Thursday, April 25, 2019

CURRENTLY ENJOYING INSIGHTS TO A PROPHET'S LIFE


CURRENTLY listening to the inspiring snippets of President Nelson's life in 4  to 8 minute increments- Bruce Lindsay narrates the fascinating and real life stories of the life experiences and choices that ultimately are the makings of the man who guides Christ's church today!  We are so blessed by Russell M Nelson's life choices.  I'm so happy I downloaded the Deseret Book Store Bookshelf where I can now listen to some of these gospel Centered Centered publications that enrich my life. Click HERE to head to Deseret Book's website. 🖤

This below is the description:

"What kind of life preparation does the Lord give the men He will one day call to be prophet? And what are the lessons to be learned from such a life? From being raised in a home without the foundation of the gospel to the early days of his marriage and the stress of medical school to his last open-heart surgery in China, President Russell M. Nelson took advantage of every opportunity to learn and become more. In Insights from a Prophet's Life, Sheri Dew takes us through the life of President Nelson from childhood to the current day. This unique collection of life experiences is told in short episodes from the purpose of helping readers gain their own personal insights. For if we have much to learn from what a prophet says, surely we have much to learn from how a prophet lives."

Thursday, April 18, 2019

EASTER TREAT CLUB IDEAS



Welcome!  How's your day?   We've been enjoying Spring and lots of April Showers in our area of the Bunny's Garden this year.

 The following full post is a mix of an original post from years back and the new portion afterward which gives details on how to carry out making these sweet tweets! 🖤

SOME BUNNY "CARS" FOR YOU!


(Excerpt below is from family blog a few years back)  
I spent an hour with some of my favorite PEEPS this morning to make some Easter Treats for our kiddos.  We have a group of 8 of us that get together and bring different ingredients and ideas- we switch off.  It’s be such a fun thing to do for our kids the past few years on various holidays.  These treats today were SO simple to make.  We have apx. 20 kids combined between us.  I usually don’t have my camera with me to capture our mass of our end result.  We have LOVED pinterest for getting even more fun ideas.  But who doesn’t?! 
It is so worth it, seeing this cute little face each time she is surprised with something after school.  Tyson too!  Today, I happened to come home a few minutes after they did, and having camera in tow, was able to capture a fun expression on Lyssie Lou.  I know these days will go by so fast.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to let them know that in their NEST of the woods, they have some BUNNY that CARS for them!  EGGspecially their mama!  
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So- with that background- now you know where we started.  Here are a few fun ideas that your kids will just die over!  These are some super fun treats to put together for Easter for the kiddos- or anyone really.   This post is a little late in the month, but great for this weekends festivities or Easter gatherings.  We used these treats for Family Home Evening or after school once a weeks snacks.  They would also be fun for a Saturday activity or for Easter dinner dessert for the kiddos.





COCOA CRISPIES PEEP NEST
Items Needed:
1 box Cocoa Rice Crispies Cereal
1 Package Mashmallows
1 Cube Cube Butter
1 Package of Peeps any color
1 Bag of Jelly Beans

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1.  Make Rice Crispie Treats according to box instructions or use your favorite simple recipe.  Some add vanilla and or Marshmallow Creme along with the other ingredients listed above.

2.  Form Rice Crispie Treats into a small next about the size of your palms cradled.  Lay out of Cookie Sheet lined with wax paper sprayed with non stick cooking spray.

3.  Once nests are formed, add about 5 or 6 Jelly Beans into the nest.  Then place a cute little Peep right on top of those colorful little eggs!  SO EASY!  AM I right or am I right?!  These are a darling treat to take to neighbors, friends or family members.  Kids and adults alike love them!!

4.  Right click on image below and download cute printable that says Sweet Tweets






PLANTED DIRT CUP CARROTS
Items Needed:
1 package Oreo Cookies Crushed
1 box chocolate pudding
1 package Orange Circus Peanuts
1 package green gummy straws like airhead extremes or sour punch strips
1 package small cups

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1.  Make Pudding according to box recipe
Pour into small cups.  Depending on the amount your making you will need to plan how many boxes of pudding to make accordingly.

2.  Crush Oreo cookies finely then add a generous amount on top of the pudding to look like dirt.

3.  Poke a small hole in the top of the circus Peanuts and insert 3 one inch strips for the top of the "carrot".  Then place the peanut carrot into the oreo pudding cup pressing it in enough to look planted.

4.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.



BUNNY TAILS
Items Needed:
1 Box or bag of white powdered donut holes Small Ziplock sandwich bag
Printable Bunny Tail Bag Topper Labels

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1.  Place a few donut holes into the bagggies.

2.  Print Labels.  Cut and tape or staple to top of the bag.  Right click on image below to download and print



...And last but not least coming into the finish line we will finish what we started in first place...

Photo from sporkal.com

BUNNY RACE CARS
Items Needed:

1 box Twinkie Style Cakes (I'm guessing Zingers might do the trick too)
1 box of Marshmallow Bunny Peeps
1 bag chocolate covered pretzels
1 bag miniature marshmallows or even cheerios or fruit loops if you prefer.  Just something that looks wheelie round.  Ha.
1 small tube of frosting
1 bag m&ms for hub caps if desired.

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1.  Cut about a 1/4 in deep slit about 2/3rds from the front of your twinkie car.  Then do the same a little forward.  Just enough to give space to cut the chunk out in between where the Bunny will sit.  It's better to have it snug in there so he won't fall out while driving.

2.  Place the bunny in his seat.

3.  Cut another small slit for the pretzel steering wheel and push it in firmly.

4.  Secure your wheels with a bit of frosting and you're good to go!

Thanks for all the love!  Enjoy your Holiday-
🖤 Candy












PORTABLE TRAVEL EASTER BASKET


FAST AND EASY PORTABLE EASTER BASKET IDEA


One year our family traveled to California for Spring Break.  It was the same week as Easter.  I didn't want to hall the Easter Bunny's loot all the way down then, nor tey to hide it in a suitcase.  I decided to head out of town with nothing for Easter for my kids other that one thing- I purchased cute vinyl plastic holiday bags for them to put stuff in during our long drive.  I knew I could use these for their Easter "Baskets" and they wouldn't take up the room of a round wicker basket with a large handle.

We traveled with my Brother and Sister in Law.  She decided to purchase baseball caps for each of her children ahead of time and planned on turning them into their "Baskets" by displaying them upside down and filling them with goodies and a few trinkets.  Isn't that great?! And it sure was a hit!  

They left to go home a few days before us.  Our family was heading to another beach for a few days.  So this is what I did.

We took a trip to Target and I stocked up there!  They had darling foam boogie boards for the ocean for around $7.  So I grabbed those.  I found a darling paper "popcorn" tubs in the party section with fun stripes on them.  I grabbed a pack of plastic eggs for each kid, wood skewers and striped paper straws.  I knew just what I could do with those! 

I got each of them a bottled drink, beef jerky (cuz my kiddos LOVE their jerky) and a few other Easter chocolates and snacks.  Lip gloss and some fun wash haircolor chalk for the girlie and a frisbee and sports cards for the boy.  But the best part that made it fun to set up and really shine for the kiddos was the way it was put together and what was in the eggs... Money!  Money was in the plastic eggs!  Voila.  An extra wow for them and easy way to pack a bigger punch in the "portable" department.  

I put the purchased items in the striped paper buckets, filling it nicely.  Then I took the wooden skewers (picnic department friends!)  And threaded the paper straws for well, just plain cuteness.  I guess that and the straws did add support to the eggs as they sat on the tip of the skewers that were inverted into the small hole in the bottom of the plastic eggs.  (Most eggs will have a small hole- make sure to double check for that when purchasing)

Remember those Holiday bags I brought from home- yes?  Those were set out next to their baskets and that way the kids could put everything in those and have them in the car or hotel the rest of the trip.  DEFINITELY a plus!  When done- folded at home into a closet to use for some other year another time.  

Back to the money eggs.  My husband and I filled each egg with a dollar.  You could do as much or as little as you want.  The kids loved having a bit of money to spend for a tshirt or souvenir they wanted to take home from our vacation.  It worked out just right!  

Whoops!  One more thing... I fibbed.  There were actually a things I brought for Easter from home. The bags the kids traditional Easter Bunny's.  When the kids were young we bought them a stuffed animal Easter Bunny.  It has gone in their Easter Baskets every year as a tradition.

So there you have it.  A fun and easy idea on how to purchase a Portable Easter Basket while traveling!  Now what are you waiting for?  -Hop to it and get the show on the road!  And Hoppy trails to you!  🖤


Sunday, April 14, 2019

LEARN FROM THE PAST


"I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead; we remember that faith is always pointed toward the future."

----Jeffrey R. Holland, Created for Greater Things/ Ensign Jan 2010

This is a beautiful talk about renewal, repentance, faith and forgiveness.  Worth taking some time to read or listen to.
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To read his talk, click
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