May the Eggs Be Ever in Your Favor

At some point a few years back, I eagerly took up the task of putting together Easter baskets for our three nephews – now between the ages of 10 and 16.聽Every year I also made up a聽challenge to go along with the baskets. You don’t just handed gifts in THIS family… no sirs! You gotta earn them. I’ve done everything from scavenger hunts to trivia.

This year, we set up an arena all around the yard in true Hunger Games fashion.聽Well except for the part where they had to fight to the death…

Station 1: Shoot a basket through the hoop
Station 2: Climb聽a tree and retrieve the ribbon with your name
Station 3: Shoot an arrow through a target
Station 4: Locate your colored item hidden somewhere in the yard
Station 5: Hit a croquet ball through the goal in less than 2 shots
Station 6: Create a lasso out of rope and throw it around a metal hook

Once they completed every station, they could claim their “cornucopias” – which in this case were some colorful baskets from Dollar Tree filled with goodies. Yeah, you can just call me Effie Trinket 馃槈

I’ve been doing this for years so here are some of my ideas for what to put in Easter baskets for teenage boys, besides candy:

  • mechanical pencils
  • iTunes gift card (or any gift card, really)
  • socks
  • soda cans/bottles
  • packs of gum
  • individual bags of chips or popcorn
  • fresh fruit
  • iPod headphones
  • small sports equipment
  • packs of playing cards
  • handheld puzzles

聽Do you have any unique Easter gift ideas or traditions?

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Cadbury Egg Goodness

Every year, one of my favorite things about the Easter holiday is that this commerical comes back on the air:


I am so entertained by those animals sounds I can hardly stand it.

And speaking of Cadbury products, those cream-filled eggs are pretty much better than crack. Probably because they come from a magical bunny that makes chicken noises.

But I’m not really much of a chocolate person,聽 so just one of those little nuggets of sugary goodness are enough for me. Just imagine my joy when I found this recipe by Katrina at inkatrinaskitchen.com for Cadbury Cream Cookie Cups. Less chocolate. More cookie. And the cream! I think I just died.


Ingredients:
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Chocolate chip cookie cups (step 1)
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 陆 Cup light corn syrup
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 录 Cup salted butter, softened
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 teaspoon vanilla
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 Cups powdered sugar
路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Yellow food coloring
Directions:

1.聽聽 Prepare your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray and add about 3 Tablespoons of dough to each muffin well. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden. Let cool 15 minutes in the pan. The middle will sink in. To help it along you can press a small glass (or spice jar) into the well to create a cookie cup. While the cookies are warm but firm use the tips of your fingers to gently twist the cookie cups up and out of the pan. Let cool completely.

2.聽聽 In the bowl of your mixer combine corn syrup, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.

3.聽聽 Remove about 1/3 of the cream and dye with yellow food coloring.

4.聽聽 Pour white cream into the cookie cups. Finish off with a small drop of yellow cream.

5.聽聽 Yield 12 cookie cups

I seriously had no idea it was this easy to make that magical Cadbury cream. This is something I could actually probably attempt to bake!

Fancy Lesbian Easter Attire Through the Years…

Well I thought I’d kick off my fashion posts with a highlight on Easter attire for us as a lesbian couple.聽I聽refuse to put lesbian fashion into the boxes of “male” and “female,” but I’m sure you will see that聽we are each comfortable in different expressions of gender identity.聽One thing we do share is our love of color, and what better time than Spring to break out the brights!聽

purple printed dress from JCPenney (small dog accessory optional)

yellow sundress from Marshall’s

floral dress from H&M

Basically, when it comes to chilly Spring fashion – our motto is:

A sweater vest and sundress can go a LONG way!