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Easter Ideas From Pinterest

I’m dog sitting (again!) this week. I’m with two cute and cuddly poodles, in the house of what I would call an elegant minimalist. Everything has a place here, everything is intentional, and the lack of clutter is admirable. The decorations and knick knacks are restrained, far from my typical holiday Dollar Tree decor. Every here and there around the house you get a whiff of Easter, mostly in bowl filled with beautiful Easter eggs. As I get older, and without kids, the holidays that aren’t the big ones, or the ones that don’t involve all day drinking, are something I’m starting to overlook. I don’t think I own any Easter decorations, and we all know the only Easter eggs I have around are the ones that wouldn’t last long in a bowl.

It’s a little bit sad to realize the traditions that you looked forward to as a kid don’t have the same special meaning to you as an adult without kids. I remember so many Saturdays before Easter coloring eggs with my family. We always made sure to make an “ugly egg” at the end – one that got dipped in every color of dye. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the traditions – I still do, but I’m not going to go to all the work to decorate, or bake a bunch of special goodies – my pants are ready for all that extra jelly.

I was browsing through Facebook today when a co-worker came in and said he’s been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lately. I browsed to the site and was instantly hooked on how many creative and awesome Easter pins there were. So…I decided if I’m not going to decorate or make anything special for Easter, I can at least write a blog post on the 20 Coolest Easter Ideas and Recipes on Pinterest. Things that I appreciate and admire for their creativity, but things it’s doubtful I’ll soon try. Enjoy!

1. Easter Oreo Bark from Lil’ Luna

Easter Oreo Bark

 

2. Easter Cheese Puff “Carrots” from Blooming Where I’m Planted

Easter "Carrots" with Cheetos

 

3. Easter Peeps S’mores from Eclectic Recipes

Peeps Smores

 

4. Easter Jelly Bean Topiary Tree from Crafty Sisters.

Easter Jelly Bean Topiary

 

 

5. Easter Cookie Butter Popcorn from I Heart Nap Time.

Cookie Butter Easter Popcorn

 

6. Easter Floral Arrangement with Peeps from The Autocrat

Easter Floral Peep Arrangement

 

7. Fruity Pebbles Easter Pops from The Novice Chef

Fruity Pebbles Easter Pops

 

 

8. Peeps on a Stick from Your Homebased Mom

Peeps-on-a-Stick

 

 

 9. No Bake Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs from Tidy Mom

No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs

10. Easter Rapper’s Delight Printable from Fontaholic.

Rapper's Delight Easter Printable

 

11. Easter Bunny Butt Cake from Betty Crocker

Easter Bunny Butt Cake

12. Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Egg from Something Swanky

Deep Fried Cadbury Creme Egg

13. Easter Marshmallow Bark from Butter with a Side of Bread

Easter Marshmallow Bark

14. Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham with Pineapple from Six Sisters’ Stuff

Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham

 

15. Oreo Bunny Truffles from One Sweet Appetite

Oreo Truffles Easter Bunny

 

16. Chocolate Covered Easter Carrot Strawberries from Sugar Bean Bakers

Easter Carrot Strawberries

 

17. Carrot Cake Roll from Woman’s Day

Carrot Cake Roll

18. Silk Dyed Easter Eggs from Country Living

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

 

19. Easter Egg Nests from Nestle Meals.com

Easter Egg Nests

 

20. Nutter Butter Easter Bunnies from Plain Chicken

Nutter Butter Easter Bunnies

 

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I love my microwave. It’s a source of things made in a hurry, or things made when you’re in a hurry while you’re drunk, which is probably the reason why the inside of my microwave looks so horrendous. Anyhow, the microwave is a real time saver, and around the holidays, there always seems to be a time shortage. You can whip up a batch of this fudge from Taste of Home in just 15 minutes, although I don’t recommend doing so after a few holiday cocktails – not that it’s not easy enough, it’s just that involves a whole can of chocolate frosting, and I can’t be trusted around that sort of thing when my inhibitions are down.

No need to get out your candy thermometer (or order one on Amazon), this fudge is as easy as pressing buttons on microwave.

Christmas Candy Microwave Fudge

Microwave Marshmallow Fudge from Taste of Home

Microwave Marshmallow Fudge

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows

Directions

  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with butter; set aside. In a microwave, melt frosting and chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in walnuts; cool for 10 minutes. Stir in marshmallows. Transfer to prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  • Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 2 pounds.

Microwave Marshmallow Fudge from Taste of Home

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Ok, I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of holiday Oreos. I think the Christmas ones and the Halloween ones are just kind of strange. Oreo filling should be white and double-stuffed. However, when holiday Oreos are mixed in solid chocolate with a bunch of candy…well, now that’s something I can definitely get behind.

Christmas Candy Bark

Today’s recipe for Christmas Candy Bark comes to us from the Gingerbread Bagels blog. It looks truly festive and delicious, and would look cute in a jar as a Christmas gift.

Christmas Candy Bark

8 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces milk chocolate chips
5 ounces red candy melts
5 ounces green candy melts

1/2 cup Christmas Oreos, cut in half
1/4 cup red and green M&Ms (you can use regular M&Ms, peanut, peanut butter, whatever you like!)
1/4 cup Holiday Corn
1/4 cup Candy Cane Hershey Kisses, cut in half

Measure out the candy. Cut the Candy Cane Hershey Kisses in half and the Christmas Oreos in half. Set the candy aside.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper. You’ll use this to make the Christmas Candy Bark on.

Put 8 ounces of semi sweet chocolate chips and 8 ounces of milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl. Melt the chocolate but be careful not to overheat the chocolate.

Spread the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper into an 8 by 11 rectangle. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect.

Melt the red candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Place dots of the melted red candy melts on top of the melted chocolate.

Melt the green candy melts in a microwavable bowl. Place dots of the melted green candy melts on top of the melted chocolate.

Using a knife, swirl the candy melts and chocolate up and down. Then swirl the candy melts and chocolate back and forth.

Place the candy and cookies on the melted chocolate. Press down lightly.

Allow the Christmas Candy Bark to dry for at least 3 hours. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

For step-by-step photos, visit Gingerbread Bagels.

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