1. Every Bunny Will Love These Easter Cupcakes!

    Easter Bunny Cupcake Recipe

    Aside from time with family, food is arguably one of the best things about any holiday.  For those celebrating Easter, deviled eggs, hams, vegetables, and even cupcakes will fill the dinner table.

    If you’re looking for a cute dessert to bring to a party or just your family table, we found this adorable cupcake recipe from Taste of Home. If you want to see other cupcake ideas, they had plenty for you to choose from!

    Easter Bunny Cupcakes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Easter Bunny Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home

    Originally published as Easter Bunny Cupcakes in Taste of Home’s Cupcake of the Week Newsletter , p4/6/09

     

    Ingredients

    • 1 to 2 cans vanilla frosting (16 ounces each)
    • Green paste food coloring
    • Cupcakes and miniature cupcakes of your choice
    • Candy-coated sunflower kernels
    • Assorted chewing gum sticks
    • Jumbo heart sprinkles
    • Canned Chocolate frosting
    • Miniature marshmallows
    • Corn syrup
    • White nonpareils

    Directions

    • Tint desired amount of frosting green. Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert #4 round pastry tip. Fill bag with green frosting; pipe grass onto desired amount of cupcakes. Sprinkle with sunflower kernels.
    • For bunny faces, pipe white frosting over tops of cupcakes using a #4 round pastry tip. Using clean kitchen scissors or a small sharp knife, cut gum into ear shapes of various sizes. Attach smaller centers onto the larger pieces with a small amount of frosting.
    • Pinch base end of each ear, forming a curved shape. Press into tops of cupcakes. Place a heart sprinkle on each cupcake for nose. Using a #2 round pastry tip, pipe eyes, whiskers and a mouth on each face with chocolate frosting.
    • For bunnies, pipe white frosting over remaining cupcakes. Place a miniature cupcake onto a larger cupcake; secure with a toothpick. For a bunny tail, dip a marshmallow in corn syrup; roll in nonpareils. Place on cupcake. Repeat as desired. Yield: Varied.

     

    Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

     


  2. Spring Cleaning- Tips For Organizing

    Spring is in the air, which means like it or not, spring-cleaning is here too.

    Every spring, we clean, organize, and realize how much stuff we accumulate over the course of the year! Keep organized by using some of the tools below.

     

     

     

     

    Baskets

    Shelving and small baskets can be used in every room of the house to help keep things tidy. In your bathroom, use hanging baskets to store towels, toilet paper, make up, or  other products  as these image below from ourfithouse.com. If you hang shelves, you can also store items or use the extra space for decorating by adding a picture frame or candle.

     

     

     

     

     

    Bins

    Plastic bins can be used to store large and small items, depending on the size of the bin you purchase. Organize your medicine by its’ uses, store hardware, sewing materials, office supplies,  crafts, hair supplies, and more in an organized fashion. Larger bins can be used to stash clothing items such as swimsuits, flip flops, hats, scarves, and more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Racks/Tiers

    It seems that kitchen cabinets fill up so fast with clutter! Get creative to stay organized! Using small towel racks on the inside of doors is a great way to store pots and pans lids. Using a small rack is a great way to store cutting boards. And do you have a huge selections of spices and cooking supplies but limited space? Use tiered shelving to stack spices.

     

     

    Bookshelves

    Bookshelves are great ways to store lost of things without a space  appearing cluttered. They can be used in kids rooms as storage space as well. Try adding baskets into the different shelves and labeling them with toys, crafts, clothes, or whatever it is you are looking to store.  You can place decorative items on the top of the shelving unit too!

     

     

    These were some great ideas we found on Pinterest, but there are hundreds of more for you to discover! Visit Pinterest and see what fun ideas you come up with. Happy Spring Cleaning!

     


  3. Garden Fever- Crafts for Your Spring Garden

     

    Spring officially begins next week making us dream of gardens full of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

    Have you been considering starting a garden? Do you have a garden already? Whether you are a beginner or expert, we put together a list of garden craft ideas for all ages to create.

    • Paint rocks- Decorate rocks and label them with what is planted in that section. For example tomato, parsley, or lilies.
    • Decorate popsicle sticks- If you don’t have any rocks nearby, use popsicle sticks instead. Place them in the ground so you can remember what you have plated where.
    • Adorn a garden house- Many craft stores sell kits to make bird feeders or small garden houses. Decorate them however you would like and leave one in your garden for extra character.
    • Set aside a Kid Zone- Let the kids select a few things they want to plant and set aside an area in the garden for their plants. They can water and care for this section while you handle the rest.
    • DIY Bird Feeder- Making a homemade bird feeder is easy! Take a pinecone and tie some twine around it so it will hang. Rub peanut butter on the cone and sprinkle seeds on it.  Be sure to check out all the birds that come to visit!
    • Create Stepping stones- Find large slats of rock or stepping stones at a craft store near you. Decorate the stone with paints, mosaic glass, and other tools then place in your garden.
    • Build a Welcome sign- Using stones, flowers, paint, wood, and other natural elements, decorate a Welcome sign that can sit at the entrance of your garden.
    • Paint your potters- If you place any items into pots, paint them with bright colors, pictures, or artwork.

    There are so many ideas and crafts that can be done by all ages to make your garden an even more beautiful and welcoming place. What are some of the crafts you and your family do for your garden?


  4. Spring into March Events Around You

    Spring is just days away and for some, spring break is just around the corner.  For those of you staying home for the holiday, Sarasota and surrounding areas have a lot to offer!

    Check out some of these events happening around you.

    March 8- Yeehaw! The annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is taking place at the Rodeo Arena in Arcadia.  Come see how long these cowboys can stay on their bulls, barrel races, and bareback riding.  For ticket information, visit http://www.arcadiarodeo.com/.

    March 9- Chill lounge Night takes place in downtown Sarasota along Palm Avenue. The street is blocked off and turned into an outdoor nightclub/lounge with live music and lighting.  All proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee.

    March 15-24 The 77th Annual Sarasota County Fair will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Plan on staying all day, and eating a lot, because this fair has tons of delicious foods, games, and activities for all ages.  Visit the website for more information and directions.

    March 16- St Patty’s day is a pot of golden fun, especially at the Irish Celtic Festival taking place at Central Park in Lakewood Ranch.  Scavenger hunts, parades, foods, and music will make this a day to remember! Find more information here.

    March 23- Hop your way down to Lakewood Ranch for the EGGstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-13. Rumor has it the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and there will be a petting zoo and face painters there as well.  The festivities begin at 9:30 am. Find more egg-cellent information here!

    What events will you be attending in March?