Splendid Spring Cookies

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Spring always makes me want to eat lighter things — even when I bake, I want color and lighter textures and flavors.  These Spring Cookie recipes certainly deliver on the cute and fun while not missing a thing on flavor!  Take a look at all of these and bake up some fun new treats for the season of Spring.

Spring Flower Cookies with Marshmallows

Spring Cookie Bars (Shown)

Sweet Cookies

Bird Nest Cookies (Shown)

Carrot Patch Cookies

Spring Flowers Cookie

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Spring Cookie Pops

Easter Bunny Bottoms Cookies (Shown)

Iced Butter Cookies

Bunny Cookies

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Flower Pot Cookies (Shown)

Stacked Flower Cookies

Cream Egg Sugar Cookie Cups

Easy Easter Egg Cookies

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20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

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I could care less if the chicken came before the egg or vice versa.  Nor do I care why the chicken crossed the road.  I DO care about the egg, though, especially when it is deviled into a few bites of absolute heaven.  Deviled actually means to prepare food, usually minced, with hot (spicy) or savory seasoning.  Deviled = hot, get it?  In modern takes on that definition, we use it to mean just about any filling for a hard boiled egg.  No matter to me!  I love each and every one of these deviled egg recipes, from true deviled like the Jalapeno Bacon or Sriracha, to more savory options like Bacon Chive.  Take a look and make a few of these for your next devil-may-care party!

20 Delicious Ways to Make Deviled Eggs

  1. Bacon Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  2. Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs
  3. Guacamole Deviled Eggs
  4. Bacon Chive Deviled Eggs
  5. Herbed Deviled Eggs
  6. Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs
  7. Pumpkin Deviled Eggs
  8. Beet & Avocado Deviled Eggs
  9. Sriracha Deviled Eggs
  10. Spicy Avocado Deviled Eggs
  11. Salsa Deviled Eggs
  12. Pickled Deviled Eggs
  13. Caviar Deviled Eggs
  14. Buffalo Ranch Deviled Eggs
  15. Crab Deviled Eggs
  16. Hummus Deviled Eggs
  17. Cajun Style Deviled Eggs
  18. Sriracha Beet Pickled Deviled Eggs
  19. Gluten Free Deviled Eggs
  20. Avocado Horseradish Deviled Eggs
  21. Pickled Beet Deviled Eggs
  22. Banh Mi Deviled Eggs
  23. Chimichurri Deviled Eggs
  24. Harissa Goat Cheese Deviled Eggs

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Scrumptious Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream
Strawberry Cheesecake Tart
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes
Mini Strawberry Topped Cheesecakes
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Berry Cheesecake Bars
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Smoothie
Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

 

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Craveable Carrot Cake Treats

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Craveable Carrot Cake Recipes and Treats

The Baking Fairy – Carrot Cake Waffles

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen – Carrot Cake Pancakes with Chia Jam

Maybe I Will – Carrot Cake Dip

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom – Microwave Carrot Cake

To Simply Inspire – Carrot Cake Bites

Cincy Shopper – Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Things to Share and Remember – M&M’s Carrot Cake Monster Cookies

Teaspoon of Goodness – Baked Carrot Cake Donuts

Flour on My Face – Carrot Cake Jam

The Gracious Wife – Carrot Cake Roll

Intoxicated on Life – Carrot Cake Fritter Pancakes

Food Folks and Fun – Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Simply Stacie – Carrot Cake Cups

Premeditated Leftovers – Carrot Cake Overnight Oatmeal

Kasey Trenum – Carrot Cake Blondies

The Baking Fairy – Carrot Cake Pops

Crockpot Ladies – Crockpot Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grandbaby Cakes – Carrot Cake Pound Cake

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen – Carrot Cake Homemade Protein Bars

Wicked Good Kitchen – Carrot Cake Cheesecake Crumble Bars

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

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New Orleans Style Classic Big Easy Hurricane Cocktail

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, and is now an iconic staple of New Orleans. The story behind the drink claims that it debuted during the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City and got its name from the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses that the first drinks were served in, and still known as hurricane glasses today.  Enjoy our version of this classic made famous in the Big Easy.  These pack a heck of a punch, so please enjoy responsibly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces mango passion fruit juice
  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Ice
  • Fresh slice of orange
  • Maraschino cherry with a stem

Directions:

  1. Into a cocktail shaker half filled with cubed ice, add: grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices, orange juice, simple syrup, mango passion fruit juice, white rum, dark rum.
  2. Place the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into a 12-ounce Hurricane glass filled with cubed ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and a single Maraschino cherry.
  5. Serve, sip, enjoy.

Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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Hand Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Spring or Easter

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Hand Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Spring or Easter

This recipe will yield one dozen hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries.

INGREDIENTS
12 large strawberries
12-20 Wilton chocolate melting chips each in pink, purple, orange, blue, yellow and white -NOTE : 12 chips will cover approximately 2 average size strawberries

DIRECTIONS
1. Line a cookie/baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
2. Rinse strawberries and dry completely. Place in refrigerator to chill.
2. Place the various colors of melting chips in small microwaveable bowls.
3. Microwave each bowl one at a time, for 30 seconds on 50% power, stirring well until chocolate is melted but not too hot.  You don’t want to burn it, so watch carefully.
4. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate onto 2 strawberries, covering completely except for the stem.  Alternately, hold the green stem and dip the strawberry in the chocolate to cover it completely.    Lay on baking sheet to harden. It will not take long to “set” because the strawberries were chilled.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all 6 colors.
5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days until ready to serve.
6. ENJOY!!
Anchor Hocking 6-Ounce Custard Cups with Lids, Set of 4

Wilton Orange Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton Yellow Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton White Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton Blue Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton Lavender Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Wilton Bright Pink Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

Hand Dipped Chocolate Covered Strawberries fb

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10 Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

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This is definitely NOT the Easter egg decorating I grew up with (umm hello stained fingers, vinegar and food coloring!)  These 10 Unique Easter Eggs are way too pretty to hide, so grab some supplies and get ready for some, “WOW, you made those?!” compliments!

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10 Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

1. Napkin Decoupage Eggs from Red Ted Art
2. Magazine-Inspired Easter Egg Decorations from Meaningful Mama
3. Tie Dye Easter Eggs from Divine Lifestyle
4. Marbled Easter Eggs from Carolyn’s Homework
5. Foil Covered Easter Eggs from Suzy’s Sitcom
6. Rubber Band Easter Eggs from Simply Stacie
7. Easy Tissue Paper Eggs from Thrifty DIY Diva
8. Silk Tie Easter Eggs from Family Food and Travel
9. Easy DIY Monogrammed Easter Eggs from Divine Lifestyle
10. Mod Podge Glitter Eggs from Mod Podge Rocks

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15 Gorgeous DIY Easter Wreaths

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 Why break the bank buying a custom made Easter wreath when it is so much more fun (and thrifty!) to make your own?!  Get ready to want to make several of these beautiful Easter wreaths.  Good thing I have more than one place to hang because I have a few favorites and I want to showcase them!

15 Gorgeous DIY Easter Wreaths

1. DIY Easter Ribbon Wreath | Source: Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
2. Easter Wreath and Vase | Source: A Spectacled Owl
3. DIY Easter Egg Wreath | Source: A Cultivated Nest
4. Easter Fabric & Felt Wreath | Source: Life With Love Bugs
5. Let’s Make an Easter Wreath | Source: Bare Feet on the Dashboard
6. DIY Easter Wreath | Source: Clever Pink Pirate
7. DIY Peep Wreath With Rolled Ribbon Rosette | Source: Mom Advice
8. Easter Egg Wreath | Source: Wine & Glue
9. Easter Mesh Wreath Tutorial | Source: Kristen’s Creations
10. Easiest Burlap Wreath You’ll Ever Make | Source: Top This Top That
11. Moss Wreath | Source: A Diamond in the Stuff
12. Grass Wreath | Source: Miss KopyKat
13. 10 Minute Spring Wreath | Source: Living Locurto
14. Yarn Egg Wreath | Source: The Sweet Survival
15. Easter Egg Hunt Wreath | Source: Positively Splendid

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Easy Kid’s Craft and Gift – Make a Candy Blooming Flower Pot

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Candy Blooming Flower Pot Craft

Princess Thanya and her 6-year-old daughter made a darling craft using some inexpensive items.

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Do you have hidden candy?  Or are you like me and can’t pass up candy marked 50-70% off?

Well my daughter and I had fun making this today for her teacher, but it would make a perfect gift for anyone!  It took us less than 20 minutes, and she had so much fun making something for someone she cares about that we made another one for the school nurse.

What will you need?

Bag of mini chocolate bars.  We used 3 Musketeers that is Easter clearance candy, but just about any candy would work.

Wooden skewers

Foam flower and stem stickers

Metal pail, coffee cup or any container

Green flower foam

Glue gun – Supervise children with a glue gun!

 

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How much will it set you back?

Well, lets see the skewers I had but a bag will cost around a buck,  and the glue gun I had but the mini ones are under $10.  I spent $1.50 on the candy, and the big box of flower foam shapes was $5 and 70% off today at Target making them $1.50 and I have bunches left over for future crafts.  I have also seen these in smaller packages at the Dollar Tree.  The metal pail was $1 in the Target $1 bin area but it was black dot for 70% off so this was only 30 cents!  The green foam is $1 at the Dollar Tree and you can get enough for 2-3 for 99 cents.  So I spent under $7 and I have enough to make 3 little gifts, so $2.33 each and you can snack on chocolates while you make it.

But really you can use what you have on hand.  Pencils work well…or do you have popsicle sticks in your craft box?

Once I cut the foam to fit the pail, we secured it with glue and then started the flowers. Glue on one side, for the flower, the other for the stick and in the middle if you have leaves…VIOLA!

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My daughter is super excited to share and brighten her teacher’s and school nurse’s day on Monday and I’m happy that I won’t have the candy to side track my Weight Watcher’s plan lol. But mainly I’m happy that we had a nice time making something for someone else.

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25 More Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Rice Krispies Flower Treats
2. Bunny Cookie Bark
3. Orange Coconut Cream Cheese Cookies
4. Carrot Cake Brownies
5. Smores With Peeps
6. Almond Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies
7. Easter Egg Cookies
8. Angel Lush Cake
9. Easter Parfait With Peeps
10. Coconut Lime Curd Bars
11. Caramel Almond Ice Cream Torte
12. Spring Chick Cupcakes
13. Butterfly Cupcakes
14. Nesting Baby Blue Birds
15. Peeps in a Nest
16. Easter Nest Cake
17. Mini Bundt Cakes
18. Angel Fluff
19. M & M “Carrots”
20. Cadbury Mini Egg Brownies
21. Peeps Popcorn
22. Easter Bundt Cake
23. Chocolate Birds Nest Eggs
24. Chocolate Funfetti Cookie Sandwiches
25. The Best Cheesecake Ever

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25 Awesome Easter Dessert Recipes

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Easter Dessert Recipes

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1. Adorable Easter Cupcakes
2. Sheep Cupcakes
3. Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
4. Spring Sugar Icing Cake
5. Peeps Smores
6. Carrot Cupcakes and Lemon Bars
7. Easter Bunny Cake Topper
8. White Chocolate Easter Bark
9. Hot Cross Buns
10. Pink Oreo Cookie Pops
11. Rose Scented Cupcakes
12. Rice Krispies Chicks
13. Semolina Cake
14. Middle Eastern Cheesecake
15. Pastel Meringues
16. Heavenly Angel Food Cake
17. Malted Mousse Cake
18. Coconut Cream Pie
19. Rhubarb and Blood Orange Shortcakes
20. Peeps Sunflower Cake
21. Coconut Cupcakes
22. Carrot Cake Milkshake
23. Coconut Cookie Chicks
24. Key Lime Toasted Cupcakes
25. Easy Fruit Tart

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe to Feed Hummingbirds

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Hummingbirds are awesome to watch, and easy to feed.  Hummingbirds eat insects, but nectar is their favorite.  Fill a feeder and you will soon have them flying every which way.  Many hummingbirds return to the same feeder year after year, so make a habit of keeping a feeder up from early Spring to late Fall.

There is no point in wasting money on expensive store-bought nectar when you can easily make your own at home, fast and frugal!

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar  

First, start with a clean feeder.  Wash it in hot, soapy water and rinse well.  

NEVER use any chemicals on the feeder as this could harm the birds.

Cleaning the Hummingbird Feeder

To make the nectar, you will need:

  • 1 Cup of granulated white sugar.  Only use white sugar.  Chemicals in artificial sweeteners can harm the birds, and brown sugar, honey, etc. can make the mix go sour and do not provide the best nutrition.

  • 4 Cups of Water (If you have hard water, consider distilled or bottled)

  • This 4:1 ratio most closely resembles the sugar levels in natural nectar.

Ingredients for Hummingbird Nectar

I never add food coloring as this could harm the birds.  It is not necessary to color the water red, they will find the Hummingbird food without it!  Most feeders are red already, so clear nectar is easier to make anyhow.

TIP: Cut the recipe in half if you have a small feeder or don’t use as much.  I use a 16-ounce plastic feeder, but they come in all sizes, shapes, and materials.  16-ounce feeders are plenty big enough to feed a crowd without wasting nectar.  You can also put less in a larger feeder.  Pay attention to how much you use, and adjust accordingly.

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 Heating Hummingbird Nectar

Over heat, dissolve the sugar into the water.  Bring it to a hard boil for a minute or two.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before filling the feeder.  

Unused nectar will keep in the fridge for 2 days.  Make sure that you also clean the container you keep the refrigerated nectar in before you refill it.

Clean the feeder and refill it with clean nectar every 2 days.  Hummingbirds can be harmed by the mold that grows in a dirty feeder, so make sure to clean it well and often.  I use an old toothbrush and a bottle brush to get in all the nooks and crannies.

Keep the feeder full.  Birds may not return to an empty feeder.

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Warning | Beware of Bunny Identity Theft

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Beware of the serious crime of Bunny Identity Theft!

Happy Easter!

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