Build Your Own Tart Station

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Fun Food Ideas for Easter or Mother's Day

spring events are coming up – Easter, Mother’s Day and bridal showers. it’s my favorite time of year to host parties because there are so many possibilities of yummy food to serve. fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance – which i love to serve in beautiful arrangements. i’ve had the idea of having a “Build Your Own Tart Station” for a while now, and when i was asked to create a recipe that uses C&H® Honey Granules, i knew it was the perfect opportunity to finally create it.

i am so glad that i did, because my “Build Your Own Tart Station” turned out adorable. but what i didn’t expect, was how much fun and yummy it would end up being. my boys especially love it. they made the cutest little tarts with fruit patterns, sprinkled with toppings..they looked like they belonged in a bakery. i am now definitely going to create this again at my next party. let me share how i set it up – it’s really easy to do and your guests are going to be impressed.

first, i purchased a bunch of different berries and fruit that would taste great in a fresh fruit tart – raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, kiwi and bananas (which you will want to cut at the last minute to prevent them from turning brown). i found these great berry baskets at my local craft store to display them in.
Easy Fruit Dessert RecipePie Barnext, you will need the pie shells for the tarts. you can make them, or grocery stores sell these mini graham cracker pie crusts ready to go. they are perfect for a “Build Your Own Tart Station”. i placed them on a cake stand under a glass dome just because i thought it looked pretty.

Desserts with Graham Cracker Crusts

for the tart filling, pudding works great. i just made boxed banana and chocolate pudding. but any flavors you like would be great…lemon curd or jam would also make great fillings.

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then i included toppings. i chose C&H® Honey Granules, shredded coconut and sliced almonds.

Easter and Mother's Day Dessert Ideas

what i love about using C&H® Honey Granules is that it let’s you Sprinkle a Taste of Honey!  which is the perfect amount of sweetness to add to the tarts. C&H® Honey Granules is a free-flowing mix of granulated pure cane sugar and honey that can easily add a sweet honey taste to teas and cereals, or can be measured for recipes. it also comes in an easy-pour canister with a recloseable flip-top lid, but for my tart station, i poured it into a decorative bowl. did i mention how good it tastes? it’s really yummy. the sweetness of C&H® Honey Granules is equal to 1 ½ x that of honey – 1 ½ tsp. of Honey Granules = Sweetness of 1 tsp. honey. and it can often be substituted for fluid honey by using this conversion: 1 cup liquid honey = 1 cup C&H® Honey Granules + ¼ cup additional recipe liquid.

C&H® Honey Granules is sold where i live, but if they don’t sell it in your area, look for Domino® Honey Granules, the sister brand of C&H®.

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and finally, don’t forget the whipped cream. i made homemade…which i love best. but you can also use whipped cream in a can.

Build your own Pie Station idea

i’m thrilled with how the “Build Your Own Tart Station” set-up turned out!

Build your own Tart Station idea

and for the tart making…it’s easy. have your guests fill their pie crust with their favorite filling…

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then add some fruit…

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then, they can add a sprinkle of C&H® Honey Granules.

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top with whipped cream, and some of the toppings.

Tart with Graham Cracker Crusts

Mini Fruit Tart Recipe

your guests are going to have so much fun making their own tarts. my boys are already begging me to do it again, and being as easy at it was to set up, i can see many more “Build Your Own Tart Stations” in the future.

Fun Mini Tart Station

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Fun with PEEPS – and a free printable Easter gift tag

Free Printable Peeps tagwhen it comes to Easter and springtime, Peeps® are an iconic candy brand. when we received a big box in the mail this weekend labeled “PEEPS” on the outside, my kids were over the moon. we figured it was full of the traditional colorful chicky and bunny Peeps®, but we had no idea that we would find such a variety of Peeps® candy as well as some fun PEEPS inspired gifts and other candy from the PEEPS & Company brands such as Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales.

all these varieties made me want to head over to the Peeps & Company® website and check out what they offered. WOW. i was excited to see not only candy, but fun gifts, toys, home decor, and apparel. and not just for Easter. now you can enjoy PEEPS all year long. there are peeps and candy for all occasions and also in every color scheme. so if you are looking to match a certain color, i highly suggest checking out everything peeps has to offer.

to celebrate my love for Peeps®, i thought it would be fun to make a fun Easter basket to give to one of my “peeps”. i just filled a spring bucket with some paper grass and a bunch of varieties of Peeps® including Peeps Chick Ear Buds and a Peeps® Bunny Plush and attached a cute tag that says “to my PEEP!” i wanted to make sure i included the free printable for you to use if you decide to make a Peeps® gift for one of your peeps. click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

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click here to download the Peeps gift tag.

just for fun, i also wanted to share some of the Easter PEEPS that i think would be fun for the kid, tweens, teens and even adult Easter baskets or for a fun spring treat. check them out below!

Fun Peeps Gifts for Everyone

1. Peeps Chick Earbuds |  2. Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Peeps | 3. Peeps Bunny Socks and Candy Sets | 4. Peeps Plush Bunnies | 5. Rainbow Pops Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 6. Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs | 7. Peeps Rainbow Pops  | 8. Orange Creme Flavored Chicks  | 9. Party Flavored Marshmallow Chicks | 9. Peeps Keychains | 10. Party Cake Peeps | 11. Peeps-a-liscious Cookbook  |  12. Peeps Socks

and don’t forget about Peeps & Company’s other fun brands – Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike. there are lots of fun candies in different flavors and themes to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike1. Mike and Ike Zours  |  2. Hot Tamale Juniors  |  3. Hot Tamales Licorice Bites  | 4. Mike and Ike Jelly Beans |  5. Mike and Ike Easter Treats6. Mike and Ike Minion Mix  |  7. Hot Tamales Earbud Gift Set  |  8. Mike and Ike Lollipops  | 9. Mike and Ike Jurassic World  |  10. Mike and Ike Cotton Candy

{Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! The PEEPS & COMPANY® products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by PEEPS & COMPANY®}

How to Make Easter Resurrection Rolls

How to make Easter Resurrection Sweet Rolls

baking with my boys is one of my all-time favorite things to do, and since they were home for spring break, we had plenty of time to enjoy some baking fun in the kitchen. each year around this time, we like to make Resurrection Rolls to celebrate Easter. some people call these Empty Tomb Rolls. we make Resurrection Rolls to illustrate the story of Christ’s resurrection. before you bake the rolls, you place a marshmallow into the center of the dough and wrap the dough around it. the marshmallow represents Christ’s body, and the dough represents the tomb where Christ’s body was laid to rest. when you place the rolls into the oven to bake, the marshmallow melts inside. when the rolls are done baking, you can cut them open and reveal the empty space within the roll where the marshmallow once was. this represents the resurrection of Christ and the empty tomb. making Resurrection Rolls is a nice way to spend time as a family and also brings the spirit of Easter in our home.

making Resurrection Rolls is super easy. you just need an oven, a baking sheet, refrigerator crescent rolls, marshmallows, cinnamon & sugar and melted butter. if you want frosting on your rolls, powder sugar and a dash of milk will do.
Easter Resurrection Rolls Ingredientsthese rolls are easy enough for kids to make all by themselves. i usually tell the boys what to do while incorporating the story of Christ’s resurrection into what they are doing.

first, have the kids lay out the dough on a baking sheet.
Easter Resurrection Rolls Lessonnext, dip marshmallows in to the melted butter and roll it in cinnamon & sugar. this represents the people preparing Christ’s body with oils and spices for his burial.Easter Sweet RollsEaster breakfast Ideasplace a cinnamon and sugar covered marshmallow in the middle of each piece of crescent roll dough. drizzle a little more melted butter over each marshmallow and sprinkle them again with the cinnamon & sugar.
Easy Easter breakfast Ideas for Kidslastly, wrap each of the marshmallows up securely with the dough, making sure that there are NO HOLES. if you leave holes, the marshmallow and sugar will ooze out while baking, making a mess.
Easter Sweet RollsEaster breakfast Ideas for Kidsplace the rolls into the oven, following the baking directions on the package of rolls. once they are finished baking, when they have cooled, you can frost them if you would like. i just made a quarter batch of royal icing and drizzled it across the tops of the rolls.
Easter Empty Tomb Rolls RecipeHow to make Resurrection Breakfast Sweet Rolls then, serve them up.  carefully cut each one open with a serrated knife and reveal the empty space inside. the marshmallow (Christ’s body) is gone and the roll (tomb) is empty. He is Risen!How to make Resurrection RollsHow to make Empty Tomb Rolls

we had such a lovely time baking these Resurrection Rolls together. not only were the result very delicious…we also were reminded of what Easter is all about. this has been a tradition for the past few years, and i am sure we will continue the tradition for years to come.
Easter Empty Tomb Rolls

Fun Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Basket Gift Ideasthe Easter Bunny will be hopping around the corner in just a few weeks, and it’s time to start thinking about what he is going to fill the kiddies baskets with. whenever i fill my boys baskets with candy, they never eat it…and that is probably a good thing. the past few years i have limited the candy and put a few fun non-candy items in their baskets. i don’t like to spend a lot of money on Easter basket fillers, as i am not a huge fan of the Easter Bunny on this special holiday. i usually just put a pair of flip flops a small trinket they have been wanting, sometimes i even include a swim suit because i am going to have to get them one as soon as summer is here anyways.

here are some gifts i have found this year that i think would make great basket fillers. i will probably include one or two of these in their baskets along with so candy…because Easter candy is the best. if they don’t eat it, i will. i thought i would share my picks in case you needed some inspiration.

1) LEGO Painting Easter Eggs Set – my boys love LEGO, and this Easter inspired set is sure to be a fun favorite on Easter. the mini figures are painting LEGO eggs with a paintbrush and pallete. how cute.

2) Shwings – these cool wings attach to your shoes and make your shoes stand out!  there are over 150 styles in an array of fun shapes and colors. Shwings have been spotted on many celebrity kids, including David and Victoria Beckman’s sons Romeo and Cruz, Gwen Stefani’s boys Zuma and Kingston, Heidi Klum’s daughter Lou, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and many others. these are my fave!!!!!

3) Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker – with the Chill Factor Ice Cream Maker, kids can create their very own frozen treats at home in minutes – with no mess! simply freeze the Ice Cream Maker, add the ingredients, give it a shake and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze! in minutes they can enjoy a delicious, ice cream treat. there are many delicious flavors to create – a recipe guide is included for inspiration. you can even make yummy and healthy frozen yogurt treats, as well as refreshing sorbets!

4) Personalized Krazy Straws – get your child’s name on a twisty bendy straw! how cool it that!

5) Subsidy Straws – stylish sunglasses in cool colors for kids. from wayfarers to aviators to cat eyes to pixels or hearts, they are the cutest sunglasses around. and the best thing about Subsidy Shades is that a portion of the proceeds go to helping parents pay for adoption. read all about this great cause on there website.

6) Charm Necklaces from With Love from OC – i love supporting local businesses, and these necklaces are made with love right here in the OC. choose from necklaces inspired by Disney movies, movie classics and television, they can even be personalized.

7) Foodstirs – designed by chefs and tested by kids, these food crafting kits help children get comfortable and creative in the kitchen. they also teach them basic cooking skills and inspire them to discover their inner chef. the kits come in a variety of themes with everything you need to create a yummy food creation. plus, they are delivered directly to your doorstep. cooking brings families closer, creates memories and allows for time to truly engage with each other. my boys really loved their Foodstirs kit.

For the love of PEEPS Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies

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when we received a big box in the mail this weekend labeled “PEEPS” on the outside, my kids were over the moon. we figured it was full of the traditional colorful chicky and bunny PEEPS that we always see during Easter time. we had no idea that we would find 15 different kinds of PEEPS. the boys went to town checking out all the different varieties and claiming which ones they had dibs on. luckily, i claimed them all, so the boys didn’t have to fight over them *wink*. the brightly colored PEEPS brought a rainbow of smiles into our home. they were just what we needed to get in the mood for spring.

since i had no idea that there were so many varieties of PEEPS,  i decided to check out the PEEPS website, and found there are even more varieties than the Easter and Spring ones we received. there were PEEPS for every season.  i also saw that on their website they have a whole gallery of PEEPS crafts and projects submitted by people all over the world. there are some great ones on there, and anyone is allowed to submit their own to be featured.

just for fun, i wanted to share some of the Easter PEEPS that i think would be fun for the kiddies Easter baskets or for a fun spring treat. check them out below!

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1. Marshmallow Bunny Peeps |  2. Chocolate Dipped Mousse Flavored Peeps | 3. Yellow Chick in a Chocolate Egg | 4. Vanilla Creme Flavored Marshmallow Peeps | 5. Rainbow Pops Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 6. Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks | 7. Orange Creme Flavored Chicks  | 8. Party Flavored Marshmallow Chicks | 9. Peep Peepsters | 10. Marshmallow Bunny Peeps