Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Basket Revamp

Easter baskets can be notorious for nasty candy, cheap toys that fall apart in a day and a new basket every year that clutters up more space in your child’s room.   Last year I was on a mission to change that and it has been a hit!  The great part is that you are going to eventually buy these things for your child this spring anyway so why not get a little organized and integrate it into your Easter basket.
Think outside the box and add things like:
A towel with your loved ones favorite character on it.

A new bathing suit for the season, sun glasses and hat to fend off those summer rays.
A stuffed animal or book.
New Spring/Summer Jammies and Slippers.
Bracelets or necklaces. 
Fill eggs up with things other than sweets like temporary tattoos or a healthier snack like cheerios.
I also have the kids put out the basket the night before so the bunny has a place to leave his gifts.  That way you save by not having to buy another basket.
Be creative, have fun and Happy Easter!          

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patty's Day Hole In One!!!

Saint Patty’s Day is around the corner and this breakfast is a perfectly fun way to celebrate.    My grandmother always made this easy and delicious breakfast for me growing up and using a clover cookie cutter makes it all the more fun during the month of March. 


One slice of toast per person, we used organic whole wheat

One egg per person

A little cooking spray or butter for the pan

Salt and pepper

One cookie cutter

Use cookie cutter to cut out the middle of the slice of bread.   On a non-stick pan use a little butter or cooking spray.  Over medium heat put down your bread and break an egg into the hole.   Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the egg if you like.  Toast your little cut out as well!  When the egg starts to turn white most of the way through very carefully give your toast a flip with a spatula.  Leave it for about a minute and check the bread to see if it is toasted the way you like it.  If you leave the egg runny it’s fun to dip your cut out into it or you can just as easily cook the egg through.  Viola!


Substitute a green pepper ring for the toast.  It still has that clover look to it!  Just cut a pepper in half to make rings.

Make this anytime of year with other holiday cookie cutters like a heart for Valentine’s Day or butterflies during the summer months.

Take some blue food coloring and add it to a bowl with your egg.  Whip it gently.   This way your clover will be green!