easy Easter brunch appetizer

I’ve been writing away for Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com and my latest article, for Easter, went live today!

I’m gathering up all my recipes for our family Easter celebration. You know me, I have tons of ”sweet” ideas, but I needed a simple appetizer idea for brunch. Here’s what I came up with: Sun-dried Tomato and Feta Cheese Topper with Italian Herb Flatbread Crisps.

My husband ate every bite left over from the shoot! I guess I don’t need to worry that my recipe won’t be a hit! {wink}

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for this recipe and tons more! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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carrot cake, cookies & pies

With Easter just around the corner I’m starting to collect recipes for our family celebration. These are few of the yummiest carrot cake, cookie, cupcake, cheesecake bar and whoopie pie recipes that I found around the web.

Hop over to each for full recipes and directions! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Easter bunny cello bag treats

I’m giving away Easter bunny (face and ears) printables! I shared them a few weeks ago decorating a bunny cake and this morning I’m sharing them as bunny cello bags. {grin}

I love packaging sweet little treats and one of my favorites is the pretzel cello bags. (See the bottom of this post for other holiday ideas.) Here’s what you’ll need:

One bunny is up and the other got scared away. See his little tail?! {giggle}

“Hop” you love them as much as I do! And make sure you check out some of my other cello bag treat crafts:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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little man Easter eggs

This weekend the boys and I created a few Easter craft ideas. My “little men” inspired these fun Easter egg patterns.

They’re so simple to dye. You just need a bit of painters tape and an Xacto knife or small scissors that can take sharp turns.

We made neckties and bow ties.

And we even made mustaches. {giggle}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Easter bunny cake + blog hop

Easter is just around the corner and we’ve designed some sweet little Easter bunny freebies just for you!  And we didn’t design just any bunny, it’s a 3-D bunny!  

These Easter bunnies are adorable on cupcakes, but I decided to use them to decorate a flat iced double layer chocolate cake (if you’re not a baker, just ask the bakery at your local grocery store to make one for you without the decorations; this one was only $14 at Kroger).

Here’s how you craft them:

Using a 2.5″ circular punch, cut out the bunny faces.

Cut out the bunny ears, leaving the bases attached so that all your ears are the same distance from each other.

If you want the 3-D look, attach them to the back of the faces with foam adhesive dots.

For the sides of the cake, cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the bunny. For the cake topper, or for a cupcake, attach the lollipop stick to the back of the bunny.

Super easy and I hope you think fabulously lovely! {smile}

Another tip, if you purchase your cake at the bakery, it may have a cardboard edge. Just trim it off with an exacto knife (on a wooden cutting board) and then cover the edges with candies. I used light pink sixlets.

Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and enjoy!

Oh, but that isn’t all! I rounded up some of my talented blogging friends and they’ve also created some Easter fun to share with you this morning. “HOP” over to:

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blog hop this Tuesday!

Some of my wonderful blogging girlfriends are joining me this coming Tuesday, March 6, for an Easter idea blog hop! Join me, Bird of Bird’s Party, Amy of Living Locurto, Callye of The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle and Christi of Love from the Oven for lots of creative ideas, yummy treats and maybe some free printables too!

Hoppy weekend everyone!

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Easter bunny treats

I had the best weekend. I just relaxed, spent time with family and friends and played with a few new recipes. It was perfect. And this little treat was one of the fun things I worked on.

By the way, are you on Instagram?! I just got on and I’m admittedly a bit addicted. It’s a great way for me to share with you what I’ve got working, while I’m working on it! If you’re on, I’d love to connect with you! You can find me at @thecelebrationshoppe   

Okay, back to these goodies. Easter is only a few short weeks away and I’m so so so ready for Spring, so this weekend I started planning.

I ran to Kroger and grabbed some Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats, toothpicks, Pillsbury icing and green crepe paper. I even picked up the sweet little platter and bowl I used to style the shot! You’ll also need a bit of tape and orange food coloring.

So here’s what you do. Cut a Treat cross-ways creating two triangles/carrots. If one side of your triangle has a sharp edge, just mold it down with your finger.

Next, tint your icing orange. I use gel food coloring; it’s less watery. Once you have your icing the color you want, melt it in eight second intervals. You want it soft, but not hot. It needs to run, but not drip. I melted a cup of icing for my treats in three, eight second, intervals and it was perfect. (NOTE: Depending on how many you make and how quickly you move, you might have to rewarm your icing as you go.)

To cover your carrots, dip if your icing is deep enough. Mine wasn’t so I used a spoon to quickly cover the entire Treat. Then I added ridges with a toothpick before the icing dried.

While your treats are drying, make your carrot tops. Take a 10″ strip of green crepe paper and fold it in half twice (four layers).

Cut a fringe to the half way point and roll the crepe around a toothpick making a cylinder. Once wrapped, insert a small piece of folded tape inside the last fold to close. Remove the crepe from the toothpick and trim off a 1/3″.

 Here’s what you’ll have, perfect little carrot tops.

These would be perfect placesettings for Easter dinner. I filled the little bowls with dirt… aka the new Keebler Dark Chocolate Stripe Cookies! YUM!  

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Easter cross krispies

 

 

I was in charge of the Easter celebration ”sweet” snack for my son’s preschool class yesterday (there were also healthy snacks… but for some reason I’m never asked to bring those… hmm… ) and I chose to make these fun cross krispie treats

I was going to pipe a purple ribbon of icing, but then decided that I would be nice to his teacher and not add another shot of pure sugar to each child just before circle time. I should get a gold star or something for being so considerate! {grin}

You can whip these, or any other shape, up with a bit of butter (since my guy has food allergies we used Kellogg’s Rice Krispie cereal and Smart Balance Light Butter to make these dairy free) on your cookie cutter and maybe a touch on your hands.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and HAPPY EASTER!

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sew inspired for Easter

Just a few finds that make me wish I knew how to sew! Thank goodness my mom does. {Oh mom! I have a few projects for you…}

Retro Mama’s Fabric Eggs – love this project! Not only is there a fabulous pictorial… you know how much I love a pictorial {wink}, but her name is Kim and she has two boys! She could be my twin… except that I can’t sew… hmmm. Will have to work on that.

Midwestern Sewing Girl’s Easter {chick and bunny} pillows – I really like how this project brings in a bit of spring, but doesn’t take over OR clash with all of the other decor in your room for three to four weeks out of the year. Smart!

I Candy Handmade’s Easter Egg T-shirt – again, loving a great pictorial! Plus, this was a stained t-shirt before she overlaid this beautiful egg. We moms always have one of those laying around… okay, so I have more than one.

Hop over and visit these talented ladies for all the fabulous “how tos” and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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