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At Christmas we decorate a fir tree with baubles, lights, beads and tinsel which has pride of place in our home it seems such a shame that it is only enjoyed once a year and for only about 3 weeks. This year why not start an Easter tradition and make an Easter Tree this could be outside either using a tree that is growing in the garden or one that is growing in a pot which would look lovely near your front door or alternatively you could have an indoor tree.

How to make an indoor Easter tree

The tree

Put on your coat, grab your wellies and go on a walk to collect some nicely shaped branches alternatively if you have been pruning in the garden save some of the thicker branches.

Select the branches that will make an interesting shape once they are placed together, you can leave the branches natural, paint them white or ask an adult to spray them with gold or silver paint.

Find a wide vase and fill with small pebbles or sand to support your branches and keep them in place.

Arrange your branches in the vase and decorate.

The decorations

There are many decorations to choose from in shops these include easter chicks, rabbits and eggs and as with Christmas decorations you can re-use them year after year, also add pom poms, bows and ribbon to decorate your tree

The Easter tree is popular in Europe and has now found a place in British homes, in Germany they are known as Osterbaum or Easter Tree. The biggest Easter egg tree was in Rostock, Germany it was decorated with 76,596 painted hens’ eggs.

Happy Easter

Gill

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Simnel Buns

Bake Simnel Cupcakes for Easter

Simnel Cake is an Easter time fruit cake that is made from white flour, sugar, butter, eggs, fragrant spices, dried fruits, zest and candied peel, Marzipan is used to decorate the top and often included in the middle of the cake.

The top is traditionally covered with a flat layer of Marzipan with eleven Marzipan balls placed in a circle to represent the true eleven disciples, Judas is omitted, a ball is sometimes added in the centre to represent Jesus or even Judas.

I often make Simnel Cake although I don’t include the Marzipan as not all of my family enjoys it; here is a recipe for Simnel Cupcakes without Marzipan which are perfect for Easter Parties or to take with you on a walk.

Ingredients

  • 150g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs beaten
  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 200g Mixed dried fruit
  • 12 whole glace cherries
  • Zest and juice of a medium orange
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • Silver Ball cake decorations

What you need to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170F/Gas Mark 5 and line a Cupcake tray with 12 cases.
  2. Mix together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy then gradually beat in the eggs.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder and the mixed spice, add gradually and gently stir into the butter mixture until fully combined then fold in the mixed fruit and the orange zest.
  4. Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases, then push a whole cherry into the middle of each one.
  5. Bake for approx. 25 minutes until risen, golden and firm to the touch, leave to cool.
  6. Mix together the icing sugar with just enough orange juice so that the icing is spreadable.
  7. Ice the top of your Simnel Cupcakes and then place 11 silver balls around the edge in a circle.
  8. Leave the icing to set and then enjoy.

Chicken 3

Make an Easter Chicken

What you will need

  • Paper plates
  • Black, Orange, Yellow/Red Felt tip Pens
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape/Glue
  • Feathers

Chicken 1       Chicken 2

What you need to do

  1. Take a paper plate and fold in half.
  2. Cut another paper plate into 6 segments, on a segment draw the beak, comb (at the top of the head) and wattle (under the beak) and cut out.
  3. Cut a slit at one side on the crease of the folded paper plate, push the comb through it and stick down, then position and stick on the beak and the wattle, add another blob of glue where the head is and press together.
  4. Colour in its beak, comb and wattle, stick a feather on for its tail and draw on eyes and wings.
  5. You can of course paint or decorate your chicken further if you like, why not stick on the colourful foil wrapping from your Easter Eggs.

Egg faces

3 Amazing and Eggstraordinary facts about Eggs

1.   We all imagine that dinosaurs and their eggs were enormous, the largest dinosaur was the Argentinosaurus and was 37m long, yet its eggs were quite small in comparison they were only the size of a Rugby ball (30cm).

2.   Ostriches lay the largest birds’ eggs; they can be as big as a grapefruit and take 42 days to hatch.

3.   Hummingbirds lay the smallest bird’s eggs; they are the size of a pea and take 16-18 days to hatch.

Here are some silly egg yolks (jokes) to make you giggle

Q.   Why did the egg go to school?

       To get egg-u-cated!

Q.   Who tells the best egg jokes?

        Comedi-hens!

Q.   How did the egg climb the mountain?

        It scrambled up!

Q.   What do you call an egg that goes on safari?

        An eggs-plorer!

Q.   What day do eggs hate the most?

        Fry-day!

Q.    What happened to the egg when he was tickled too much?

        He cracked up!

Why not have a go at making up some more egg jokes

I hope that you all have a fun and enjoyable Easter

Gill

 

 

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Chocolate Easter eggs are everywhere they seem to have been in the shops since Christmas, this year why not make some ‘traditional’ Easter eggs with the children to decorate your house this Easter and to celebrate the humble egg too!

Dip and Dye Decorated Eggs

What you will need

  • Cooled Hard Boiled Eggs (White or pale coloured)
  • Food Colouring
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Bowl or Cup for each colour, deep enough to submerge an egg
  • Spoons

Dyeing eggs can be very messy, wear old clothes if possible and waterproof painting aprons, cover the kitchen table with a plastic tablecloth and newspapers.

For each coloured dye place half/one teaspoon of food colouring and one tablespoon of vinegar in a container then top up to approx. ¾ full with warm water.

The Simple Egg

Carefully lower your egg into the dye with your spoon, the longer you leave it in the dye the darker the colour will be, remove your egg when you are happy with the colour and leave to dry.

The Arty Egg

Using a wax crayon or a birthday candle, draw a picture, pattern or write a message on your egg before dipping as above, the wax crayon/candle will stop the dye colouring the egg, experiment with different colours.

The Abstract Egg

Using masking tape, cut out lots shapes and stick them on your egg, dye several times in different colours after each colour allow to dry before removing some of the shapes before dyeing again alternatively place elastic bands around your egg and remove some after each dipping you could dye the egg a light colour first before covering with the masking tape shapes or rubber bands.

You can decorate all of the dyed eggs further by drawing/painting patterns, shapes, flowers, animals or faces etc. on them or by sticking on glitter, sequins, coloured foil, paper, wool, string, cotton wool etc. the possibilities are endless.

Place your eggs in a basket or bowl filled with tissue paper or straw for a wonderful display, unfortunately you will not be able to eat these eggs unlike the chocolate ones!

Have fun

Gill

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