Last Easter, I Gave You My Heart

And the very next day, you gave it away! I’m in a funny mood this week, quoting Christmas songs and all.

Here’s a non-Christmas song with a SPOILER:

It’s almost like the comedy of the situations. Like when Cassidy didn’t come home from work and I was hungry after feeding the kids, so I decided to try my hand at cooking! We had a Green Chef trial so I decided to make the one dish I knew he wouldn’t mind missing – because it has mushrooms. Not his favorite, or even close. So I cooked! It was almost delicious but I never used salt because our salt shaker was broken. I knew this because Cassidy wound up spilling salt three separate times from the salt shaker top falling off. It was everywhere. I was too afraid to use it! So we were cooking side by side, but he was making bone broth with chicken feet sticking up, and then some snack with canned sardines on top! Never did a mushroom and barley carbonara look as good as it did right then and there, because that’s what I was cooking that night.

In between chicken feet and sardines.

Basically, that was a metaphor for the entire week. The toaster was semi-broken, or at least I thought it was because the outlet needed to be reset. It rained and was unseasonably cold. I was trying to figure out my spring break plans when I found out that I was invited to attend BlogPaws as a sponsored blogger two weeks from now! Listen, I’ve been to maybe 37 out of 50 states, but Missouri is one of the 13. I’m so scared! A hotel by myself for three nights! A flight by myself for the first time in over a decade, and with layovers too. 5:00am flights and new faces and not having a car and being around not one person I know for 72 hours! Basically, it will be awesome. If I can just get over the nerves! A new city with a hotel room to myself.

This is probably the best time to mention the “emotional support animals”, as I’ve taken to calling them.

I was told to wear clothes I didn’t mind pet hair on. There will be barking and meowing during the class sessions. There will be entire rooms and arenas full of animals. And there will be adoptable animals that local shelters are lending out for those of us who don’t live locally and have dogs too big to fly with. And if I really want, I can bring one of those pets home. (Just imagine my family’s face after that! It will be better than chicken feet and sardines) Also, I feel like it’s Hogwarts. You can borrow magical pets to hold or cuddle or get emotional support from, and possibly sleep with. A conference, with pets.

It’s my Candyland. Rooms full of potential clients who will meet me face to face and shake my hand. Maybe they’ll hire me because I can be charming when I want to be, but once they read my blog and see my charming pets, well, that will take the cake. It’s potential work and more-than-potential animals. Everywhere. I. Look. Pinch me, Mommy. I’m coming home.

Now that I’ve gotten THAT out, Easter was awesome! Last Easter was weird. I woke up dizzy?! That only happens to me once a year, if even, and it’s always a combination of dehydration, exhaustion, allergies, and stress. I remember posting about it here and everyone had advice. Have no fear – it didn’t happen again. We had the kids’ Uncle Gabe staying with us for five nights and although he slept through the great Easter Basket unveiling, he was awake on Easter Eve when we filled the baskets. Custom candy, custom toys, happy kids – it was all good. Also, Scarlet finally lost her long-suffering top right front tooth, so the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy got to high-five that night. Passover and Easter were both smashes.

This will have to be for another day, but Cassidy hosted a rock n’ roll Passover Seder for the books!

I mean it. It was incredible. There were ten of us and he made it meaningful and with all sorts of music playlists and pop culture references. I just need to get some photos from the night because I was too captivated to take any myself!

And wouldn’t you know it? No sardines or chicken feet!

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “This April Fools and/or Easter…” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your story?

What would you say?

Easter Cookie Baskets – A Little Love Note

These Easter Cookie Baskets Easter Treats are pretty much as adorable and as fun as it gets. And they're easy to make! Make them with your kids, or maybe have the Easter Bunny leave them! The sky is the limit with Easter fun.

I think it’s safe to say that my Easter posts have been love letters to Cadbury Mini Eggs.

Have you noticed that while many of my Easter recipes use Peeps, ALL of them use Cadbury Mini Eggs? And really, you can use any candy eggs you want for these! Robin’s Eggs would look lovely in all recipes. You could use M&Ms shaped like eggs. For all I care, you could make Easter eggs out of edible (or even inedible, if that’s your thing) Play-Doh and put them in these recipes. Or if you’re like me, you keep Cadbury Mini Eggs in your bottom right desk drawer (yes, that’s the one, Scarlet) and you don’t even mind the sounds of little hands rummaging through your desk drawer and leaving the bag open so that little Mini Eggs roll out into your new desk drawer. That just means you have to eat them immediately. Easter Law.

I’m going to be on the briefer side today because Scarlet is in a school play and it’s Math Night at the school. It’s also Grandpa Ernie’s birthday, and we’re having Uncle Gabe stay over. Not to mention, we’re having a humongous Passover Seder, right after the humongous Easter Egg Hunt, and then Easter. I think I’m done with Easter recipes, but no promises!

Ingredients:

1 box of white cake mix, any brand
1/2 C. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. flour
2 eggs
1 C. coconut flakes
Green food coloring
Non-stick cooking spray
Sour Punch Green Apple, Strawberry and Blueberry Candy Straws (I found mine at my local gas station in the candy section)
White frosting
Toothpicks
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Round frosting tip
Disposable piping bag
Kitchen scissors

Easter cookie

Directions:

1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 12-count muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray

2 – Combine the white cake mix, flour, vegetable oil and eggs, mixing well

3 – Take a 2″ scoop of cookie dough and place in each muffin well, gently pressing down to fit the muffin tin well

4 – Bake for 15-17 minutes

5 – Remove from the oven and let cool completely

6 – Place the coconut flakes in a small dish and add a few drops of green food coloring. Stir to combine and set aside

7 – Take a toothpick and gently carve 2 holes on top of each cookie (please see photo). You want it large enough for the Sour Punch Straw to fit

8 – Once the holes are carved, use the kitchen scissors to shorten the Sour Punch Straws to your desired length (about 4-5″) and insert into the cookie

9 – Attach the round frosting tip to the disposable piping bag and fill with frosting

10 – Generously frost the top of the cookie

11 – Add green coconut flakes

12 – Top with Cadbury Mini Malted Eggs

13 – Repeat with all the cookie cups

These Easter Cookie Baskets Easter Treats are pretty much as adorable and as fun as it gets. And they're easy to make! Make them with your kids, or maybe have the Easter Bunny leave them! The sky is the limit with Easter fun.

Which of my Easter recipes has been the most exciting for you?

These Easter Cookie Baskets Easter Treats are pretty much as adorable and as fun as it gets. And they're easy to make! Make them with your kids, or maybe have the Easter Bunny leave them! The sky is the limit with Easter fun.