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IMG_0718The other day we had some friends over for dinner, they brought the salad.  It as simple yet delicious…blend of greens, blue cheese sprinkles, a pear (little under ripe so it had a good crunch) , and candied pecans with poppy seed dressing.  Only 4 things, yet a nice change from your standard iceberg lettuce with ranch.  Our friends said they had this salad at an up scale restaurant  they went to …which was rather pricey, so the recreated it at home.  They now enjoy it  at a fraction of the cost.

Since then we have made this salad several times and really enjoy it, I thought I would show you how to make your own glazed nuts.  It only takes a minute and you can make them for a fraction of what they cost in the store.

IMG_0712On your stove top combine 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 cup sugar.  Start to melt over medium heat.

IMG_0713Once butter has melted, and sugar has started to dissolve add 1 tablespoon water

IMG_0714Add 1 cup of chopped pecans ( or any nut you want).  Stir so they are well coated with sugar glaze.

IMG_0715Continue to stir till for 3-5 minutes still sugar turns into more of a  caramel glaze

IMG_0716Take off heat but continue to stir in pan as it cools.

IMG_0717Once the nuts have cooled ( only takes a minute or two) spread on a piece of wax paper.  Enjoy them as a snack, salad topping, or on ice-cream!  Enjoy!

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Tiffany has another great recipe to share this week!
My mom always made our play-dough growing up and I now make it for our kids. This recipe is a fun and easy way to bring the kids into the kitchen. I love to get the kiddos involved, especially on recipes like this where they get to be in charge and use their imaginations on the colors and scents. Sometimes they pick the wackiest combinations, but that is what’s fun about making this recipe. They get so excited when it’s time to make a new batch, and that just blesses my heart. Plus, they will sit and entertain themselves and that helps me out when I’m in a pinch. I love the way they get creative and bring me special presents too. You know what I also love about this recipe?! I love how soft and pliable it is and how grrrreat it smells compared to the real stuff. This recipe is truly an oldie but goodie. I know now, that people are using kool-aid packets to color and scent the play-dough and I’m really excited to give this a try the next time we make it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tarter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp any flavor extract that you desire
  • food coloring, desired amount

 Directions

In a double boiler, combine flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tartar over medium heat; whisk until smooth.

Next add desired amount of coloring and desired amount of extract, stir well.
Continue stirring until play-dough forms. (about 20 minutes) Remove from boiler and let cool to room temp. Store in covered container or a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
Here’s a thrifty tip… I have a special drawer in my kitchen just for kids. I keep ALL their play-dough playin’ gadgets in this drawer. Here’s where the tip comes in. I look in second hand stores to buy cookie cutters, rolling pins and whatever else I come across that I think would make play-dough fun. I’ve even found expensive play-doh gadgets! I scored a couple weeks ago when I found 100 piece cookie cutter set for three dollars. I’ve found in my 18 years of being a mom, kids don’t need the latest and greatest play-dough gadgets to have fun. :)

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Chocolate covered Peeps, Spring peeps on a straw a fun and easy treat #Peeps, #Dessert, #Easter, #Spring, #Chocolate

Chocolate Covered Peeps on a Stick

Do you still need a cute Easter treat idea…. this one is SO EASY.  It  can me made a few days in advance or the day of your party.  Plus they can be made for just pennies, so budget friendly as well.

 

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You will need

 

Melt your chocolate, Push your straw into the end of the Peep.  Dip your Peep into the melted chocolate and set on wax paper or foil to dry.  Sprinkle on your sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet.  You can put them in cellophane bags or in a mug.  Fill your mug full of jelly beans, top it off with some Easter grass.  Stick your straws in for a quick and easy treat or gift.

 

 

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Easter tomb snacks, easy way to teach about Easter, #Eastersnacks,#Jesuslives, #resurrection, #tomb, #grahamcrackers, #donuts, #icing, #oreos, #thriftycrafts, #thriftytreats

Easter Tomb Snacks ~ Easy, Great Way to Teach Kids About the Real Reason For Easter

Each week my family has what we call Family Home Evening.  We take the time to spend some quality time together, and usually we have a spiritual lesson about a scripture story.  All of us take turns preparing the lesson, and since my 5 year old was in charge this time and it was Easter, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something a little bit different to go along with our evening.  Not only will it help as he teaches his siblings about Easter, but as he helped me prepare the snacks, he got in a little extra lesson on the subject!

You will need:

Graham crackers

Small donuts

Icing

Green food coloring

Oreos

A knife for spreading icing

Sprinkles

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These are super simple and can be put together rather quickly!  It was easy enough that my 5 year old did most of the work with support from me of course.

With your green food coloring, color your icing.  I used the gel colors but I am sure the traditional food coloring would work just as well.  Spread the icing on your cracker, as thin or thick as you would like.  Remember though, first that these are full of sugar by the time you are done, but also that the donut and oreo won’t stand up without enough icing to hold them there. I didn’t do a lot, but enough that you couldn’t see cracker peeking through the icing.

Once your icing is on, add your donut standing up in the center, back of the cracker.  Now add your oreo also standing up, but placed in front and to one side of the donut.

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Once I got those made I added sprinkles that came with the icing!  Who doesn’t love sprinkles?  I then made little tags for each treat using a toothpick, small piece of washi tape and a marker.  Just fold your tape around the toothpick and push the sticky sides together. Then write your Easter message on the tag before poking in the top of your donut.

Not only are these a great way to teach about Easter, but they are also a very simple treat for a church class on Easter Sunday!

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Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cakes on poka dot paper, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake
Easter is a fun time of year to celebrate with food and family
One cake mix makes 2 bunny cakes.
I made one out of coconut and the other out of marshmallow,
since not everyone likes coconut as much as I do.
This was super easy and fun to make!
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Supplies
One cake mix -Any flavor
Coconut
Marshmallows
Frosting in a tub (I made mine with powder sugar-
this way my little fingers in the house do not eat the frosting. lol)
Jelly beans
Green Food coloring
Pink construction paper
Red licorice (if you desire whiskers)
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake mix, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeMaking the Cake
1st…Make the cake mixes following the direction on the back of the box (I usually substitute apple sauce for oil)
2nd…Grease and flour 2 pans (either 8 or 9 inch pan) and bake using the instructions on the box.
3rd…Take cakes out of the pan and put on a cooling rack.  Put in the freezer.
I made these cakes in the morning while I was cooking breakfast, and I finished the cake after dinner that same day. This way I can frost and decorate on my time!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow dying coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake, #dyingcoconutWhen the cake was baking, I made the green grass for the bunny to lay in.
How to make Green Grass Coconut
1st… Put 1 cup of coconut in a container with a lid.
2nd… Put 5-8 drops of green food coloring on top of the coconut.
3rd…  Put lid on the container and shake.
4th…Wow! Coloring coconut was that simple, and no mess!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow instructions, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeAssembling the Bunny Cakes
1st… Place the cake down and cut in half.
2nd…Frost both sides of the halves.
3rd…Put the halves together and place on the platter you will be using to display the cake
4th…Cut a piece out of the front and frost the piece.  Put the frosted piece on the back for the tail.
Since the cake is cold, it frosts easily.
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake with coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeFrost the Cake
Frost the outside of the cake, since the cake is cold; it frost easily.
Once you have frosted the outside and the frosting is drying, apply the coconut or the marshmallows.  Don’t let the frosting dry or the coconut or marshmallows will not stick.  Place the coconut or marshmallows in the palm of your hand and press on the cake.
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The Ears
1st…Cut out the ears.
2nd… Pinch the ears at the bottom.
3rd…Cut a slit in the top of the cake were you cut a piece of cake out.
Slice from back to front.  Slide the ear bottom in the slit area.
All done…Now it is beginning to look more like a bunny and less like a car.  (As my kids say)
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Now add the jelly beans for a nose and two eyes.  You can use shoe string licorice for whiskers too.
Sprinkle green grass coconut on both sides of the bunny.  Add a few jelly to the grass coconut along side the bunny.

To Make the Bunny Fatter
To make the bunny fatter, you can use all 4- halves side by side to make him wider.

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Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies together, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesHAPPY EASTER!
Who doesn’t love HOSTESS Twinkies and Snowballs!
As a child my mother made these yummy treats for us to eat for Easter.
They are a great DIY ~since they are so easy to make!

Supplies
Pink construction paper
Scissor
Twinkies
Hostess pink snowballs
Shoestring licorice
Mini M&M’s
Mini Marshmallows
White Frosting
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies paper ear instructions , twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesCut out the ears.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ears instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesOnce the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Twinkies going from the front to the back (look at photo above)
Slide the folded ears into the slits.
3rd – Twinkies are ready for the faces to be added.
Hostess twinkie bunny, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesTo make the faces
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Twinkie.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
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This is what it looks like~ push in the center.  Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Twinkie below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ear instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesInstructions for the Hostess Snowballs
Once the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Hostess Snowballs from side to side(look at photo above).
3rd -Slide the folded ears into the slits.
4th – Hostess Snowballs are ready for the faces to be added.
Follow the same for the whiskers on the Hostess Snowballs as you did for the Twinkies.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesDecorate the face  
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Hostess Snowballs.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Hostess Snowball below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.

Have fun making these adorable treats with your loved ones! 

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