Archive | April, 2017

5 Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs without Dye

Well, if you are a fan of my Facebook page then you know that I had some camera issues over the weekend.  That has delayed some posts this week.  Thankfully, it wasn’t anything serious and now we’re back in business.

I don’t know about you, but last year was the first year I dyed Easter eggs with my daughter and to say I was nervous is an understatement.  We had just moved into our new house and the thought of colored dye getting on anything was terrifying.  Looking back at some pictures I’m very obviously grimacing in some photos.  If you feel the same way about egg dye, then today is perfect for you.  I’ll be giving you five alternatives to using that splashy egg dye.

I used similar eggs to these, and am absolutely in love!  Love the idea of not having to boil a bunch of eggs.  Love that they are recyclable, so we can just recycle them after Easter.  And love them because they are so easy to use for all of these alternative ideas.  I bought them after Easter last year at Wal-Mart for much cheaper than the Amazon price, so I recommend searching next week to see if you can find any at a discount.  I’ll definitely be looking for more this year.

Alternative Easter Eggs with Crayons

First up, using crayons or markers to draw on the eggs.  Super easy, and way less messy.  You probably already have crayons at home too.  It’s a fun activity for the kids to do on their own without much supervision.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Ribbon

Next up, using ribbon to decorate your Easter eggs.  I used two different kinds of ribbon and the blueish ribbon worked much better.  It’s more of a raffia material so I’d recommend that or twine to decorate your eggs this way.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Washi Tape

Similar to using stickers, using washi tape is a mess free way to decorate Easter eggs.  Using some spring colors they look just as fun as having used dye, but with more variety.  I will recommend putting the tape on in a vertical arrangement, like the gold egg, because it’s easier than having to work with the roundness of the egg.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Glitter

While this may not be any less messy, hello glitter everywhere, it’s one of the prettiest ways to decorate Easter eggs.  Full disclosure, I bought these eggs this way so I didn’t have to deal with the glitter mess.  However, it would be really easy to make them yourself by rolling eggs in glue then rolling them in glitter.  Maybe try tossing them in a sealed container with glitter to contain the mess.  Or you can just buy some here if you really like them.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsAlternative Easter Eggs with Tissue Paper

This next way to decorate was by far my daughter’s favorite to help with.  She loves squeezing glue onto the eggs.  All you need is some Elmer’s glue and torn up tissue paper.  Simply squeeze glue onto the egg and press the tissue paper onto the egg.  It’s a super simply way of doing a paper mache egg.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsThere you have it, five super simple ways to avoid the egg dye mess!  Doing some of these are just as fun for the kids and is a fun craft to do.

Five ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsFive ways to decorate Easter Eggs without dye, tissue paper eggs, glitter eggs, washi tape eggsWhich is your favorite?

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My Favorite Easter Brunch Recipes

There are a few time throughout the year where brunch is basically a necessity.  Mother’s Day, my birthday, bridal showers, and Easter.  These occasions are just synonomous with brunch in my opinion.  Today I want to give you a few of my favorite recipes that almost always show up on my brunch menu.

For the star of the show, I usually have a ham for Easter.  Ideally I like to purchase a Honey Baked Ham, but some years I drop the ball and don’t order it in time, or want to save a little money.  I’ve made this recipe from The Pioneer Woman a couple of times, and it turns out to be almost as good as a honey baked ham.

As a seasonal side dish, I love to have carrots at my Easter brunch.  It also doesn’t hurt that the Easter Bunny loves carrots!  This recipe from Anne Burrell on the Food Network has served me well.  The carrots are buttery and the thyme gives them a nice herby flavor that’s a little unexpected.  I also love to use the mini carrots and leave the tops on like in the picture.  They are just so cute on your table that way.

I haven’t made this salad before, but it looks absolutely amazing.  It’s full of seasonal favorites for Spring like asparagus and peas.  Plus if you put goat cheese on anything, I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.  I’m definitely looking forward to making this salad all throughout the season.

For the past several Easters, and most growing up, I remember having coconut cake as dessert.  Maybe it’s because the coconut looks like a fluffy bunny?  My mom always used to make this cake with Jiffy white icing, but this recipe takes the cake and icing to a whole other level.

I love that the recipe uses a box cake mix, because let’s be real, that just makes life a little easier, right?  The additions to the box cake mix increase the coconut flavor and make it super moist.

Those are a few of my favorites that have been seen at my Easter brunches in the past and I plan on a few of them popping up this year too.  Here are a few other options that would make great brunch additions as well.

Brunch Menu Items

  • Breakfast Casserole I’ve made this casserole a few times lately and it’s super easy and delicious.
  • Deviled Eggs, I swore I’d never make them again after Easter a few years ago.  They are just too finnicky, especially if you can’t get your eggs to peel.
  • Waffles with whipped cream and this berry compote
  • Yogurt Parfait station, with fruit and granola.  It’s super easy, and kids love it!
  • Fruit Salad
  • Assorted pastries.  I always make a delicious Cream Cheese Bread recipe for Easter.  It’s one of my husband’s families recipes and it’s quite the process (I’m talking a few days), but so worth it.  Check my Instagram on Easter to get a sneak peak!

I hope some of these recipes make it onto your brunch table!  I’m getting excited for all the yumminess!  What days do you feel absolutely require a brunch?  It’s probably one of my favorite meals!

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April Party Round Up

Welcome to April!  It’s the beginning of the month again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to set some goals!  Also, I love reminding you about all of the upcoming holidays or special events this month that are a great reason to celebrate.  Here’s April’s Party Round Up.

April 16th: Easter

The big holiday this month is obviously Easter.  There are so many great ways to celebrate.  I’ll be showing you lots of Easter inspiration over the next couple of weeks.  Including tablescapes, recipes, and crafts.  So stay tuned for that!

April 17th: Patriot’s Day

If you’re from the Northeast or live in New England, you know all about this day.  However, if you don’t, Patriot’s Day is celebrated in New England to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Both were fought near Boston.  To celebrate, and maybe educate your family, why not have a New England Clam chowder night and read all about the battles?  I think this recipe looks delicious.  Putting together a lantern centerpiece is a great way to remember Paul Revere’s ride to warn that the Redcoats were coming.  You know, “one if by land, two if by sea.”

April 22nd: Earth Day

I remember Earth Day being kind of a big deal growing up in school.  But as I’ve gotten older, it doesn’t seem like it’s celebrated as much.  I love these two Earth Day parties and how they really tried to incorporate the ideals of reduce, reuse, and recycle into the party.  It’s a great day to do some volunteering and then celebrate with a party!

I love the use of washi tape covered bamboo utensils at this party.  And those potted herbs make the perfect centerpiece or party favor.

After looking at this party, I want to go there and play around on the tree house that is the backdrop for this party.  So much fun!  The use of furniture outside is great, and I love the globes that were used.

April 27th: Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Unfortunately, I never really got to do this when I was growing up because school seemed to be more important.  However, I love the idea of celebrating this day with your daughter or son!  A few ways I’d recommend celebrating the day:

  • A special picture to commemorate the occasion
  • Creating a personalized work space for your daughter/son to “work” at while in your office
  • Matching outfits, or a more professional outfit for your child
  • A special work lunch with coworkers and their children

April 28th: Arbor Day

This day is probably not on many people’s radar, but it’s a great day to help educate your family or teach your children something.  There are typically a lot of volunteer opportunities throughout different communities to help plant trees.  If that’s not an option for your area another great idea is to go on a nature walk to collect tree branches or sticks and then complete a craft using them.  I love the idea of making a hanging picture display like the one below.  Pictures could be switched out for your child’s art or inspirational quotes in your work space.

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via Etsy

That’s April in a nutshell, I hope you decide to celebrate some of these occasions.  If you do be sure to tell me in the comments, or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see how you interpret each holiday.  Like I said before, stay tuned the next couple of weeks for a lot of Easter inspiration!

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Celebrating everyday!