Spring into Action and Get Ready for Easter!

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail hopping down the bunny trail. The snow is finally melting and spring is now upon us. Everyone is looking for some fun and exciting ways to celebrate the season. Shop Local has found some colorful ways to bring in the spring and celebrate the upcoming Easter holiday. We are happy that you could hop on our page and take a peek. These family friendly ideas will be a delight for everyone.

PEEPS Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

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Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix

Add water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix box

1 cup assorted mini candy-coated chocolate candies, jimmies or confetti candy sprinkles

1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy frosting (any flavor)

Green food color (any color)

Green colored decorating sugar

24 PEEPS brand marshmallow chicks (choose your favorite color)

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full). Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Using melon baller, scoop out center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Fill each with 1 heaping teaspoonful candies.
  • Spoon frosting into medium bowl; stir in enough food color until desired green color. Frost cupcakes with frosting; sprinkle with colored sugar. Top with PEEPS chick. Store loosely covered.

Easter Egg Bath Bombs

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Ingredients (Will make 6 large bath bombs)

  • 8 oz. Baking soda
  • 4 oz. Epsom salt
  • 4 oz. Cornstarch
  • 4 oz. Citric acid
  • 3 teaspoons water
  • 2 teaspoons essential or fragrance oil for soaps, etc.
  • 2-5 drops food coloring
  • Larger plastic Easter eggs or silicone/plastic mold
  • Confetti sprinkles (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the Epsom salt, cornstarch, baking soda and citric acid. Stir the ingredients together using a whisk. In a separate small bowl, mix together your wet ingredients: water, fragrance/essential oil, and food coloring. Pour your wet ingredients into the bowl with your dry ingredients and whisk together.

The mixture will start to clump a little. Use your fingers to ball up a bit of the mixture to see if it is starting to stick together a bit. If not, you can add a little more water, but be careful. ONLY add a very little at a time or you will ruin the entire mixture. Take one of your eggs and put a little of the confetti sprinkles in one side or both. Then start tightly packing the bath bomb powder into both sides of the egg. Make sure there aren’t any air pockets – just a small hole is enough to make your bath bomb crumble so really pack the mixture in tightly. Then push the sides together and let the egg sit on a towel covered with waxed paper for at least 15 minutes. After 15 minutes carefully pry open the egg to see if the mixture has formed to the mold. If it has, it will look like this. The eggs need to dry completely overnight before you try and use them or package them up as gifts.

 

 Carrot Cake

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 Cake Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups carrots (grated)

1 cup pecans (chopped)

 Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter (softened)

8 ounces cream cheese (softened)

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup pecans (chopped)

Cake Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large mixing bowl, combine and beat the eggs, oil, white sugar, and 2 tsp. of vanilla extract.

Mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

Stir in the carrots.  Fold in pecans.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

Bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).

Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Next, remove it from the pan and place it on a wire rack, allowing it to cool completely.

Frosting Preparation:

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.  Beat constantly until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Stir in the chopped pecans.

Lastly, frost the cake

Paper Maché Easter Eggs

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 Materials:

  • Water balloons or oval balloons
  • Paper(your choice of colors or patterns)
  • White glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Poster paint, tempera paint or acrylic paint
    Glitter glue (optional)
  1. Blow air into an oval balloon until it reaches the desired size.
  2. Tear paper or newspapers into fairly large pieces. Paint glue on front and back sides with glue. We need 3 layers of paper to cover our balloon. Newspapers are great to use because of how well they absorb the adhesive.
  3. While the first layer is still wet, apply the second layer of papier maché. This time, you won’t need to dip the paper pieces into the paste. They will stick to the wet layer of paper on the balloon.*If this is your final or topmost layer, the color and texture of the paper that you use will determine how your Easter egg will look. If you use tissue paper (or any thin paper) like I did, the color of your first layer will show through.
  4. After placing several paper pieces, brush over with paste and smoothen down the edges of the paper.

There are several ways to decorate your papier maché Easter egg. One of the easiest options is to cut out or punch out paper shapes and place them on the egg while the papier maché is still wet. Smooth down the paper shape by brushing over with the paste.

Another idea when doing your topmost layer is that you don’t need to go with a single color of paper. You can use different colors of paper and position the pieces randomly or arrange them in multi-colored patterns as shown in the photo.

  1. When the papier maché egg is completely dry, pop the balloon. You can widen the hole on the papier maché if you wish to place chocolate, candy, Easter grass, a tiny chick or bunny figure. *Be sure not to overfill the egg, especially if your papier maché isn’t sturdy enough.
  2. Seal the hole with papier maché. You will only need a few pieces of paper to do this. Allow the papier maché to dry completely.

Arrange several of these papier maché eggs in a basket or bowl for a wonderful Easter centerpiece or use them for a fun Easter egg hunt.

Cut the egg open to retrieve the Easter goodies.

Tie-Dye Look

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  1. Use coffee filter paper as the topmost layer of your papier maché. While the paper is still wet, place several drops of food coloring in various colors.
  2. Spray with a little water to allow the colors to spread more. The more water you spray, the more the color will run. Spray minimally if you wish for some white areas to show.
  3. Note that the colors will continue to spread while the paper is still wet. Allow the egg to dry completely.

 

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