Vegan Chow Mein Easter Nests

Here comes Peter Cottontail and an Easter induced sugar high.  Even as an adult I get excited to get an Easter basket and enjoy all the treats.  Chow Mein Easter Nests have always been one of my favorites.  I buy chow mein noodles once a year specifically to make these delicious Easter nests.  There are many different recipes out there, I went for a quick and easy 3 ingredient recipe.
Chow Mein Easter Nests

All you need to make these Vegan Chow Mein Easter Nests is:

4 cups of Chow Mein noodles

2 cups of 365 Vegan chocolate chips

1 cup of Earth Balance peanut butter

Place the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.  Place bowl in microwave on high for 1 minute.  Stir and repeat until they are melted and mixed.   Combine the Chow Mein noodles with the chocolate/peanut butter mixture.  Gently mix until the noodles are fully coated.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silpat.  Form noodle nests on the cookie sheet. Refrigerate until firm.

3 ingredient Chow Mein Easter nests

Once they are firm you can eat them the way they are or add jelly beans, peanuts or any of your favorite Easter goodies.  I put in little raw carrot cake “eggs”.

What is your favorite Easter treat?

 

Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets

Nestle sent us some of their seasonal Easter candies and asked us to share a favorite recipe wtih you.  We’d been looking  for a cute and unique Easter treat- and found the most adorable/easy recipe on the Nestle site for Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets.  I guarantee that you will have fun making these with your little ones.  These would make great classroom treats as well!  With just 5 ingredients, these bite sized treats can be assembled in just minutes.

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Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets

Ingredients:

1 Package Nestle Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough

1/2 Cup Flake Coconut

4 drops of green food coloring

Jelly Beans (the WONKA® SweeTARTS® or SPREE® Jelly Beans work well)

Thin String Licorice

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Using a mini muffin pan, press one square of cookie dough into each well (pressing against the edges to form a basket shape).  Bake 8-10 minutes.  While cookies are still warm, use a toothpick to poke holes onto each side of the cookie, where the licorice “handles” can be inserted.  Make sure that the holes are the same size as the licorice.

While cookies are cooling, add 4 drops of green food coloring to the coconut.  Use a fork to mix the food coloring to make “easter grass”.

Allow cookies to cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Remove, and allow to cool to room temperature.  Insert licorice handles into cookie.  Add green coconut grass to the center of the basket and top with Jelly Beans.

 

You can also do these and put some of the Nestle Crunch or Butterfinger foil-wrapped eggs into the baskets- there are many, many options – have some fun with these!

 

Thanks to Nestle for sending some product samples.  Opinions are, as always, our own.

Land’s End Canvas Easter Basket Totes

I’ve long loved canvas totes from Land’s End.  I saw a few weeks ago that they now have Easter Basket Totes, I needed to have them for the kids.  Thankfully, Land’s End was agreeable to send us one for each of the kids for review- one Flower Easter Basket Tote ($25), plus two of the Bunny Easter Basket Totes ($25). We had some personalized baskets for the kids from a few years ago but 2 of the 3 fell apart the first year and the other fell apart last year.  Too many egg hunts, perhaps.

lands end canvas easter baskets

But I don’t like buying and rebuying things.  It’s a waste of money, time, and resources.  I’d rather buy something that is going to last and last.  That’s why I wanted Land’s End.  My parents  always had Land’s End canvas totes- my dad still has a tool tote for his boat tools that has been around at least 25 years.    Very durable 100% cotton canvas fabric, with super-tough stitching and reinforced seams makes for a basket-shaped tote that will last and last, and then last some more.   It’s a great size so it’ll hold all of the candy, the eggs, the treats that that beloved bunny leaves. Dimentions: 7″Hx9 ½″W, with 8″ base; 7″ handle drop

 

I need a bigger basket for my kids.  We do very little candy and treats instead.  They do LOVE egg hunts, so we have dozens and dozens of eggs.  That calls for a basket large enough to hold many eggs! In fact, they are already asking for “practice” hunts so they can work on their techniques.

lands end flower easter basket canvas

The appliques on these totes are adorable- and not too “young” so that the kids can enjoy their baskets for many years to come.  You can get their names monogrammed on the back for an additional $6- which I did opt to do. I chose to do their favorite colors for the monograms so they aren’t “matching” their totes but they’ll love them all the same.

There are some other variations of the Easter Basket Tote on the Land’s End site if you don’t want appliques- each of those is priced at $20. Right now through March 23, when you buy 3 or more Easter Totes, you can save $3 off each.  Monogramming on home items is 50% off.  That means you can get these adorable totes for even less.  Monogramming does add a day or two to your processing so keep that in mind when you place your order!   (Don’t forget to go through Ebates first and get 6% cash back on your order!

Thanks to Land’s End for sending the baskets.  Opinions are my

Peeps Pops and Peeps Kebabs – Super simple and so much fun!

I’m sure I’m not reinventing the wheel here but I thought up this idea of making Peeps Pops and Peeps Kebabs for a cute Easter bake sale idea and also an adorable Easter centerpiece idea…placecard idea…or a little gift.

peeps kebabs and peeps pops

Obviously you’d use a cuter container for a centerpiece but I wasn’t doing cute I was doing functional for the bake sale.  The Peeps kebabs are SUPER simple.

peeps pops kebabs

Get long lollipop sticks, and put Peeps on them in whatever order you’d like.  Once the Peeps are all on there, you can drizzle some melted colored chocolates on them with some festive sprinkles or leave them as is.  I asked the kids after the sale and half loved the drizzle, half thought they should be plain.  They were all asking for more kebabs! (If you drizzle, put them on wax or parchment paper first)

peeps pops

The Peeps pops are SO simple.  Take a Peep, dip in melted colored chocolate, put a lollipop stick in, let dry on wax or parchment paper.  Slip into a cellophane bag and voila! Adorable little pop!  These went like crazy.  Kids can help or not- the thing that takes the most time with these is simply the time to dry the chocolate!

 

 

Check out M&M’s brand NEW White Chocolate Carrot Cake flavor (Giveaway 2 winners)

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Happy end of February!  This year, Easter’s coming early- as in, end of March.  With Easter comes fun holiday themed candy…including M&M’s brand NEW White Chocolate Carrot Cake flavor that will be exclusively available at select Walmart stores for a limited time! Starting March 1, you can save $1.50 on one 18oz or larger egg hunt bags!
I always love the holiday flavors for candies- so much fun for crafts, recipes, and, truth be told…snacking…
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The coupon is NOT available until 3/1 so be sure you bookmark this post or their site so you can print it! I know I’ll be taking advantage of it- purchasing candies for holidays is not cheap! (Or should I say…cheep?!)
For me, while I’m waiting for March 1 for the coupon, I’m going to be thinking up a fun recipe to use with these delicious sounding candies.  I love M&M’s recipes!
TWO readers will win a $50 Walmart Gift Card – buy some of the new M&M’s if you want!
 
 

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Choccreate Review

I’ll admit it.  I’m a chocaholic.  Especially this time of year with all that delicious Easter candy around.  So, what’s better than a chocolate bar?  How about a chocolate bar that is custom designed by you!   At Choccreate, you can create your own chocolate masterpiece.  They have milk, dark and white chocolate and a selection of over 100 ingredients to add in.  I was absolutely thrilled to try out some of my own custom creations.

The process was really simple and quick.  First I chose my chocolate (milk chocolate of course), and then I chose my add ins.  With so many choices it was hard to decide (you can even add gold flakes)!  The add in’s are grouped into the following categories:  Fruit, Nuts & Cereals, Gourment, Extras, Decorations and Herbs& Spices.  The website also offer suggestions and favorite combinations.

I designed 3 bars:

1.  Milk Chocolate with Himalayan Sea Salt, Caramel Bits and Pecans – For Me

2.  Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts, Dried Shredded Coconugt and Chipolte Pepper Powder – For the Hubby

 

3.  Milk Chocolate with Sunflower Seed Sunbeams, Dessert Sprinkles and Roasted Peanuts – For the Kids

 

My chocolate arrived in a matter of days.  It came packaged in a cute brown and pink striped box (perfect for an Easter Basket), with my custom ingredients labeled on the back.  Each bar is is a generous 3.5 oz. size.   My intention was to use these chocolate bars in Easter baskets.  Of course I wasn’t able to wait that long.  As soon as my husband and children saw these custom created bars, they wanted to dig in right away.

First, let me say that the chocolate was really delicious and creamy.  Choccreate uses gourmet German Chocolate in all of their bars.  All three of the bars were so unique and delicious in different ways.  I added sea salt to my chocolate bar because I love the combination of sweet and salty.  The addition of the caramel bits and pecans was perfect.  Delish!!!  My husband tried the Dark Chocolate, which was also great.  He added the Chipolte Pepper Powder which added a little kick to the chocolate.  The combination really worked well together.  They really did a great job of adding just the right amount of ingredient.  Each of the additions was obviously present in each bite of chocolate, but no one ingredient was overpowering.  My children had a fun (and pretty) bar with sunbeams and sprinkles.  It looked so fun and tasted great!  I found that the addition of 3 ingredients was just perfect:  not too much and not too little.

Choccreate also sent us a chocolate bar decorated for Easter.  The unique Easter add ins were so cute and whimsical!  These, I am saving for the Easter baskets.  I promise.

These bars were really delicious and so gorgeous.  They make such a statement in a gift basket and allow you to customize your chocolate bar to fit the unique tastes of the recipient.  Choccreate does a great job of creating these bars.  Try them out in your Easter baskets this year.  Your family will love them!

The bars start at $5.85 and each add in ranges in price from $.50 to about $2.30.  For a really reasonable price, you can create your own chocolate bar!  Hurry, Choccreate can make and ship your bar within 5 days!  Just in time for Easter.

 

“A sample of this product was provided to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed are my own.”

Spring Looks from The Children’s Place #Giveaway

The Children’s Place always offers fun, functional and stylish clothing that really stands up to wear and, my favorite part, is AFFORDABLE.  The looks range from sweet and classic to fun and funky, with a whole lot of fun in between.  Here are my two older kids sporting their new spring looks:

the children's place spring looks

My son hates having his hair “done”- can you tell?

The dress my daughter is a Floral Empire Waist Dress. She’ll wear this to a family celebration in March, and again at Easter, plus a whole lot more over the summer.  I love the navy with the floral print- its sweet, perfectly age appropriate for a 6 year old, and passes the twirl test.   Light and airy, it’ll be perfect with a cardigan for cooler weather, and by itself for hot summer days. I love that it’s got such a sweet and modest neckline.

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Baby Animal Pop! Easter Basket Giveaway ends 4/17

Nothing says Spring like baby animals and National Geographic Children’s Books’ new Baby Animal Pop! is — literally — BURSTING with LIFE-SIZE pop-outs of the cutest, cuddly babes on the farm. We LOVE books in my house.  Love them.  Its been one of the first words all three of my kids spoke, and one of their first signs they were able to gesture.  Animals come in a close second, and any book that has animals in it, well, its bound to be a hit.  I love the vibrant, beautiful photography that comes along when you see anything with National Geographic and I don’t doubt that this book will have stunning photography and beautiful baby animals to enjoy with the youngest animal lovers in our lives.  Perfect timing for Easter!!

In this show-stopper of a picture book a baby bunny, a sweet lamb, a wobbly pony, a family of piglets and a line of baby ducks all magically unfold with at the turn of the page to reveal their actual size. This book is sure to dazzle, but it is educational as well. Additional pages with special photos and captions highlight awesome animal features and supplemental spreads include “The First Year of Life,” which gives a glimpse of a baby’s animal development.

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Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats™ Recipe – Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®

I will preface this by saying I’m getting my crafty mojo back, after a someone long hiatus.  My kids are loving it.  When my husband saw me looking at the link for this recipe, he declared that his beloved marketing victim was back in action!!  (We saw these on a commercial this How To Get Ex Back weekend and I knew we had to try them). 

Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats™ Recipe – Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies®.

1. Clean, then coat inside of plastic eggs with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
3. Add Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal. Stir until well coated.
4. Using greased hands, firmly press 1/4 cup of Rice Krispies® mixture into both halves of each plastic egg. Use fingers to make hollow center in each half. Remove from molds. Place on wax paper. Cool slightly.
5. Place about 6 M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies in one half of each egg. Gently press two halves of each egg together until they stick. Cool completely.
6. Decorate with frosting and additional M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies (if desired). Best if served the same day. Serving size is 1 egg.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Follow step 1 above. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 3 through 6 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Notes:
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.

Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.

Now, I looked at the reviews on this site and poked around google.  Most all of the reviews/comments said this takes far longer than the 40 minutes.  If you cook with kids you already know this will take longer- I just want to be sure we are all on the same page that this will take longer. 

MY Tips:

Pack the krispies into the eggs.  The tighter they are packed the better they will hold together.   Maybe let the kids start and finish it up if they are little like mine (5 and under).

Somewhere along the way I saw a suggestion to put both halves of the egg together while they set so they keep their shape.  We tried this but then I didn’t want to break them open again to add the M&Ms (and really, what good is a surprise Easter egg with no surprise inside??) so I just used a little bit of frosting to glue the edges. 

We may make these again and put people’s first initial on them for place cards for Easter dinner! 

Happy Food Crafting!!

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