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Magic Pretzel Wands

These Magic Pretzel Wands are a salty-sweet treat that’s easy to make and can be made for any holiday or birthday party.

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Do you have a little princessa in your home who loves everything pink, Disney and playing dress-up? If yes, then you already know the way to win their birthdays – a Princess Party!

These chocolate covered pretzels will be the next best thing, close to slice bread, at such Princess party.

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Or maybe you don’t have little princesses but I bet you have Valentines whether you want to or not… or even better, an anytime fun snack. It does not have to be an event to make these.

 

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Why Make Magic Pretzel Wands

These Magic Pretzel Wands are a salty & sweet treat that can be made for any occasion or for an any time special treat. I was not expecting the taste to be as good as it was. I fight I’ll just have one but ended up going for more. At first, my 13 year old daughter kept saying how good they were and I thought if she says it, it’s most-likely is true since she doesn’t always try new things right away. But I guess since mom made it, it was worth the try. The salty and sweet combo is “the bomb” (hello 90’s slang)!

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Magic Pretzel Wands Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Edible Glitter (my new fun favorite)
  • Cooking Oil
  • A parchment lined baking pan

Directions:

  • Pour Candy Melts in a Baking Dish.
  • Add 1 tsp of Oil.
  • Melt according to package directions. Stir.
  • Dip a pretzel rod in melted chocolate.
  • Layer on prepared pan. Sprinkle chocolate covered rod with sprinkles and (or) spray with edible glitter
  • Repeat steps with the rest of the Pretzel rods until done.
  • Allow pretzels to dry before eating. You can place them in the fridge if you want them to dry fast.

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She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27).

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Taking Control of the Laundry – My Laundry Routine

Help take control of your laundry with these simple tips.

For me, the laundry is one of the most difficult task to keep up with in the house. Not that it’s a hard task in itself, if you’ve got a washer and dryer. Um, let’s not return to the years of doing laundry by hand, mk?! Oh, you have no idea about that? I do…. I have had my fair experience of doing laundry by hand – fun not so fun, especially when the laundry soap irritated my young fingers like crazy!

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The Laundry Struggles

I’m sure we’ve all had our struggles with the laundry at one point or another. If you’ve figured out a system that works put it out there in the hemisphere for all to know.

  • write it on the walls,
  • post it on a blog,
  • share a video of it on Tiktok, Instagram or Youtube
  • I don’t know – just share it wherever, as long as it’s out there.

Because there are plenty of us out here who have just about given up on this whole laundry figuring out situation.

With that said, I’m here to discuss a few ways you and I can take control of that laundry. To be honest, I don’t know if there’s any perfect laundry system, but one can try and hope for the best, right?

 

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A Load of Laundry a Day? Heck No!

Not I! Some people do a load a day to help keep the piles and clutter away. If a load of laundry a day works perfect for your family, that is awesome! Keep that system! Personally it’s not my favorite system. I just can’t imagine having to deal with doing laundry everyday. Although, some weeks it feels like a load-a-day is my current system. The biggest problem with a-load-a-day for me? The laundry was not being put away daily, so my clean loads piled up. What ended up happening is piles and piles of clean laundry being in our laundry room, hallway and my bedroom. Sometimes the baskets are overflowing with clothes just thrown on top because we don’t have the time to stand there and fold them from the dryer to a basket. Furthermore, when the clean baskets loads gets too much in the laundry room, I remove them to add baskets of what needs laundering. These clean baskets end up in my room since it’s so close to the laundry room or sometimes, in the hallway. I just can’t! That adds a lot of clutter and mental stress for me plus it’s difficult to find anything anyone needs in the piles, especially on busy days when you need to be somewhere already – 1/2 an hour ago.

I would much rather a system where I know there’s wiggle room to put away what is already washed than having the loads sit there while other loads gets washed and added. So in efforts to create something that works, here area few of my laundry hacks and tips (that absolutely may or may not be working).

Which Day of the Week to Do Laundry?

Here is my 2-cents take on this one. Which day of the week to do laundry will depend on the time you have. If you are a busy working mom or dad, I’d say choose a day when you think you can handle laundry. You can throw in a load in before work and dry it after work. But the thing is making sure you can put it away.

If your laundry is in a place where sleeping babies wouldn’t hear it at night, I’d say you can start your laundry the night before. So if Thursdays work for you, put in a late load Wednesday night. Let it run, then put it in the dryer in the morning. Put a new load in the washer, change it out when you come back. That way you will already have 2 loads done when you come from work. Then launder your other loads that evening.

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What is A Good Laundry Routine?

I have tried various ways to come up with a good laundry system – much to my surprise, it’s still a fail. Haha

I’ve recently had a new system of no laundry on Sundays because even that became a situation once I started working. But guess what happened that first Sunday? Dad did laundry! Doesn’t that always seem to happen? You create a system and someone decides to do that thing they haven’t done before on the day your system begins?! Say whattttt!

Create a schedule and try to keep it. I understand that it may be difficult to keep a laundry schedule because there are days you will inevitably have to wash something extra but having a schedule will somewhat help with keeping your sanity. Just keep trying. There are many ways you can create a laundry schedule but here are two ideas.

2 Laundry Schedules Ideas

Idea 1:

  • Saturday – Any clothing, Bedding, Towels (bath towels, kitchen towels, cleaning rags), & miscellaneous. Bedding could be laundered on a weekly or bi-weekly rotation
  • Monday – Things worn over the weekend thrown in one load & any miscellaneous (this should be small). Mondays should only be one or two loads
  • Wednesday – Kids & Mom’s Clothing (1 load each – shouldn’t be much for the past two days). You can do a small things load also like underwear
  • Thursday – Dad’s (Bulky so may seem like a lot), 2-3 loads depending on what dad wears during the week

Break days – Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

Idea 2:

  • Monday – Towels, sheets and bedding (weekly or bi-weekly)
  • Tuesday – Kids clothing
  • Thursday – Parents clothing
  • Saturday – Miscellaneous, Cleaning Rags

Break days – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Note: Do you have smaller children? Don’t sweat it, all the little clothing can be washed in one load. When my kids were between the ages of 4-6, all their clothes was just one tiny basket I did on Tuesdays and then again on Fridays or Saturdays. They are currently still at the age where their load fits in one standard laundry basket but I now separate the whites from the coloreds and also, the underclothing and socks. No, not four loads of the kids only. I do a load of white socks with everybody’s white socks. And their undies along with mines.

Rugs and Mats – These can be done as needed.

  • Rugs can be shampooed and vacuumed or washed if they are washable
  • Bath Mats – My go-to is usually a month between laundering
  • Other Mats – Nah,  I don’t go through the process of keeping a schedule with these. But if I find that they are getting to a point beyond recognition, then I’ll wash them.

 

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When to Fold the Laundry

I would advice fold and put away the same day as washing so your laundry don’t pile up like mine. However, some may find it helpful to wash now and fold later. Be sure if you are going to go that direction, put clean laundry in a way that makes sense to you in the baskets.

I’ve know some who fold laundry in their living room while watching a TV show or movie. I know a blogger who did that on Fridays. She used to talk about her laundry folding times either on her blog or Instagram. I don’t remember where.

I did this with morning shows when everyone was gone to work and school and also evening times when everyone was home. Not because I’d necessarily dedicated that times to put away laundry, it was just the times available to fold and the TV show happened to be on that same time. Judge Judy anyone? Our laundry room is currently upstairs, it’s just easier to dump the clothes on my bed, then fold away.

Basically, choose a time that works but don’t wait too long for loads to pile upon loads. It just gets cluttered, clothes a wrinkled mess, and no one can find their stuff when needed.

Either way, whether you choose to fold now or later, keep all your clean laundry in one spot until you’re able to fold them or put them in baskets in their individual rooms (this help will illuminate clutter) in one spot.

 

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Laundry Supplies to Make Sure You Have on Hand

  • Laundry baskets
  • Laundry detergent
  • Other laundry supplies

Extra tips:

Keep your laundry room clean and organized. This will help you wash without the extra clutter and not finding the supplies when needed.

That’s all I got my friends. I hope you can find a hack or tip or two from here to help make your laundry experience better than mine. Haha. But seriously, if you struggle with the laundry, I sure hope this post have given you ideas to help make things much better.

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Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Idea – What to Gift Mom on Mother’s Day

A Mother’s day Gift Basket with a few favorites is a beautiful way to celebrate mom on Mother’s Day.

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Wondering what to gift mom for mother’s day? You’ve come to the correct place. Make mom’s day special by showering her with all the love and gifting her some of the things she loves.

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What Should I Gift My Mom for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s day gifting can come in various ways. While some gifts may be popular, I think it is best to give mom a gift you know she will enjoy whether it’s popular to everyone else or not. Here are some questions to consider when thinking about giving your mom a gift for mother’s day.

  • What kinds of things does mom enjoy?
  • What does she like to use?
  • What does mom need help with around the house?
  • What physical or mental help could she use?
  • What does mom like to do for fun?
  • What place would she like to visit, locally or abroad?

Please Note: While giving a physical gift is all the rage for Mother’s day, know that there are other ways to show mom your love without a physical gift, especially if you just can’t afford something worth it right now. However, if you can give a physical gift, combining some of her favorite things into a gift basket is a great idea for Mother’s day.

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What Can I Add to a Mother’s Day Gift Basket?

Below is what I added to the gift basket that I’m sharing in this post. I chose pink:

  • A bottle of Pink Sparkling Rose
  • A Champagne Glass (it also says “mom”)
  • A necklace that says, “Mom”
  • A photo frame (you can also print out and add a favorite photo of mom and her kids – your favorite or mom’s favorite photo from a phone or somewhere digital)
  • A faux plant (a real plant will be great if mom loves plants and gardening)
  • A Beautiful Card

I sure had fun creating this beautiful gift basket for Mother’s day. I added gift wrapping and tied a cute ribbon around the handle for extra prettiness. Presentation is key!

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Additional ways to create a Mother’s day gift basket

  • Make the basket coordinate – Like a theme or one color (I did pink in these images). Ideas:
  • A Spa basket with all things spa
    • Body Wash (be sure mom already loves that scent and can use it)
    • Skin Moisturizer (same for the scent and use)
    • Bath Towels
    • Robe
    • A gift card to a Spa
  • A make-up basket if mom likes make-up
    • Purchase items from her favorite line of make-up
    • A gift card to Ulta, Sepora, or other online make-up store
  • A food basket with one of her favorite meal’s cooking ingredients or baking ingredients – Example for a Rice Casserole
    • Rice, spices, can’s of Cream of whatever they put in casseroles, a veggie cutter and (or) a casserole dish to make it in
    • For baking – Add the dry baking ingredients and maybe a bowl and a mixing tool
    • You can also just do a large kitchen equipment mom’s been wanting (Last year, one of my kids gifted me a Drew Barrymore Stand Mixer). I’ve been wanting a stand mixer:)
  • You can also make a basket of random favorites of moms or things you think she would enjoy and add in her favorite candy or treat.
  • Flowers and a favorite cologne or jewelry, oh my!

There are so many ways to go about it. If mom is not too particular about gifts or HAS EVERYTHING (like we say) or has been everywhere, do a chore or help her out with something around the house that she has had on her list of long-time To-DOs.

I hope these ideas were of help to you as you think about ways to gift mom something for Mother’s day!

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Family Activities

Travel Gadgets for the Whole Family

Grab these Travel Gadgets and Essentials to help make car rides, plane rides and hotel stay go smoother as you travel this Spring and Summer with your family.

Large Tote Bag

Bogg Tote

Jewelry

Jewelry Organizer

Travel Jewelry Organizer Case

Initialized Jewelry Organizer

Mini Jewelry Box

Makeup Travel Bag

Makeup Bag Aqua

Makeup Bag – Pink

Makeup Bag – Black & White

Electronics

Car Phone Charger Cable

Car Phone Charger Adapter

Portable Phone Chargers

Car Laptop Charger

Car Phone Suction Mount

USB Charging Adapters

Foldable Charging Station

Electronic Organizer Cable Accessories Bag

Car Seat Organizer

Car Trash Cans

For Kids

Water Bottles

Travel Pillows

Mini Blankets

Kids Activities

Travel Activity Table

Wikki Sticks

Travel Bingo

Kids Ear Buds

Wireless Headphones

Snack Container

Snack Bags

General

Tooth Brush Holder

Hair Accessory Organizer

Hair Brush, Comb and Dryer Bag

Hair Tools Organizer, Hot Combs

Hair Tools Organizer

Hair Spray and Hair Care Organizer

Shoe Bag Organizers

Laundry Bag

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Sensory Rice Bin – How to Make Colored Rice

This Colorful Rainbow Sensory Rice Bin is a great way to help your little ones engage in fun and imaginative play.

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My children had a ton of fun playing withe Rice bins. Through the years, I’ve made several different colors and themes of Rice bins according to each season. Now that they are bigger, I don’t make them like before but I wanted to share this colorful one I made so you can have a tutorial. See my original Rice Play Post Here.

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Make a Colorful Sensory Rice Bin 

Colorful Rice bins are super fun to look at and even more fun to play with. Making a Colorful Rice bin is super easy. White Rice, food coloring and a small amount of liquid is all you need. You can make rice sensory bins at home and customize the colors according to the season or theme. If you want to make a Princess themed look, you might choose colors such as pink and purple. If you desire a trucks and cars look, you might choose colors like red and blue. Or if you desire something seasonal, you might make the colors red and green for Christmas or brown and orange or Fall, Pink and Red for Valentines, etc.

The best part is when you add all the little themed or seasonal trinkets in the bins for the kids to play with – dig with shovels or scoop and find things hidden in the rice or whatever they ideas these little ones come up with as they play.

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Are Rice Bins Safe?

Rice bins can be a safe activity for young children based upon what you add to it, especially for the ones who tend to put everything in their mouths. While the rice is uncooked, it’s safe to eat. However, if you have kids who put small toys in their mouths, you might consider adding larger toys in the bins that make it hard to swallow.

In this post, I’m sharing a full photo and video tutorial of how I create a standard rice bin. I made several colors for a rainbow bin – That way, you get the full tutorial for all (or most) seasons.

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How to Make Colored Rice – Dyed Rice

You’ll need:

• White Rice
• Food Coloring of Choice
• Water or Vinegar
• Ziplock Bags

Directions:

• Pour 1 cup Rice in a Ziplock Bag.
• Add 2-3 drops Food Coloring.
• Add 1 tsp Water or vinegar.
• Zip bag and shake until the rice has mixed with the food coloring.
• Add more food coloring if needed plus a tiny bit of water.
• Pour rice out in a bin.
• Repeat the steps to make different colors of Rice.

Note: You could spread rice out on a tray to dry fully but I don’t always find that necessary. The rice dries pretty quickly since we’re only using a small amount of water or vinegar.

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Mixing Up the Rice

We could have left all the pretty colors but eventually, that pretty look will be all mixed up as they play. You could add the toys prior to mixing up the rice or you can mix the rice then add toys. Either way, the rice will be a pretty sensory bin for the kids.

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Once you the rice is ready for play, add it to a bin, then add toys, alphabet letters, fake fruits, all kinds of fun stuff for the children to play.

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Easter Pretzel Wands – Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

These Easter Pretzel Rods are a colorful, salty-sweet treat that’s easy to make and can be a tasty Easter treat.

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I know, I’m sharing these after Easter but I made them before Easter and didn’t get a chance to share them. But I didn’t imagine these would be as addicting as they were when I made them. My 13 yr old girl tried it and said, “hmm”, like these are really good. And then I tasted one, and could not stop eating. They are very good. I think these would make a fun treat Easter.

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Chocolate Covered Easter Pretzels

 

Ingredients:

  • White Candy Melts
  • Pastel Food Coloring
  • Cooking Oil
  • Easter Color Sprinkles
  • Prepare a baking pan by lining with Parchment paper. Set aside.

Directions:

  • Pour 1/2 Cup Candy Melts each little dish.
  • Add 1 tsp of Oil to one dish.
  • Melt according to package directions. Stir.
  • Dip a pretzel rod in melted chocolate.
  • Place the pretzel on the prepared pan.
  • Optional: Sprinkle chocolate covered pretzel rod with sprinkles.
  • Repeat the first step with the rest of the Candy melts in smaller bowls, doing one by one.
  • Add food coloring after melting and extra oil if needed to make it more dizzily.
  • Dip rods in melted chocolate and place on pan.
  • Add sprinkles.
  • Let the rods dry.
  • Enjoy.

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Cool Whipped Cream

Wow your guests with these Cool Whipped Cream Dyed Eggs that are edible and make a pretty dinner table decor for Easter.

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Whipped Cream Dyed Eggs

My kids dyed these eggs this past week. They turned out very so pretty.

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How to Make Whipped Cream Dyed Eggs

You’ll Need:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs (shell on).
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip Cream (not whipping cream in milk form)
  • Food Coloring (one color or multiple colors)

What to Do:

  • For multiple kids – Scoop out Whipped Cream into smaller bowls
  • For one or two kids – Scoop out Whipped Cream from the tub unto a larger pan (baking pan or so)
  • Add drops of food coloring
  • Swirl a little
  • If you only want one color, it can be mixed in fully with whipped cream or still partially
  • Dip eggs into Whipped Cream and Swirl until fully covered.
  • Place on a tray.
  • Allow the eggs to to remain on the plate about 5 minutes.
  • Gently wipe off each egg with paper towel.

Note: Washing the dye off the eggs are possible too but more dye will come off.

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Eggs when peeled – keeps their original white color, some with just a little tint.

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Bunny-Shaped Cake

Make a cute Bunny-Shaped Cake for your family to enjoy this Easter. 

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I’m all about cute seasonal bakeware that make fun shaped foods. Last year, I made this Bunny cake as a surprise for the kids. It probably wasn’t such a surprise since the kids ended up helping me decorate it but purchasing the pan and baking the cake probably were more of the surprise.

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Easter Bunny Cake

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  • Use a favorite Easter cake batter (I used a lemon boxed cake mix)
  • Bake the cake in Bunny Cake Pan. Allow to cool.
  • Decorate with Frosting.
    I used food coloring to add colors to the bunny. Separate the frosting into bowls according to the amount of colors needed. Add food coloring, mix until you get the desired color. Frost.

Isn’t this little bunny cute? My frosting isn’t perfect but the cake turned out cute. And.. eating this Lemon cake was even better.

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Losing Dad

Losing my Dad was one of the most personal things that happened to me when it comes to my parents.

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We lost my father in March a year ago today. It’s so sobering thinking you’d never see this person again, I really try not to think about it. In fact, just typing this brings me tears. I had just settled down into a chair and got very comfortable to blog. My daughter who was in Grade 6 a the time was home with me – I believe she had a cold and fever and had to be home from school. She was sitting on one couch all comfortable. I hoped on and just about said “Ahhhhh” (like I finally can just sit here, relax and get stuff done online). Minutes later, the call came from my sister frantically crying and saying “(insert dad’s name) died”.

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It was such a tender time in our lives. We waited until the beginning of May to bury him and say our goodbyes. This long wait was mainly for travel purposes between families. My dad lived abroad so my own immediate family along with siblings and other relatives had to travel from the U.S. We Coordinated travel plans to accommodate everyone. My own family was ready to travel the moment dad passed but we decided to wait for dad’s side of the family to come. So much drama came out of the whole thing too that every time I think about it, it makes me so sad. Once everything was settled in that regards, we were able to move on, not in the sense of getting over it (because there’s nothing like grieving a loved one’s lost) but in the sense of trying to pick up ourselves and continue on.

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It’s not easy to lose a parent. Every so often, I get a moment where I think of asking my mom how dad is doing. Asking how he was doing had become a regular question. You see, he was ill for over 2 with foot problems and prostrate cancer. Most of it, he either took short steps or could not walk without help. Eventually within the last 4 months or so of his life, dad had 2 falls while trying to practice walking. These put him down and confined him to the bed. Other complications made things worse and eventually, dad passed. Now that he is gone, I still find my self on occasion almost asking that question. It seems so unreal.

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People have told me that the grief does not go away and that it’s ok to take time to grieve. If you’ve ever lost someone close to you, I know you feel this. It’s OK to grieve. The world may forget and move on but you wouldn’t, at least not right away. That person was special to you. Things are going to feel empty, like what was there is no longer there. You take the time you need to come to terms with it; grieve as you need to.

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I’ve been trying to get around to writing this post for months now and just didn’t know what to say. I did mention it here last year but then decided to do a separate post just for that.

Someone told me that the clouds look like wings like my dad is surrounding me. I guess they were referring to the blue outline – not sure.

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Here’s just a few casual photos around my sister’s house

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There’s not much more to add to this post; just wanted to put this on here since this blog has been a part of my family’s journey and sharing lifestyle updates has been a part of that. Thank you for your support friends.

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Mini Carrot-Shaped Cakes

Mini Carrot-Shaped Cakes are very cute and can be a surprise twist for an Easter Dessert, especially for kids. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 

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Mini Carrot Shaped Cakes

I had the bright idea to make these little cakes when I stumbled upon a Carrot-Shaped Cookie Cutter at Walmart. One of my daughters enjoyed these so much, she even compared it to cupcakes. She had quite a few and even wanted on in her lunch box (yes, it was dessert):) The other kids enjoyed them too but my son is not much of a cake fan.

I think these mini cakes would be such a fun little treat at an Easter dinner or dinner party. They are mini and perfect for kids. They look beautiful and you could take your favorite cake and shape them into this. Ah so cute.

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Don’t Judge my Frosting

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How to Make Mini-Carrot Shaped Cookie Cutter

Instructions:

Directions:

  • Bake the cake according to directions on the box.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Use Carrot cookie cutter to cut out mini cakes.
  • Frost with the larger part of the little cakes with orange frosting.
  • Frost the leaves with green frosting.
  • Add a few sprinkles, optional.

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Breakfast

Chick-in-a-Nest Easter Chocolate Cake

Chick-in-a-Nest Chocolate Cake is perfect for gracing an Easter Table and will make a very pretty and tasty Easter Dessert.  

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I made this cake years ago and have always wanted to update the photos. I guess I never think of it much until Easter season and then never got around to it before now. I’m so glad I did because the photos are a lot clearer and a little more than before. Although the frosting color is much more brilliant in the older version as seen here.

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Easter Desserts

Easter desserts are really just some of the best! I love the variety of desserts and food that come out at Easter. I think anything Spring-Like can be made into an Easter dessert. Fun pastel colors like blue, yellow, pink, green can be added to a cake (whatever flavor) to make it an Easter dessert.

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Egg-in-a-Nest Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 1 Box of Lemon Cake Mix
  • Ingredients for cake mix
  • Whipped Cream
  • A Yellow Chick Peep
  • Easter Chocolate Eggs
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Yellow Food Coloring

Directions:

  • Mix and bake cake according to directions on the package. Allow to cool.

To Frost & Decorate:

  • To make the grass, place coconut into a Ziploc bag. Add green food coloring, shake with hands until the coconut tunes green. Add a few drops of food coloring to the whipped cream. Mix to get a yellow color. Add a little more food coloring if desired. Mix.
  • Frost cake.
  • Sprinkle “grass” around the cake and in the top middle.

Chick-in a Nest Topping: Add Chocolate Eggs in the grass, both at the top and around the bottom of the cake.

  • Place the Peep Chick sitting in the middle of the grass over the eggs – that’s the nest. Picture a chicken in a tall grass laying eggs, that’s the idea.

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The Bunny Easter Cake is Another Cute Idea – See it all Here

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Breakfast

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls would make a beautiful and tasty food for Easter Breakfast or on an Easter Brunch Menu.

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Bunny-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Kid-Friendly Breakfast for Easter

Easter is the perfect time to roll out the Cinnamon Rolls. And what’s better than shaping them into little bunnies. They are just the cuties little rolls I ever did see. Sometimes I don’t know what seasonal foods and colors I love to see best. Ah, so fun!

These were such a delight to the kids. Now, we don’t like sprinkles that much on Cinnamon rolls – they just look cute with the shape. I tried to not add too much.

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Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls for Easter Brunch Menu

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls would make a beautiful and tasty food an Easter Breakfast or on an Easter Brunch Menu. They would be fun for the kids. In fact, if you’re doing breakfast with just your family and the kids are smaller and don’t eat much, that could totally be the only food on the menu. I think that’s what we did last year. Our kids were between the ages of 10-12 and that was enough for us.

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Making Bunny Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

It’s all over Instagram. Use your own shape. My shape is not perfect and maybe the body could have been a little bit more closed but they still look like bunnies. How fun those – I just love looking at the photos.

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