water thoroughly.

Liberally sprinkled over the potting soil. Cover with a thin layer of soil then water thoroughly.

 

It took almost two weeks for little shoots of green to begin appearing. The keys to making the grass grow are water, warmth and light. Keep the soil moist , and if you don't have a warm place to sit the grass in natural light, you can use an electric light or  heat lamp.

It took almost two weeks for little shoots of green to begin appearing. The keys to making the grass grow are water, warmth and light. Keep the soil moist , and if you don’t have a warm place to set the grass in natural light, you can use an electric light or heat lamp.

Once it started to grow, it really took off.

Once it started to grow, it really took off.

And become the perfect place to tuck a few eggs.

And became the perfect place to tuck a few eggs.

I love the contrast of the grass, the metal tray, and the soft colors of the eggs.

I love the contrast of the grass, the metal tray, and the soft colors of the eggs.

I think even the Easter Bunny would approve.

I think even the Easter Bunny would approve.

She Who Enjoyed Watching the Grass Grow

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Here are some of my favorite Easter recipes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

She Who is Now Craving Jelly Beans

 

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When I was a young girl, my mom had a circa 1960-something Betty Crocker cook-book for kids that originally belonged to my sister. I glommed onto it once I decided I wanted to bake and create in the kitchen. This was one of the first things I made. Mom also made these pear bunnies for us sometimes and they never failed to make me smile.

Easy and simple, make pear bunnies for Easter and see if your kids aren’t begging for more.

Ingredients - leaf lettuce, a can of pear halves (or fresh pears, cut in half) cottage cheese, cranberries, sliced almonds and Red Hots. You are supposed to use raisins instead of cranberries, but since I hate raisins, my bunnies have bizarre red eyes.

 

Put leaf lettuce on a plate. You can use as many as you like.

 

Place pear half on lettuce, split side down.

 

Add a dollop of cottage cheese at the broad end of the pear for a tail.

 

Stick in sliced almonds for ears, cranberries for eyes and a Red Hot nose.

 

Enjoy!

 

She Who Wishes You all a Very Happy Easter!

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Here’s a fast and fun recipe you can make using bread dough from a tube. Youngsters, and the young at heart, will really enjoy these!

Ingredients - bread dough, an egg and salt. If you have refrigerated breadsticks in a tube they would be perfect. I used a tube of dough I had on hand. If you want to be miss Betty-homemaker, you could also use made-from-scratch bread dough. I was not feeling the Betty-ness.

 

If you are using a piece of bread dough, roll into a log (or take out of tube) and cut into slices about 1-1/2 inches thick.

 

Roll slices into about a 12-inch long piece.

 

Fold in half, this forms the bottom of the bunny.

 

Lap the ends over each other once...

 

Then twice to form the body and ears.

 

Reserve a few pieces of dough to make the tail. Just pinch off a little ball and place it in the space created by the twists.

 

Separate the egg white from the yolk. Lightly beat egg white and then brush onto bread before putting into oven. Bake the bread according at 350 degrees until lightly browned.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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I stole this idea from pin on Pinterest that used Rice Krispies. This was a fun and flavorful alternative. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Melt marshmallows with oil or butter, like you would for Rice Krispie Treats.

 

Stir in cereal until well-coated.

Grease your hands and shape cereal mixture into egg-shaped treats.

 

Then if you want to get all fancy-pants, you can add frosting stripes, sprinkles and fun accents.

 

She Who Really Likes Fruity Pebbles

 

 

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