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Homemade Ice Cream with Easter Candy

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Homemade ice cream is pretty awesome, right?  Throw in some Easter candy and you’ve got a little treat perfect for springtime celebrations!

 

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A super tasty homemade ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness. Perfect for Easter and all other Spring Celebrations!

Homemade Ice Cream

You’ll need an ice cream maker for this one – and I have been very happy with using the Ice Cream Maker attachment for our Stand Mixer for all of the ice cream we make here, and I feel pretty good about recommending it to you if you’re in the market.  Keep your ice cream maker stored in the freezer if you have the space – otherwise, be sure to freeze it before using it to make ice cream.

For this recipe, I used a cup and a half of those wonderful little pastel coloured M&M candies you see all over the stores this time of year – and it has turned out so well!  A super tasty vanilla ice cream with just the right amount of chocolate candy goodness.
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups 10% cream
  • 8 egg yolks ( save the whites for Angel Food Cake!)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups 35% cream
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M candies – we used the pastel coloured Easter variety

Directions

  1. Cook the 10% cream on the stove top until it’s hot.  Not boiling, but hot.
  2. Whip the yolks and sugar until blended, and gradually stir in the hot 10% cream, and continue to mix until blended.
  3. Transfer the yolk mixture back to a medium sauce pan, and again cook until hot.  Cook until it is steaming, and small bubbles start to form, but do not boil.  Stir continuously and prevent scorching.
  4. Add in the 35% cream, the vanilla extract and the salt, and chill for 8 hours ( or overnight)
  5. Following the directions on your ice cream maker, add your ice cream to the ice cream maker and let mix for about 18 minutes – add the M&M candies and mix 2 minutes longer.  
  6. Serve and enjoy, and be sure to freeze the remaining ice cream!

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Egg Carton Daffodils

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Project: Recycle & Create.  Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it.  The recyclable: egg cartons.  The something fabulous:   Feel free to ooh and aah all you wish.

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

These are even more fun than the Gift Paper Frogs – although not nearly as cute.  And these are just as sweet as the Scrap Fabric Fairy House – but way way easier to make.  Our bouquet here was made by a collective group from age 3 to 39.  It’s hard work keeping the 39 year old in check, let me tell ya.

Egg Carton Daffodils

Materials

  • egg cartons
  • yellow paint – we used tempra
  • paint brushes
  • scissors
  • green pipe cleaners
  • the usual smock and table protection

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

Directions

Just like our Egg Carton Owls and Our Egg Carton Ladybugs – oooh and the Egg Carton Super Bees – I’ve got a thing, don’t I – start by using those scissors, and cutting the egg carton into individual cups.  You will need two cups per daffodil.

  1. Take one cup, and cut it into four panels, and these will be the outer petals
  2. Paint both cups completely yellow.  You’ll get messy, and you’ll love it!
  3. Take your pipe cleaner, and make a small loop in one end.
  4. Poke a whole through the center of each cup, place the cup that you cut into four petals under the other cup and thread the pipe cleaner through the egg cups, so that the small loops is secured inside the cups.
  5. Repeat over and over until you run out of cups, bundle them, and place them in a vase.  

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature

 

SEE THE OTHER EGG CARTON PROJECTS FROM THE CHALLENGE

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Egg Carton Mache Molds by Teach me Mommy
Intrinsic Hand Strengthening Activity by Sugar Aunts
Flowers by The Gingerbread House
Space Station by Peakle Pie

 

 

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Paper Plate Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

You’re going to want to try this.  Remember how pleased I was with myself over the wooden spoon trick?  Well, just wait till you see how we made this super cute easter bunny paper plate craft.  You’re really going to want to try this.

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

A long time ago, but not too long ago, I worked in a coffee shop as a baker and coffee slinger.  Before I carry on with how to make these adorable, and brilliant – let’s not forget brilliant – Easter Bunnies, let me just say, that if you have never worked in a restaurant serving people, or if you’ve never pumped gas to earn your keep – you should seriously consider doing so.  I have learned some of the best things ever during my tenures in the service sector.  

During my time as a baker in the previously mentioned restaurant, I was taught how to make an 8″ round cake look like the Easter Bunny. Enter the epiphany like experience…. if you can make a flat, round cake look like a bunny, you can make a flat round plate, look like a bunny as well.

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft

I had to test my theory to be sure, and sure enough, it worked!  And oh the fun we had painting up these cute creatures! And in case you were wondering, my brilliant ideas didn’t run out at the cutting of the paper plates, check out how we attached our Bunny’s whiskers. 

Materials

  • paper plates
  • marker
  • scissors
  • paint and brushes
  • pipe cleaners
  • brad fasteners
  • googly eyes
  • whole punch
  • the usual smocks / table covering 

Directions

  1. Use one paper plate to trace two arcs onto the other paper plate, leaving an hour glass shape in the center.  Like in the photo here:Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter
  2. Cut along the arcs, and you are left with two almond shapes, and one hour glass.  Or, two bunny ears, and one bow tie.  See? I told you it was brilliant.
  3. Paint the ears and facial features as you like.  I suggested to the Little Helpers that they paint the bow ties as bright and as colourful as they could.
  4. Use a brad fastener to hold the pipe cleaners together at the center ( pictured in the bottom left frame below) and carefully poke that through the paper plate where you want the whiskers to be.  Open up the brad fastener to keep in place.
  5. Glue googly eyes, or paint your own if you don’t happen to have any googly eyes.  We have been known to use felt circles to make googly eyes in a pinch
  6. Use the whole punch to make holes where you want to fasten the ears and bow tie, on the plate that is the face, and then make corresponding holes  on the ear and bow tie pieces, and again, use the brad fasteners to attach those.  I highly recommend witing until the paint is dry before trying to punch holes.  

Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

 

Love this Craft?

This Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft really was a lot of fun to make.  If you liked it, you should see all the other crafts we get into using recyclables, like these Gift Paper Frogs, and Scrap Fabric Fairy House, and this Easy Paper Plate Craft is too cute and too simple to pass up.  And that is not all I can do, that is not all…

 

 

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Easter Bunny Paper Plate Craft for Kids and Families to celebrate and decorate for Easter

 

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Hand Knit Easter Eggs

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

The hand knit hearts I made for Valentine’s Day were such a hit, I absolutely had to do something equally fabulous for Easter.

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

If you recall the my creative/ng process that I shared with you when I made the super long rainbow scarf, you’ll appreciate knowing that this took several do overs.  

Hand Knit Decor

This is another really simple pattern, using only the knit stitch, increases and decreases ( fear not my friends, I’ll show you how ) and it takes all of 20 minutes to make one egg.

And once you start making them, the possibilities are endless.  They make great decor items for any table, nice little wash cloths and coasters for your Easter Feast, or piece them into arrangements for table runners and even wall hangings.  I’ve got a few of these projects lined up to share with you, but first we need to start with the basics.

About the Egg Pattern

In order to make these eggs lay flat, I used the garter stitch.  That means you knit on both the wrong and right sides, or simply put, no purl stitches were used in the making of this Easter craft.  

Because we’re using only the knit stitch, we’re going to use the M1L ( make one left ) increase, the same one we used in the knitted hearts, but I’m illustrating it again below.  What you want to do is use your left needle to pick up the bar coming from the next stitch on the left needle.  In the photo below I am pointing at where to lift up the stitch.  So you use your left needle to slide under that bar, and it will slide right onto the tip of your left needle.  Use your right needle to knit it as you would any other stitch.  It’s really quite simple, even if it is a bit tight, and takes a wee bit of practice to get it working smoothly for you.  Once you’ve got it though, you’ll be happy because it is an invisible increase, that doesn’t leave a bump or a gap.

In order to get the egg shape we also need to decrease, and we have accomplished that just by using the K2tog ( knit two together) which is exactly what it sounds like.  You’ve got this.

 

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

Hand Knit Easter Eggs

Materials

  • straight knitting needles, any size.  The bigger the needles, the bigger the eggs
  • yarn from your stash – preferably pastels and Easter colours.  Any weight, again, the bigger the yarn , the bigger the eggs
  • crochet hook for weaving in ends
  • scissors

Pattern

Cast on 6 sts.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K2, M1L, K to last two sts, M1L, K2 (8 sts)

Rows 3 – 9: Repeat Row 2 ( 22 sts)

Row 10 – 15: Knit

Row 16: K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (20 sts)

Rows 17 – 23: Repeat Row 16 ( 6 sts)

Bind off, cut yarn, secure last stitch, and weave the ends in all tidy like

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

 

More Easter Fun

You’ll love what my friends are doing for Easter – from life size board games to breakfast casseroles.  

Life-Size Bunny Hop Board Game| Playground Parkbench

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail Free Printable | Sunny Day Family

Easter Morning Breakfast Casserole by Our Good Life

DIY Easter Cards from Recyclables by Crafty Kids at Home

Invitation to Create: Easter Eggs | Our Whimsical Days

Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles | Eats Amazing

Upcycled Easter Baskets | Rhythms of Play

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Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Muffins

Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffin Recipe for Easter, Mother's Day, and Spring celebrations

You know what I love best about Easter?  White chocolate bunnies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty much all things chocolate, I really do. But white chocolate bunnies, at Easter, now there’s something.

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Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffin Recipe for Easter, Mother's Day, and Spring celebrations

Easter as we traditionally celebrate it, is just so pleasant.  It’s sort of like the song ‘My Favourite Things’, everything about how we celebrate Easter today is just ooozing with pleasantness.  Tea parties, brunch, fancy sides, desserts, and all those pastels!

And Spring!  And cute bunnies!  I could go on apparently, but I’m going to use a little self control and get to the point.

Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffins

So I have taken all that white chocolate yummy-ness, and and made these adorable Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffins.  Ideal for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Spring celebrations, and the best go to after school snack in our house for a while now.  And how could I forget, tea parties.  

Mini Muffin Recipe

You’ll need some of these mini muffin pansMini Muffin Paper Cups and I find using this 1/2 oz portion scoop for scooping the batter into the muffin tins make quick work of the process. 
 
 

 

Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffins
Healthy Banana Mini Muffin made special with white chocolate chips
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1/4 cup melted butter
  7. 1 egg
  8. 3 bananas
  9. 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Line mini muffin tins with mini muffin papers
  3. Mix dry ingredients
  4. Stir melted butter into milk
  5. Mash bananas thouroughly
  6. Add milk mixture, egg and bananas to flour mixture and mix well
  7. Stir in white chocolate chips
  8. Scoop into prepared mini muffin tins, and bake for about 20 minutes.
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Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffin Recipe for Easter, Mother's Day, and Spring celebrations

Tea Party Muffins

I have to say that these mini muffins turned out even better than I expected.  I mean, I expected them to be good, but EVERYONE here loves them.  And that’s sayin’ something.   Call you grandmothers, invite them over for a tea party, make a batch of these delectable treats, and celebrate all that is right with the world.

If you loved this recipe

Check out our other great snacks, like these Mini Peanut Butter Cups and this Apple Berry Stew.   And don’t even think about leaving without trying our other mini muffins, Pumpkin and Rhubarb.

 

Tea Party Banana and White Chocolate Mini Muffin Recipe for Easter, Mother's Day, and Spring celebrations

 

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