Thursday, March 28, 2013

For the Kids Friday #108

Welcome to the Party!

PLEASE JOIN US!!  Welcome to another great link party!  I'm so happy to have you here.  The 100 Days of Play Blog Hop will kick off on Monday, April 1st!  We would LOVE to have you join us.  We are encouraging busy moms to commit to connecting with their kids, in THERE world, for 100 days.  You don't have to be a blogger... just a mom who wants to make a small difference in the way she interacts with her children.  Please help us spread the word.  You will find great ideas on how simple it can be to play with your children through the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop each day.  You won't want to miss it!
BLOGGERS Still Wanted!  There are 28 spaces left to fill.  We are looking for bloggers who would like to share a simple way to inspire play between mom and kids.  Nothing fancy!  And this is a GREAT way to get some exposure if you are a new or small blog.  Please comment if you would like to join!

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter weekend!
Don't miss the recent Easter fun here at SunScholars...

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Baby Chick Cheese Balls
at Hungry Happenings

10 Tips for Surviving the Terrible Twos - Advice to get through this rough year. #parenting #toddlers
10 Tips for Surviving the Terrible Twos
at Mess for Less

at Craftulate

at Molly Moo

7 Really Fun Pranks for April Fools
7 Fun April Fools Day Pranks for Kids
at JDaniel4's Mom

Enchanted Wire Bubble Blowing Wands - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
Enchanted Bubble Blowing Wand Tutorial
at the Jewelry Making Journal

toilet roll peeps in paper bag nests
Toilet Roll Peeps
at Happy Hooligans
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Crafts for Kids


Looking for some last minute Easter crafts?  These are some of the crafty things we have been working on in our house for Easter.  Some friends and I made the bunny baskets to give as Easter gifts to the kindergarten class.  My daughter Charlotte came up with the chicks all on her own.  I especially like the miniature chicks she created with pompoms!  These were all very inexpensive to make, and great activities for the kids!

Brown Paper Bag Bunny Baskets 

Supplies
  • Brown Paper Sandwich Bag
  • Cotton Balls or a large Pom Pom
  • Glue
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Bunny Ear Headband
  • Marker
  • Easter Grass (to hold ears in place)
Instructions


  1. Cut your brown paper sandwich bag as shown in the diagram above, with the bag folded flat.  Use the bunny ear headband to determine how low you will cut down.  By cutting off the grey sections shown above, you should have a strip remaining on the sides of the bag when it is opened up.  These will form the handle.
  2. Cut the extra piece of paper on the front and back of the bag with the bag open, even with your original cut.
  3. Cut circles for the eyes, and a triangle with rounded edges for the nose.  Cut a bow tie.  Glue into place.
  4. Using a marker, add the whiskers and mouth to your bunny's face.
  5. Glue cotton balls or a pom pom to the back side of your basket for the bunny's tail.
  6. Glue the ends of the handle together to finish the basket.
  7. Place your bunny ear headband into the bag for the bunny ears.  You can secure them into place by using some tape, or simply fill the basket with Easter grass.
  8. Fill your basket with goodies!


PomPom Chicks

Supplies
  • Pom Poms
  • Googly Eyes
  • Orange Paper
  • Glue
Instructions
  1. Fold a small piece of paper in half.  Cut a triangle with a point on the opposite side of the fold to form a beak.
  2. Glue a pair of eyes and the beak to your pom pom.  You're done!
Check out the miniature pom pom chick!
My daughter used air-dry clay (such as Crayola's Model Magic) to create the eggs.


Toilet Paper Roll Chicks


Supplies
  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Craft Paint (yellow)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Orange Paper
  • Pipe Cleaner (yellow)
  • Glue
Instructions
  1. Paint your toilet paper roll yellow (or color of your choice).
  2. Fold a small piece of paper in half.  Cut a triangle with a point on the opposite side of the fold to form a beak.
  3. Glue the googly eyes and beak to your painted toilet paper roll.
  4. Use a pencil or your finger to curl one end of your pipe cleaner.  Wrap the other end around your toilet paper roll to curl it.  Place the large curl (from wrapping around the tp roll) inside your toilet paper roll to hold it in place.  See the image below.  Make sure the top of your pipe cleaner peaks out of the top!


Happy Easter Crafting!

For more Easter crafting, click on the pictures below...
 
Easter Candy Kabobs                                               Chicks & Bunnies from Plastic Eggs

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Egg Cupcakes




I received these LOVELY silicone Easter molds from Whole Port (found HERE).  I couldn't wait to see what fun things we could make with them, especially considering we don't have access to all of the Easter goodies we would living at home in the US (we are currently living in China).  The Easter egg molds were larger, so I thought they might be fun to make little cakes out of.  Though my first attempt was a bit of a fail, we learned from our mistakes, and I think our finished Easter egg mini cakes were a fun little treat.  These would be great dessert to make with the kids for your Easter table!

This recipe makes 10-11 Easter Egg Mini-Cakes!
Ingredients
  • 1 white cake mix, prepared
  • food coloring, 3-4 colors
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • non-stick spray
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or colored sugar sprinkles optional
Supplies
  • Silicon Easter Egg Mold, like THIS one I used
  • Paint Brush

Directions

1.  SPRAY your silcone mold with a non-stick spray, or grease with butter, oil or shortening!  I assumed that the cake batter would not stick to silicone considering I have silicone cup cake cups that never need greased... but this WILL need to be greased.  Learn from our mistake!

2.  Separate a small portion of your cake batter into bowls.  I think 1/4 cup in 3 or 4 bowls is plenty.  Add a couple drops of food coloring to each.  These are the colors you will use to "decorate" your Easter egg cakes.

3.  Using a paint brush, carefully paint the decorations on each egg indentation in the mold.  My girls enjoyed this step!  You can clean your mistakes easily by brushing them back into place with a clean paint brush.
  

4.  Once all of the decorations have been painted, spoon your un-colored batter into the egg molds, filling about 3/4 full.  Bake as directed.  Allow to cool completely before removing from the silicone molds.
  

Note: To make my mold easier to transport to and from the oven, I placed it on a cookie sheet.  However, I noticed that the heat from the cookie sheet caused my cupcakes to over-cook where the mold made contact with the pan.  Next time I will try to cut back the cook time, or attempt to use the mold without the cookie sheet underneath... though that might be risky business!

5.  Once cool, carefully remove the eggs from the mold.  You should have some beautiful Easter egg mini cakes!  I finished mine off with a nice lemon glaze.  In a bowl, mix together sifted confectioners sugar with lemon juice until you get the consistency you desire.  You want it to be runny so it will run off the top of your cakes giving a nice glaze.

6.  Place your cakes on a wire rack, and spoon the glaze over top.  I added a sprinkling of sugar over top, which gave a really nice finish.  The extra glaze will run off.  Let them sit for about 10 minutes.
 

... and they are ready to serve!

Aren't they adorable!!

Ok... so remember when I told you my first attempt didn't quite go as planned?  Well, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, right??  Well in this case, an un-greased pan gave my messy Easter egg mini cakes. They did not come out of the mold in tact.

Ok, so those were the worst.  The other three weren't so bad.
I managed to piece them together, and create these frosted Easter egg mini cakes.  Not so bad, right??


Either way, a prefect Easter dessert!

Beth at Hungry Happenings used the SAME mold to make THESE beautiful Easter Egg Cheese Cakes!!


Looking for some more fun Easter goodies?  Click on the pictures below!
   


Have a Happy Easter!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bunnies - Homemade Easter Treats


Who doesn't love peanut butter and milk chocolate together?  Peanut butter cups are one of my favorite treats.  Living in China, that is one candy you are lucky to find!  So when I got this LOVELY silicone bunny mold from Whole Port (found HERE), I was so excited to make some peanut butter filled chocolate bunnies for an Easter treat!  We were so pleased with how they turned out.  Absolutely adorable!  My daughter couldn't believe that she helped to make something looked so impressive.  These would be a perfect idea for your Easter baskets!  Best of all, they really aren't difficult to make.

This recipe was exactly enough to create 20 chocolate peanut butter bunnies!

Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, crunchy 
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
Supplies
  • Silicon Mold, like THIS one I used
  • Paint Brush

Directions

1.  Combine 1/2 of the chocolate (1 cup) with 1/2 of the shortening (1 tablespoon) in a saucepan.  Melt over low heat, stirring constantly.

2.  Once melted and completely smooth, remove from heat.

3.  Add a spoonful of chocolate to each mold.

4.  Using a paintbrush, brush the chocolate up around each side on each mold, trying to get a nice layer all around.  Once finished, place in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to set.


5.  Place the peanut butter and butter in a sauce pan.  Stir constantly over low heat.

6.  Once the butter and peanut butter are melted, remove from heat.

7.  Add the confectioners sugar and graham cracker crumbs.

8.  Stir until well combined.  Allow to cool slightly, 5-10 minutes.


9.  Add a spoonful of the peanut butter mixture to the center of each bunny mold.  Keep in mind, the warm peanut butter will melt the chocolate, so you don't want to fuss with it too much!  We found using a small patte knife was perfect for smoothing out the peanut butter mixture into the mold.  Make sure you do not fill completely level to the top, as you will want to leave space for the chocolate layer to cover the back.

10.  Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to melt the chocolate needed to finish the bunnies.  Place a spoonful of melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture in each mold, and carefully spread to cover the entire backside.  Place in the freezer for about 30, until set.  Transfer to the refrigerator to keep.

Aren't they adorable!!

... and I must say, DELICIOUS!!!

So cute!  Wrap them up and tuck them in your Easter Baskets
But make sure to make extras.. I know mine aren't going to make it to Easter!

A couple of notes...
These are best to be kept in the fridge until you are ready to eat them, because they melt in your fingers pretty quickly.  I think if you used paraffin wax as opposed to the shorting  and perhaps even semi-sweet or dark chocolate as opposed to the milk chocolate, this probably wouldn't be a problem. 

Secondly, I would LOVE to make these bunnies with either a peppermint filling like the one used HERE, or the Cadburry Cream Egg filling like you can find HERE.  Either of those would be a yummy replacement, especially if you are concerned about nut allergies.

I loved that this was a project that my daughter and I could do together.  I did the steps at the stove, and she helped me with the work using the mold.  Everyone in the house has been begging for these bunnies... They are a huge hit!  I sure hope you give them a try!

Looking for some more fun Easter goodies?  Click on the pictures below!
  

Have a Happy Easter!!