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Our Easter Mantle

With Easter being later this year I felt like I had more time to decorate for the holiday.  Plus my girls love helping!  As much as I love neutrals, Spring is a time to bring in color.  I start missing color this time of year so it helps to have cheerful décor around the house.  Don’t be afraid to incorporate a little color in your surroundings! I like adding little touches all over the house but the mantle is what…

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An Easter Garden

To celebrate Ash Wednesday the girls stayed home from school and after Mass we created our own Easter Garden!  I’ve seen several versions of these on Pinterest and always wanted to make one.  They are also called Resurrection Gardens.  It’s a great hands on way to tell your children about Jesus’ resurrection. First you will need a clay saucer and small pot. Turn your small pot on its side.  This will be your tomb. Next you will need some potting soil.  Fill…

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Nesting Instincts

Hi Everyone!  So sorry for the long break.  I have a good reason though-I am expecting a baby girl come August!!  I have no other excuse for not blogging besides being totally wrapped up in all things baby! I have really missed you in the meantime. I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Spring.  I have a couple of events coming up I can't wait to share with you.  First is a cherry blossomed themed bridal shower for one of…

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Easy Cheesy Brunch Bake

Here is another easy breakfast casserole to serve your crowd over the weekend!   Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 50 min Makes: 12 servings   Ingredients:   12 large eggs 1/3 cup  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream 1 lb. pork sausage 4 oz.  sliced fresh mushrooms 1 onion, chopped 2   tomatoes, chopped 1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 cup  KRAFT Shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese HEAT oven to 400°F. BEAT eggs and sour cream with whisk…

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Pretty in Pink

This photo caught my eye for its pretty pink color.  Then the recipe sounded just as good as it looked.  What a great punch to serve at Easter!  The recipe includes instructions for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions so you can please everyone.  This would also be great for Mother's Day and wedding and baby showers (especially if mom is having a girl!)   Sparkling Punch  Yield Makes about 9 cups Ingredients 1  (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed 4 …

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Twisted Nests

Change is Good   Large peonies sit in nests instead of eggs!  I love the simplicity of the white flowers in the nests.  What a pretty table setting for Easter, Mother's Day, weddings or "Nesting" baby showers.  These open peonies are sitting in a shallow plastic bowl of water then in a basket of twisted fern vines.  If you can't find fern vines, I think you could buy two medium nests at your local craft store and set one on top of the…

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EGGcellent!

For your Easter table centerpiece, try this twist on the traditional Easter egg tree.  Your children will love it!  Bonus:  this would also be cute for a "Mama Bird/Baby Bird" or "Nesting" baby shower. Swinging Birdie Egg Tree   First find a branch in your backyard and set in sand or pebbles.  You will also need:   Egg carton Hole punch 1/4-inch-wide ribbon Colored tissue paper Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors Blown eggs Glue stick Colored feathers Colored card…

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Easter Table Inspiration

I love love this table setting!  The colors are bright instead of pastel.  Not to take anything away from the pastels but I love the brights.   It looks simple to duplicate also.  You could purchase a turquoise tablecloth and hot glue ribbons down the center.  Fill a basket with tulips or your favorite spring flower.  Coordinating plates and napkins and you're set. Here is how to make the adorable glitter eggs in the baskets:   Large bowl Sewing needle 24…

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Peep Show

Check out these adorable Peeps cupcakes from Fancy Flours! Easter Peeps Cupcakes   You will need: • Assorted Solid Colored Muffin Cups • Assorted Colors of store bought peeps (at your local grocer) • Cupcake recipe of your choice • Icing or frosting recipe of your choice Instructions: • Make cupcake recipe. Bake and cool as directed in colored muffin cups. Frost as desired. • Place all of the cupcake on a tray (or wherever they will be stored) Adhere a…

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So Cute

Welcome Spring with the cake of your choice decorated with these pretty colorful flowers!  It's easy to do and your kids will have fun helping you make the flowers and leaves. This would also be great for a wedding shower or baby shower. Gumdrop Cake    You'll need: Shredded coconut Green food coloring Spice drops Mini M&Ms 1.Place coconut in a ziplock bag; add a few drops of food coloring. Seal bag; mix until coconut is tinted. Pat coconut on sides…

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