Some bunny’s been here

Happy Easter!

Wait.

What?

Yes, I’m a little behind the ball in life, but sometimes that is how life goes sometimes.

Easter was lots of fun. It’s a very important time, as the Easter Bunny is Santa’s helper too. He reports directly to the big man (year round) to let him know who is being naughty and who is being nice.

You have to build you bunny nest:

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And make some eggs:

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Oh, and of course you have to wear your Easter bonnet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And eat some yummy dessert:

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I think it turned out pretty cute!

I used

Sam’s Famous Carrot Cake from Allrecipes.com

and

Half a recipe of Cream Cheese Frosting IIĀ  from Allrecipes.com.

Directions to make the bunny:
1. Bake a cake round (flavor of your choice) and let it cool. Slice in half so you have two semicircles and glue them together with frosting with the cut side down.

2. Cut a v-shape about 1/4 of the way up the top so you make a small notch to separate the head from the body.

3. Ice the cake and use shredded coconut to cover so it looks like fur. I used a marshmallow for the tail and nose thing, jelly beans for the eyes and nose nose, and toothpicks for whiskers.

4. Cut ear-shapes from paper and color with pink crayons. Place these at the top of the “head”.

5. For grass, toss shredded coconut with green food coloring until color you desire. I used chocolate eggs and jelly beans tossed around for added decoration.

6. Eat.

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Happy Birthday, Munchkin!

It’s hard to believe my munchkin is already five! How time has flown! Since this year seemed to be the first year he really knew what was going on, I finally bit the bullet and expanded the party beyond our closest family and friends to his little friends from school.

Now every party needs a theme. I asked Keeler what he wanted. He specifically said:

  1. Dragon cake
  2. watermelon
  3. tag

Well, we were able to do two of the three. I found a pattern online for the cake. Not as hard as it looks. Watermelon – yep. Ran out of time for a game of tag.

The cake, sans frosting.

 

Awaiting wings.

I used tootsie rolls for the claws, icing for the eyes and chocolate chips for the pupils and nostrils. The spine scales were crackers I made earlier this week.The cake was just a basic yellow cake I made from All Recipes and the icing was from a can. Real high tech around here.

One thing I will say, you really have to freeze the cake after assembling, and periodically freeze it while icing to make life a whole ton easier. Less crumbs get into the icing, and the finish is much smoother when you spread it when it is harder.

I had lots of grand ideas for the theme, but in the end, the entertainment was bubbles, coloring pages, blow up swords and paper crowns from Oriental Trading Company, and a garden hose. A pop up tailgate tent from CBear served as the “castle”. Everyone had a great time, and I didn’t have to break the bank to do it. Win for everyone!

We also had everyone bring a canned good instead of presents. Hopefully that helps the kids learn about giving, and less toys around the house here to trip over. We’re going to take them to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Food wise, again, I kept simple. I made:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies sliced up
  • Cucumber Slices With Dill (since I have a ton of cucumbers and dill to use up!)

  • Confetti salad – a bean salad from my grandma’s recipe collection
  • Bread from the bread maker
  • Ham and PB&J for sandwiches
  • Amish Macaroni Salad (Everyone LOVES this!)

My family brought:

  • Chicken salad sandwiches
  • Orzo salad
  • Strawberry Salad with feta

Munchkin’s actual birthday is this week. I usually take the day off and we do whatever he wants to do, and we go to the toy store and he gets to pick out his own present. I’ll also take him to the food bank to deliver the food we collected. Should be a lovely day! Last year we went to the park and to the movies to see Toy Story 3. This year? Stay tuned!

Preparing for the bunny

We have a few Easter traditions. Yes, we go to church. Yes, we have Easter baskets, but not the boring, every one looks the same. Each year I take the Munchkin to a thrift store and park him in the basket isle and let him pick out his basket for that year. This year he found a lovely basket from Bath & Body Works that was really very manly. It had red leather around the outside with pockets. Very cute!

Our second tradition is this – The Easter Bunny is like Santa. He travels all around the world delivering Easter baskets and gets tired, so you have to build a nest for him to sleep in during his travels. As a thank you, he leaves an Easter basket. This is normally done outside, and of course this year it was a down pour of rain. His buddy was here to help build.

This was their creation. Cute, no? I liked it was also quick. It was wet outside! However, I don’t think they minded. I think they bunny will approve.

Emily’s Picks

Your stop for Emily’s favorite upcoming event this weekend in Columbus!

Friday, March 4

Perkins Observatory – See the sky!
$7.00/adults, $5.00/children and seniors

BalletMet Open Rehearsal
BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43215
Friday 5-6 p.m.
Free!

Saturday, March 5

Charlotte’s Web
Phoenix Children’s Theater
$10.00/child, $20.00/adult

Arnold Sports Festival 2011 – Get your fitness on!
Various Downtown locations, Columbus, OH 43215 Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.; Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd.; The LC Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave.; and Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.

Sunday, March 6

Ohio State University Men’s Basketball vs. Wisconsin
Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center
(If you can get the tickets!!!)

Central Ohio Home & Garden Show – Last day!
Get a $2 off coupon!
Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, 43211
Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Adults $10. Children 12 and under free. Parking $5.