Have a Lovely Easter Weekend

I honestly can’t stop looking at the clock. Although it’s only been a four day week (office is closed tomorrow!), it’s honestly felt like six and I’m so eager to head home tonight. Snow, long drive et all!

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Easter egg hunt with Gigi and Nanie, circa 2010.

What are your plans for Easter? B and I are going out with my sis and bro-in-law on Good Friday and celebrating Easter Sunday over at my parents. I can’t remember the last three day weekend I spent at home, so it will be so nice.

I’ve stocked up on Cadbury’s and candies in honor of the big egg hunt on Sunday (I still can’t believe the girls are 6!), but have otherwise kept things really simple. However, it’s not too late to dye and decorate Easter eggs or prepare a special dessert.

Here are some Easter-related links for crafts + activities + desserts…

Darling Peeps cupcakes

The sweetest little Easter bunny cookies

A tasty idea for someone with a bit more time on their hands

The slighter healthier, but still delicious version of Paula Dean’s Gooey Butter Cake

How to dye Easter eggs without the mess

Easy sugar cookie fruit cups

How pretty are these glitterey Easter eggs?

Easter games from Martha Stewart

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” -1 Peter 1:3

12 Days of Christmas: Gift #10

Our Christmas gift series is drawing to a close, but we still have a few ideas in mind we think you will enjoy. Gift idea #10 is giving a homemade treat and over the years, bringing a basket of homemade goodies to friends and family has often been my go-to. A tin of Christmas cookies has also become a gift I especially love to receive—it takes up no room in our tiny apartment and doesn’t last for long!

Why not consider one of these delicious gifts?

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Chocolate chip cookies in a jar (just add the butter and eggs!)

brittleWhy not give hazelnut pecan almond brittle? The recipe seems so easy.

pretzelAlmond bark pretzels are even easier and a treat I make every single Christmas.

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Whatever holiday treat you decide to give, get creative with your wrapping! These treat bags are darling, but you can use tissue paper, burlap and ribbon to make your own wrapping. Even a simple bow over a homemade loaf of bread is festive and enticing.

One week till Christmas Eve!

 

Tea and Kettle Cookies

One of my favorite memories of growing up was the luxury of going right home after school, on those rare days I didn’t have ballet or play practice, and coming home to fresh baked cookies. On these days, I’d make a mug of cocoa, pile cookies on a plate and head upstairs to my room to read. Today, my routine has changed drastically and after fighting rush-hour traffic, I generally collapse on the couch exhausted, trying to muster up the energy to take Audrey out before heading to the gym. Yesterday, however, was different.

Over the weekend I visited Sur La Tablea darling all-things kitchen boutique, and found the sweetest little cookie cutouts in the shape of tea cups and tea kettles. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from crafty and my baking is often hit and miss, but these shapes were just too cute not to test out.

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My decorations were really simple, but I’m excited to test out more creative frosting combinations in the future. I think it’d be really fun to decorate each tea pot differently–somewhat like Crate & Barrel’s lovely collection of tea pots.

cookie2Making a cookie sandwich with sprinkles also looked cute and was really easy, but the best part was the eating!

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What’s your favorite after-work (non-healthy!) snack? I always like popcorn and making yogurt parfaits. Happy Tuesday! Xo, Em