Easter crafts for kids

I was recently browsing around http://www.pintrest.com for some simple craft ideas for the kids to do over the Easter long weekend, and I thought I would share just a few of the ones that are popular with my own four children.

Happy Easter everyone!
Bella 🙂

Toilet roll rabbits

Toilet roll rabbits

 

Paper plate bunny mask

Paper plate bunny mask

 

 

Cardboard Easter chicken

Cardboard Easter chicken

 

 

Cardboard animals

Cardboard animals

 

Paper plate bunny basket

Paper plate bunny basket

 

 

 

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Cake pops

In celebration of Easter, here is a very yummy (and addictive) recipe

cake pops
CAKE POPS:

1 chocolate cake, crumbled

1/3 tub Betty Crocker chocolate icing
500g chocolate melts, melted

pop sticks or plastic skewers

sprinkles to decorate

1.) Once cake is cooked and cooled, crumble into a large bowl. Add icing, combining through mixture until it has a consistency where it can be rolled into balls. (Be careful though, if you add too much icing, it will start to melt in your hands as you roll, making it too soft to hold shape and hold on to the pop sticks.)

2.) Roll about a tablespoon of mixture into balls.

3.) Dip the ends of pop sticks/skewers into melt chocolate, and place in each ball. Allow time for chocolate to set.

4.) Take each cake pop, and roll through melted chocolate until completely covered. Allow chocolate to set slightly before rolling in sprinkles otherwise they tend to get “absorbed” into the cake, rather than decorate.

5.) Stand each cake pop upright in some styrofoam (available at all craft stores) until completely set. You can also put them upside down into cupcake patty tins, however, they will inevitably get a flat top.

Cake pops can be frozen if they are individually wrapped in cellophane and sealed in an airtight container (that’s if they make it to the freezer!)

You can also get creative and put half a fun-size chocolate in the middle- dip a popstick in chocolate, then push into chocolate. Mould cake around chocolate before following the remaining steps. I personally like Mars bars and Bounty in mine.

Bella 🙂

Panzanella

This is a salad recipe that I am completely hooked on. It is an Italian salad, made popular during the Depression when times were tough as a way to use up stale bread.
I have personalised the original recipe to add feta cheese, avocado and spinach to suit my own taste buds, but you can add (or take out) any ingredients to suit yourself.
I find that this salad best goes with fish or chicken, but I am so addicted, I will eat it with anything, or as a meal on its own!

Panzanella- before I add feta cheese, spinach and avocado

Panzanella- before I add feta cheese, spinach and avocado

Panzanella

3 large tomatoes, cubed (I prefer Roma tomatoes, as there is less pulp and better flavor, mini Roma tomatoes work quite well too.)

1/4 cucumber, cubed (I usually peel mine first.)

1/4 red onion, finely chopped/

2 sliced bread, lightly toasted and cubed (I like to use Bruschettina, but sandwich slices work too.)

Large handful baby spinach, coarsely chopped.

100g feta cheese, cubed or crumbled.

1/2 avocado, cubed.

Dressing:
2T red wine vinegar

2T olive oil

1/2t parsley (I use parsley paste)

1.) Combine tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bread, feta cheese, avocado, spinach and bread in a bowl.
2.) In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar and parsley.
3.) Pour dressing over salad, mix well. Refrigerate for at least 20min before consuming.