An Easter Season

Before I begin with this week’s post, I’d like to take a minute and wish myself a happy 100th! I didn’t realize I was anywhere near 100 blog posts until after I published last week’s post, but since this entry consists of other things that already happened last week, I’m going to take a minute to celebrate 100 snippets of food, parties, observations and randomness. Thank you for hanging in there as I dropped and picked up the blog over the past few years. And since Willard Scott isn’t here to make the announcement, I’ll go ahead and do it myself.

smuckers

Gotta love Smuckers.

This week has been a little crazy for me. I spent the better part of it in a freezing and rainy Atlanta for a work trip so I haven’t had much time to do all the things a blog post requires-writing, photo snapping, actually making something from scratch. Over the years, I’ve gotten much better at remembering to take photos while I’m making things, but I have yet to master loading them in a timely fashion. I don’t know that I will ever be one of those bloggers who share recipes and fun crafts in the weeks leading up to a holiday. After all, they are the ones I lean on as I search for themed food and ideas each holiday. Nope, I seem to be the one who posts about Easter treats and randomness in the weeks following, once everyone has moved onto Cinco de Mayo and 4th of July.

I was going to scratch the Easter idea altogether and focus on the humorous events that filled this weekend like my sluggish, slow and frequently-paused 10 miler, a big Chicago Fire win over New York  (3-1!) or a nice little 20 MPH headwind-filled bike ride along the lake path. I was, until my priest used today’s homily to emphasize that Easter Sunday is just the beginning of the Easter season. That the season that follows is filled with celebration and that we shouldn’t forget to be thankful each and every day.

And so in celebration of 100 posts and the kick-off to the Easter season, I bring you an Easter treat,

I found this recipe in an aforementioned search for Easter treats from a blog I follow called Two Peas and Their Pod. I wanted something that I could make last-minute to take over to see some new little Easter Bunnies as well as to bring home for the weekend. It was quick, easy and tasted pretty good too!

salted caramel easter popcorn

Easter Popcorn

  • 1 bag plain popcorn
  • 2 C chopped pretzels
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/3 C cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 C miniature marshmallows
  • Pink food coloring
  • 1 C Easter Pretzel M&M’s
  • 1/4 C chopped white chocolate

In a large bowl, mix popcorn and pretzels together.

In a dutch oven, boil sugar, salt and water over medium high heat until mixture is caramel in color. It can take up to 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and add cream, stirring until smooth. Add vanilla, marshmallows, and pink food coloring. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is well coated. Stir in M&M’s and white chocolate. Line pan with parchment and spread mixture out to dry. Sprinkle with salt. Let cool completely.

Prefer the original? Check out Two Peas and Their Pod.

I packaged each bag in a little tin and gave them to my girlfriends for their new little girls’ first Easter.

easter popcorn

I have to admit I didn’t do much cooking the rest of the weekend. My mom puts me to shame when it comes to cranking out an Easter brunch so I just enjoyed spending time with family and watching the boys hunt for eggs.

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Easter brunch consisted of mimosas (or milk), ham, quiche, fruit salad and lots of hardboiled eggs.

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Aunt Pat even made the trip!

The next day Jake and I were making an attempt at some play dough shapes when we realized most of it had dried out. I guess the craft bug bit me because I suggested we just make our own. Leave it to the nearly 3 year-old to squash any doubt I might have had that this might be a daunting task.

Oh no, Jake. Looks like the play dough is dried out. Guess we’ll have to play something else. On second thought, I bet we could make some ourselves. Would you want to try to make it with me? 

Well sure, Sarah! That should be easy. We should make some. Absolutely. 

homemade playdough

My little helper and I whipped up a batch of homemade play dough in no time. I’ll save you the details and just suggest trying a recipe like this one. And before you judge me, the stove was not on while Jake was stirring the pot.

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If you are looking for an easy craft project with a young one in your life, I recommend this one.

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Here’s to a season filled with celebration of the little things in life. Like those cute little fingers of Jake’s. I know I’m entering spring feeling very blessed and with a renewed spirit. I hope you are too.

Have a wonderful week!

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3 thoughts on “An Easter Season

  1. Anonymous April 9, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    I love the sentiment in that last paragraph. Great post Sarah.

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