Peeps Bunny Trail Mix

Peeps Bunny Trail Mix #peepsonality

What do you do with a big box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) if you don't want your kids to eat them all in one day?  Cook and make snacks of course!  I'm always looking for fun ways to include some sweet treats for the kids without going overboard on the sugar.  With Easter just around the corner, I know we'll all be trying to ration the sugar to the little ones. This recipe could be modified any way you like.  We used some of the cereals that we had in the pantry already and added a few snacks and sweets to make it fun and colorful. What you'll need: Your favorite Peeps 1 cup of 2-3 different types of small snack-able cereals.  We used Cheerio's and Corn Chex. 1 cup of Annie's Bunny Grahams 1 cup of mini-chocolate morsels, raisins, or other small sweet snack 1 cup of jelly beans or malted milk balls leftover from the Easter basket There really isn't much to do to prepare this snack.  Gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl and you're ready to nibble away on ... [ Read More ]

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

Peeps Waldorf Salad Recipe

What do you do with all that Easter candy if you want to moderate how much candy your kids eat?  I decided to have some fun and add some peeps to my favorite Waldorf Salad recipe.  As much as I hated to cut the adorable little peeps into little pieces, it added a little dash of color to the recipe while replacing the mini-marshmallows I would normally use. I also have a confession, when I received the generous box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) I had no idea what I was going to make with them.  This recipe was inspired by my husband!  We haven't made a Waldorf Salad in years and I didn't know if the kids would even eat it.  I made a few modifications to make the recipe a little healthier as well. I'm not a big mayo fan so I substituted with Stonyfield Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla - you choose how sweet you want it).  The apples were from the local farmers market and the rest of the ingredients from the grocery store. What you'll need: 1 cup of halved grapes ... [ Read More ]

Easter 2012

Calley The Eco Chic

Did your Easter look anything like this? Despite what this picture may show we actually had a very blessed Easter Sunday.  We spent the first few hours with our church family followed by an afternoon with family and friends.  Yes, there were tears shed at the egg hunt but she's three and cries over everything!  Today we cried because "they are taking all the eggs!"  I hope that you and your family enjoyed your day. ... [ Read More ]

Oldie But Goodie – Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Natural Egg Dye

I was at the store last night getting a few last minute Easter basket items and I almost caved and bought those nasty egg dying tablets.  This week (this month, this year) is so busy that I just haven't taken the time to make our own egg dye this year.  Then I looked at the ingredients list on the back of the egg dying kits!  I should have snapped a picture so I could show you what was in these things but I was too disgusted to hold that box any longer and walked away!  I think I'll be making a trip to the natural food store tonight to get some natural food coloring. If you have some time and want to experiment with making your own egg dye from fruits and vegetables it's a lot of fun and the kids will have fun seeing what colors will appear.  A few years ago we spent one entire evening doing just that.  If you'd like the directions you may enjoy my post from 2009 called Easter with the Eco Chic and Son. If you'd like to see some other tips for dying your own Easter Eggs naturally ... [ Read More ]

A Greener Bunny Trail – Tips for Greening Your Easter

Green Easter Tips

I cannot believe that Spring is almost here and Easter is less than a month away.  While at Blissdom this year I got to spend a few minutes with the Easter Bunny and his friends from Hershey's to talk about how to green your Easter. 5 Tips for Greening Your Easter: Skip the plastic grass please!  If you must use grass in your basket use the recycled paper grass and reuse/recycle it when Easter is over with.  The plastic grass is horrible to the environment and makes a huge mess anyways.  In the past I've been known to shred junk mail at home and make my own Easter grass (this also works for packing material too). Reuse a basket!  The one thing I remember as a child is that my mom reused our Easter baskets each year.  It was the only thing that remained the same each year and I'm pretty sure if I go searching through my moms storage shed I might still be able to find my basket from childhood.  We started this same tradition with our kids.  Get creative with your baskets too - you ... [ Read More ]

Easter With the Eco Chic & Son

Natural Egg Dying

This year for Easter I decided to try some natural egg dying.  After school yesterday Big B and I boiled up some eggs and started making our dyes.  The first one we made was using red onion skins.  We boiled the water, added a little vinegar, added the onion skins, and let them sit for a while. Some of the other things we made dyes with included tea, coffee, chili powder, celery seed, beets, cranberry pomagranate juice, blueberries, and green tea.  How you may ask?  Well we boiled our dyes and added vinegar.  The longer the items boil and soak the stronger the color is suppose to turn out.  The hibiscus flower dye didn't turn out well, I guess it needs more flowers to make the color intense.    I also didn't like the pomagranate juice dye either, I think there was too much sugar and it wiped right off of the egg shell.  Different shades of brown and yellow The one's that worked the best were coffee, tea, and paprika.  They all had shades of brown, yellow, and even a ... [ Read More ]