Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Treat Inspiration: Lauren's Preschool Easter Party 2016

With Easter quickly approaching, I'm already starting to think about what kind of treats to make for Lauren's preschool party. Who am I kidding...I've been thinking about it for the last few weeks!
Last year was a different story. I kind of forgot about Easter and her Easter Party. 
I ended up making some super cute Rice Krispie Treat Nests. 
You can read all about these kind-of-last-minute treats below! 
At the bottom of this post, I've included a few links to some other Easter Treats. 

Easter seemed to sneak up on me rather quickly this year.

Lauren had a week off from preschool for spring break and that week was a blur, because when you break the routine of sassy 3.5 year old for a few days, everybody pays for it.  
I think that's partly why it slipped my mind that Easter was approaching. 
Also, it's weird that Easter is in March right?

So, when Lauren went back to school on Tuesday, and I finally looked at the calendar, I realized that her Easter party was on Thursday.  

I had a few ideas about what to make for the party, sugar cookies, cupcakes, no bake cookies, bunny things etc. but finally decided on Rice Krispie Nests. 

One of the reasons I chose them was because if I was making Easter treats for 20 kids and a few teachers, I needed to get on it and Rice Krispie anythings are usually pretty fast and easy. 
I also had a huge bag of little chocolate eggs that I had planned on using for preschool treats, and I knew that the nests would be really cute!

Rice Krispies Nests:
(Makes about 12-15 nests)
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
    5 cups miniature or 40 regular sized (250 g pkg) marshmallows *see note below 
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
     6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

  • Grease 12 cupcake pans.
  • In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. 
  • Add marshmallows and stir until melted and well blended. 
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla. Add cereal, stirring until coated.
  • Using a greased spoon, scoop some of the mixture into each cup.  Be sure sure to keep the spoon greased. 
  • Press down the center and shape the sides to make a "nest". When doing this, make sure your hand have some butter on them or else the Rice Krispies will stick to your hands. 
  • Refrigerate until set, at least half an hour

  • *Just to mix things up a bit, I used the fruity colored marshmallows instead of regular ones.

Once the nests were set, I piped some green buttercream  into each nest using the 

    • To package the nests, I placed each one in a cupcake liner and then in an Easter bag from the dollar store. I also attached these cute tags I found on Pinterest. 

Happy Easter!

Here are some links to my other Easter Posts:

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

What the Girls Ate: March 20-24, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lauren's Snack:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lauren's Snack:
  • Homemade Turkey Meatballs with Ketchup
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
Friday, March 24, 2017

Lauren's Snack:
  • Homemade Pancakes with Maple Syrup
  • Strawberries

This is my favorite pancake recipe. I've been making it for years! Both girls love them and we keep the leftovers and heat them up for a snack or for breakfast the next day. Even picky Olivia gobbles these up! 
I have two versions of these pancakes - one made with all-purpose flour and vanilla extract and one with a mixture of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour with caramel extract.
Both recipes are below!

Version One
1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder 
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp cooking oil
1.5 cups milk *see note below
1/2 - 1 tsp Vanilla
** For optional add ins, see note below 

Version Two (Pictured Above)
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp cooking oil
1.5 cups milk *see note below
1/2 tsp Watkins Caramel Extract
** For optional add ins, see note below

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a medium size bowl.
Beat egg slightly in a small bowl. Mix in milk, oil and extract. Add to dry ingredients and stir. 
Do not over mix, batter will be slightly lumpy. 
Drop batter on to lightly greased, pre-heated pan or griddle. 
When bubbles appear and edges begin to dry, flip over and finish cooking.
Serve with fruit, butter, maple syrup or your favorite pancake toppings!

*Add more or less milk for thinner or thicker pancakes. 
**Sometimes I add in fruit like, blueberries, bananas or strawberries before cooking. And on special occasions like birthdays or just because, we make 'Party Pancakes' by adding sprinkles into the batter!


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Lucky Charms St. Patrick's Day Treats!

Need a quick, easy St. Patrick's Day treat for your kiddies? Or maybe yourself?!
Look no further!

These Lucky Charms Treats aren't original or overly creative, but they meet all the requirements of a
St. Patrick's Day treat!

Lucky Charms Treats

3 cups of Lucky Charms
2 tbsp butter
2 cups mini marshmallows 
*Optional - Melted White and Green chocolate 

I can't even handle this picture...
Look at that little dimply hand!

Prepare an 8 inch square baking pan with butter or cooking spray. I use Watkins cooking spray. 
Melt butter over medium heat. 
When melted, add mini marshmallows and raspberry extract. 
Stir constantly until melted. 
Remove from heat, add Lucky Charms and mix until combined. 
Dump cereal mixture into pan and spread evenly. 
*Optional - Drizzle melted chocolate over top.
Refrigerate until set. 

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

What the Girls Ate: March 6-10, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lauren's Snack:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lauren and Olivia's Snacks:
  • Mini Sausage Rolls with Ketchup
  • Carrots

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lauren's Flower Shaped Snack (Left):
  • Cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Ham
  • Crackers

Olivia's Snack (Right):
  • A Cutie Orange
  • Crinkle Cut Mozzarella
  • Flower Shaped Cucumbers
  • Angie's Boom Chicka White Cheddar Puffs

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