This year, I am super exciting about Easter. Aside from all of the spring-time crafts and food related delicacies that Easter has in-tail, this year Easter also brings a flurry of personal changes — moves, travel, new job, and more. I am excited to celebrate the change of season, the rebirth of mother nature and individual successes.
One of my biggest blogging struggles is to post holiday related items ahead of time. While many of my recipes will be done on the day of Easter, I’ve decided to compile a post of ideas I’ve come across online or used in the past for this holiday.
The Preschool Easter
Last year, when I worked as a preschool teacher/director at a small preschool in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we celebrated Dusty-Bunny’s birthday around the Easter holiday. This was so much fun, we made carrot cup cakes with the kids, washcloth bunnies and presented Dusty with a giant carrot for his birthday. By celebrating the school Rabbit, we were able to celebrate spring together.
Auntie Anne’s Crafts has a great link for washcloth bunnies.
You will need:
a wash cloth rubberband a 6 inch ribbon pom-pom googly eyes cotton ball (tail) we let the kids use markers and color on the bunny too.
Bunny and Carrot Sugar Cookies
Obviously I have a soft spot for rabbits after spending a year with the most gracious bunny, Dusty. When I saw these bunny and carrot cookie cutters at Target, I immediately went home to bake up a storm.
I used my usual awesome and dependable sugar cookie recipe.
Because I like to try something new every time I bake, I did decide to dye my own sprinkles. I saw some beautiful egg cookies at a Peet’s Coffee in Oakland while apartment hunting last weekend that inspired this idea.
To dye your own sprinkles:
1 drop of food dye 2-3 tbs of sugar
Place a drop of food dye in a small Tupperware container. Add crystals or bag sugar. Seal and shake until dye covers the sugar. This is so much cheaper than purchasing different colors of sprinkles and you can adjust the color intensity simply by adding more dye.
I love dying eggs. I realize that many people outgrow this tradition. I’ve seen some great ideas via pinterest on creative ways to dye eggs.
Here is my favorite: Rubberband easter eggs via the incredible blog “Do it and How”. I am so excited to try this tomorrow when my friends and I dye 48 easter eggs.