Sunday, April 12, 2009

More Easter fun...

I really enjoyed Easter this year and all of the fun projects and Springy things. It's just a stress-free and fun holiday for me. I'm kind of sad to see it end.

We made Easter nests out of clay and twigs (another Family Fun idea). Here I have to enjoy the peaceful moments when my kids like each other. If any of my backyards neighbors were out today you could hear all of my kids fighting because I was trying to be a good mommy and play their new Easter game with them. Why bother sometimes? But, here is a peaceful moment.
A great playdough recipe:
1 c. flour
1 Tbsp. cream of tarter
1 Tbsp. cooking oil
1/2 cup salt
1 c. water
Cook over medium heat until dough leaves side of pan. Knead until smooth. Stays soft in tupperware or plastic bag. Dries on carpet so it can be vacuumed up. (It does stay soft. We made these a few days ago and they are still not completely dry.)

I thought this was a great robin's egg Easter color.

We made the youngest wear the pink shirt.

I got a Star Wars egg dye set on clearance last year. Nothing says Easter like Darth Vader.

Who needs fluffy dresses? These guys got robot arms and crasher cars. The Easter Bunny also got too many tips from frugal blogs and ended up with waaay too much candy. Tristan thought maybe we were supplying Easter for the whole first grade.
Now we are getting ready for a delicious ham, potatoes, and jelly bean jigglers dinner. Complete with one of our favorite dessert: Strawberry Shortcake! This recipe tastes like something you would get a western dinner or something. The cake is nice and hearty. I'm not a huge fan of the Danish dessert/angel food cake version. We like this one. And anything with pudding and Cool Whip has to be good.
Strawberry Shortcake
2 1/3 cups Bisquick Mix
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp. Sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 425. Stir Bisquick mix, milk, sugar, and the butter until a soft dough forms. Spread into an 8x8 pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean; cool slightly.
1 Cup milk
1 pkg (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding
1 tub (8 oz) Coop Whip, thawed
Combine milk and pudding in a large bowl. Beat with wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in 1 cup of Cool Whip.
Put topping on cake and add sliced strawberries and more Cool Whip.

Hope you have a wonderful Easter. I'm so grateful for Christ's atonement and that I can return to live with Him someday with my family.


  1. Happy Easter John Family!!!! Look like Easter treated you well. Such a good mom to play with your kids and do things they love.

    BTW Cream of Tartar keeps clay soft if you would leave it out they would dry much quicker.

  2. Julie, you are such a fun mom. I love all the activities that you do with your boys. So many fond memories you are making with them. I'm glad that you had such a fun Easter. Oh and I love the outfits you bought for them too. So cute.

  3. I'm so impressed with all the fun things you do!! You are certainly a dedicated mom! Your children will benefit from all the love and attention you give them.

  4. "Nothing says Easter like Darth Vader." Haha! That cracked me up.
    You are such a fun mom! And your boys are all so cute!

  5. You amaze me with all the things you accomplish while you are less than two months away from having your daughter. I used my pregnancy as a reason to take it easy....I am not sure what excuse I am using now but I am still taking it easy! :D

    Do you use the Family Fun website or the magazine? You find such cute ideas.

  6. I do get the magazine. I don't feel like I've paid for it in year but it still keeps on coming.

  7. My boys would LOVE that Star Wars egg kit. I've never seen anything like it. How fun!

  8. Yesterday they had a few more Star Wars Clone kits at Target for $1.50.

  9. very funny on the star wars egg tbj


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