Fabulous Spring and Easter Ideas for the Family

Today – Fabulous Spring and Easter ideas for your family

Fabulous Spring and Easter ideas for your family

Spring is definitely in the air and Easter is quickly approaching. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite Spring and Easter ideas. I hope your family will enjoy trying them out in the coming weeks.

Family Easter Ideas

Diary of a frugal family has a lovely set of free printable Easter Cupcake Toppers to grace your Easter baking. There’s Easter nest treats, Simnel Cupcakes and Hot Cross Brioche. Pink Oddy has a mouthwatering Roast Lamb recipe if you’d prefer something savoury.

Check out these great ideas for leftover chocolate too for when you’ve totally pigged out or easy Easter crafts to distract the kids. You could always go for one of these non chocolate Easter gifts to start with and save on the calories.

If you fancy a family day out now the weather is perking up have a look at National Trust’s Petworth House or Wookey Hole or maybe you could think about Easter in Italy.

If some time at home in your own garden is more your speed you could check out these simple Spring flowers, find out how to make your ideal garden retreat or even make a scarecrow.

And then for the organised and houseproud amongst us, you can take a look through these top 10 Spring cleaning tips.

Have a brilliant Easter and if you enjoyed this selection for spring and Easter ideas don’t forget to check out our other Easter posts.

9 Super Cute Easter Crafts To Make With Your Kids

Today – 9 fabulous easy Easter crafts from the Queen of Craftiness, Maggy from Red Ted Art

9 fabulous easy Easter crafts from the Queen of Craftiness, Maggy from Red Ted ArtEaster is right around the corner. Wasn’t it just Christmas? It may have come seemingly quick but I am not upset. The sun is shining more, it’s not so dreary out (even if it is raining), and beauty is beginning to form again outside.  Plus, any reason to make cutsie crafts and decorations is okay by us! For us, Easter is all about everything from Pom Pom Chicks to easy Bubble Recipes.

We love doing crafts that are spring related and I just love making crafts to fill my kids’ Easter baskets. Anything that can substitute a ginormous basket full of candy is perfect in my book. Here are some of my personal favourite easy Easter Crafts.

Easter Crafts

Grab some pretty yellow yarn and these darling Pom pom chicks can be made. My girls carry them around like they are real chicks because they are just that sweet. They are perfect for this Easter season!

If there’s one thing that the Easter Bunny always brings, it is bubbles. We like to spend more time outdoors & play with this great Bubble recipe. It’s simple to make and the bubbles are sturdy and big!

If you have a couple book worms in your house, like I do, this Easter Bunny Bookmark is super adorable and easy to make! {There are more Easter Corner Bookmark Ideas here}

When it comes to decorating, we do it big. From one season or holiday to the next, we are always making and creating to display in our home. These Paper Chick Craft are fun as well as these Paper Bunny Ornaments!

9 fabulous Easter crafts from the Queen of Craftiness, Maggy from Red Ted ArtIf you are trying to get away from candy in this year’s Easter basket, these Dino Egg Soaps make a great alternative! If you have a dinosaur enthusiast, these are an absolute must!

Another thing we love about spring is gardening. These Grass Heads are a super fun way to kick off the growing season!  Gardening is like starting fresh life in the new season!

Another fun afternoon activity that can turn into decorations is this Easy Origami Bunny. Even beginner paper folders will have fun with this project!

The Easter Bunny always brings one big{ger} gift. A sweet doll or stuffed animal is always fun and this Bunny Doll Pattern is extra cute! I made one for each of my girls and they absolutely love cuddling with them all year round.

These beautiful Free Colouring Pages for Easter are a fun way to de-stress during the holiday weeks or to add as decoration to your home. They would be gorgeous in a frame on the mantle!

Spring is one of my favourite seasons with the beautiful flowers, baby animals, and of course decorating with bunnies & colourful eggs. These easy Easter crafts are simple, inexpensive and fun. They all make me so happy for spring, like a giddy little girl! They all make wonderful Easter basket fillers, gifts for a friend, home decorations for the holiday, or activities for you and your kids.

If you enjoyed this then don’t forget to check out our other Easter posts.

10 No Chocolate Easter Gifts

Today – An update to my original post on non chocolate easter gifts for adults

I love Easter! All that springtime optimism always gives me a new sense of motivation for fresh starts and new projects. I’m quite partial to the chocolate too but you can have too much of a good thing so here’s my pick of the no chocolate Easter gifts and spring themed decorations.

10 No Chocolate Easter Gifts

 

  1. Talking Tables Springtime 5 m Rabbit and Carrot Bunting – £3.80 – A bit of decoration is a must!
  2. Plant Theatre Lady Bird Lodge & Flower Seeds to Lure Ladybirds – £12.99 – A lovely way to keep your garden buzzing.
  3. Pastel Easter Egg Wreath – £18.95 – There’s a wreath for every occasion.
  4. Lakeland Easter Shapes Cookie & Biscuit Cutters x 5 – £3.79 – Well, if you’re avoiding chocolate a biscuit or two is fine!
  5. Plant Theatre Psychedelic Salad Kit – £12.99 – It’s the perfect time for starting to grow your own veg.
  6. 8GB Easter Island Head Memory Stick – £10.00 – A silly play on words for the folks who have everything.
  7. Personalised Eggs Box with XBOX Design – £8.00 – Perfect for the gamer in your life.
  8. Vintage Style Easter Eggs and Chicks Ribbon – £3.29 – It’s often the wrapping that makes the gift.
  9. Easter Rabbit Mix Edible Wafer / Rice Paper Cup Cake Toppers – £1.89 – A great option to Easterify a plain cupcake.
  10. Chic & Shabby Style Easter Wooden Blocks – £10.99 – Pretty and they’ll amuse the little ones for a while too.

I’ve got a great selection of educational Christmas gifts or if it’s Yummy Mummy Gifts you’re looking for I’ve got that covered too.

[Note: This post contains affiliate links but all thoughts are my own]

Easy Hot Cross Brioche – you’ll love this epic Easter breakfast

Today – Hot Cross Brioche, a great easter breakfast.

Hot Cross Brioche, a great easter breakfast.

I love a hot cross bun and I’m a big fan of brioche. In the run up to Easter it occurred to me that the combination of the two would make a great breakfast so I put together a shop bought brioche mix (I used Francine 375g mix but you could also follow a recipe from scratch like this one) and added hot cross bun fruit and spices. They turned out really nicely and were delicious warm with a little butter.

Additional Ingredients:

  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 80g mixed dried fruit (I used sultanas and some mixed peel)

Method

  • Add the spices to the dry brioche ingredients and make up the dough as per the instructions.
  • Once it is ready to prove, mix in the fruit.
  • Split the risen dough into a 6 muffin tray and cook for a few minutes less than is recommended for the loaf.

If you want to make a cross on the top, score a cross with a knife. Then mix up some flour and water until it is a pipeable consistency add draw it on either free hand from a spoon or with a piping bag.

Don’t forget to check out our other Easter posts.

Irresistible Simnel Cupcakes with a Marzipan Surprise

Today – Recipe for Simnel cupcakes (based on the traditional Easter cake). Mini simnel cakes with a hidden marzipan ball in the center and almond buttercream.

Irresistible Simnel Cupcakes with a Marzipan Surprise

Simnel cakes are traditionally light fruit cakes made at Easter and decorated with a marzipan top and 12 marzipan balls to represent the 11 faithful apostles and Jesus. I wanted an excuse to use my latest impulse buy from Lakeland, pretty spring coloured silicone cupcake cases and little wafer bunnies, so I thought I’d attempt simnel cupcakes with a hidden marzipan ball in the center and almond buttercream. I had some mixture left so also made 12 mini simnel cakes with the more traditional ball of marzipan on the top and am strangely chuffed that combined with the little squirt of buttercream from the top they look like flowers.

I based the cake on one from Recipes from a Normal Mum but tweaked it mainly due to what I had in the cupboard. They are lovely and moist with a lightly spiced flavour.

Mini Simnel Cakes - A lovely Easter treatFor the Simnel Cupcakes:

  • 20ml orange juice (original recipe called for ginger wine or I think you could also use sherry for a Christmas version)
  • 100g mixed dried fruit (I used mainly sultanas with some cherries and mixed peel but you could have raisins, dates apricots etc)
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 60g ground almonds
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1tbsp milk
  • 75g marzipan

For the buttercream:

  • 100g butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1tbsp milk
  • 1tsp almond essence

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c.
  2. Warm the orange juice in a saucepan and then drop in the fruit, leaving it to absorb the juice and plump up.
  3. Make sure all the other ingredients (except the marzipan) are at room temperature and mix together until smooth using an electric hand or stand mixer. You can use the normal creaming method if you are doing it by hand.
  4. Add the fruit mixture and stir through.
  5. Take about 2/3 of the marzipan and role into 8 balls about the size of a chickpea.
  6. Fill 8 of the larger cupcake cases about 1/3 full with batter, gently drop in a ball of marzipan and then top up to 2/3 with batter.
  7. Put in the center of the oven for 20 min, until brown and firm.
  8. Use the remaining batter to fill 12 mini cupcake cases (no marzipan this time) and put them in the top of the oven for about 7 min.
  9. While the cakes cool, cream together all the buttercream ingredients and put into a piping bag and roll the rest of the marzipan into 12 little balls.
  10. Pipe swirls of icing onto the larger cupcakes (add any decorations you fancy) and little stars onto the mini simnel cakes with a ball of marzipan on top.

Do you fancy some Simnel Cupcakes for Easter?

Don’t forget to check out our other recipe posts before you go.