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Easy Dip Dyed Marshmallows

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Want to skip the hassle of boiling eggs this Easter? We have a super-easy DIY dip dyed marshmallow project for you! This DIY is a perfect activity for the little ones. All you need is JUMBO marshmallows, water and some food coloring. No need to wait around for eggs to boil or worry about cracked eggs. The kids (and even the adults) will have fun with all the different color combos and designs!

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Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas

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I know what you’re thinking, “Easter is on Sunday. Why are you just now showing me these cute ideas?” I hear you. But let’s be honest, if we would have posted this on Monday you probably still wouldn’t have had time to go to the store and put these together. But maybe you’re the type of person that is super planned and you absolutely needed this post two weeks ago, to you and all the other prepped people, we solute you. We want to be you. You can stop reading now or save this post for next year. To the rest of you who are knee deep in work stuff, kid stuff, house stuff, and trying to work out and eat healthy stuff, read on. We’ve got some fun ideas for an Easter basket that you can pull off in a Saturday so rest assured. The one thing I do regret in posting this tonight in an attempt to connect with my midnight-oil-burning friends, is that I didn’t give you enough time for 2-day shipping on Amazon Prime. Next time, I’ll remember the shipping window, promise.

Okay, now on to the stuff! This was definitely a creative sweet lemonMADE collaboration as we wandered the aisles of Target (no, we are not sponsored by them, but we should be! #dreams). Wait, you mean, you don’t wander the aisles of Target at 10 o’clock at night on a Tuesday? Oh, you do, oh, okay. Phew.

For the kiddos…

Girl Easter Basket sweetlemonmade.com

First of all, that dress! Talk about flower power, we all gushed over it. It has the perfect amount of whimsy and fun with all those bright colors and that retro, floral pattern. We may have checked the entire store to find that pattern in anything else (really, ANYTHING), but if you want this happy print you’ve gotta buy this dress. We paired it with some sweet shades (also Target), one of those darling, BabyLit books (Barnes and Noble), naturally we chose “The Secret Garden” (wait, are we supposed to use quotes or underline book titles…um, does it change if it is APA format vs MLA format?  Is there a blog format?? Um, I think you can do either way, right? Mrs. Dursteler? Are you reading this? You knew what I meant). And if you wanna splurge a little (read: a lot) you can snag some of these great Freshly Picked Mocs, the ones pictured here are “petite cashmere.”

Boy Easter Basket sweetlemonmade.com

You will be the coolest mom, aunt, grandma, sister around if you get the dudes in your life one of these “Bunch-O-Balloons” water balloon fillers. Talk about ultimate life hack, you can fill 100 water balloons in 1 minute! Oh, and did we mention that it is self-tying? Yes, amazing (find it at Target, Walmart, or Amazon). Throw in a fun spring shirt, and one of those great BabyLit books and you’re set.

For the awesome ladies in your life…sisters, friends, coworkers

Friend Easter Basket sweetlemonmade.com

Okay, did you guys read that flavor? Pearberry!! Talk about throwback! When I saw this at Bath and Body Works I knew I had to buy it for my fellow sweet lemonMADE ladies. This was the scent of our awkward tween years. It’s weird, just putting it on transports me back to junior high with my braces and Doc Martens. I threw in a fun new flavor of Trident Layers gum (watermelon/tropical fruit) and a new stick of everyone’s favorite, Baby Lips by Maybelline.

Coke Easter Basket sweetlemonmade.com

I don’t know about you, but Diet Coke is a religion around here, and there’s nothing most women love more (maybe their husbands and kids, maybe). Diet Coke goes great with anything, but especially these Cape Cod chips (YUM!) on a blanket in the park. Yeah, that’s the stuff dreams are made of.

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And if all else fails and you run out of ideas and time just buy the people you love some Easter chocolate. They won’t be mad you did.

Eats

Birds Nest Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

Easter is just right around the corner! If you are in charge of making a dessert, these cupcakes are cute and delicious. Cadbury Mini Eggs are one of my favorite Easter candies so, when I saw these cupcakes on my Pinterest feed, I knew I had to make them because I couldn’t pass up the chance to add Cadbury Mini Eggs to a cupcake! I just can’t get over how cute these little chicks are! These fluffy vanilla cupcakes, with chocolate buttercream frosting, shredded coconut, and the cutest Cadbury Mini Egg chicks are the perfect addition to any Easter celebration. Warning: you may need to buy an extra bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs, you won’t be able to resist snacking on them while you make these delicious cupcakes! 🙂

Birds Nest Cupcakes
Fluffy vanilla cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting.
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Ingredients
  1. VANILLA CUPCAKES
  2. 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  3. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  7. 2 cups granulated sugar
  8. 4 eggs, room temp
  9. 4 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
  11. CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
  12. 2 cups powdered sugar
  13. 1/3 cup salted butter, softened
  14. 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  15. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  16. 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  17. Yellow and red food coloring gel
  18. ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS
  19. 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  20. Cadbury Mini Eggs
  21. 1 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  22. Cupcake liners
Instructions
  1. To make the vanilla cupcakes, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flours, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Beat in vanilla extract.
  6. Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternating with the milk (start with dry ingredients and end with dry ingredients).
  7. Pour batter evenly into paper lined muffin pan.
  8. Bake for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Watch cupcakes carefully, making sure to not over bake. As soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cupcakes from the oven. Let cool for 2 minutes and remove from pan and let them cool completely on a cooling rack.
  9. Next up is the chocolate buttercream frosting. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer whip together powdered sugar, butter, heavy cream, and vanilla extract for 1 minute until smooth and fluffy.
  10. Scoop out 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of the frosting into a small bowl and tint it with yellow and red gel food coloring (you will only need a tiny bit) until you get the desired orangish-yellow color to your liking for the beaks.
  11. Add cocoa powder to the remaining frosting mixture and whip together with electric mixer until well combined.
Notes
  1. ASSEMBLING THE CUPCAKES
  2. 1. Toast coconut flakes by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown, rotating pan halfway through baking. Watch closely to prevent over toasting. Allow to cool.
  3. 2. Frost cooled cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting.
  4. 3. Gently press 3 Cadbury Mini Eggs into the center of each cupcake with the pointed end facing down into the frosting and the large rounded end facing up.
  5. 4. Sprinkle toasted coconut around the Cadbury Mini Eggs (work quickly before the frosting sets so the coconut sticks better).
  6. 5. Fill a ziploc bag with orange tinted frosting. Using scissors cut a very small tip off of the corner of the bag and pipe beaks onto the Cadbury Mini Eggs.
  7. 6. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between each interval until melted and smooth. Using a toothpick, dip the end of the toothpick into the chocolate and dab the eyes onto the chicks.
  8. Chocolate butter cream frosting recipe adapted from cookingclassy.com
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Basket Liner Tutorial

Easter Basket Liner Tutorial sweetlemonmade.com

Every year I swoon over the cute fabric lined baskets while shopping for Easter goodies. So this year I decided to get crafty and make my own. Sewing is not my specialty, so I’m pretty excited about how it turned out. With Easter right around the corner, this simple and easy basket liner tutorial can help you personalize any basket that you already have on hand.

Project Supplies:
Basket
Fabric – 1 Yard
Ribbon
Thread
Pins
Fabric Scissors
Sewing Machine

Easter Basket Liner sweetlemonmade.com

 

Step 1:
Turn your basket upside down over an ironing board. You will then drape and center your fabric over the outside of your basket and pin the fabric tight around the corners and down the sides of the basket. This is a lot easier than trying to cut and sew multiple pieces together.

Step 2:
Take the fabric off of the basket and with a ruler, extend the pin line to the edge of the fabric. Repeat this step for all four sides. Next, you will sew a seam along the pin lines, leaving a triangular flap. Cut off the flap on each side, leaving a 1/2 inch seam. If you find the fabric doesn’t fit snug in the basket, make your seam a little closer from the original.

Step 3:
Next you need to determine how much fabric you want showing on the outside of your basket. I have three inches showing on my basket. Measure your fabric accordingly and add an additional length for a ribbon casing. The length of your casing will depend on the width of your ribbon. You will then trim off  the excess fabric. 

Step 4:
With the fabric in the basket, make a cut from the edge of the fabric to the handle at the top edge of the basket. The width of the cut will depend on the width of the basket handles. Fold the fabric under and stitch around the edge to get a nice finish. 

Step 5:
Next you will need to make the casing for your ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the casing and pull tight to make sure the liner fits snug around the outside of the basket and tie a bow at each end. 

Fabric Lined Basket sweetlemonmade.com