Whoop, my boys finnish school on Friday and are off until 22nd April, so we have plenty of time to do lots of Easter crafts and have lots of family fun time together. This week I am going to concentrate on Easter Egg Craft Ideas. We love decorating our Easter Tree with eggs and the boys also decorate eggs for school and for an Easter Party we attend each year.
As you may know London is Mini’s favorite city in the whole wide world (his words, not mine). So we can often be found hopping on the train when we can grab an inexpensive fare and doing some sight seeing. Also one Maxi’s school friends still visits a Dentist in London to have their invisible braces looked at (they used to live there) and they are going back over Easter and we are possibly going to London Zoo for an event too, so will need some other things to do too.
225g icing sugar, sifted
115g Condensed Milk
Gradually mix the icing sugar together with the condensed milk. We used the mixer for this on slow.
Add peppermint extract to taste and knead until smooth.
Dust a clean surface with icing sugar and roll out the mixture to 5mm thickness. Cut into shapes with small cutter (the boys chose hearts and bells).
Leave in a cool place to dry for two to three hours.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water.
3. Drizzle the peppermint creams with the melted chocolate
Allow to set.
This keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks.
We are lucky to have Newby Hall just a short drive away and when we were invited to an Easter event there courtesy of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we thought it would be a great way to spend Easter Sunday. Especially as it is the first one without mum and she would help me organise the Easter egg hunts, plus mum loved Newby Hall and we had taken the boys there together.
We were also lucky enough to receive a cop of the movie on Blue Ray and DVD and have to say the boys have watched it 3 times since receiving it and we have watched it as a family too. It is a great movie with fantastical special effects and we loved the previous movies.
They also had a great time making some Easter chicks which we had also been sent. They looked at the image on the box and managed to make them all themselves. I love the fact that they are getting older and want to do their own thing and all I need now is an Easter tree to hang them on.
Do you make Easter bonnets with your children?
Today is the first Sunday in Lent and we have been making a big effort here to keep quieter and not shout at each other, which is working in the most. We have spent the weekend enjoying each others company and just chilling out, which is something we really have needed to do. Last Year my dear friend Angela from Tracing Rainbows wrote a wonderful letter for my boys explaining Easter for them and it is such a wonderful letter that I would like to share it with you (I am sure that Angela wont mind). I re-read it to the boys this lunchtime and they are so looking forward to more »
We have been busy in the kitchen this weekend, making and baking and bring in new traditions to TheMadHouse. Hot Cross Buns “Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns.” “If you have no daughters, give them to your sons, One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns.” These have gone down well with mini and MadDad, so much so that I had to make extra! White Bread buns, which I make the dough in the bread-maker and then divide and leave to prove. The temptation is to eat them hot, but my they really do give you indigestion. Magic Mummy mentioned that more »
Easter starts for us today. Maxi had his first ever assembly all about the First Easter. MadDad made it back from work in time and we both really enjoyed watching our boy, who had a wonderful strong and clear speaking voice. It was such a joy to watch a group of four and five year olds clearly enjoying themselves. MadDad is off for the week, so we are planning on lots of family time together and with this in mind, I have exchanged some Tesco Vouchers for some restaurant ones, but even though I did this over a fortnight ago, we are still waiting! Our Plans include, but are dependant on more »
These fun free adult colouring sheets are perfect for when you need some downtime. I love that they are full of diversity and will be so perfect for when you need to unwind. I have always insisted that colouring pages are not just for kids and when my boys were young I used to always join in with them whenever they were colouring.
Do you have a Bored Jar? If not now is the perfect time to introduce them into your family. With millions of children being at home and many parents trying to work from home a bored jar is a fabulous resource for busy parents. So we have gathered together all our activity lists and printables for bored Jars.
Chai Tea Bag Cookies with Free Printable is a paid collaboration with Bostik. Everyone that knows me will testify to the fact that I love tea. So when I was asked to come up with a British craft I thought tea and why not combine my love of tea, crafting and cooking and bring you chai tea bag cookies with a free printable tag.
Can you feel Spring in the air yet? I think I can and I have started thinking about Spring crafts for kids and spring crafts for preschoolers. We have a fabulous selection of crafts that kids will love here. I love Spring, the garden is filled with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter and the days are getting longer fast. I LOVE spring because it means more outdoor time, butterflies, birds, bugs, flowers and spring showers.