Candy, scavenger hunts, brunches galore, and the beginning of Spring are just a few of the fabulous things we love about Easter. If you are like me you are running around this time of year. I have pulled together some fun and EASY ideas so you are not working your tail off!
Egg fillers for Older Kids and the “Tween” Kids:
- Gift Cards- Many Stores like Starbucks have smaller cards that fit into eggs.
- Eos Lip balm
- Shopkins- Sold Individually at the Big Box Stores
- Quarters or Dollars
- Notes for activites- A chore free day, Movie Day with Dad, A trip to the Mall with Friends, stay up late!
- Nail Polish
- Erasers from the dollar area at a Big Box Store
- Ear Buds for devices
- Baseball Trading Cards
*We like to have some larger eggs available to allow for some variety in the goodies inside!
We love the free printable below for a take-away favor. Add some Peeps, Chocolate and Graham Crackers for an Easter S’more!
Carrot Cake Pancakes are Delish! We modified the recipe we used from Betty Crocker or you can prepare it as is from f their website.
Carrot Cake Pancakes
- 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
- 2 cups shredded carrots (We like to make sure they are finely shredded)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (We like to add more than the recommendation- so we rec. 4 tablespoons of finely chopped walnuts)
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 eggs
Cream Cheese Topping
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Additional cinnamon, if desired (We always like to add more cinnamon!)
- *Make the icing ahead of time to save a few minutes in the morning!
In large bowl, stir together all Pancake ingredients until just combined. Heat 10-inch or larger skillet or griddle over medium heat (325°F). Lightly brush with oil or butter.
Pour batter by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot skillet. Cook until golden on bottom and bubbles form on top, about 3 minutes; turn, and cook another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to plate. Repeat with remaining batter. (Our Tip- Use a Tortilla Warmer to keep your pancakes warm ready to be devoured!)
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer on high speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat to combine.
Spoon cream cheese topping on top of warm pancakes. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. (If you made the day before, take it out to bring to room temperature.
Here is are more ideas to make you Easter Easy and Awesome!
Eggs are what we all remember about Easter!!! People are always trying to come up with new ways to decorate Easter Eggs and we wanted to find some cute ideas without necessarily taking on the mess of dyes.
We love any reason to brunch, especially when drinks are involved. Victoria found an amazing cocktail to pair with any Easter meal, and she added her own little spin to it. This cocktail is filled with champagne, Grenadine, and peach puree. Everyone knows you eat with your eyes first, and the same is true for drinking! So Victoria added some edible flowers for a fresh Spring touch.
To pair with that fabulous cocktail, we have an Easter take on a Cinnamon Roll. I don’t know about you, but this treat is a favorite for all of the kids I know! And turning the pastry into a cute bunny is super simple!
This tip has to be one of our favorites! This is the perfect thing for anyone who has old Easter decorations that have lost their brightness or have just become outdated. All you need is some Gloss Brown Spray Paint. Just give the decoration a layer or two of paint and Voila! it turns into chocolate! This is also a great little trick if you are trying to find some little decorations to put around the house. Just pick up some rabbits at a dollar store and you’re set! We tried it on this little rabbit egg holder and we think it looks good enough to eat 🙂
And lastly we have the perfect compromise of the good ole’ Peeps. They are the cutest treat and are SO classically Easter… BUT the sugar, oh man, the sugar. Well, here we have a new way to still display the sugary snack, but not ingest it! We chose to use the Peeps that are shaped like rabbits, just a preference, but you can use any you find. Then you have to use two different vases, one that will fit inside the other with space still left for the Peeps. Just stack them against the glass and put the flowers and water in the smaller vase!
We always love sharing these fun ideas on Arizona Midday! Happy Easter!