This was just too amazing not to share.

This amazing (and free!) embroidery tutorial by Pia Thomas on crafttuts+ made my whole week.  Come on May 26th!  Still wondering what is so great about Arrested Development?  Well I don't understand the question, and I won't respond to it.

Today we are celebrating a birthday, Easter Monday and April Fool's Day, the perfect April trifecta!  We are also having fish sticks with peas and carrots for lunch.  Or are we?

Inspiration here.  We also had some Undrinkable Juice, which really fooled everyone.

I also had a lot of fun seeing my husband's reaction to a spilled bottle of nail polish on his IPad.  I love April Fool's Day!

I was determined to find a couple of quality Easter baskets this year for the kiddos.  It turns out that that is a very difficult thing to do.  Even more difficult?  Finding an Easter basket for a little boy.  Impossible!  Everything is pink and frilly or covered in flowers and butterflies.  Now some boys might dig that, but this little guy prefers trucks, superheroes and dirt.  Butterflies are not going to do it.  So what do you do if you can't find it?  Make it of course!

I ended up finding a couple of really great baskets at Target.  They are big enough to fit all that Easter goodness and seem to be pretty well constructed.  The liners, however, left something to be desired.  So I skipped over to my local fabric store and picked up a couple of matching prints, ripped the seams of the old liner, stitched up the new one and finished it off with some bias tape.  

Out with the old

And in with the new!

Some bunny is causing mischief in the carrot patch!  Looking for a quick, last minute Easter treat?  We threw this Cake Pop Carrot Patch together in about an hour.  Isn't it cute?  

Cake Pop Carrot Patch

Ingredients

  • 17 cake balls or donut holes
  • orange candy melts
  • edible grass
  • 1 miniature marshmallow
  • 2 whole almonds
  • white chocolate
  • coconut
  • pink decorations for feet (we used Wilton Sprinkles Jumbo Confetti for the foot pads and Wilton Jumbo Nonpareils for the toes)
  • Chocolate cookie crumbs

To assemble the carrot tops, cut 16 cake balls in half.  Dip each half in the melted orange candy melts and allow to set.

Once the cake ball is set, use a straw to "drill" a hole in the top.  Take your edible grass and snip 6 pieces of grass to your preferred height.

Insert pieces of edible grass into carrot top.  Repeat until you have 15 completed carrot tops.

I have to apologize, as I didn't get any pictures of assembling our little bunny rabbit.  But I will do my best to describe the details.  Start by shaving off 1/4 of the remaining cake ball.  Dip entire cake ball into melted white chocolate and then immediately into shredded coconut.  Allow to set.  In the meantime, skewer the marshmallow and dip into the chocolate and coconut.  Allow to set.  Skewer both almonds and dip into chocolate and coconut.  Carefully place on your pink foot decorations.  Tweezers would come in really handy here!  Allow to set.  Once all bunny pieces are set, attach both feet and tail using dabs of melted white chocolate.  Sprinkle coconut on any melted chocolate that oozes out around feet and tail.  Allow the bunny to set. 

Sprinkle cookie crumbs on a tray and place the carrot tops in rows on the crumbs.  Add the bunny to complete your Cake Pop Carrot Patch. 

Hoppy Easter!

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail... Being so early this year, Easter really snuck up on us.  While I spend a few late nights working on a couple of Easter projects, I will share a couple of easy and egg-celent Easter treats from years past.

Everyone loves a good sugar cookie.  I like this cutter because you can add some simple white buttercream frosting and a marshmallow and you're done.  Everyone knows the worst thing about sugar cookies is the hours of obsessive and egg-stravagant decorating.  So cute, but oh so labour intensive.  I'm not sure where exactly I found this cutter, but you can find a similar one here.  I also made a little bunny sandwich complete with a marshmallow tail for school snack, but was promptly informed that my son does not like marshmallows on his sandwiches.  Okey dokey little man.  

No Bake Chocolate Nests

This is an old favorite from my childhood Easter-fied with a few miniature chocolate eggs.

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 bag miniature chocolate eggs

Boil the first 4 ingredients for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add remaining ingredients.  Drop by tablespoonful onto wax paper.  While still warm, press miniature eggs into cookie.  Allow to cool completely before eating. 

Hope you are as egg-cited for Easter as we are!  There is a mayon-egg / Ann Veal joke in here somewhere but I just couldn't place it.  Sorry y'all!