Rice Krispie Easter Nests

It’s hard to believe that Easter is this Sunday! It’s most likely due in part to the fact that it’s still only 30 degrees in Chicago – what’s that about??! Anyway. Easter is a phenomenal time of year (most importantly) from a religious perspective, but also from a dessert perspective! If you’ve given up sweets, chocolate, etc for Lent, now is your time to get back in the game. Not to mention, Easter is “home” one of my favorite candies: Whopper Robin Eggs.

Here is a no-bake, kid-friendly recipe to help you celebrate this year!

Rice Krispie Easter Nests

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Recipe adapted from: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 cups rice krispies
  • Green frosting
  • Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs

Directions:

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. While waiting to melt, grease a mini cupcake pan. Stir in vanilla. 
  2. Remove from heat and add rice krispies. Stir until equally incorporated.
  3. Divide warm mixture into sixteen mini muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.
  4. Shape mixture into individual cups. Cool. Remove from pans.
  5. Top each nest with green frosting and Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs.
  6. Serve.

Happy Easter to you and yours!
XO
Kate

Weekly Rewind

The past week was AHHHMAZING.  I had the week off since my kiddos were in Florida for spring break and although I missed them like crazy it was nice to have a few extra days after Easter to stay in Bettendorf to see my grandparents, play at the park with my younger cousins, run errands, bond with my parentals, and catch up on sleep before heading to Nashville for the weekend.

1. Easter Nails:  OPI’s Do You Lilac it?  2. Oakley my travel buddy taking in all Illinois scenery has to offer  3. Mom and I trying on “potential” Easter hats at Von Maur  4. Frozen yogurt topped with my favorite candy  5. Mimosas from 417 Union in Nashville  6. Cowboy boots  7. Fishtail Braid first attempt

Eggtra Easter Eats

Egg-Shaped Treats

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Ingredients:

for the cupcakes:
funfetti cupcake mix
egg
vegetable oil
water
cupcake liners

for decorating:
white icing
shaved coconut, sweetened
jelly beans (Starburst are the BEST!)
large marshmallows
small marshmallows
pink sprinkles

Directions:

Bake cupcakes as directed on the box, let cool completely, and then frost each with white icing.  Cover the icing with shaved coconut for the bunny’s fur, add a pink jelly bean for the nose, two green or blue jelly beans for the eyes, and two small marshmallows for the bunny teeth/mouth.  Cut a large marshmallow in half, shape into an oval, sprinkle the sticky side with pink sprinkles, and attach to the cupcake using extra frosting.  Ooo and awe at your adorable cupcake bunny, and try not to eat that cute little face!

Egg-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:

3 T butter
1 package mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
Easter eggs

Directions:

In a large bowl, melt the butter and mini marshmallows in the microwave.  Stir in the cereal until well coated.  Spray each egg with cooking spray to prevent the mixture from sticking.  Stuff the plastic Easter eggs with the cereal mixture and let cool into their shape!  What a cute easy spin on a classic treat.

**Recipe Sources:  Bunny Cupcakes and Egg-Shaped Rice Krispies**

Thrifty Threads: Easter Dress

The thought of dressing up for Easter immediately sends visions of spring’s bright colors and patterns dancing through my head.  Choose a dress this year that has potential for not only Easter Sunday but also for weekend activities with the simple change of accessories.

{Forever 21 Pleated Floral Dress, $27 | Forever 21 Ruched Cuff Blazer, $33 | Asos Mirror Metallic Skinny Belt, $7 | Charlotte Russe Platform Pump, $30 | American Eagle Denim Jacket, $50 | H&M Sandals, $10 | Carshoe Belt, $40}

Bunny Bait

Bunny Bait

Bunny Bait (here and here) is completely holiday appropriate and addictive.  Plus the four-year old I nanny basically made this treat all on her own from breaking up the pretzels to pouring in the popcorn and M&M’s to stirring it all together to finally sprinkling on some fun pink sprinkles.  A kid friendly and kid approved Easter snack that can be made in less than ten minutes!  Doesn’t get much better than that!

Ingredients:

1 bag popcorn, popped
1 bag Easter M&M’s
pretzel sticks, broken up
8 oz white chocolate, melted
colorful sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl mix together popped popcorn, M&M’s, and pretzel sticks.  Melt the white chocolate in the microwave for one minute, stir till smooth, and drizzle over popcorn mixture.  Stir well making sure to get all the pretzels and M&M’s at the bottom of the bowl coated with white chocolate.  Spread the mixture on a long sheet of parchment or wax paper, sprinkle with colorful sprinkles (optional), and let cool.  To serve break cooled mixture into pieces and place in a bowl.

**Recipe Source:  Sing for Your Supper**