Edible, Incredible Easter Tic Tac Toe

Looking for an incredible and edible activity, #recipe, and #craft for #Easter? This Tic Tac Toe game will delight all ages, and it's delicious to eat too!

It was another weekend for the record books, I say!

It’s funny to me that in New England we lament the late start of spring, even though as far as I know, it’s never been consistently warm in March and April! Never! Granted, I’ve only been here eight years so feel free to argue with me and I’ll probably like it, but March has never come in like a lion and out like a lamb. Maybe April does? I remember 70 and 80 degree days in March and April, but they were never here to stay. That said, I need to stop complaining and go sit under a Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp or something. We have one for the chickens. Did you know we’re getting baby chicks this week?

Juniper will be thrilled.

tic tac toe

And did you know that this upcoming week is the “best week of our lives”? We made a list:

1 – Monday marks my TEN YEAR anniversary of leaving my home state of New Jersey.
2 – Tuesday is our annual Passover Seder at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.
3 – Thursday is Cassidy’s birthday, and Scarlet’s teacher’s birthday!
4 – Our baby chickens are being born on Monday and will arrive to us by Wednesday or Thursday.
5 – This is the first week of our favorite Village Green Ice Cream being open! (we went on Saturday!)

ice cream

Village Green Ice Cream

6 – Des has Good Friday off of school and Scarlet has a half day.
7 – She made baby chick crafts to pass out to her classmates!
8 – Scarlet is getting an amazing TeePee Tent this week. I’ll write about it in-depth!
9 – New Doctor Who on Saturday night!
10 – EASTER!!

Easter Tic Tac Toe

As a special note, I don’t make light of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). I think many of us struggle with it to some degree, and I’m someone who would be happiest if it was sunny 365 days a year, and we got our rain during romantic overnight hours.

I get what I call “Cloud Rage”. Where we live, we can have a lot of gloomy, cloudy, cold, rainy days in a row. That was last week. We all jump upon the first day in the weather forecast that predicts any sun at all. Often, the weather forecast will change during that day and keep pushing back the predicted sunshine. Even though today (Sunday) dawned bright and sunny, Saturday was one of those days that was supposed to be sunny and was rather overcast, windy, and cold. We still had fun:

The baby chickens in Des’ classroom went to a permanent owner (who happens to sell LulaRoe and I went to her house yesterday), but we completed the unit on hatching chickens with a “field trip” visit to a farm Saturday morning.

It was fun, but cold and windy. The sun came out a bit later, and then ALL DAY today! I took a solo morning road trip to South Deerfield to get the kids’ Easter baskets done, because I remember hitting Target on Easter Eve the last two years and finding the shelves completely picked through. That will not be happening this year! They are not getting anything from any big stores, in fact. This afternoon we raked the yard until I got a blister, and then it was a mix of relaxation and work.

Let Spring come, I say. And may you all have a beautiful start to the week.

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Easter Tic Tac Toe

Ingredients

Graham Crackers, 6 squares
Wilton Candy Melts Pouch, green and pink
M &M’s Candy
Jellybeans

Directions

  1. Heat the candy melt pouches according to package directions.
  2. Using your candy pouches, pipe a tic tac toe grid on each graham cracker square.
  3. Let set for about 10 minutes or until the chocolate hardens.
  4. These little game boards are ready to use. Grab a friend, take some candy pieces and start a game. You win if you get three in a row!!
  5. Have Fun!


Looking for an incredible and edible activity, #recipe, and #craft for #Easter? This Tic Tac Toe game will delight all ages, and it's delicious to eat too!

Enjoy!

Easter Egg Felt Pouches & My Hometown

I think this nearly deserves a post of its own, and will get one, but I left NJ ten years ago this Monday.

easter egg

Who’s counting, right?

I had big dreams – of great mountains, and bacon-smoked air. Steadiness and flying. Steady flying. I wanted to build a life and a family – and even a home. I had no idea all of these things would happen, and are still happening (house renovations!!), and my biggest dream used to be that I’d get to this place without anxiety. Wow, how I’m glad I still got to this place anyway, even with my anxiety. It’s made the climb more ragged and dangerous, but with the air up there sweeter than I imagined.

What’s coming is coming for you anyway, and oh how it is to rise to meet it head-on.

easter egg

That doesn’t mean I don’t think about my hometown. Scarlet and Des live in the very town they were born in – what kind of magic is that? Me? I never did live in the town with the hospital that held my birth. It was a zig-zaggy, to-and-fro journey.

By the way, did you come here for the amazing Easter craft, or for the Finish the Sentence Friday prompt? I got ya either way! Sometimes I’m one or the other, and sometimes I’m all at once. I needed to end this week a certain way – with tiny spots of wisdom and experience – in between adorable Easter pics. Or is it tiny Easter pics in between wisdom and experience?

Well hey, keep reading and you’ll find both. And not in order!

You will not be able to believe the cuteness of these Easter Egg Felt Pouches. They're easy to make, and then fill them with your favorite #Easter treats.

In NJ, it is customary to love either Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, or a hearty dose of both. For years, I preferred another Bruce – Bruce Hornsby. I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen on my 9th year out of New Jersey. I don’t think it has anything to do with taking the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take the Jersey out of the girl. It’s just that Bruce Springsteen rocks. I’m not so far from home anymore that I miss what I missed when I was in California – Dunkin Donuts. Autumn. 24hr diners.

I was born in Dover, NJ. I lived near there in Rockaway, NJ for the first five years of my life but did all my schooling, from elementary school to high school, in Roxbury, NJ. Specifically, we lived in Flanders, since Roxbury is giant and full of several towns. During college and for a few years after graduation, I lived in central New Jersey – in or near Rutgers University.

Sometimes I miss a lot of things about this girl.

I miss my family and friends. I miss the roots that took 27 years to lay down. You can’t just rip them up and leave. Rather, you leave roots down there and every now and then, you need to visit and nurture your roots. I have no desire to ever move back, but I do miss the people. As for Massachusetts, I love that we’re 2-3 hours from NYC, 1-2 hours from Boston, three hours from Maine, and under an hour to Connecticut and the Berkshires. I love the wilderness in our city, the politics and people, the local, organic food, the dreamy springs and exquisite autumns..what we find in our gardens.. the spirt and togetherness.

This is Scarlet and Des’ hometown, and that will always mean a heck of a lot!

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“When the day goes down on the water town
When the sun sinks low all around
That’s when I know I need you now
You’re what I miss” — Bruce Hornsby

In my hometown, I learned how to do arts and crafts. Silly as it sounds, it’s one of the single most powerful memories I have. My mom’s art studio above the trees – looking out from the third floor of the house, and her art school below my bedroom. I looked out over the woods too, and I often woke up to the murmur of children’s voices below the floorboards. Learning art.

What’s Needed

Felt, multi-colors
Embroidery Floss, multi-colors
Sewing Needle
Candy, suckers or small chocolate bunnies
Scissors

Directions

  1. Draw some large and small egg shapes on the different colors of felt. You can make these any size you would like.
  2. Cut these out.
  3. Now draw half egg shapes the same size as the other eggs you drew on the felt, but make the tops jagged like the top of a cracked egg.
  4. Cut these out and lay one jagged half egg on top of a whole egg you cut out earlier.
  5. Thread your needle with a piece of embroidery thread and tie a knot at the end. Sew the top piece to the bottom piece by sewing along the outer edges of the egg. Do not sew the top jagged edge to the back piece (just sew on itself), as this will be your opening for your candy.
  6. Now that the eggs are sewn together and you should have a little pouch so you can put a piece of candy in it!
  7. Have fun!

You will not be able to believe the cuteness of these Easter Egg Felt Pouches. They're easy to make, and then fill them with your favorite #Easter treats.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “My Hometown..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

Where is your hometown?