Easter Celebration, Food, and Decorations

Easter is Right Around the Corner! Are You Ready?

Food is such an important part of most holidays, and this is true for Easter, too. Try to plan the meal around foods which are traditional to your own family.

Perhaps there used to be a particular dish which everyone looked forward to each Easter. Find the recipe and make that dish. Not only will it provide nourishment for your family, you can also use it to recreate an old tradition.

Easter is often seen as a time of rebirth. What better time to celebrate the holiday and welcome spring by planting a few trees, flowers, or perennial plants in a part of your yard dedicated to Easter.

Welcoming spring in this way, as well as recognizing the images of rebirth associated with the holiday, may become a treasured family tradition.

Families are often running in many directions during the week. It’s during holidays such as Easter that they are able to come back together. When deciding how to celebrate Easter more meaningfully, try to include all members of the family.

Tradition may be important, but it’s the people we share our lives with that truly make celebrating the holiday meaningful.

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Perfect for making, taking, and sharing at your Easter holiday with the family or any potluck!

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Classic French-Cut Green Bean Casserole

Ingredients:
2 (12oz) packages of frozen French cut green beans
8 oz mushrooms, quartered
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
½ tsp lemon zest
½ tsp salt
Pinch of black pepper
½ cup milk
3 tbsp butter
1 cup sour cream
½ cup of Cheddar cheese, grated
1 (2.8oz) can of French fried onions

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fill a saucepan with about 1/2inch of water and place the frozen French-cut green beans into it. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat immediately and steam the beans for about 5 minutes or until they are tender but still bright green. Drain the beans and add the mushrooms. Toss well and set aside.

In a heavy skillet, melt the butter and add the onion and parsley. Stir constantly and cook until onion is soft. Add the flour and stir until well combined. Mix in the lemon zest and season well. Whisk in the milk and stir constantly. Then add the sour cream and combine well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble. Carefully place the green beans and mushrooms into the skillet and stir until well combined.

Remove the skillet from the heat, add the Cheddar cheese and French fried onions (set some cheese and fried onions aside to sprinkle over casserole). Spoon the green bean mixture into a 1 ½ quart casserole dish and sprinkle with the remaining French fried onions and cheese. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes.

 

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

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If you plan to eat the eggs after they’ve been decorated, remember to use edible food coloring, paints, or items which are not hazardous to your health.

This also includes using stickers, non-toxic glue, and crayons. Using non-traditional items to decorate your eggs can result in great-looking eggs that are unique.

Get your children involved in this idea. After the eggs have been hard-boiled, cooled, and dried, give the children crayons and let them draw various designs on the eggs. You can leave the eggs like this, but dyeing the eggs after they’ve been drawn on will create more vibrant designs. When the egg is dyed, the dye won’t penetrate the wax of the crayon and the design will stand out.

Egg heads can be created using either dyed or non-dyed eggs. Decorate only one side of the egg at a time and allow it to dry before decorating the other side. Use 3-D paint or pieces of yarn glued to the egg for hair.

Use construction paper to create a ribbon for a girl’s hair or a boy’s tie. Glue them on after you decide where to place the wiggle eyes. Draw the mouth and other details with a water-based marker.

Place stickers on the eggs prior to dyeing them. When the eggs have reached the color you desire, remove them from the dye and allow them to dry thoroughly. Remove the stickers to reveal the color of the natural egg which will be a contrast to the dye’s color.

Create a tie-dye look by carefully wrapping rubber bands around the eggs prior to dyeing them. Allow the eggs to remain in the dye until they reach the desired color; take them out and allow them to dry.

Carefully remove the rubber bands and place the egg into a different color. Again remove them and allow them to dry. The result is amazing!

Your children will undoubtedly want to help with these Easter egg decorating ideas. Let them have fun with you and you may just create a family activity to share each year. Happy decorating!

 

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Frugal Easter Gifts

Look around department stores and you’re bound to see expensive, pre-made Easter baskets filled with toys and candy.

Some children beg their parents for the most expensive baskets and gifts. If you’re looking for frugal Easter gifts, however, try some of these ideas.

Who says an Easter basket has to be in an actual basket? Find a toy pail or box with a lid which will be usable after the holiday has passed. Using odd containers also makes filling them much more fun.

Chocolate bunnies are almost expected during Easter. You may choose to buy one bunny for each child in your family but there’s no reason you have to purchase a lot of candy to fill a basket.

You can also make your own Easter food baskets for children to enjoy, including some of the following:

* Rice cereal treats made with marshmallows. Use colored marshmallows to change the taste. You may also want to dip them partially in chocolate as an added surprise

* Easter cookies in the shape of eggs, chicks, bunnies, or crosses. Decorate the cookies with icing, sprinkles, and candies

* Hard boiled eggs which have been dyed

Rather than putting toys into the basket, why not give the children something educational? When you find inexpensive books your children will enjoy throughout the year, store them in a closet. Then you’ll have them available for other gifts when needed as well.

Many small children enjoy coloring, so coloring books and crayons might be a good choice to place in their Easter basket. These can usually be purchased from discount or dollar stores for around a dollar.

Bubbles are also a good choice for children’s baskets. You can purchase bubbles for little money but you can also make your own with 1 cup dish soap (Dawn or Joy are most often used), 12 cups water, and 3/4 tablespoon glycerin which is available at most pharmacies.

Candles made from eggshells are popular with older children and teens. Poke a pin hole in the small end of an egg and then a larger hole in the larger end. Blow the egg out of the shell, clean it, and then let it dry.

Put tape over the pin hole, pour melted wax into the larger hole, and then place a wick into the wax. When the candle has solidified, peel away the egg shell.

Write or find a beautiful poem to let your child know how much you love them. Print it onto springtime scrapbooking paper or use calligraphy to write it out on parchment paper. Place it into a handcrafted frame.

There are many ways you can find or make frugal Easter gifts for your children. It’s not necessary to buy the pre-made baskets which are so expensive if you use a little bit of creativity. You might be surprised to find your children actually prefer home-made baskets instead.

Wilton Easter 9pc Color And Cookie Cutter Set

Perfect for Cookies and Homemade Easter gifts!

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Approximately 3 inch
Colored aluminum
Packaged in see-through storage container with lid
Hand washing recommended
Each cutter measures approximately 3 inches; recipe included

 

Tips for Frugal and Memorable Easter Family Fun

Holidays can be expensive for families. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter – they can cost a lot of money.

Try using some of these tips for frugal and memorable Easter family fun rather than simply spending money on commercial items.

One thing your family might enjoy is taking a walk outdoors at a park or in your back yard. While you’re enjoying the outdoors, pick up sticks, rocks, or other objects which you can create three-dimensional nature art with.

Children will enjoy using sticks to make a mouth or rocks for the eyes. The found objects can also be used in a nature display. Please note it’s important not to take bird nests out of the trees or take wild animals from their habitat.

Dye and decorate Easter eggs together. There are some parts of the process which will require adult supervision but the decorations themselves can be done by the children. See which child can come up with the most unusually decorated eggs.

Spend time together as a family to come up with the menu for a great Easter family meal. Ask everyone who is able to cook to prepare one dish.

One person could prepare the meat course, someone else a vegetable dish, someone a salad, and someone else a dessert. Don’t forget to have someone prepare a special beverage for the meal.

Easter is considered a Christian holiday. You may want to attend a local religious observance or spend time as a family learning more about the holiday.

Share what you have with a family in need. This may mean opening your home to invite them to Easter dinner or making Easter baskets to take to the family’s children. If you help a family in need to make their day special, your entire family is more likely to remember the day.

Encourage the children of the family to help make decorations. Use the decorations for your home and if you have extras you can give some to grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family. You may also want to share some with the family in need so they have something to decorate their home.

Has the family lost a loved one recently? Take a little bit of time out of your Easter Sunday to visit their graves. Specifically talk about your loved ones and remember the good times you had. Your family may decide to make this an annual part of their holiday.

Host a neighborhood Easter egg hunt rather than simply having one for your own family. Ask other families in the neighborhood to help by either purchasing the plastic eggs, providing candy, or providing refreshments for the event. The hunt may become a favorite part of the neighborhood’s celebration of Easter.

These tips for frugal and memorable Easter family fun are by no means the only things you can do. The easiest thing to do would be to ask your family what would make the holiday more memorable for them. Then take the time to make those activities happen.

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  1. Easter time is just around the corner again!
    I’ve featured what I think are great recipes and entertainment ideas here for you to check out… what do you think?

    Any of these helpful to you… any feedback on this??

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