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Easter nest cookies made with Chinese noodles and some sort of chip are a fun and easy treat. I’ve seen these made with chocolate and butterscotch chips, but never white chocolate, so I decide to give it a whirl.

It whirled really well.

Try these fast-to-make goodies for a kid (and adult) pleasing surprise.

Ingredients

 

Melt white chocolate chips with just a little bit of cream. I nuked mine for about 10 seconds in the microwave, stirred and continued nuking in short intervals until melted.

 

Place coconut in a ziploc bag.

 

Sprinkle in a little food coloring.

 

Seal bag and work around massage bag to disperse coloring throughout the coconut without turning your fingers sickly shade of green.

 

Melt chips. Use melting discs for best results. If you're like me and don't have any when you get the wild idea to make these, chips work fine, just remember you'll have to stir the lumps out.

 

Coat noodles with the melted chocolate then drop into nest-sized lumps onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment (or foil if you happen to be out of the previous options).

 

Fill the center of your nest with coconut then top with jelly beans.

 

Enjoy!

 

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I know this is just going to knock your socks off, but all this week I’ll be posting some fun and simple ideas for Easter treats.

This one took me all of five minutes to do from getting out the supplies to snapping the photo.

These little Peep houses could make a fun centerpiece, a place setting decoration or whimsical touch to a buffet.

Ingredients. The alien green pile on the plate is shredded coconut tinted green (in case you were wondering).

 

Put frosting in a ziploc bag and snip off the corner for mess-free piping. Then line up your graham cracker and "glue" together with frosting. You need two for the sides, one for the back and one split in half for the top.

 

When you get it all together, the house will look like this. Please ignore the fact that my crackers are all irregular in shape. Someone who shall remain nameless and blameless may have dropped said crackers and busted 'em up good.

 

Sprinkle the alien coconut in the bottom of the house, nestle in the Peep and toss a few jellybeans around the outside and ta-da! You've got a fun little Peep House!

She Who Should Never Eat Another Peep

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Easter Egg Chick - Simple and So Cute!

I came across this recipe the other day and said “I can make that!” Not only was it super cute and simple, it fit into my very limited time schedule. Hooray.

So if I can make these, you can too. Or have your kids jump in and join in the fun!

Ingredients

Cut a zig zag pattern about a third of the way down. Blame the fuzzy photo on Captain Cavedweller, please.

Separate the top from the bottom.

Carefully remove the yolk. If you aren't careful, you'll end up with a mangled egg that looks like a fox has been in the henhouse. And you really don't want that. Nope. Not at all.

Mix up your filling.

Fill the bottom of the egg.

Ready for the top and the finishing touches.

Cute Little Egg Chick

Egg Chicks

12 hard-cooked eggs

1/2 cup mayonnaise (do not use salad dressing, repeat – do not use salad dressing)

1/4 cup Ranch dressing

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 stuffed olives

Peel eggs then cut a thin slice from the bottom of each one so it will stand upright. Cut a zigzag pattern about a third of the way down from the top of each egg. Carefully remove yolks. If you do not carefully remove yolks, your egg will appear mangled like mine. Please, don’t be like me.

Mash yolks in a bowl and add mayo, Ranch dressing and salt. Spoon into bottoms of egg, replace tops.

Cut olives into thin slices for eyes and use pimento pieces for beaks. Gently press into filling. Chill until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Happy Easter Entertaining!

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Planning an Easter Egg Hunt Party can be a fun excuse to gather family and friends together for a casual get-together. Here are some unique ideas to make your party memorable.

•Make it an evening affair with adults. Try Easter Egg hunting in the dark and gather some fun prizes for unique awards like the most broken eggs, least number collected, etc.

•Ask everyone to bring their own basket so you won’t have to go to the expense of purchasing one for all attendees. Tell them to dress them up and have a best basket contest with  a prize.

•Keep the event casual by serving a buffet-style meal. If you do it in the morning offer a brunch, afternoon and evening offer easy finger foods like deviled eggs, pitas, fruit kabobs.

•Keep decorations simple with a vase full of tulips and glass bowls filled with jelly beans. Try making jelly bean centerpieces for a fun touch.

•Use plastic eggs if you are hunting so you don’t have to worry about food safety. This also gives you the opportunity to hide goodies in the eggs like candy, notes, dollar bills or other prizes. If you are filling the eggs for kids, go to the dollar store and get some stickers, jacks or other little toys.

Enjoy and celebrate safely!

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Sorry for my lack of detailed photos today. I could give you 17 excuses why I don’t have any, but we’ll just go with the fact that it has been a bit of a crazy week so far.

Today, I wanted to share with you a fun and simple idea for Easter entertaining.

If you have no talent for arranging flowers or want something different as a centerpiece, find three or five wide mouth jars or vases (you can use however many you like, but keep the number odd).

Put a glass votive holder in each vase and put an unscented votive candle inside. Pour jelly beans all ready the votive holder, right up to its edge. Spread this out down your table or group together in the center. Use a strong fruity or spicy flavor of jelly beans. When you light the candle and the votive warms, the scent of the candy will fill the room. I don’t know about you, but some fun candy scents definitely make me think of Easter and baskets filled with goodies!

You could also use a large, flat shaped bowl and place in several votives then fill with jellybeans. This could also work with a hurricane vase and a larger candle.

Have fun with this and see how simple and fun entertaining at home can be!

She Who Needs to Find Some Jelly Beans

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When I saw this centerpiece idea from Good Housekeeping, I was intrigued. Finally, a good use for asparagus!

I love the color combination of the purples with the green and it is just simple, beautiful and the raffia gives it a touch of country whimsy. If you follow the link above, you can get complete instructions on how to make it.

As you may have guessed, I am not a big fan of asparagus. As a matter of fact, I think I was probably 10 the last time I was forced to take a bite of it.

Asparagus used to grow wild along the ditchbanks on the farm and it was a great rite of spring to go find asparagus to pick. In my little 6-year-old head it was quite an adventure to wander along and pick the asparagus with mom or to tag along with dad irrigating and pick it while he worked.

For whatever crazy reason, my mom thought I should want to eat it once it was brought home and cooked. I hated it.  It was slimy and mushy and so green. Over the years she tried to get me to eat it but rarely could I choke down more than one bite.

I know most people think it is delightful and delicious and perfectly wonderful. I just wouldn’t be one of them.

So for me, this fun little centerpiece is a perfect way to utilize asparagus!

She Who Won’t Touch the Slimy Green Stuff

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Happy Monday morning to you!

I found a craft project idea that I thought was entirely cute and clever and hope that someone out there will take the time to make. I will freely admit I won’t be doing this, but I love the idea!

I love these egg cup votives from marthastewart.com

They are cute, fanciful and yet so simple.

Check it out!

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