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Chocolate Easter Baskets

chocolate easter baskets As per usual the one thing you can’t plan for over the Easter weekend is the weather and here in the Cotswolds it has been shocking. So we battened down the hatches this afternoon and made these easy peasy chocolate Easter baskets following a simple cornflake cake recipe.

We were really lucky today that we were able to enjoy some of Good Friday as a family. With Ed working in hospitality bank holidays usually mean we don’t get to spend time as a family as not surprisingly these are the busiest days of the year for them. Somehow we lucked out today and although Ed has had to work tonight he had the whole day free.

We popped out at lunchtime to the garden centre but the weather was so grim, the prospect of purchasing anything that needed planting over the weekend was not at all appealing. All we ended up coming away with was two ready made hanging baskets for our back door courtyard.

On the way home we stopped off to purchase the ingredients for these yummy chocolate Easter baskets as I knew Garth would enjoy making them as much as he would enjoy sampling them. I got the recipe for them from the BBC Good Food website (worth having a look at their cooking with kids section – it has tons of great ideas) The Co-op had run out of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs (am I surprised?) so we ended up getting the eggs from the M&S garage we pass. Although I wasn’t best pleased about this as I love a Cadbury’s Mini Egg, they were perfect for our cakes and the colours were so pretty they added a touch of something special to the overall effect I think!!

Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • Chocolate mini Easter eggs

(Be warned! – We ended up using double the amount of chocolate stated here) chocolate cornflake cakes for Easter chocolate Easter baskets Method

1.       Children: Weigh out the ingredients. Older children can do this by themselves with supervision and little ones can help to pour or spoon ingredients into the weighing scales. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put the cornflakes in another large bowl.

2.     Grown ups: Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool a little before pouring over the cornflakes.

3.    Children: Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a muffin tray (or baking sheet, if you don’t have one). Grown ups will need to do this for younger children or simply arrange on a tray and let the mess happen. Put in the fridge to set.

To make these into Easter baskets we added the mini eggs and chicks (left over from our Easter bonnet making activity.) Garth loved making them and as he had made some at school last week was quite keen to tell me what I was doing wrong (I say differently) compared to his teachers. At least he is taking on board his experiences at Kindergarten and applying them elsewhere, even if it means we have a mini Masterchef judge on our hands!

Quality control in the kitchen

Happy Easter everyone and remember cocoa grows on trees, so effectively it is a plant.

Do you think we can count it in our 5 a day????????

 


Easter Crafts Pinterest Round-Up

 

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With a week of school holidays before Easter I have been having a think about what we can get up to at home in preparation for the weekend. As Ed will be working all weekend, it will just be Garth and I but I really want to celebrate Easter even though we won’t be having a big sit down family get together.

I have been scouring my beloved Pinterest for inspiration and my favourite 10 Easter crafts are listed here with links to the websites (if Pinterest provides the link) if you fancy giving any of them a go yourself! I think most of them are pretty adult and child friendly so we can all have a go at making them.

1. Simple Easter Baskets

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2. Cute & Simple Easter Card

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I was thinking of making these cards and baskets as small gifts for family and friends, super simple, super easy and fun all at the same time. Easter crafts with a purpose!

3. Pompom Bunny

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Since buying a pompom maker at Christmas I have become strangely addicted to making them but am always stuck for ideas as to what I can actually make out of all the pompoms I have made. Am definitely going to give this super cute Easter craft idea a go. This is one for me I think!

4. Paper Plate Baby Chick

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I love crafts that require minimum adult input and this one is super simple. Great for scissor skills too if you aren’t too worried about creating a perfect example.

5. Watercolour Chicks

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I particularly love how this idea can make an artist out of anyone. We will be cracking open the watercolours next week.

6. Salt Dough Easter Ornaments

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Salt dough or clay stars were a big hit at Christmas so an Easter version is a great idea. Poundland had some Easter cutters which would work really well with this project. I loved the picture below as a great idea on how to display all your fab creations.

7. Easter Display for your creations

Easter Egg Tree

8. Easter Masks

Bunny mask

Super simple and would make a great prop for some Easter family photographs.

9. Clay Bunnies – Lots of uses

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I am totally in love with these!!

10. Bunny Silhouette with a 101 uses

Paper bunny

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my suggestions and if you have any of your own I would love to see them, please do share. Happy crafting!

A Cornish Mum

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Getting organised for the Easter Holidays

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I have to say that I am really looking forward to the Easter Holidays. After what has felt like a VERY long 3 months the Easter holidays mark the beginning of Spring and new hope. I have been putting together lots of ideas for things to do with many of them being centred around getting organised and more streamlined in the house. I can see us becoming on familiar terms with the charity shops and tip during all this. I also have a few upcycling projects that I am determined to complete too. Time will tell if I have bitten off more than I can chew!!

I also love the holidays as a chance to try and catch up with my friends and our children which with our busy term time lives we never get a chance to fit in. Weekends in term time end up being such a precious commodity than get booked up weeks in advance.

I have created a planner you can download to help get organised and keep track of key dates/events you have coming up over the holidays. Some of my friends have 3 week Easter holidays so have created 2 versions, one for 3 weeks and one for 2 weeks. Mine is already filling up and I have started by filling in our days out so I can then add in when I want to get bits and pieces at home done. Hopefully this should spur me on into getting things done and far less procrastination than I am used to.

 

2015 Easter Holidays 2 wk

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2015 Easter Holidays 2 wk

2015 Easter Holidays


Easter Holidays

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We broke today for the Easter holidays, whilst I appreciate the break from routine, not watching the clock each morning as I press snooze and worrying about what I can put in the lunch box to look more like a yummy mummy than slummy mummy, I also dread the long empty days that need filling.

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This Easter holidays though, for the first time, we have a garden. This means planting, growing and the purchase of a trampoline. Lets hope the weather stays fine so we can get going. I have created a Pintrest board of all the ideas I am loving for outdoor learning activities.

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