330. I woke up at 5 am and made 330 pastel, silver-dollar pancakes. It sounds worse than it was. I cheated (as I often do) and bought the Bisquick that only requires you add water and comes in a handy-dandy easy to pour container. I added water and a little food coloring to no less than 5 containers.
I stacked 5 pancakes for each of the 1st graders at my son’s school and impaled them with a bamboo fork that was decorated with a foam cross. Check out another variation here.
A team of moms turned the lunch benches into a fabulous Easter party.
My favorite part was hearing the kids’ amazement that they were getting to have pancakes at snack today. When they are used to the standard cupcakes and cookies, sometimes you need to take it back to breakfast and dress her up a little.
I’m grateful for all those shiny happy faces.
We’ve had babies on the brain around here lately. But in preparation for this weekend’s festivities, I put together a super easy (and cheap!) Easter tablescape.
I had the table from this party and used a tablecloth from this party. Most everything else I found around the house or purchased from the dollar store (my new favorite craft supply store).
Here’s my shopping list from the dollar store:
Two small yellow buckets for ranunculus
Peeps (the chick variety)
Four orange chargers
Here’s what I had lying around the house:
Four white plates
Two yellow birdcages (purchased long ago from Michael’s for only a dollar for no reason except that they are cute!)
Four white cloth napkins
Orange streamers (from this project)
Green plastic bag (green paper would work too)
Plastic forks and knives
Clear glass vase
Oranges for slicing
Two cute kids
Other odds and ends:
Paint chips from Home Depot
Flowers from Trader Joe’s
I cut the flowers and sliced the oranges (used about 3) and put together the three flower arrangements. I had planned on using lemons so that the yellow matched the peeps, but they went bad before I got to them…bummer.
The name cards are made of paint chips from Home Depot. I simply folded them in half and hand wrote the names with a black marker. I also used coordinating paint chips to cut circles for the peeps to sit on.
I folded the napkins into little bunnies using this easy tutorial found on Good Housekeeping’s website and wrapped the plasticware with orange streamers, tying them off with coordinating ribbon. The greenery at the top of each carrot is just a plastic bag I cut up.
This look is easily thrown together and holiday appropriate with stuff you probably already have. The few things I had to pick up were very inexpensive, so don’t be afraid to try your hand at a tablescape that even Martha would be proud of!
Better hurry and color your eggs! Last night we finished ours. We tried a new tie-dye technique. Super cool! ….HAPPY EASTER!!!
With Easter only days away, I’m already contemplating what to do with all the dyed, hard boiled eggs we will have. Of course coloring eggs is a must each Easter because the kids love it so much…but what do I do once the Easter bunny leaves them?
There are the tried and true recipes we can all fall back on. I’m sure each of us has our own version of deviled eggs, egg salad for sandwiches and our favorite homemade potato salad. All of these are great ways to use up the leftover colored eggs. I was thinking of something different…
My husband really likes what he calls a BLAT or what everyone else calls them, a BLTA. A delicious and simple bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich. I was thinking of trying a BELT sandwich. I will use my hard boiled eggs, sliced, with tomato, lettuce and bacon on toasted whole grain bread. This is a great option to have for lunch on Monday or any day following Easter Sunday!
If breakfast is more your thing, try sliced hard boiled eggs with a toasted English muffin, bacon, and cheese a la McDonald’s.
Need some inspiration for planning your Easter spread?
Well, this cake not only tasted great, but it looked great too! This is three thin layers of chocolate cake filled with mocha frosting. The outside is your standard vanilla frosting with a dark chocolate glaze drizzled around the edge with a spoon. The candy eggs finish the look with a festive flourish.
Now all you have to do is fight over who gets to eat the eggs!
Every year for Easter we gather at Grandma’s house and have the traditional fare followed by an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Each family is tasked with bringing 6-12 eggs for hiding.
A couple of years ago, instead of dying my eggs, I dressed them up with cute little covers. The covers were made primarily from baby socks! The rest of the supplies are various craft items that you might have on hand: pipe-cleaners, small poms, feathers, google eyes and some wool felt.
Everyone loved them and my Grandma saved them to be used again!
That year I managed to under-boil the eggs, so they weren’t great for eating, but they sure looked cute!