March 29, 2016

Easter fun, food and entertaining

The perfect combination
Baked Camembert, garlic and rosemary
Easter eggs ready for an Easter egg hunt
Bop along buddies for the kids to play with
Some nibbles
Gabby searching for eggs
Pesto and Parmesan crusted beans
Iceberg  lettuce with  buttermilk and chive dressing
Mr FPL and Gabby
A note, gifts and chocolates from the Easter bunny
Checking out the eggs
My little Easter bunny
Biscuits made and decorated by Mum
Another Easter egg hunt
Playing with some Easter eggs

Cooking, eating, entertaining, friends, family and Easter egg hunts is how I would sum up this Easter!

Starting on Good Friday and continuing into Easter Saturday Mr FPL and I spent most of our time in the kitchen. Over the two days we prepped and cooked prawn and coriander sliders, fish sliders, baked camembert, hommus, a duck lasagna, roast beef, smashed potatoes, pesto and parmesan crusted beans, iceberg salad and ice cream sandwiches. I am officially over cooking and eating!

On the Saturday afternoon/evening we had friends over, to entertain the kids we held an Easter egg hunt and a race on the bop along buddies I hired. For the adults we held an Easter quiz which resulted in some interesting answers for the last question - What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Sunday morning we awoke to chocolates and some presents from the Easter bunny, went to church, followed by brunch, afternoon tea and dinner at various family members homes. It was a very busy day!

By Easter Monday we were exhausted and spent a lazy day at home.

As busy as the weekend was, I had a lovely Easter which I would do all over again.

So what came first.... the chicken or the egg?

March 14, 2016

DIY Decorative Easter egg centrepiece

Whether it be decorating a hat for your child's Easter hat parade or painting a hollowed egg, Easter is a great time to get crafty. 

Recently I made the above Easter egg centerpiece. What I love about this centrepiece is that not only does it look pretty but it can be used to hold the eggs for an Easter egg hunt or as a reward (or bribery) for the kids!
The most difficult/time consuming part of constructing this centerpiece is placing the eggs on bamboo sticks. You will need chocolate eggs, bamboo skewers and ribbon.

Using the sharp end of the skewer gently twist it into the base of the egg and push through till it reaches the top of the egg, be careful not to pierce it through the other end.

Measure 30 cm of ribbon/s and cut.

Tie and knot the ribbon just below the egg.

If using two pieces of ribbon, tie a bow in the other piece.

If bows aren't your thing just tie and knot another piece of ribbon.

Individually place each egg and stick in a vase full of smaller chocolates.

To further enhance the Easter spirit I have placed a candle and bunny next to my centrepiece.