Happy Easter–Egg!!

I have to admit, Easter caught us a bit off guard this year.  Easter in March is just…you know–weird. It’s still cold out and there’s not too much Spring yet. Who decides these things anyway?

IMG_1901The kids declared that an egg hunt was in order–whether or not Spring had officially sprung.

IMG_1903And what child will ever argue with a basket full of Easter eggs with tons of surprises inside?


The big “kids” were thrilled at the prospect too.


Back in my day–when I was the mama filling all those eggs for my babies to find–we just packed those suckers with as many malt ball eggs and jelly beans and gummy bunnies as we could get our mitts on.

It’s a wonder all their teeth didn’t fall out. Sheesh.

But this year–my smart cookie daughter, came up with an idea that would give the kids just enough sugar in the plastic eggs to give them a buzz–but not so much that they’d run around the coffee table 45 times in 2 minutes.

She loaded some of the eggs with plastic coins that the kids could turn in to the Bunny Store, for cute little prizes. Good thinking girlie.


Candy-schmandy. What’s sugar compared to a Sponge Bob kite and a pink bunny face mask–I ask you?

The little peeps were thrilled beyond belief.


And we still found plenty of surprises in the eggs.


A Dress For Lilybird


Long ago, when April and I were gallivanting around from fabric shop to fabric shop—sounds lovely, doesn’t it? ANYway, at one pretty place they had an adorable little girls’ dress pattern from The Pink Fig that stole our collective hearts. So, April spent the next hour or so choosing fabric–a color festival that I’d prefer to watch, rather than participate in. When I’m involved, I keep trying to get things to match and apparently that’s not the thing anymore. Point is–if I let her pick the color pallet–and keep my nose out of it–it will be fabulous.


Those smashing fabrics sat in a bag for months until it dawned on us that it would be the perfect Easter dress for our sweet Lily. Ooooh, it’s been soooo long since I’ve actually sat down and sewed something. It was heavenly.


I quickly got over the color thing and the more I played with all this soft, lovely stuff–the more I loved it.


And to put to rest the idea that an old dog can’t learn new tricks–just lookey here. This, my friends is called shirring and it is beyond cool! If I’d have known that it was so easy to add stretchy stuff to my sewing–oh, my–the magic I could have performed over the years. But there’s no stopping me now. In fact, there’s liable to be elastic rows showing up in all kinds of places.  Heh, heh, heh.


A nice thing about this pattern too is that if you add ties, it’s easy to snug it right up to fit tiny birdies like Lily,


and leave plenty of room to grow.


Oh, and with enough fabric for just the right amount of twirl.


PS~ Beckham’s Easter outfit is an Oliver & S pattern that his mama made for him. I’ll have to find out which one and get back with it.

Carrot Patch Cupcakes

While everyone is out planting their real gardens around here, I must confess that I’ve been working on a few “seedlings” of my own. Heh, heh, heh. Aren’t these the cutest little garden cupcakes you’ve ever seen? And such a painless way to get a few more–ahem–vegetables into your system. Baaaa!

Start with fruity Mike and Ikes. I picked several kinds to make sure I had plenty of orange ones.

Plus all the leftovers didn’t hurt my feelings any either.  :}

I’d never seen Rips Whips before, and I tore them out of the bag before getting a picture. Essentially, they are skinny, little multicolored licorice strings. You’ll be using the green ones–so go ahead and eat the rest.

First just take a paring knife and make a tiny cut clear through the top of each little orange candy.

Now, cut the green licorice into one inch pieces. Then with scissors or a knife cut through the top of the licorice about half way down the piece so it looks like greenery.

Next, gently pinch the sides of the orange candy to open the cut up just a bit. Don’t get too rambunctious with this step or you’ll crack the outsides and make them ugly. Then, well, you’ll have to eat them.

Now poke the green stems into the top of your carrot. I used the tip of a knife to set it in–that worked the best for me.

Carefully squeeze your carrot closed a bit around the green top.

Oh, just look at your little harvest! Aren’t they adorable?!

All that’s left to do now is to “plant” your little candy carrots into your favorite patch…I mean batch of chocolate cupcakes. These sweet things–along with a tall glass of ice water–will make a fine reward for all those little backyard farmers coming in from a long day with the rototiller. Wouldn’t you say?

Oh, I do so love Spring!

{ I Will Rise- African Style }

” He lives, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind, whose Atonement came as an act of grace for the entire world. He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. He has brought meaning to our mortal existence. He has given us the gift of eternal life. God be thanked for the gift of His Son, the Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, the Prince of Life and Peace, the Holy One.”

~Gordon B. Hinckley

Happy Easter my friends.