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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Allergy Season

I love spring but along with all the beauty and warmth that spring provides lots of problems for those who suffer from allergies. Kids are among those that suffer from allergies and there are a few things that you may be able to do to lessen their suffering. To help prevent those red, itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats you can either keep them in a well sealed area which would be no fun for anyone or do what you can to make those that suffer from allergies more comfortable. 


  1. wearing sun glasses is more than just stylish they can also help shield irritants that can irritate
  2. taking showers often after being outside will help to wash away the pollen in hair and skin
  3. Using boogie wipes saline mist will help to thin mucus and relieve nasal congestion while washing away pollens that creates the sneezing.
  4. Making sure to wash all that is in the environment including bedding, clothing, and pets All items need to be washed often
  5. Set air conditioner to recycle the air and avoid bringing new allergens into the environment. Change air filters frequently to keep air flowing
  6. keeping an idea on daily pollen count helps you to know peak days which are great doors to play inside
At times it is hard to tell if what your child has is allergies or something else. A few things to keep in mind is if your child seems to be sick and have same symptoms during same time each year then it is probably allergies. However, if you are unable to tell visit your local peditrician who may refer you to an allergist where a skin test can be performed to determine which pollens may be problems.

Source: WebMD

 

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Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Be creative this year and have some fun when coloring your Easter eggs.



Place eggs in a large pan.
Fill pan with water so its1/2 inch over the eggs
Add 2 tsp vinegar do not use when coloring with onion skins as it will offer the egg more of a brownish color
add 1/2 tsp alum to the water this will bring a richness to the color
Add the natural dye, it is better to use a larger amount of the dye to get the desired color
Bring water to boil and then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes
Using a strainer remove the eggs place in bowl and cover with paper towel.
If eggs aren't the shade you desired and wish it was a bit darker remove the paper towel from the bowl and add the cooled strained liquid
Let sit over night this may make the egg shells weak so be sure to carefully remove the eggs and let air dry so that the shells will harden again.
 for a glossy look rub with vegetable oil

Red/Pink:  Fresh beets, canned cherries or frozen, crushed cranberries (not cranberry sauce or jelly) Orange:  yellow onion skins
Light Yellow:  lemon peels, orange peels or ground cumin
Golden yellow:  Ground Tumeric (a kind of spice)
Light Green  Spinach
Blue:  Red cabbage leaves or blueberries (crushed)     - Pre-boil red cabbage leaves for 30 minutes.
Purple:  Grape juice (Welches)

Hot Cross Buns



2 x 7g sachets granulated yeast
¼ cup (55g) caster sugar
1½ cups (375ml) warm milk
4 cups (600g) plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
60g butter
1 egg
¾ cup (120g) sultanas
½ x 250g block dark chocolate

Flour paste for crosses
½ cup (75g) plain flour
2 teaspoons caster sugar
1/3 cup (80ml) water, approximately

Glaze
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 teaspoon gelatine
1 tablespoon water

METHOD


Combine yeast, sugar and milk in small bowl or jug; cover, stand in warm place about 10 minutes or until mixture is frothy.

Sift flour and spices into large bowl, rub in butter. Stir in yeast mixture, egg and sultanas; mix to a soft sticky dough. Cover; stand in warm place about 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.

Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead about 5 minutes or until smooth. Divide dough into 16 pieces, place piece of chocolate into each piece of dough and knead into balls. Place balls 8cm apart onto oiled oven trays, stand in warm place about 10 minutes or until buns have risen.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to hot.

Place flour paste for crosses in piping bag fitted with small plain tube, pipe crosses on buns.

Bake buns in hot oven about 20 minutes or until well browned. Turn buns onto wire rack, brush tops with hot glaze; cool on wire rack.

To make the flour paste for crosses, combine flour and sugar in bowl. Gradually blend in enough of the water to form a smooth paste.

To make the glaze, combine ingredients in small saucepan; stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar and gelatine are dissolved.
 
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Kids Craft, Toilet Paper Roll Easter Bunny



Bath tissue tube
Pink and white construction paper
Scissors
Cellophane tape
Markers
Wiggle eyes (optional)
Broom straw, string or yarn
Glue
Three white pom poms or cotton balls
Small pink pom pom or small piece of pink tissue paper

 

Cover a bath tissue tube with pink construction paper. Use marker to draw eyes at one end, or glue on wiggle eyes, if you have them.
Draw, color, and cut rabbit ears from pink construction paper. Tape these to the inside of the tube above the eyes.
Draw and cut four paw shapes, with attached legs, from pink paper. Glue one pair of paws to the sides of the tube. Tape the legs of the second pair to the inside of the bottom of the tube. Bend the paws at the bottom of the tube to the outside so the rabbit will stand.
Cut three strands of straw from a broom or whisk broom for whiskers. Glue the centers of the whiskers to the tube below the eyes. String or yarn may also be used for whiskers.
Cut two small rectangular shaped teeth from white paper. Glue these just below the whiskers.
Glue two white pom poms or small balls of cotton over the whiskers at the top of the teeth. Glue the remaining white pom pom to the back of the tube for the tail.
Glue the small pink pom pom over the white ones on the face for a nose. You can also use a small piece of pink crumpled tissue for the nose.

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Easy To Make Treats

I love these easter nest from Nestle how super cute. We make haystacks each year at Christmas why not carry that easy idea over to Easter and make these beautiful easter or bird nest?
 
 



Wax paper
1 2/3 to 2 cups (11- to 12-ounce package) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Butterscotch or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cans (5 ounces each) chow mein noodles
30 to 60 NESTLÉ NestEggs, any flavor

 

LINE trays with wax paper.

MICROWAVE morsels in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in peanut butter until well blended.

ADD chow mein noodles to morsel mixture; toss until coated. Using ice cream scoop that measures about 2 rounded tablespoons, scoop and drop onto prepared trays then immediately shape into nests. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, place one or two NestEggs in each nest. Store prepared nests in covered container for up to 1 day.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

No Bake Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is the one have to have Easter desserts. My husbands mother and grandmother made this every year. Now with them both gone (missing them every day) it has come to individuals such as myself and my sister in laws to prepare an Easter Dinner that would be approved by them. While they always made everything from scratch there are those times when time runs short and we look for short cuts. This no bake banana pudding recipe tastes great and pleases everyone as well. It is also a great dish to get the next generation involved.






Mom may have made the pudding from scratch in her day and oh my the taste I will never forget this recipe which combines instant pudding mix with sweet condensed milk, cream cheese and cool whip you will get a taste that will delight the taste buds of all.

No Bake Banana Pudding

1- 11 oz box vanilla wafers (you will not use the entire box)
6 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1- 5.1 oz instant vanilla pudding
1- 8 oz package cream cheese
1- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1- 12 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with vanilla wafers; top with the sliced bananas.  In a bowl combine the milk and vanilla pudding mix; mix with a hand mixer.  In another bowl mix together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.  Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture; add to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.  Pour the pudding mixture over the bananas and top with vanilla wafers.  Refrigerate until chilled.  This tastes and looks best the day it is made.

 
 
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Easter Bunny Sweet Rolls


Our family has a tradition of making sweet rolls at Christmas time. After seeing the super cute easter bunny sweet rolls I think we may have a new tradition for Easter as well. These are so super cute and easy to make I even like the idea of allowing everyone to decorate their own.

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Nutter Butter Easter Chicks

Nutter Butter Easter Chicks

These were just too cute not to share!  And so simple...no recipe required to make these little Easter chick cookies.  All you need is Nutter Butter cookies,white almond bark, yellow food coloring, black icing to make eyes, and orange icing for to make the beaks.


Melt the almond bark in the microwave, according to the package directions.  Then add a little yellow food coloring to make it pale yellow, but you could make bright yellow or even pink and blue...like Peeps.  Then dip the Nutter Butter cookies into the almond bark and place on waxed paper to cool.


When the almond bark coating has hardened, decorate each chick with two black icing dots for eyes and a small orange triangle for a beak.  Simple enough to let the kids help with.

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Bunny Trail Mix

Bunny Trail Mix



6 cups Kellogg's Crispix Cereal
3 cups mini twist pretzels
1- 12.60 oz bag Easter M & M's candies
1 cup pastel candy corn
1 cup cocktail peanuts
1- 24 oz package white almond bark

In a large bowl combine the cereal, pretzels, candies, and peanuts.  Meanwhile melt the bark according to the package instructions.  Pour the melted almond bark over the cereal mixture and mix well.  Be careful not to crush the cereal and pretzels.  When well coated, pour onto wax paper to cool.  After it has cooled break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Bunny Cake


Love the super cute bunny rabbit cake that my mom used to make it was so super cute and a tradition of ours. It is super easy to make and your family will love it as well

1. Make 2 round cakes you can make from mix or scratch your choice
2. second is to cut as pictured with two rounded ends and the middle being shaped in an hourglass shape.
3. Create bunny cake as directed with round cake as head the two end pieces as ears and the hourglass middle will be his bow tie
4. decorate as you please using all sorts of cake

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Holy Week Crown of Thorns

Holy week is recognized by the Christians in the world. It is the last week of lent and is always the week before Easter. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, this week also includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. This week does not include Easter.

Why not celebrate this week with a little treat for all. This crown of thorns will help share the story with all the little and big ones.






Sugar Cookies or Round Crackers
Smooth Peanut Butter
Mini Twist Pretzels (broken into pieces)
  1. Spread the peanut butter onto the sugar cookie or cracker.
  2. Place the mini twist pretzels around the edges of the spread peanut butter and press to secure.
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