Awesome Animal Crafts Recipes and Kid Ideas and Block Party

Let's have some fun with animals. How fun are all these animal crafts, recipes, and kid ideas!?

DIY ANIMAL CRAFTS RECIPES KIDS

From spring chicks and caterpillars to cosy polar bear and sheep there are some awesome animal projects that will be sure to supply hours of fun for the little ones.

bath toys they'll play with for hours | Fantastic Beasts suitcase | caterpillar catapult 

caterpillar egg carton craft | chick toilet roll craft | Monkey cupcakes

DIY puff paint (Butterflies) | Hot Cocoa Polar Bears | bunny mask

crochet cat | Bunny Candy Pouches | Cork Butterfly Craft

sheep cupcake | Bear Hood Tutorial Chick and bunny handprints

Rae Gun guest posting pictureMarissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I am so excited Spring has finally arrived! And when I think of Spring I think animals. Here are a few other fun projects for you to check out!

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Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix Recipe

My family begs me to make Chex Mix all the time so I decided to make a festive Easter version because the only way to make this recipe better is to add in the yummiest candy of all Cadbury Mini Eggs! It's a keeper we love this chex snack mix recipe. Great for any holiday just swap out the cadbury mini eggs for seasonal candies! Even though the appearance of those first purple packages of Cadbury Mini Eggs don't seem quite as magical with you know them now having Christmas colored ones and putting Easter out right after the new  year you can't deny the deliciousness is still just as strong.

Made this last week SO good. Love the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as good as an any time snack mix recipe without.

Today I'm sharing an easy and fast Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix recipe. The base of the recipe is from my family's favorite chex mix recipe but I've changed a few things and added some Easter flair including those delicious mini eggs to make things a little more festive!

Hands down the best Chex crispex snack mix recipe I've tried. Will be making it again

Ingredients
  • 4 cups Corn Chex or Crispix
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 3 cups Honey Teddy Grahams
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 TBS light corn syrup (Karos)
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1C Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Combine first 4 ingredient on a jelly roll pan (I like these because the lip keeps the stuff from falling off when you stir). I found it was easier too leave it mounded (not spread out) for the next step.
  3. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until sugar and butter melt, stirring constantly. You don’t want to cook it so long that it thickens because then it’s harder to coat all the pieces. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Immediately pour syrup mixture evenly over cereal mixture, tossing quickly to coat well.
  4. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Have your sprinkles open and ready when you pull the cookie sheet out as the mix cools fast. Sprinkle generously then spread warm snack mix in a single layer on wax paper to cool.
  6. Break cooled snack mix apart.
  7. When ready to serve or gift add in remaining ingredients.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

We're obsessed with this snack mix recipe. SO yummy make a double recipe to be safe.

Be warned this mix will go fast. If I'm making it for a party or road trip I usually double the recipe because people goggle it up.

Can't stop making this snack mix recipe. So good with the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as yummy as an every day chex or crispix mix

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20+ Easter Craft Ideas and Block Party

Easter is two weeks away are you ready for it?
20+ Easter Craft Ideas
 I actually haven't even thought about it... I probably should start thinking about it and get some decorations up or something!  Easter is one of my favorite holidays (Easter candy is by far my favorite, it's like things just taste better in egg shape!) and I love seeing all of the cute and fun ideas for Easter!  Here are 20+ Easter craft ideas for you to get creating for Easter!
It's Kaysi again, from Keeping it Simple
 
Like I said before, Easter is one of my favorite holidays, so I have a lot of fun Easter ideas that I have made in the years.  Here are a few of my favorite ones :).
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EASY Marbled Lollipop Cookies Recipe

Have you ever made cookie pops with lollipops? They are so easy and fun and I thought I'd take them up a notch by making them with easy marbled sugar cookie dough.

Made these this weekend. So easy and the sugar cookie recipe is DELICIOUS. Easy flower cookie pops

I'm excited to be sharing this as  part of a National Craft Month celebration hosted by 100 Directions. I really can't resist Fun Food I think it's because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides. National Craft Month Series with 100Directions.com I really can't resist Fun Food I think it's because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

These are the cutest and so easy. Great lollipop cookies perfect for parties and more. Great recipe and tutorial.

This cookie dough recipe is one of my favorites it tastes great and cuts out shapes wonderfully. When you add the suckers they give the cookies a fun little stained glass window effect and of course you have the built in handle!

Works great! Super fun sugar cookie lollipops. Made these for a birthday party and they were great

World's Best Sugar Cookie Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Food Coloring (I like this gel kind)
  • Lollipops (I've used Trader Joe's suckers as well as these mini ones)
Directions
  1. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together with a mixer in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. If wanting to dye the dough separate out into groups. Add a food coloring until you reach your desired color. I do it in the mixer starting with the lighter color but if you're doing very different colors it might be worth wiping down or even washing the bowl and paddle in between since sometimes small bits of food coloring isn't obvious.
  5. Divide into at least 2 balls. If you're coloring them you're probably good this is just so you can work with a smaller amount of dough at a time.
  6. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours.
  7. Roll out dough as thin as you can and layer the second color on top. It's okay if it doesn't come up in a nice sheet it will still look fun. Roll into a long tube. Cut arosss to make discs. Press down with a rolling pin and roll a until it's barely bigger than your cookie cutter. My discs were about 1 inch thick. And then you want to make it about 1/4 an inch thick before you are ready to cut.
  8. Cut in desired shapes.
  9. To make the pops lay a lollipop on top of your cookie, no need to press just lay it where you want.
  10. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes.

It's a keeper these are so yummy and easy. DIY flower cookie lollipop recipe and tutorial

I love how the hard candy melts and makes kind of a glass center in the cookie. The kids think these are the coolest too!

Made these lollipop cookies for the kiddo's class and they all loved them. The cookie recipe is delicious and really easy to make

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Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

Get's crispy and tastes like deep fried chicken but just cooked in the oven with a tiny bit of butter.

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Block Party: Fun and Easy Easter Crafts and Food

Hello and welcome to this week's Block Party!  Thanks to everyone for linking up!  Easter is just around the corner, so to get ready, I have found 16 great crafts and foods for you to make!
1) No Bake Nest Cookies- Making the World Cuter
2) Easter Candy Pouches - Keeping it Simple
3) Egg Crate Catepillar- Rae Gun Ramblings
4) Little Guy Tie Shirt- Polly Pieces
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Block Party: Mother’s Day Gifts, Recipes and Crafts Features

Making the World Cuter | 20 Mothers Day Gifts, Recipes and Crafts

Mother's Day Gifts, Recipes and Crafts

1. Mother's Day Framed Gift | 2. Thumbprint Heart Necklace | 3. Bird Nest Cookies | 4. DIY Tray and potted plants | 5. Free printable monogram note cards 6. DIY Succulent and Cactus Terranium | 7. Lemon Coconut Donuts | 8. Lemon and Elderflower Bundt Cake | 9. Faux Embroidered Family Tree | 10. Cute Bag Free Pattern 11. Birds in a Nest Treats | 12. Easy Lemon Poppyseed Bread | 13. Lavender Bath Salts | 14. Spring Flower Cake Pops | 15. Stand Up Clipboards 16. Vanilla Bean Buttercream | 17. Little Cake Bouquet | 18. She Believed Printable | 19. Cinnamon Crepes | 20. Easy DIY Picture Magnets Block Party Button I hope everyone had a great weekend! Can't wait to see what you've been up to all week, it's time for a block party! Block Party Hosts

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This week I am soaking up some sun in beautiful California with my family enjoying Disneyland happiness and I will have a few Disney tutorials on my blog so you don't feel too left out, so be sure to come by and check those out!

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Do you realize that Mother's Day is like 2 weeks away? I love Mother's Day because I get to celebrate the best thing in my whole life, the opportunity and blessing of being a mother! I also get to say thank you to my own mother and my mother in law and all the mothers that make a difference in my life.

"Motherhood is more than bearing children. … It is the essence of who we are as women." -Sheri Dew

This week I thought we could gather some ideas on Mother's Day gifts, recipes and crafts...and as always the party was bursting with ideas for whatever I am looking for, be sure to pin this image and visit the links...so many beautiful posts! Now it’s time to link up all that great stuff! Be sure to read over the guidelines… [Read more...]

Tutorial: Spring Moss Wreath

Believe it or not but I made this Moss Wreat during two commercial breaks while watching House on TV. Seriously, this is a 10 minute craft. Ummm yeah, that's my kind of project.

Made this last night. 10 minute DIY Moss Wreath tutorial. Easy festive Spring home decor craft tutorial

I've been wanting to make one of these moss wreaths since I saw Mandy of Mood Girl Projects'  version last year in a bunch of link parties. Pottery Barn had a version of it last year, but I actually like the thinner homemade version better (plus at a 40$ savings I don't think there's even a debate). I adore how it turned out and in attempt to have fun decorations for all the different holidays and seasons without going crazy constantly putting up and taking down decor I'm planning on using this for both St. Patti's day with the green ribbon (as shown) and then swapping out the green ribbon for a nice purple one for Easter. And for T's birthday party in a couple weeks I'm going to add some paper butterflies. I'm excited. What You Need
  • foam wreath (I found mine at the dollar store)
  • sheet of moss or loose moss (I used a 40% off coupon for the sheet but if you're up for more mess and work you can find loose moss at the dollar store)
  • glue gun
  • ribbon
What To Do
Cut the sheet into about 4 strips.
Start wrapping the strip around the wreath form gluing where needed to make it tight and flush to the foam. I went with the sheet route since I thought it would be faster and cleaner. Well it still made a mess but it was super fast. If you can't find the sheet or if you want to save a couple bucks you can just glue and stick the loose moss on but this will take a bit longer and of course you'll have to deal with the annoyance of sticking stuff that comes off to hot glue (you know all those strings of glue, moss stuck to your fingers and touching the hot glue). I really recommend the sheet it was SO speedy and with a coupon it was only around 5$.
Clip points in your ribbon if desired, hang it where you want and enjoy. This would be super cute inside or out. Mine's inside but the moss totally freaks my husband out being inside so he'd prefer to banish it to the outdoors. He said all the pictures on the package shows it on outside things and it's alive and of course dirty. Bwahahaha, is it alive? Luckily for me I think he's forgotten all about it since his initial reaction.