Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Paper Bunny Fruit Bags

Bunnies are the simple (and cute) mascot for Spring, and they inspire these fun fruit bags. They’re made from paper bags and will instantly liven up lunch time fruits and veggies. Place a basket out at brunch and your guests will be instantly drawn to the tied ears, colorful nose and sweet peak of fruit inside.

paper bunny baggies


To make the bunny paper bags you’ll need; paper bags (look for fun paper bag designs at your local craft store), a roll of colorful tape, ribbon to tie off the ears, and fruit to place inside.

Bunny Fruit Bags


To make the bunny fruit bags, cut the edges off your paper bag so that you are left with two open sides. The bag should be cut to be a little narrower than your fruit. Cut the open end of the bag into the shape of rabbit ears, the ears should meet around a third of the way down the bag.

Bunny Fruit Bags


Sit the apple inside the paper bag and gather at the top, being careful not to tear the paper. Fix the gathered bag in place with some paper ribbon, knot the ribbon twice and fan out the ends into a bow. Cut a small triangle of pink washi tape and add it to the front to make a cute bunny nose.

Bunny Fruit Bags


Use different patterns and colours to create a fruity Easter display — you could also use any type of round fruit or vegetable to fill these paper bunny bags. They look sweet in a bowl as a grab and go snack, and would make a lovely easter surprise inside a lunch box.


12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs

12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs


Easter Sunday will be much more perfect if your house is anything like mine you will have at least a couple of dyed hard boiled eggs on your hands before lunchtime.

My first inclination is usually to chop the eggs up and make egg salad sandwiches for lunch for the next few days if not longer.

This year if you want to try something a bit different here are some recipes using hard boiled eggs along with some new twists on old time favorites like egg salad sandwiches and deviled eggs.

Try out one or two, perhaps you’ll find a new family favorite to make year round.  Click on picture for recipe.

To make these recipes you will need hard boiled eggs.  Click here for a tutorial on how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs from Recipe Lion.

Hard Boiled Easter Eggs

Add a bit of zip to regular deviled eggs with my Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs.  It’s become a family favorite![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter Eggs
Make your favorite deviled egg recipe into these pretty pastel eggs.
Here’s a photo tutorial on how to dye your hard boiled eggs from Donkey and Carrot.  Just dye the whites and pipe in your favorite yolk mixture![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsOr serve these deviled egg chicks from She Knows. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsLighten up your egg salad recipe by using adding Greek Yogurt.  Here’s a recipe from Damn Delicious.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsHere’s another egg salad recipe from My Yummy Life using Greek Yogurt, this one adds a bit of dill for some extra yum![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Hard Boiled Easter Eggs 
Two Peas and Their Pod has a great recipe for Avocado Egg Salad.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsFor a lower carb alternative try these Light Egg Salad Wraps by Lady Behind the Curtain.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsSkip the Egg Salad and use those hard boiled eggs in this Egg Wrap with Avocado and Ham from the Cookin Canuck.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Hard Boiled Easter EggsTry these Scotched Eggs, they’re a complete meal!  Hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage with a crispy shell.  Here’s a recipe for Baked Scotched Eggs from Left Side of the Table. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


Hard Boiled Easter EggsFor something a bit with a bit more spice try these Egg Masala Curry  In Spicy Tomato Gravy from Lisa’s Kitchen.
Served over rice this would make a filling meal. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Hard Boiled Easter EggsHere’s another Egg Curry, Indian Onion and Yogurt Egg Curry recipe from Girl Cooks World, this one uses Greek Yogurt.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]





Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

egg huntWhen 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.

egg huntMorning 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”]

egg huntegg huntFor older kids hide some eggs in high places, they love the challenge![spacer height=”-20px”]

egg huntStart 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″]

Easter Egg HuntKeep kids busy making Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations.  [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

egg huntThis Egg Popper Tree by Studio DIY is a good alternative for older kids. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

egg hunt A sack race is always a fun game.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg Hunt Egg on Spoon Races are always fun.  Think of different variations![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg HuntA Lollipop Patch by Catch My Party is a great idea for younger kids.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]





Kids Crafts at
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Breakfast Strata

Breakfast Strata

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
10 eggs
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.
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Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

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.

Easter TreatsThis 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″]


Easter Treats 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″]




Easter TreatsThese 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″]


Easter Treats 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″]






Easter Treats 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″]


Easter Treats Don’t want to bake?  Then make this Popcorn Mix by Framed Frosting in your microwave. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]




Easter TreatsHere’s another no bake treat Golden Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter TreatsTry these adorable Nutter Butter Chicks by Sweet Simple Stuff. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsThese Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cookies from Live Well Bake Often uses cake mix.  Great treat for carrot cake lovers.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsIf you’re feeling more adventurous try your hand at this pretty Italian Easter Bread by A Homemade Living.[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.
Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze

Ham with Pineapple Brown Sugar Glaze

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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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.



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