My daughter is only two and she thinks the ‘easter bunny’ is about the coolest thing. I told her one night before bed that if she sleeps in a little (meaning she is not up before 6:00), the easter bunny might come to leave her a treat! It worked like a charm and now every morning she stays in bed a little longer and then gets up and runs to her art table to see if the easter bunny came. Not sure how long we can keep this one going? maybe all year? I just might because it is working to keep her from waking up at the crack of dawn and the excitement on her face is priceless!
Here is a few pictures from last nights egg party (please ignore the mess in the back, we have lots of projects out there too).
It was so much fun to dye eggs this year. Last year we had fun but little z was too young to really understand what we were doing. This year she colored and dipped eggs like a pro! We only had one dye spill (not sure how to get pink dye out of a white shirt) and one broken eggs but totally worth it for almost 2 hours of entertainment.
And here is a look back at last years easter.
Amazing how fast they grow up. If I could, I would like to stop my baby from growing up but I have been told that it just keeps getting better!
And here is one final easter project. A paper mache egg that we may or may not fill with candy and knock down on easter.
Pretty simple and great project for little ones.
- blow up a balloon (whatever size you like)
- tie with ribbon or string
- cut strips of newspaper
- make a paste with equal parts water to flour (we ended up using just under 2 cups of flour and water each)
- dip newspaper into paste and put allover balloon until it is covered.
- let it dry and repeat with another layer of newspaper and paste.
- allow egg to dry and then decorate with paint, tissue paper, ribbon…
- You can pop the balloon and make a hole to insert candy/prizes if you wish but we have not gotten to that part yet.
Super cute project and fun decoration.
Do you dye eggs at your house?
Any special ideas or tricks for coloring?
We always dye eggs…every year that I can remember and we usually always buy a kit to color with. This year we had one with gold paint that turned out pretty cool.
My daughter loves Peeps. I on the other hand think they are great for projects….buy not so great for eating. I am not sure what is in there besides corn syrup, preservatives and dye. So, we decided to try making our own. First we make marshmallows and then we turn them into little chicks. Not as easy as it sounds but we did our best and had a lot of fun!
I followed this recipe to make the marshmallow. Thank you Lauren! Before the marshmallow set, I put it into a ziplock bag and cut the corner (or use a pastry bag if you have one) to pipe the marshmallow into ‘peep like’ shapes. Marshmallow is very sticky so you will want to powder a baking pan with flour or sugar of your choice until it sets. We used colored sprinkles, coconut and chocolate to decorate. We melted organic dark chocolate chips with a little creamed coconut and made dots for the eyes. Then we used the leftover chocolate to dip the extra marshmallow pieces. The chocolate covered marshmallows were the best ones by far! So good if you keep them in the freezer.
Homemade Chocolate covered marshmallows
Do you buy Peeps at easter time?
We always do but not because I am a big fan but just for tradition… Here is another fun Peep project for little ones.
Here is our latest ‘cookie ball’ obsession that I promised to share with you.
They are so simple to make and full of natural, healthy ingredients that you can feel good about eating. It is a little ball of energy when you need one!
1 cup cashew butter (see recipe below)
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tbsp. honey (more if you like sweeter)
1/2 scoop protein powder
1 tbsp. coconut shreds
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
Splash of coconut milk
Melt coconut oil and honey and mix it with cashew butter, protein powder, coconut shreds, vanilla, cinnamon and coconut milk. Roll into balls and chill in the refrigerator or freezer. They are so good that you might want to eat them all up!
My daughter little z loves them as much as I do and if she sees me eating one she will say “hey, why didn’t you get me one?”
HOMEMADE CASHEW BUTTER
Puree 8-16 ounces raw cashews in a food processor for 10-15 minutes (the longer you go the smoother it becomes). Stop to scrap down the sides every few minutes. When you get toward the end, you can add coconut oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and/or salt to your liking. We like ours a little on the thick side with oil, honey and vanilla. So delicious and much less expensive then the store bought kind. ENJOY!
TODDLER EASTER CRAFTS
Here is a peek at some of our toddler easter crafts:
and last but not least here is our version of easter peeps! We will post this homemade peep recipe soon. We had so much fun and lots of laughs!
Have you ever made your own nut butter?
What is your favorite kind?
We are experimenting with new flavors but right now this cashew butter with coconut oil and honey is my favorite! My daughter does not like almond but she will eat cashew and peanut butter. Maybe it is the color she likes?
Sunday morning we all got a chance to sleep in which is a rare occasion when you have a little one (and/or a dog). Daddy snuggled with little z and gave me the chance to whip up a healthy breakfast. My sweet husband requested French toast so here is what I came up with.
FRENCH TOAST PANCAKES
1 farm fresh egg
1 egg white
1 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chai & flax seed blend (optional but very good and has coconut and cocoa)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Lightly scramble all ingredients in a bowl, Heat a frying pan to medium heat and grease with coconut oil. Pour egg mixture into pan and cook until easy to lift and flip with a spatula. The egg mixture is thin so use a smaller pan and allow it to spread to the edges. Top warm pancakes with bananas, vanilla expresso almond butter(soooo good), coconut oil and/or syrup drizzle. Eat it with a fork or roll and eat like a burrito. Enjoy!
I used the same recipe for little z and f (my husband) but added a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Bread. The bread is amazing on its own but I was glad to add the extra protein from the egg mixture. It was a success.
Here is a peek at the rest of the weekend:
We planted our first flower of the year, took the dog for a ride and found a spot to practice on her bike. Looks like our dog is helping little z with her skills!
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Happy Friday! I hope you all have a great day and enjoy your upcoming weekend. Here is some workout and recovery inspiration…
Today was a quick sweaty workout. The focus was on the ‘back-side’.
Warm-up: 5 minutes of light cardio (treadmill, jog in place, jump rope, jumping jacks or elliptical)
Workout: Preform each exercise for 1 minute and repeat each superset 3 times before moving to the next superset
- Alternating lunge /Squat jump
- Deadlift /Jump rope
- Alternating lunge into a squat (step back into a lunge and then bring feet parallel for a squat before switching sides)/Plyometric plié squats
- Squat/Plyometric lunge
- Back Row/Mountain climber
- Reverse back fly/Superman
Use heavy/medium weights for the first exercise in each superset and you your own body weight for the second exercise in each set.
Cool-down: 5 minutes of light stretching and moving
If you move from one exercise to the next with little to no rest then it will take you 36-40 minutes without the warm-up or cool-down.
WORKOUT RECOVERY SMOOTHIE
Orange Cream Protein Smoothie
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp royal bee jelly
1/4 cup coconut milk
1-2 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients until smooth and drink within the hour after your workout to get the most benefit. Full of protein and energy to get you through the morning. Enjoy!
Now I am off to play with my little one as I hear her jumping out of bed. Kinda a rainy day here but we will find lots to do!
What is your favorite recovery drink/eat?