Reading

Recommended Enrichment Reading: Sunflower Houses, a wonderful book by Sharon Lovejoy offers some delightful ideas for outside play in the garden. Secret Places is my favorite section and my daughter loves the section on Natures Toyshop. Good for all ages with charming illustrations.

 

Project

Recommended Quilting Project: Thimbleberries Quilting a Patchwork Garden. Come with me under the garden fence with expert and internationally recognized quilter Lynette Jensen. Her beautiful book of creations come to photographic life with step-by-step instructions for crafting sixteen quilts, pillows, and table toppers inspired by the garden.

Celebration: Late Night Bunny Hunt

By Mary Jo Saavedra

Easter time has always been a big celebration at our house. After church we share a delicious potluck buffet with friends and family and then have our traditional egg hunt. This year however, my twelve year old decided she was too old for the traditional egg hunt, so we found ourselves in search of a new tradition.

In comes Pam, my very clever friend and neighbor, who I do believe out performs me in the art of celebrations and traditions. She has a gift for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary! Well in my plight to replace the traditional egg hunt I sent out an S.O.S. and it was Pam who called just days before the big event and said she had the idea to save our Easter. A late night Easter egg hunt with flashlights! Yes, I know, it was brilliant.

So our new tradition was launched at Pam’s house with several other families. We gathered around 7:30pm for an Easter dessert party. The kids had a ball planning their strategies for the hunt and the adults enjoyed watching their glee and anticipation. Our group of 15 kids ranged in ages from 10 to 16. At about 8:30pm the fathers all disappeared and went to the neighborhood park and hid all the eggs, about 25 eggs per kid. Then at 9:00pm, after a cell phone coordination, the mothers and kids hiked over to the park where it was now pitch black outside. The walk over was as adventurous as the pending hunt. George, Pam’s husband, explained the rules to the kids: stay in the perimeter of the park and collect about 25 eggs each. As George yelled to begin the hunt he reminded them to look high and low, the eggs were everywhere, even in the trees! The parents were placed at key locations around the park with flashlights so no one would get lost.

Well I have never laughed so hard. Here were all these flashlights covering the park and appearing as if aliens had landed. The giggles and sheer joy lasted for a long 30 minutes. It was a blast! Each kid was successful in filling their Easter basket full of treats. Pam also made the kids yummy chocolate bunny suckers for their party favor and encased each sucker in a large colored plastic egg. She has provided the recipe below for your enjoyment. Another clever idea Pam passed onto me was that the local recreation center was having a “diving for eggs” hunt at the community pool. So very FUN!

Pam’s Chocolate Bunny Suckers

    Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb. melting chocolate discs*
  • 1 tsp. Paramount crystals*
  • 1 chocolate bunny sucker mold*
  • 12 lollipop sticks*
  • 12 cellophane wrappers
  • ribbon or twist ties

*available at cake decorating/candy making shops

Place melting chocolate discs in microwave safe glass bowl. Add paramount crystals. Melt at 50% power in the microwave for 1 minute, stir, and if needed, put back in the microwave for an additional minute at 50% power until chocolate discs are melted. Stir. Carefully spoon melted chocolate into clean, DRY sucker mold. Place lollipop stick into each sucker mold, twirl stick to coat with chocolate. Then tap filled mold on counter to release air bubbles in candy mixture. Place filled mold into the freezer for about 5-10 minutes or until candy is firm. Flip mold over onto wax paper and tap lightly to release chocolate suckers from the mold. After chocolate has come to room temperature, place each sucker in a cellophane bag and finish with a festive ribbon or twist tie. Enjoy!

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