When my kids were young we always had a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sundays. It’s a great day to get together for some fun, food, and neighborly chats; and a great way to use up all those hard boiled eggs.
It didn’t take a lot of effort on anyone’s part since everyone was dying Easter eggs anyway. After the hunt some of the adults would supervise the kids in games and the others would head to the kitchen to turn the eggs into Egg Salad Sandwiches. The rest of the luncheon food was pot luck.
We still get together with the neighbors on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg Hunt, only now the kids are our grandkids!
Here are a few tips to help you plan a last minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. If you’ve tried it yet, you may want to plan one this year. You might just start a new neighborhood tradition!
A couple of days before the hunt:
1. Get together with the neighbors and decide where your potluck luncheon will be held. You may have to host it in a 2-3 yards to fit everyone. Decide what time the hunt will begin.
2. Gather chairs and tables and decide on a time when they can be set up at the host yards. It may be easier to have each neighbor bring their own chairs, but hopefully you’ll have a neighbor who can bring over a folding table or two at least to place food on.
3. Decide on how many eggs each neighbor will bring; both dyed hard boiled eggs and plastic eggs. Set a budget on how much each neighbor should spend to fill the plastic eggs. Decide if you will have a “golden egg” for the grand prize. If you want to have one the easiest prize would be money; each neighbor can contribute $1 that can be stuffed in a special egg. Decide if you want to limit the number of eggs each child can keep; if you do then decide on how many. Don’t forget the teens and tweenies, you may want to do a separate hunt or different activity for them.
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4. Mark the territory where the eggs will be hidden.
5. Ask each neighbor to sign up for the potluck so that you will have a variety of food, not just desserts. Remember to ask one or two people to bring bread and ingredients for egg salad sandwiches.
6. Decide where and who will turn the hard boiled eggs into egg salad sandwiches. This can be a group effort in one person’s kitchen or you can have volunteers take a dozen or so eggs home to their kitchen to make their hard boiled egg dish. Check out my post 12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs for ideas.
7. Decide what if any other games and activities you want to have for the kids. Decide on the supplies you will need for the activities, who will provide them, and who will supervise the activities. You may want to start out with an Easter Bag/Basket making activity before the hunt.
8. Decide when and where neighbors should bring their eggs for the hunt. Decide who will hide them.
Morning of the hunt:
1. Designated egg “hiders” can hide the eggs.
2. Set up borrowed table and chairs in the host yards.
3. Gather the kids for the first activity if you have any, otherwise start the hunt.
4. After the hunt have the children give the boiled eggs they don’t want to keep to their parents or the people in charge of making salad.
5. Keep the kids busy with games and activities while egg salad sandwiches are being made.
6. Bring all the food to the host yard and set them up on tables.
7. Enjoy! This could be the first of many more neighborhood events![spacer height=”-20px”]
For older kids hide some eggs in high places, they love the challenge![spacer height=”-20px”]
Start the event with a Bunny Bag craft like these from Fun A Day . The kids can make these cute bags to put their eggs in. You can get packs of plain paper bags or gift bags from the Dollar Store and decorate them with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and left over supplies from other craft projects gathered from the neighbors.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Keep kids busy making Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
This Egg Popper Tree by Studio DIY is a good alternative for older kids. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
A sack race is always a fun game.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Egg on Spoon Races are always fun. Think of different variations![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
A Lollipop Patch by Catch My Party is a great idea for younger kids.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
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Easter morning is always hectic. Between sorting out Easter eggs and aiming to Church, it’s powerful to search out time for a hearty breakfast. Thankfully, I actually have a make-ahead breakfast dish that may provide you with much energy to survive the chaos.
Growing up, we have a tendency to continually create this scrumptious egg casserole as a part of our Church breakfast fundraiser. It absolutely was filled with fragmented sausage and cheese and that i loved it. Well, this can be a a lot of refined version, courtesy of Ezra’s cake.
There are several things i really like concerning breakfast strata. Initial and foremost is that the reality you create it ahead. The maximum amount as i like pancakes and contemporary toast that has time to form them on a busy morning? Not ME. However I will pop a dish within the kitchen appliance and walk away!
Next, it’s therefore filmable. the fundamentals keep the same—bread, eggs and milk. however the remainder, you’ll experiment and build your own favorite combos. For this version, I sauted spinach with garlic and mushrooms then further tomatoes and bacon. to form things even a lot of fascinating, I used jalapeno focaccia because the bread base.
I like spinach; however I wasn’t entirely sold-out on that within the formula. Next time, and there’ll be a next time, I’m aiming to eliminate the spinach and replace it with some artichoke hearts and roast red bell pepper for breakfast strata..
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5 cups of cubed bread (french bread, sourdough, jalapeno focaccia, etc.)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
4 cups milk (I used 2%)
3 green onions, sliced
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
6-8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
12 oz bag of baby spinach
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
3-4 plum tomatoes, chopped
8 oz container of sliced mushrooms
1. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Place the bread cubes in the dish and top with cheddar cheese. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, green onion, cayenne pepper, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour mixture over bread cubes.
3. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Add washed spinach and 1 tablespoon of water. Cover the skillet and let the spinach wilt, 2-3 minutes.
4. Spoon the spinach mixture, tomatoes and bacon over the the bread cubes. Gently press down with a spoon to make sure everything is moistened.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for up to 24 hours.
6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 60 minutes or until the top is golden brown and doesn’t wiggle when you shake the dish.
7. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Easter is tomorrow. Most of us will be spending today frantically dying eggs and making treats and hoping it will all be ready for the Easter Bunny to give out come Sunday morning.
Don’t worry here are some cute and quick Easter treats you can whip up in a matter of minutes. If you don’t already have the supplies a quick trip to Walmart, the Dollar Store, or even the grocery store can remedy that.
This cute idea from Oh for Sweetness Sake is pretty self explanatory. Clear piping bag by Wilton hold a sugar cone filled with Easter M&Ms. They recommend stuffing a few white cotton balls at the bottom of the sugar cone to use less candy. The the whole thing up with a pretty ribbon and the Easter Bunny’s on his way.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
For a non-candy alternative here’s an idea from Creative Organization. Fill the piping bag with Cheese puffs and tie with green ribbon to make “carrots”. You can fill the bags with pretty much anything; goldfish, jelly beans, trail mix, etc. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These Chocolate Cottontails by Rook No. 17 are simple to make using store bought marshmallow peeps and dipping them in chocolate.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t want to dip the peeps? Then do what Your Homebased Mom did, put them on on a stick![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Whip up some of Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cake Batter Blondies using cake mix and sprinkles. Easy and yummy![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t want to bake? Then make this Popcorn Mix by Framed Frosting in your microwave. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Here’s another no bake treat Golden Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cookies from Live Well Bake Often
uses cake mix. Great treat for carrot cake lovers.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t know what to do with all those hard boiled Easter Eggs? Click here
for some recipes using Easter eggs.
This is the most effective … ever!” I laugh whenever I scan such a claim and not as a result of I don’t believe them. I do believe them as a result of I mean it whenever I say it too. It’s simply typically we have a tendency to find yourself feeding our words after we realize one thing else that’s “the best ever”. Thus with cautious optimism, I with boldness state this can be the most effective ham ever! By golly, I mean it too!
Last year I shared a beautiful ham instruction and claimed it to be the most effective ever. I truly stand by the tactic of cookery the ham to be the “best ever” however I realize this glaze to be way superior to the coca-cola sauce I created for the opposite ham. The glaze fantastically coats the ham with a lightweight, sweet, however not too sweet, sauce. It tasted wonderful, really one in every of the most effective things I’ve ever created. I virtually created yum sounds after I Ate this.
Max wasn’t affected by my manners as he gave Pine Tree State cat side-eye whereas I Ate my dinner. Personally, i feel he was simply jealous. He doesn’t build yum sounds whereas he eats!Again, this technique of cookery ham is uncommon however leads to Associate in nursing implausibly tender and damp ham. The ham just about falls apart as a result of its thus tender, like force pork, thus you won’t find yourself with nice, thick slices. However, tender morsels versus slices are unquestionably not a deal breaker to Pine Tree State once the top result’s thus succulent and attractive.
Because it will cook during a water/vinegar mixture, the ham will have Associate in nursing initial sour bite, that doesn’t trouble Pine Tree State. However although you’re involved that, don’t worry. Once you coat it with the sweet glaze, it’ll be heaven on a plate.
This dish is ideal for company as a result of you cook the ham the day previous (your house can at first combat a sour smell), to serving, creating it the proper dish for Easter. You’ll be able to even prepare the glaze the day before, thus all you would like to try and do is mix the ham and glaze and heat up within the kitchen appliance or slow cooking utensil.
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Click here for Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze recipes enjoy!
10 lb ham, bone-in (not spiral-cut)
8 cups white distilled vinegar (approximately)
16 cups of water (approximately)
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups brown sugar
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Place the ham in a large pot and cover with 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar until the ham is covered by at least an inch or two of liquid. Bring to a slow boil and cook for approximately 3-4 hours (without a lid) or until the meat falls off the bone. Depending on the size of your ham, you may need to adjust the length of time you boil your ham. You should not be able to remove the ham without it falling apart. Carefully remove the ham and cool for 30 minutes or until you can touch the ham without burning your fingers. Shred the ham or cut into large chunks and place in a large container and refrigerate.
In a medium pan, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, cornstarch and water together over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and stir until slightly thickened. Refrigerate until ready to reheat the ham.
Combine glaze with ham and place in a 9×13 pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until heated through.
Boiling the ham in the vinegar/water mixture results in the most tender ham. I can eat the ham without the glaze, but for others, it will be too tart. I’ve added leftover ham (without glaze) to soups, omelets, scalloped potatoes with no problems. If you are still concerned, you can also bake the ham (that is not intended for the glaze but to be enjoyed in other dishes) with some brown sugar to minimize any vinegar taste.
Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze
This year Easter will be April 1, that means we’ll dying Easter Eggs later this month..
All the discount and dollar stores are selling egg dying kits and many of us find it easier to just buy a kit and call it a day. We’ve done this many times and somehow are always disappointed with how it turns out. Our eggs never seem to look like the pictures on the box.
Those kits really don’t sell you anything more than 4 tablets or packets of food coloring, a flimsy wire “egg dipper”, and simple instructions on how to mix the dye. This year we’re going to do it differently using supplies we already have in the house; food coloring, napkins, sharpies, and other crafting supplies.
Here are some great ideas and tips you may want to try this year. Most of them use things you already have in the kitchen and are designed to make the activity neater and easier. Click on the photos for instructions.
Before you begin you will need hard boiled eggs. Here’s a tutorial from Recipe Lion on how to boil the perfect egg. Click here for tutorial.
Here’s a chart and recipes for making your own dye using food color from Dollar Store Mom.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Keep dipping process neater with this great idea from Inner Child Food. Place the egg in a wire whisk and dip, it make taking them out of the dye easier.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Or you can use Kool-Aid to dye your eggs. Learn how from Totally The Bomb. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Make edible marble eggs using Cool Whip and food coloring. Learn how from Shannon’s Tot School.
You can get a similar effect using shaving cream and food color, but eggs made this way should not be eaten, you may become sick. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
If you don’t want to use food color you can dye your eggs with natural dyes you make from fruits, veggies, and other natural ingredients. Let the Home Based Mom show you how to make your own natural dyes.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Skip the messy dyes with this unique egg decorating tip from Housing a Forest. They use Sharpies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Craftaholics Anonymous can show you how to make these glitter eggs for your little divas![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Martha Stewart can show you how to make these metallic eggs.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Martha Stewart also makes these decoupage eggs using paper napkins.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Make these Washi Tape Easter Eggs by Lovely Indeed. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These pretty eggs by Our Best Bites only look difficult to make. It’s easy using silk ties, simply put they are tie dyed![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These Ukrainian Eggs are absolutely gorgeous, but they do take time to make. If you want to try your hand at here’s a tutorial from Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom
After you’ve make all these lovely Easter Eggs you may find yourself with a ton of hard boiled eggs! Don’t let the eggs go to waste!
Check out my post 12 Recipes To Use Hard Boiled Easter Eggs!
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If you haven’t already heard our family loves holidays, we like to celebrate every single one. Right now Easter’s coming soon and we’ve been busy with various craft projects. We’ve made pom pom bunnies and chicks, chick aviator hats and peek-a-boo bunny hats, and Easter plaques. The last couple of days I fired up my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine to cut some Easter bunnies and eggs to use for our paper projects. To add texture to the cardstock I used my cute little Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. Here are some of our Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family! I’m sharing some templates too!
Many of these projects are very simple, all you need are cardstock or construction paper, glue, scissors, small pom poms, and scraps of ribbon and twine. If you have a cutting machine you can definitely use that to cut out cute little bunnies; if not you can use the free templates I’m sharing and cut them out by hand.
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Click here for templates! It’s free!
One of the easiest, and in my opinion, cutest Easter Paper Craft is this Bunny Frame. I just used an 11″x 14″ frame I already had, luckily it was light blue, a perfect Spring color! Here’s how I made this:
Frame – any size you want, mine is 11″ x 14″ which holds an 8″ x 10″ photo.
Cardstock – any color you prefer, I used dark pink for the background, pearly white for the front card, and blue for the bunny.
Small pom pom – you can get some from the craft store
Die cut machine, letter stencils, or letter stickers
Cut the background cardstock to the size of your frame opening
Cut the front piece of cardstock 1/2″ smaller than the background piece. If you have a die cut machine you can cut out the letters for “Hippity Hop Easter’s on its way!”
If not you can stencil the words on, or use stickers. Or you can just print them on with a marker!
Cut out the bunny shape using a die cut machine or the free template here.[spacer height=”-20px”]
If you want to you can emboss the bunny with an embossing machine if you have one, but you don’t have to. You can also hand emboss it, here’s a great tutorial from The Frugal Crafter to show you how to emboss with out a machine![spacer height=”-20px”]
The picture tutorial below will show you how to emboss with the Sizzix Texture Boutique! It’s a cute little machine that’s shaped like a purse. The item you want to emboss is placed into an embossing folder (sold separately in different designs). The folder is then sandwiched between the 2 black plates and in this case because I was embossing a single sheet of cardstock, a mylar shim (plates and shim is included with the machine).
The “sandwich” is then placed in the slot of the machine and cranked thru. When the “sandwich” get thru the cardstock is embossed with the pattern.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Once you’ve cut and embossed all the pieces it’s time to assemble the picture. I used Elmer’s Craftbond Glue Runner, to glue all the pieces together.
Finally I used Aleene’s tacky glue to glue on the pom pom then placed it in the frame.
Another Easter Paper Craft we did is this adorable Bunny Banner.
Like the Bunny Frame I cut out the bunny shapes with the Cricut and embossed some of the with the Texture Boutique. I wanted each bunny to be different so I stamped a couple of them with white ink. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Cut out the bunnies.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Emboss and/or stamp each bunny. [spacer height=”-20px”]
Punch a hole on each ear of each bunny. Make the holes evenly.[spacer height=”-20px”]
Glue a pom pom tail on each bunny. To learn how to make pom poms using a pom pom maker click here![spacer height=”-20px”]
Thread twine thru the holes and you’re done![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
We also made this vertical Bunny Banner using glitter paper.
I cut the bunnies from glitter paper which we glued vertically along a strand of ribbon. We glued on the pom pom tails and tied on a bow. Easy!
Here’s an Easter Paper Craft the kids loved! A paper plate wreath.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Again I cut out bunnies and eggs on the Cricut and embossed some, and stamped others. Then I cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate and let the kids glue the eggs and bunnies on it.
When they were done I punched 2 holes on the top of the wreath and threaded a length of ribbon thru for hanging.
These are just a few crafts the whole family can do this Easter season. They are all very inexpensive, easy, and fun. You can decorate your whole house! You can even use the cut outs to make cards and signs. Check out my Easter Plaque craft!