Missing my Kids this Easter :(

Easter

Holidays are a time for Families to get together and visit, laugh, EAT and celebrate. This Easter holiday has got me thinking about my kids and about how pretty soon we will be empty nesters.

This is the first time ever that I will not be celebrating Easter with all my Children and I am really sad to not be seeing them. When we agreed to move to Kansas from Ontario Canada, I knew there was a chance we might not be able to get together for some holidays. However, now that the moment is here, I am really missing them. Moving so far away is a big sacrifice for all of us. I sometimes don’t think my older children that stayed in Canada understand why we agreed to move. The decision about moving was a HUGE one for us, there was so much to consider. There were definite positives to moving (or we wouldn’t be here!) but the big downside is being far away from family.

This Easter ,without all our kids here, is also a big reminder that our Children are growing up and will soon be starting there own life journeys. My husband and I will then take a back seat and it will all come back to just me and him. That seems so bizarre (and a bit scary) to me because I LOVE being a Mom and I love hosting and celebrating and planning the food, the decor and the crafts for a holiday. It is going to take some adjusting to not having children at home after all these years. It is funny how most of the life events that come along are happy and exciting and events that you look forward too. You go to school, get a job, get married and have children and its all exciting. This upcoming major event of becoming an empty nester does not hold the same joy, at least not for me. 

I tried to come up with a plan for all of us to get together this Easter but it did not work out. It is so much harder to travel from here to there then I imagined it would be and such a pain. I looked into options where we could all meet in the middle, but with limited days off, job commitments for all of us and limited and EXPENSIVE flights, it just did not work out.

I don’t have the same enthusiasm this Easter that I usually do! Plus I have been sick with a cold/virus that just won’t go away and a toothache. I guess that explains why I am writing this blog o’ woe. Ha ha

Despite that ,my Husband and my youngest Daughter and I will do our best to enjoy this week-end and we will be thinking about our Oldest Children and family back in Canada.  One day we will all be back in the same country again and I hope we will always be able to visit and share the holidays.

I recently came across a blog I wrote for Easter in 2012 and it made me smile. Funny how times change.

http://prytulka.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/wonderful-easter-memories/

Sending love to my kids J.P. and K.P. this Easter ♥ ♥ ♥ xox

Most of the time I try to write cheerful blogs! Are you looking for some fun Easter Ideas? Check out this link filled with Easter FUN.

Chocolate Covered Ritz P.B. Sandwich Treats

Chocolate covered Ritz PB sandwich treats

You are going to LOVE these!

It is SO simple, its crazy.

  1. 2 Ritz crackers
  2. peanut butter in the middle
  3. dipped in melted chocolate – I used milk chocolate chips with 1/2 tsp. of cooking oil
  4. sprinkles to decorate
  5. Chill

and you have a tasty chocolate treat.

I saw the cutest idea using these Ritz PB Sandwiches to make bunnies from behind. They were adorable and if you want to see them please check out this link; http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2014/03/peanut-butter-ritz-cracker-bunny-treats.html#_a5y_p=1447554

I decided to give these Ritz PB sandwiches a trial run. I made one … just one, and I ate it all up! It was delicious.

I decided to make my own little version of this treat. It did not take me long to whip these up and they were eaten pretty quickly too.

Ritz PB treats

I used a long skewer to help me hold the PB crackers while dipping them in the chocolate. First, melt chocolate chips in the microwave. I would start with about 1/2 cup of chips with a bit of cooking oil which helps thin it out a bit and its easier to pour. Microwave for a short time, stir and repeat until melted. You do not want to overdo it! I think about 30 seconds in total should work. Use a spoon to pour the chocolate over the crackers. Then lay them on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper.

Ritz PB treats

Pour on the sprinkles!

Ritz PB treats

That did not take long, did it?

Chill in the fridge until set ( an hour or so) I used a knife to trim away the dripping chocolate edges.

Ritz PB treats

Take a big bite and you won’t be able to stop! These are delicious!

chocolate covered Ritz P.B. sandwich treats

Crazy Kansas Weather in April

If you recall my blog from the week-end, I was commenting on how hot it was on Saturday! It was too hot to put the oven on and cook dinner. We were wearing our shorts and at one point my husband said he felt like for a moment he was on a tropical vacation. We were sitting and enjoying the warm breeze blowing and the air was sticky.

Fast forward to Monday and we wake up to COLD and snow covering the grass.

snow in April

From shorts on Sunday to winter coats on Monday.

As I was heading out the door to work this morning, I stepped out the front to see that our sprinkler system was on! My husband had only just gotten it turned on a week ago. Our grass was being watered in the snow. That was pretty silly but what caught my eye was the 2 crazy Robins that were bouncing with delight in the spray.

snow in April

I quickly grabbed my camera to take these photos, but the robins were a bit far away (and don’t forget I was on my way to work) I cropped the pic – can you see the sprinkler and the robins?

snow in April

This is my tree covered in blossoms.

snow in April

This is the neighbour’s tree across the street with pink blossoms. On my drive to work I saw some very pretty pink blossoms. They looked extra special against the white snow.

snow day in April

Life in Kansas really is all about the crazy weather. I have lived here for 20 months and I am still not used to it.

I hope to be wearing my shorts again tomorrow.

Easter Idea EGGstravaganza!

Sadly this past week I had a couple of nights of horrible sleep, or maybe I should say next to NO sleep! That was enough to wear me out and I caught a cold. I love working with special needs children but I sure do not love the germs they share. I had some hopes of baking something fun to bring to Kindergarten, but instead I have spent my week-end so far, resting and sipping orange juice. Besides that, it is was TOO HOT to put the oven on yesterday.

Now that I am done complaining, I am happy to share many of my previously posted Easter Ideas with you! Just follow the highlighted links after the photos to read the post.

Ideas for filling plastic easter eggs for kids

IDEAS FOR FILLING PLASTIC EASTER EGGS FOR CHILDREN  This has been one of my most popular blogs ever!

decorating an easter egg cake

Decorating a Cake like an Easter Egg

Easter Surprise cupcakes

Cupcakes decorated to look like eggs in the grass! These are a favourite of my children called Easter Surprise Cupcakes. Come see what the surprise is!

painted jars for Easter

I made these decorative jar lids and filled them with Easter Candy to give as gifts.

crayon resist easter pictures

Crayon Resist Painting is fun for kids!

bunny card craft

A fun Bunny Card to make!

chocolate dipped marshmallow bunny pops

These chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies were a hit with my nieces and nephews.

easter creme egg cupcake surprise

A Very delicious Cupcake that starts with a cake Easter Crème Egg Cupcake Surprise.

cadbury mini egg cookie bars

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bar Recipe

bunny garland

A Garland of Bunnies and Buttons

bunny cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cake

Bunny Cake made from 2 round cakes. This is a great little idea and this cake was decorated by my Daughter.

Bunny Pancakes

Wouldn’t these put a smile on your face on Easter morning? Make some BUNNY PANCAKES.

jelly bean cookies

I had an idea of mixing jelly beans into cookies – it was amazing!! See the recipe for my Jelly Bean Cookies.

I hope you enjoy having a look at a few of these ideas! It won’t be long until the Easter Bunny is here!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Bunny Cards for Easter

Right now this old blog post is getting lots of views thanks to Google. I like to try and re-share some ideas for holidays so here are these cute cards again!

easter bunny card craft

I saw this idea for bunny cards in a craft book called Spring Fun by Fiona Watt and I thought they were so sweet. I picked up some various sheets of scrapbook paper at the craft store to make the bunnies. Some of it was coloured cardstock and some was the printed paper for the ears and details. (the paper was .25 a sheet) What I loved best is that crafters can be creative and add their own personal touches to make each bunny unique. My daughter Brittany and my niece Alana really enjoyed working on these cards and I think they turned out great.

Supplies

  • cardstock-for the body
  • patterned paper –inside of ears and other details
  • odds and ends for decorating (foam bits, ribbon, sequins, gemstones, felt)
  • cotton balls or pom-poms for tails
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers

DIRECTIONS

The body pattern I drew as shown in the next photo. The dotted line shows a fold. Make yourself a pattern for the body and a head.

bunny card pattern

I cut out my pattern. (notice the vertical fold in the paper, this helped make the bunny symmetrical).This next photo shows the size as compared to a 81/2 x11 sheet of construction paper.

 easter bunny card craft

Use your tracer to trace patterns on to the coloured paper as shown.

 easter bunny card craft

Cut those out and fold the body in half. Notice the pink bunny body!

 easter bunny card craft

Now it is time for the fun part. Use your own ideas to decorate your bunny’s face and body with other ideas you have. Glue the head on the body once it is dry. The last step is to add a tail on your bunny’s bottom.

 easter bunny card craft

easter bunny card craft

easter bunny card craft

 easter bunny card

 easter bunny card craft

 easter bunny card craft

Here is the Easter Bunny Parade starring all the fabulous bunny cards made by the girls!

White Bunny has some cotton on her and she is carrying a basket of eggs. The eggs were made from paper and the chick in the back is a sticker! She has felt cheeks, a foam nose and sequin eyes.

 easter bunny card craft

Green Bunny has a fluffy tummy and a bow in her hair,made from foam triangles and a pom pom.

easter bunny card craft

Pink bunny has a carrot made from foam and a bracelet made from ribbon. Craft foam was also used for her nose, teeth and sparkly foam for her eyes. She also has a tuft of hair made from a piece of feather.

 easter bunny card craft

Blue Bunny is eating his carrot which was made from foam. He also has a pom pom nose.

easter bunny card craft

Yellow Bunny has a bow on her ear made from paper and she also has a basket made from craft foam. Around her nose and mouth is felt.

 easter bunny card craft

Here are the bunnies showing off their fluffy tails!

 easter bunny card craft

Alana and Brittany did a super job with this craft. I was impressed how they gave each bunny an original look. Way to go girls and thanks for your help. ♥

 easter bunny card craft

 easter bunny card craft

Don’t forget to write a message on the inside before you give it to a friend or loved one this Easter !! One last idea is that a smaller version of these bunny cards would make excellent place cards at the dinner table!

Making a BUNNY Garland for Easter

bunny garland craft project for Easter

bunny garland

I LOVE a good garland!

I saw the pattern for this bunny rabbit on the Martha Stewart website. I knew I could use some cute paper and make a fun garland with it. I decided to use some buttons in my garland too. Of course, the darn things kept spinning around when I hung them. I restrung them a couple of times before deciding to just let them be! They are quirky I guess.

bunny garland

I used some heavy scrapbook paper to cut out the bunnies. I used small buttons for their eyes and glittery pom-poms for their tails. I tied a ribbon around their necks and that is what I used to string them together. I ran a ribbon in behind and looped it through and tied it behind their heads. I also strung on a few buttons along the way too.

Bunny Garland

Bunny Garland

Bunny Garland

You don’t have to have a fireplace mantle to hang a garland either. Think out of the box! I thought my garland was also sweet hanging on the half way at my front entranceway.

bunny garland

This could be a fun project for children since you could really decorate them however you wish.

bunny garland

bunny garland

Supplies:

  • thick craft paper
  • glue
  • ribbons
  • buttons
  • pom-poms
  • bunny pattern (link is below)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • any other embellishments your heart desires!

Here is the link I used to get the bunny pattern. It is from  www.marthastewart.com There are 2 bunny designs to choose from , you can just enlarge it to the size you want.

http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/ecl/images/content/web/pdfs/2007Q2/la_0407_goodthings_bunny.pdf

Happy Crafting!

Spring is here!

spring tulips

I planted these tulips in my garden a couple of weeks ago. I bought them at Wal-Mart for .99 cents each. I thought that was a good deal. We have had some beautiful sunny and warm days here in Kansas but also some colder windy days too. I was very happy to go outside and see that the blooms on these tulips had opened.

spring tulips

Hopefully spring will get me re-energized about my blog. I realize I have not been posting as often as usual. I think it is just the winter blahs and being busy with life.  I have not had as much time to keep up with lots of crafting and baking projects. As I am typing this though, I am working on a Bunny Garland Craft for Easter. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. I keep my eyes open for projects I like the look of and once I get started I really enjoy myself. The best thing about my blog is that it encourages me to be creative. I love to craft and bake and since I started blogging, I have tried so many new things. I also love to take photographs and to write so this really is the perfect hobby for me.

Thankfully spring is here and the longer days and sunshine will perk me up. I can’t wait to get outside and take some photographs, I can’t wait for summer vacation to come and the chance to visit my family again. I can’t wait to try some new “summer” recipes! Hopefully there will be a few new surprises in the forecast too.

HAPPY SPRING! I hope you are having a wonderful week-end. Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon.

"Hey, there is chocolate on your face!", shouted the Kindergartner

“April Fools!”

I sit with 17 kindergarten students while they eat their lunch.

Today was like having 17 stand-up comedians at the table … all with one theme– April Fools Day.

The first one or two ‘jokes’ were funny, well sort of. Then it just got out of control. These comedians find themselves hysterically funny and they all enjoy their own jokes a lot.

“Can you open my milk?”  of course it was already open when I attempted to open the carton… “APRIL FOOLS!!!”, came the enthusiastic shout. This particular trick was then repeated by 3 or 4 more kids sitting within earshot. 

“There is a hotdog on your head!” … “APRIL FOOLS” This joke had to be repeated a few times for the victim to even understand what was going on.

“LOOK, what is that up there?” … “APRIL FOOLS” (because obviously there was nothing UP THERE)

Kindergarten children are a special bunch and they cheered each other on with each new April Fool’s Day joke. Not only did they cheer but then they would proceed to tell the same joke too.  It is like  when one Kindergarten student coughs, it becomes contagious and next thing you know they are all coughing.

So I heard each April Fools Day joke repeated many times during our short lunch time.

What is an adult to do on such a day?

Smile, laugh and say “OH, you got me with that one!”

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

cadbury mini eggs cookie bars

It is April! we made it to spring and now its time to start thinking about Easter treats! Here is a great recipe to make for Easter! I thought it was amazing how the Cadbury Mini Eggs tasted so perfect in the cookie bar.

cadbury mini eggs cookie bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping cup of milk chocolate mini eggs cut in half

 

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

 

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

Melt butter in the microwave. Once melted, cream together with sugars using an electric mixer.

Add in vanilla and eggs mix until creamy.

Slowly add in flour mixture until it is mixed thoroughly. I used my hands to mix it all. It becomes a thick dough.

Cut the Cadbury eggs in half. Put a handful of eggs aside and fold in the rest of the Mini Eggs and chocolate chips into the batter.
Spread batter into a greased 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. Take the reserved eggs, cut them in half and stick them into the batter around the top.

Bake at 325′F for about 35-40 minutes or until a tooth pick is inserted in the center and comes out clean.

Let the bars cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

PHOTOS

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars

recipe ideas from All recipes.com

Daffodil Candy Cups

daffodil candy cups

daffodil candy cups

Don’t you agree that sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ideas? This idea from www.marthastewart.com caught my eye! It is such a cute idea as a way to decorate your table. It could be for on a buffet table, your Easter Dinner table, on your coffee table or just a child’s party. I can think of lots of good ways to use this idea!

daffodil candy cups

daffodil candy cups

This craft could not get much easier! You just get some fancy thick paper, scrapbook paper is perfect. (I decided to break from traditional yellow daffodils and make some colourful ones!) Then cut out a daffodil pattern. Use a mini paper cupcake liner and use a glue stick to attach it to the flower.

daffodil Candy cups

Martha Stewart offers a pattern that is the perfect size for the mini paper cupcake liners. Click on my link if you would like to use it too.

http://www.marthastewart.com/sites/files/marthastewart.com/ecl/images/content/web/pdfs/2011Q2/msl_0411_daffodil_candycups.pdf

daffodil  Candy cups

These could be fun to put at each person’s plate at the table too, maybe even with their name on it.

I hope you can think of a fun way to use these Daffodil cups too!

Have a wonderful week-end !