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When I think of Easter candy, I think of Peeps! For as long as I can remember those colorful and yummy little chicks and bunnies have been a part of my families Easter basket tradition! When I was a girl I always went for my peeps first, and now that I am a mom, I love to continue the tradition with my own boys! It simply wouldn’t be Easter without a few peeps!
There are so many ways to enjoy Peeps, and so many decadent flavors that finding a favorite is easy, and sharing them with loved ones is a spring tradition to for many people for good reason! While the classic version of Peeps may always be my number 1 favorite way to eat a peep, there are some really tasty options to choose from that it is hard to resist!
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I really love the Peeps Filled Delights Neapolitan Flavored Marshmallow Chicks this year. They have a lot of yummy flavors, and I love the variety! My sons all liked Mystery Peeps because it is fun to see what they might taste like. There are three mystery peep flavors, and my boys loved them all! They also were crazy for the sour cherry and sour watermelon marshmallow chicks. My husband thought the Pancakes & Syrup Flavored Marshmallow Chicks were nothing short of amazing! We loved trying all of the assorted flavors of Peeps! There are so many yummy ones it was hard to pick a favorite!
Will you be adding any Peeps to your Easter baskets? Have you tried any of the fun flavors of Peeps this year? Which were your favorite?
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Easter is the perfect time to indulge in something super sweet! This recipe for Peeps Cupcakes combines two favorite treats into one pretty package! These cupcakes are decadently delicious and make a great classroom snack before the Easter break, or a lovely addition to the dessert table at your Easter feast! Your family and friends will certainly ask you to make these again next year after they take a peek at your Peeps Cupcakes!
Makes 24 cupcakes
1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ carrot cake mix
1 cup baking butter
1 cup of whole milk
2 Tsp. of Vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded carrots
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 TBSPs unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, not packed
1 to 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Easter Cupcake wrappers
Heat oven to 325°F.
In a large bowl, mix cake mix, butter, milk, vanilla and eggs on low speed using a mixer for 30 seconds.
Mix on medium speed 2 minutes.
Pour into baking cups, filling each about 2/3 full, place them in cupcake sheet holder.
Bake 17-22 minutes.
Cut out a whole in the center to fit the Peep.
Cream together the cream cheese and the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
Then add in the vanilla extract.
Insert your peep in the center of the cupcake.
Pipe your frosting over cupcakes around the Peep candy using a star pastry tip.
Sprinkle your Easter cake sprinkles on the frosting.
Being on the Paleo diet is not difficult and you have so many wonderful foods you can eat. The problem often comes up when there are special occasions like Easter. However, don’t let this get you down! You can still make some delicious treats and meals that are perfect for Easter but still won’t get you out of your Paleo way of eating.
What side dish is more “Easter” than carrots? You should definitely consider adding this one to your Easter dinner! Carrots are healthy, easy to make and satisfy just about everyone. This is also a good substitution for that high-carb green bean casserole people seem to like eating for every holiday meal. You can bring along these honey glazed carrots and people will be amazed they are allowed on Paleo. All you have to do is cook your carrots with some olive oil, chicken or vegetable broth, honey, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and butter. Yes, it is that easy!
Mayo-Free Egg Salad (With Avocado)
Do you want to make a yummy egg salad, but don’t want to use mayonnaise? If so, think about making a mayo-free version with avocado! It has the same creaminess, makes it a fun green color for the kids, and is just so delicious. It is also incredibly easy to make even with a short amount of time before Easter brunch or dinner. You just need to mix hard-boiled eggs with avocado, lime juice, and some salt and pepper. These make a good snack, lunch, or side for your traditional Easter dinner in lieu of the deviled eggs.
Paleo Ham in the Slow Cooker
Most meat dishes can be enjoyed while on the Paleo diet, but for Easter, you might not want to worry about having the oven on and heating up the kitchen, especially if it is a warm April day. A better option is to use your slow cooker to make the ham. You can season it with anything you like, but for Paleo, you want to stick to the basics like freshly-squeezed orange juice, honey, herbs, and maybe a little coconut oil and orange zest. Add it to the slow cooker and it will cook all day, be juicy when it is done, and won’t heat up the kitchen.
With these Paleo dishes, your family will be happy on Easter with their yummy foods, but you won’t feel like you have to eat something completely separate.
Easter may be a religious holiday by tradition, but it can also be a lot of fun for the kids. They get to open their Easter baskets which often have a lot of goodies and toys, hunt for Easter eggs, and maybe even visit the Easter bunny. Unfortunately, many of the treats are not approved on the Paleo diet. If you want your kids to follow the same lifestyle and not have them missing out on this fun holiday, here are some alternative treats you can make for them.
Paleo ‘Cadbury’ Crème Eggs
What do kids love at Easter? Cadbury Crème eggs! So do the adults in most cases. While you can’t have the regular version of this treat on Paleo, there is another way you can make them and have them be healthier, but still enjoyed by everyone. For the chocolate coating, you can use raw honey, vanilla powder, cacao butter, and some cacao paste. Then for the white filling portion, use coconut oil, cashew butter, vanilla extract, cacao butter, and maple syrup. The yellow portion of the crème filling can have turmeric, and maca powder. These treats are creamy, look just like the real thing, and are sweet with the vanilla, cacao, honey, and maple syrup added.
Chocolate and Caramel Eggs
Another fun treat is chocolate eggs, often solid eggs with peanut butter or caramel inside. You can make yourself a dairy-free version with dates instead of regular milk chocolate. Dates are surprisingly popular in Paleo and vegan recipes because they are sweet and the texture when blended up is very similar to chocolate in your favorite recipes. You can blend them with a little bit of water, some raw cacao chips or dairy-free chocolate, and a little sea salt.
Fudge is really easy to make for Paleo kids and adults by just watching what ingredients you are using. Nutella is perfect because it looks and tastes like chocolate, but it is actually made from hazelnuts and hazelnut butter. This keeps you from having any dairy in your chocolate fudge, and the kids won’t know the difference. Combine the hazelnut butter with coconut oil, maple syrup or raw honey, and some sea salt. You can pour the mixture into a shallow pan and let it cool and harden, then cut it up. Another option is to use rabbit or egg-shaped cookie cutters to make it fun for the kids.
Some of the most well-known symbols of Easter are eggs. During this religious celebration, eggs are among the main features of many activities, such as Easter egg hunts. Normally, people decorate chicken eggs, plastic eggs, or other types of eggs during this occasion. If you want to participate in this activity and learn about the different ways to decorate eggs for the Easter season, here are some of the possible ways:
Dyeing the Eggs
This is the most common method and easiest way to decorate Easter eggs. Basically, the dyeing process involves mixing some food coloring to the hot water, adding a small quantity of vinegar (for better food coloring penetration), and then dipping the eggs into the solution. If you want to reach a deeper shade, better let the eggs be submerged for a longer period of time. Once done, take them out of the solution with the use of a spoon and let them dry. You can also add other designs to your colored Easter eggs by painting or use other methods described below.
Another simple way to decorate eggs for Easter is by adding stickers to the shell. Anyone can surely finish this in a very short period of time and the process does not require much creative skill. Moreover, if you have kids and wanted a non-messy way to let them help to decorate, this is a good option.
Obviously, since you are celebrating Easter, it is better to choose stickers with themes that are appropriate for the occasion. The number of stickers to add for each egg totally depends on the one who’s decorating it. Instead of using stickers, you can also use stamps for decorative purposes. For those who wanted to achieve an antique feel, you can glue old stamps on your Easter eggs.
Banding the Eggs
If you want to create stripes on the eggs that you are planning to dye, you might want to wrap some rubber bands around the eggs before dipping them into the food coloring solution discussed earlier. Make sure that the rubber bands are secured and are tight enough not to roll off.
Once you have dipped the eggs and have allowed them to dry, the areas that are covered with rubber bands will still be white in color. If you want to add some color to these white stripes, you can also submerge the egg again into a different food coloring solution, but this time without the rubber bands around it.
Painting the Eggs
Making use of food coloring or craft paint to perform sponge painting on the eggs is a simple method that even kids can do. You can allow your children to use a single color or blend different colors, in order to create a layered effect. Furthermore, you can also let them cover the whole egg with paint, or leave out some white areas.
Aside from sponge painting, you can also allow your kids use different kinds of paintbrush and let them practice their artistic skills. You can also help them out to create simple designs such as a flower, leaf, or vines.
Glue Decorations on the Eggs
When employing this method, you can either choose to dye the eggs first or glue decorations on plain white eggs. One of the most important things that you should remember is to use light items only, because heavier ones might just fall off. In addition, you should also avail strong craft glue or other adhesive materials that are clear to obtain the best results.
If you have no idea how to design your Easter eggs through this method, you can simply roll the eggs in glitters or perhaps attach sequins or beads. Other alternatives include gluing ribbons, laces, buttons, colored papers, cut-out images, and other small items.
Decorating Easter eggs is not only a fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy, but it can also serve as a great bonding activity for the whole family. The various methods discussed in this article are just some of the most common ones. By keeping those creative juices flowing, you will definitely be able to come up with other innovative ways that may even be better than those included in this article.
Easter is a time for celebration—a celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, hope, and new life. Some people even host parties to commemorate this special event. If you are planning to organize an Easter party this year, some of the things that you should decide on are the Easter games that will make the party more fun.
Perhaps, the ideal kind of Easter games is those which could be played by people of all ages. These games which are fair and appealing to anyone can actually make the best memories. Here are some examples of fun Easter games for all ages that you might want to try out:
Easter Egg Hunt
This is probably the most common Easter game that you can include in your party. However, the problem with this activity is that the older participants and the more aggressive ones always get the most Easter eggs.
If you want to make this game more fair for the little ones, you can set a certain number of eggs for each person to find. When all of the participants have already found the required number, you can let them find the other extra eggs that you have hidden. Alternatively, you can also assign a particular region or egg-hunting area for each participant. Make sure though that each zone has an equal number of Easter eggs.
Easter Bonnet-Making Contest
Go to a garage sale, a bookstore, or a thrift store and purchase hats, feathers, cardboards, artificial flowers, ribbons, craft foam of different colors, laces, and other stuff that can be used for decorative purposes. Divide all the participants into several teams, and make sure that each group has members of all ages and the materials are fairly distributed.
Let each group create their own Easter bonnets within a specific period of time, and then have the organizers judge which is the funniest, most creative, etc. You can also host a fashion show featuring all the Easter bonnets that each team has created.
Easter Egg Toss
Another traditional game that people of all ages can enjoy is the Easter egg toss. To play this game, divide the participants into pairs—one adult and one kid. Next, have all pairs face each other with a few feet of distance in between them. When everyone is all set, have one member toss the egg to his partner.
The pairs whose members have failed to catch the egg will be eliminated, while those who succeeded will move on to the next round. For the next round, each member of the pairs will have to move one step backward and then toss the egg again. Repeat these steps until only one pair remains. You also have to make sure that you prepare the grand prize for the winning pair and consolation prizes for those who are eliminated.
Perhaps, you have already heard of the family game called Pictionary. This is a fun game that has been existing for many years and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. If you want to include this game in your Easter party, better add a holiday twist to this game.
To start playing the game, prepare a chalkboard and then divide the participants into several groups (each group should have members of different ages). After dividing them into teams, let each member pick a piece of paper that has an Easter-related phrase or symbol written on it. Remind everyone that no one else should know what the word or phrase is beside the one who picked it.
Once everyone already has an assigned word or phrase, let each participant draw on the chalkboard while his teammates are trying to guess the word or phrase. Set a time limit and also record the time when the group has guessed the word correctly. The group with the highest number of correctly guessed words or phrases wins the game.
When planning the Easter games for your party, try to consider whether all the participants of varying ages will be able to enjoy them. Unleash your creativity and imagination to come up with new games. One last thing, don’t forget to prepare your camera and take dozens of pictures to capture the moments!