My favorite new Easter decoration this year is this candy scene I made inside of a Ball jar. Or as my husband calls it, our Easter terrarium. He has pointed out that it’s even “sustainable.” I found the idea on Pinterest and fell in love with it because it not only appealed to my obsession with Ball jars but also reminds me of sugar eggs with tiny Easter scenes made of frosting and candy inside them that I used to have when I was little.
This jar was so easy to put together. I got a large Ball jar with an extra wide mouth to make filling it easier. I put a handful of green Easter grass in the bottom. Then I tried to put in a Dove chocolate bunny. This is where I ran into trouble. Even though I had tried to measure visually when I bought the jar and the bunny at Target, I was horrified to realize that the Dove chocolate bunny did not fit through the mouth of the jar. I panicked a moment until it occurred to me that the base of the bunny would be hidden in the Easter grass. So, in a move reminiscent of Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree, I cut off the bunny’s tail, enjoyed some delicious chocolate, and put the bunny in the jar. Best way to solve a problem ever! I added a couple of Peeps chicks and some candy eggs. I decorated the lid with a paper flower and spring ribbon, and it was complete! And now we get to enjoy our “sustainable Easter terrarium” all season.
This month’s card of the month is an Easter card. I love making things for Easter because it gives me a chance to use all of my favorite bright pastel colors – like in this card.
First make a background for your card by cutting an 8 1/2″ X 11″ sheet of purple card stock in half to make it 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and then folding that in half. Cut out some egg shapes in different colors using punches or a Cricut. Stamp one cute Easter picture on white, color it in, and cut it out. I loved this chick coming out of an egg, but any cute bunny, chick, or egg would work as long as it is roughly the same size and shape as the eggs you already cut out. Arrange them in a row along the bottom of the card and attach them with pop up dots. There you have it! Happy Easter!
So I had originally thought that this week it would be fun to share some of the neat college basketball themed treats we would be enjoying while cheering on my teams in the Sweet 16. IU shaped brownies for Indiana, blue and white cookies for Butler… Alas, after the results of the weekend’s games, it looks like that post will need to wait until next year. Hopefully next year, at least! So instead, I will be sharing one of my favorite (and most absurd and embarrassing) traditions: My March Madness Menagerie.
With the NCAA tournament always falling around Easter time, we proudly display a collection of stuffed chicks, ducks, and bunnies that are all named after college basketball personalities. It started simply enough years ago with a funny looking duck we named Gonzaga (because it was a funny word to say and went perfectly with the funny looking duck) and a cute little rabbit we named Bunny Battier. Each year we added more and more because, let’s be honest, there are lots of college basketball names that are just plain fun to say. (For example, Izzo… Tubby… Duany Duany… Scoonie Penn… just to name a few.) Now we have so many characters in our menagerie, we have to keep a list so that we remember all the names, and if you sit in the wrong spot on the couch, an avalanche of stuffed ducks may fall and bury you. Some of my favorites include Matt Howard the Duck, Pat (Knight) the Bunny, Duckitch (for Dan Dakich), and, of course, Duck Vitale. It’s a very unique (ok, weird) tradition, and it makes me so very happy to see my furry basketball friends every year.
Usually February is one of my most favorite months – so many holidays and fun things to do packed into only 28 (or 29) days! It’s a holiday lover’s dream! This year though, February was filled with nothing but stress with no room left for groundhogs or hearts or Presidents. As a result, I can say that I am very glad to say goodbye to February and hello to March. Even if we are ushering in March with a fresh 9 inches of snow. After spending February moving all of our stuff to a little apartment while we wait for our new house to be built – assuming that it ever warms up enough for the builders to start actually building it – I am thrilled to welcome in March with a quiet day relaxing (and tripping over each other) in our cozy (aka crowded) apartment. I even had enough free time today to put out some Easter decorations!
All of our Easter (and Christmas, and Valentine’s Day, and Halloween, etc….) decorations are currently stashed in my bedroom at my parents’ house and are impossible to get out at the moment. However, I did have a few sparkly bunnies and eggs that I got new this year from Pottery Barn that were accessible because they had not yet been packed away with our other Easter decorations. I managed to find one bare surface in the apartment and decided to go ahead and put them out. They don’t look as perfect as I want them to – far from it. Normally I would have arranged the bunnies differently and put the eggs in a cute bowl or basket, but I didn’t have a bowl or basket handy or any energy left to look for one for that matter. Regardless, I can’t even begin to explain the “pick me up” seeing those bunnies and eggs in our apartment gives me. Suddenly it feels less like we are living in a storage unit/hotel and more like we are at home. Just a little but still… never underestimate the benefits of holiday decorating!
Easter is over. That means it’s time for the best egg salad sandwich of the year!
After eating a big dinner after church on Easter Sunday, we are always too full to eat much for supper. That’s ok though because we have a perfect light meal just waiting for us. All of those eggs we dyed before Easter need to be turned into egg salad!
Dyed Egg Whites
And that’s what makes it the best egg salad of the year. There’s something extra special about chopping up those eggs with dye that has somehow rubbed off from the shells and winding up with orange and blue bits of egg in your egg salad.
Orange Bits of Egg
I’m a traditionalist – I like plain egg salad on regular bread. But there are a few variations you might want to try to spruce up your post-Easter egg salad sandwich. Marble rye bread is very good with it. A few green olives sliced on top are a nice touch too. And my husband loves hot sauce on his egg salad.
However you serve it, there’s no doubt that your post-Easter egg salad sandwich will be the best of the year!
Every Easter for as long as I can remember my family has a made an annual bunny cake. It’s a fun tradition I’m excited to continue with our own little girl.
It’s so simple to make. Start by making your favorite cake batter. (We always use chocolate.) Pour it into two round cake pans and bake. After the cakes have cooled, leave one cake round and cut the other into two ears and a bow tie. The ears come from the edges and the bow tie is the space left in the middle. This sketch I made for a friend shows how.
Bunny Cake Pieces Sketch
Then put the pieces on a cookie sheet in the shape of a bunny with a bow tie.
Then comes the fun part – decorate the bunny! Frost the cake and add eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Frost the inside of the ears with pink. We always like to decorate the bow tie with m&ms, but you could use any candy of your choice. It’s sure to be a special part of your Easter celebration!
Another Bunny Cake
Don’t you hate it when you have a creative new idea or something unique you’ve always done for years, and then that idea shows up on Pinterest or in Martha Steward Living or everywhere????? Well, that was exactly the case with this: a Christmas tree made out of jewelry.
Jewelry Tree Lights
This tree was made by my grandfather almost 40 years ago. It has always been one of my most prized Christmas decorations, so imagine my surprise (and slight annoyance!!) when similar artwork started popping up on Pinterest. However, I was also grateful to see Pinterest’s take on it because I got some new ideas based on my old classic.
I decided to make smaller versions for other seasons: A fall pumpkin, a Christmas ornament, a winter snowball, an Easter egg, and summer flowers.
Seasonal Sticker Pictures
They were surprisingly easy to make. First I collected all kinds of sparkly stickers and stick-on jewels from the craft store. (Vintage jewelry like my grandfather used way back when it wasn’t vintage was just too expensive for this project.) Then I cut out the shapes I wanted out of tagboard to make stencils and put them over some card stock that would be my backgrounds. Simple shapes work best. Then I just filled in the shapes with the stickers and jewels. Make sure you have a really pretty frame for your new work of art for all seasons!
Fall Sticker Picture