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Kids will love these Easter treats and activities

Is it just me or does Easter seem to sneak up on us when it’s in March? Be extra-prepared this year with these fun activities and treats. From Bunny and Chick Treat Holders to Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs. 

You’ve Been Egged Service Idea with Free Printables from The Dating Divas.

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Homemade Reece’s Eggs from Cincy Shopper. ‘Nuff said. 

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And while we’re at it? The Top Secret Recipes Version of Cadbury Cream Eggs Homemade from the Food Network.

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I’ve never been excited for Peeps until I saw these Layered Peeps Rice Krispie Treats from Yellow Bliss Road.

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Cutest thing ever: Hatching Hard-boiled Eggs from Hungry Happenings.hatching-hard-boiled-eggs-easter-recipes3

An Italian Easter Egg bread recipe that’s easy to make? Mom by the Beach shares this recipe. 

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Bunny Butt Cookies.  These cute treats are sure to become an Easter favorite.

Cute and Fun Bunny Easter Dessert Ideas | diyready.com/32-easter-desserts-to-make-this-year/

So what does one make in order to lure the Easter Bunny to your home?  Easter Bunny Chow from Peanut Butter and Peppers, of course!

Simple and Yummy Easter Dessert Ideas | diyready.com/32-easter-desserts-to-make-this-year/

I can’t think of a more adorable photo booth if your little bunny posed with this face mask!

Easter Bunny Mask:

These Easter Pretzel Chick Treats from Cincy Shopper are as easy as they are cute.  

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Once your kids have collected all their candy, they’ll need something to put it in! Cute idea from Powerful Mothering

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Your Guide to Celebrating Easter and Spring in Denver

When I was growing up, Easter meant that the crocuses were in bloom and we were going to look for a new dress to wear to mass and brunch on Easter Sunday. What I looked forward to the most, however, was the scavenger hunt my father put on for us, with challenging clues we had to answer to move on to our next treasure. And the fact that spring had arrived.

In the Christian faith, all over the world, Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This celebration merged with pagan beliefs in 15th century Germany. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate. When German immigrants settled in the United States, they brought with them their Easter holiday traditions, which included the pagan rabbit hiding eggs in the garden.

In Denver, there are many fun ways to celebrate this important religious holiday with your family, whether to honor Christ, the pagan Eostra or merely, the coming of spring. Here are our top ten ideas:

1) Perform acts of kindness by celebrating Easter through community service. The Food Bank of the Rockies has a simple campaign: For every social media Easter post that includes #CEPGiving, CEP will donate a dozen eggs, up to 25,000 dozen, to Feeding Colorado food banks. Or volunteer with your family at the Bannock Youth Center’s Easter celebration for at-risk youth on April 4, 2015. The Colfax Community Network, Metro CareRing and others are always looking for food, toiletries, clothing and more. Check out their websites and make a plan with your family. You may want to clean out your closets for spring or call to see if they will accept Easter baskets for the children who come through their doors.

bunny2) Swim and dine with the Easter Bunny? Get some Spring shopping done and have an Easter Bunny Breakfast on Friday, April 3 at the Outlets at Castle Rock. Kids will stay busy with crafts, activities and admission is free but a canned food donation is appreciated. The Downtown Aquarium will host Easter breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 4, 2015 (reservations are required). On April 5, the Easter Brunch will feature delicious buffet items, Easter egg hunts and photos with the Easter bunny.

3) Get inspired at sunrise. Unique to Colorado, you can attend the Sunrise Easter Service at Red Rocks on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Gates open at 4:30 a.m. The non-denominational service is open to all and is a wonderful way to celebrate.

4) Every holiday is an excuse to read with your children. Great books for Easter include: E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core by William Joyce (chapter book), Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco, The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, My First Easter by Tomie dePaola (for the youngest in the family) and Petook: An Easter Story by Caryll Houselander.

5) Throw a Cascarones Party. After a visit to Houston, our family now celebrates an Easter tradition celebrated there and adopted from Mexico. Cascarones are colorful, hollowed-out eggs filled with confetti. To celebrate Easter, friends throw the eggs or crush them over each other’s heads, showering each other with confetti. Having a cascaron broken over your head is supposed to bring you good luck. Be warned, while this is a huge hit with the kids, you will be picking up eggshells and confetti in your yard for the rest of the year. (You can purchase them online or turn it into a craft project.)

Colorado's largest Easter egg hunt at Copper Mountain

Colorado’s largest Easter egg hunt at Copper Mountain

6) Take in spring with a family walk through a park, open space, Hudson Gardens (free admission year-round) or around the 3-acre Mordecai Children’s Garden at the Botanic Gardens.

7) Be quick like a bunny and run in the Bunny Bolt (5K or 10K) in City Park on April 4, 2015  The event includes an Easter Egg Hunt for the golden egg, along with more eggs hidden along the race route, as well as face-painting, balloons, the Easter Bunny, and prizes. (http://www.runningguru.com/EventInformation.asp?eID=4755)

8) Hop along the bunny trail at the Children’s Museum. The Museum will host its annual “Bunny Trail EggVenture” on April 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Young children will enjoy dying eggs and creating fun Easter-themed crafts. Also, all aboard the Bunny Express Train on April 4 at the Colorado Railroad Museum where the Easter Bunny and Spike the Railyard Hound will be on-hand with special spring treats. 

9) Head up to the mountains for Colorado’s largest Easter egg hunt. For those EGGstreme youngsters 7-11 years old, check out Copper Mountain’s Center Village Egg Hunt with 65,000 eggs on April 4 at 10 a.m. Don’t worry big kids, there will be few special “Copper Eggs” for you to find hidden on the mountain. And little bitty peeps have their very own hunt around Copper’s Climbing Wall at 11 a.m. Get a photo with the Easter Bunny at at West Lake in Center Village. They’ll have tons of EGGcellent prizes and a Noon Egg Decorating party with all of your leftover treasure. P.S. If your kids (ages 6-14) want a real adventure, sign them up  for the Kids Adventure Games Winter Edition on April 5 in Breckenridge.

10) Decorate a flowerpot and then plant vegetable or flower seeds. A spring does not go by in our house without at least one attempt (many failed) at growing grass, pumpkins, or flowers in a paper cup. It is fun to watch the kids peek at them every morning to see if anything has sprouted.

And, of course, there are a number of Easter egg hunts so be sure to go here for a comprehensive list.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

Dyeing eggs for Easter? Quick, easy way uses shaving cream

If dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and color tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food coloring.

It’s a tactile project many kids will enjoy — especially swirling the colors into the cream.

“They thought it was really cool to drop the food coloring into the shaving cream and take the toothpick and swirl it,” Sarah Barrand of Caldwell, Idaho, says of her four children.

“And the shaving cream will actually even help clean up the mess afterward,” she wrote in her blog, A Thrifty Mom.

As simple as the traditional egg-dyeing method but potentially messier, this method involves filling a deep-sided baking pan or sheet with an inch of shaving cream — no more, to be thrifty — and then smoothing it so colors won’t run together. Randomly add drops of two to four colors — more than that “creates brown or ugly green,” says Barrand.

With a toothpick or lollipop stick, swirl the colors through the shaving cream, being careful not to over-mix. “Large swirls and loops will give the layering effect,” writes Barrand in her blog.

Working from one end of the pan to the other in a straight line, roll a hard-boiled egg through the swirled colors and deposit it in an egg carton to dry. Wear rubber gloves or the food coloring will dye your hands, too.

Barrand said she could roll three eggs in a 9-by-9-inch pan before the colors muddied. When that occurs, rinse and dry the pan, add more shaving cream — don’t use shaving gel — and start the process anew.

After 3 minutes, clean off an egg to check its color — likely a light pastel. For darker shades, wait 10 minutes so the food dye has more time to seep into the eggshell. The eggs will look as if they’ve been tie-dyed.

If you’re worried about dyeing an egg you’ll be eating, use whipping cream instead, Barrand says. Or blow the eggs out of the shells beforehand.

“An eggshell is porous, so technically if you left it for like a day, I wouldn’t recommend eating it, but it’s only in the shaving cream for a few minutes,” Barrand says. “My kids totally ate all the eggs.”

Use a glass pan, if you have it; the liquid color may stain metal pans where they’re scratched or pitted. Create new colors in glass cups before dropping them into the shaving cream.

“Our kids enjoyed every part. With the old tablets and vinegar, they always got bored and thought it smelled,” Barrand says in her blog.

Find other easy egg-dyeing ideas — coloring with Kool-Aid, Sharpie pens, crayons, glitter, tissue paper and more — at Pinterest.com.

By Jennifer Forker
The Associated Press

Foodie Friday: 12 Delicious Homemade Easter Candy and Treats

What’s better than Easter candy? Homemade Easter candy? Sure, store-bought treats are easier but why not test out some of these recipes for yourself?

Chocolate peanut-butter Easter eggs

Easy, delicious and so very worth it!chocolate peanutbutter eggs

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If I have a favorite Easter treat, this one is it. Can’t you taste the delicious creme?

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borderEaster Bunny Cake Pops

Could these bunnies be any cuter? We love the candy corn ears!

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borderHomemade Peeps

The fresh taste of homemade marshmallow treats beats that of the cellophane-wrapped variety any Easter treat.

peepsborderDeep-fried Easter Creme Egg

I may have found my new addiction.

deepfriedborderSweet and Salty Spring Snack Mix

If you’re cooking challenged or just want a quick grab and go snack, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

sweetsaltyborderChocolate Ganache Easter Eggs

Chocolate ganache sounds so fancy and sophisticated that you wouldn’t think that it’s incredibly easy to make.

ganacheborderEaster Bunny Bark

This recipe is perfect for all that leftover Easter candy. Assuming you have any.

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borderCookie Butter Popcorn

Now that Trader Joe’s is in Colorado, try this recipe with their signature Cookie Butter.

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borderBunny Crepes

Turn your favorite filled crepes into bunnies for Easter.  They’re easy to make and fun to eat.

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Chocolate-covered eggs
It doesn’t get more basic than chocolate-covered eggs. Unless, of course, they are these beauties.
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Easter Candy Pizza
This candy pizza is basically a big pizza of chocolate bark but it is formed in a round springform pan and can basically incorporate anything you want in it. Read: leftover candy sugar rush!
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Pretty Easter Hairstyles for Girls

Frilly dresses, bountiful bows, shiny shoes, sparkling polish, dainty baskets brimming with treats…and, of course, lovely hair for this spectacular holiday celebration!

Easter – it’s the commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus, the foundation of the Christian faith and one of the most celebrated holidays in my family of origin – along with Christmas – but due to the variable road conditions in wintertime, this spring celebration is more conducive to travel and thus, large family gatherings. Commence egg hunting, sunrise services, massive feasts, chocolate bunnies…and fancy schmancy duds as “strongly suggested” by the ruling matriarch, ha.

As a child, it was one of the most dreadful aspects of this otherwise fabulous holiday…the EaStER DrESs.

The Hunt for the Golden Egg & A Mother’s Shame

My family has been attending our city’s Easter Egg Hunt since my children were toddlers. The Hunt has always been eventful. There was the year when Hadley and Bode thought the eggs were balls and launched them in the air.

Or the time they passed over the eggs and ran in circles.

Oh, and I can’t forget when the organizers setup the course around the playground and my kids preferred to play on the slide.

And then there was last year’s communist society Easter Egg Hunt where each child was only allowed to retrieve five eggs.

But this was our year. There were no quotas, the eggs were scattered on an open field and at ages 6 and 4 respectively, Hadley and Bode are in their prime. My competitive husband Jamie coached them to the point they were getting so riled up that I chastised him to chill out.

We ran into our friend Andrew from church whose toddler was in possession of the elusive Golden Egg that contains a special prize. Every year, there is just one of them placed in The Hunt for each age group and I was curious as to how they scored it.

“We were on the far side of the field when we saw the Golden Egg,” Andrew divulged, “It was sitting next to a 10-year-old boy who looked like he was going to swipe it but we snagged it first.”

Good thing, too. Andrew is an attorney and that kid

Hug a Tree…or a Banana!

Children are naturals when it comes to celebrating. They innately laugh, play and have fun – I find it inspiring! So, with each passing holiday, I take part in the youthful joy and make my best attempt at teaching traditions of our culture…when I can, I explore what others do and make it a cross-cultural experience – with tomorrow being both Earth Day and Good Friday, we have ample opportunity to mix a bit of learning in with a lot of fun!

Five Fun Easter Activities for Preschoolers

Spring is definitely showing its pretty little face here in Colorado. This means Easter isn’t far behind and we couldn’t be more excited. The weather changes daily this time of year, so sometimes it’s hard to plan ahead for our various Easter activities, especially with young kids. We don’t want to be outside if it’s overly cold, but we definitely want to participate in all the fun Easter events.

Here are five low-cost ideas for Easter Activities for Preschoolers that you can fit into your busy schedule and encourage the fun of the season with your little ones.

Create fun with Easter Crafts. Make a bunny mask or a pretty flower center piece for the Easter brunch table. Create your own egg holders to display the finished decorated eggs or make decorations.

Easter Egg Hunts in a Communist Society

A Johnson family tradition is to duke it out every year at the community Easter egg hunt.

It’s been a long road. When our daughter Hadley was little, she mistook the eggs as “pretty balls” and hucked them in the air. Then there was the year we couldn’t drag her off the playground equipment. Another Easter, both kids simply raced past all the eggs and ran in circles.

Now that my children are 3 and 5, this was OUR year. They finally understand that inside those cheap plastic eggs are candy and toys.

Glorious treats that Mom and Dad did not have to stuff.

This year, there was still a lot of snow and muck on the ground. Being the good mother I am, I had outfitted them in clothing befitting of a polar bear club/mud-wrestling competition.

I am nothing if not prepared.

But the organizers surprised us all and moved the Easter egg hunt into the adjacent recreation center. Instead of setting the children loose at the same time, we were admitted into the arena in waves. Bode had the advantage and was among the eldest in the 0-3 age group, as was Hadley in the 4-5.

Remember that I mentioned it was our year?

The children chomped at the bit as they waited at the starting line like thoroughbreds at a race track. A volunteer explained the rules.

“When the whistle blows, you may run into the arena. Your children are allowed five eggs a piece.”

Five eggs a piece? What’re we: a communist society?

When the whistle blew, all the children tore off the starting line. There were hundreds, if not over a thousand eggs for each age group. It was obvious that the five-egg limit would not be an issue as pretty much every child I saw greedily walked away with baskets spilling over with eggs.

I, on the other hand, got nothing. You see, the volunteer had also made sure to emphasize that parents were not allowed to pick up eggs. I didn’t murmur about the ban on parental involvement because I figured it was aimed at me.

In my defense, I was *this* close to finding the golden egg in previous years.

Did your children participated in any Easter egg hunts of festivities this year?