One of the nice things about have a child is that I’m able to do some of the things I used to when I was a kid…May Day baskets being one of them. Granted, Lauren is only 14 months old, but she gives me an excuse to do things and have them be from ‘her’.
I found some clearance Easter pails for 50 cents, spray painted them, and planted petunias (even if our neighbors don’t have green thumbs petunias seems to grow through anything). Happy May Day!
Spring is awesome. I am thrilled to have my windows open, hear the birds chirping, and see Cadbury Mini-eggs on the grocery shelves. The only downfalls to this season are my dog tracks in mass amounts of mud and I realize I have limited time to attempt my annual summer weight loss plan (dang Cadbury!). However, the budding trees and blooming flowers inspire me to make colorful Easter decor and treats. Here are a few that are easy to make!
I think glitter is the most fun. Unfortunately, it also can make the biggest mess….after my daughter crawls around on the floor tomorrow she is going to be full of glitter! Take your time to set out paper or plastic to work on (I should take my own advice). See “DIY & Craft Projects” for directions.
Stained Glass Hardboiled Eggs:
Easy and cool….with or without the shell. Hardboil eggs and then crack them up, but don’t peel the shell. Set them in water with a fair amount of food coloring added.
Once you take them out of the dye they will look like this:
Or you can peel them to get this effect:
Stained Glass Potato Salad: See the “Recipes” page or type ‘easy low-fat potato salad’ in “Search This Site” at the top of this website.
Easter Bunny Cake:
This is actually super easy! Make 1 round cake (1/2 of a boxed cake mix). Cut it in half and ‘glue’ it together with a little frosting. Use a Snow Ball for the tail and spaghetti for whiskers. Decorate with candy and paper ears.
Flowers in Candy: Wrap the stems of flowers with wet paper towel, cover it with a plastic sandwich bag, and tie or tape it shut. This will keep enough water on the flowers to last a day or so (enough time to use this idea for an Easter meal centerpiece). Place the flowers and candy in a vase! ***you can do this at other holidays too
Bird’s Next Treats:
- Melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Mix in 4 cups of chow mein noodles (or a combo of these and Cheerios). Form them into little nests.
- Place shredded coconut in a bag with green food coloring and shake it up. Add it to the center of the ‘nests’.
- Fill with candy
Easter Cake Pops: