Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easter Favorites

We are all still recovering from a rough week of sickness...so this will be a short and sweet post on our favorites for Easter :)

1.  Coloring Eggs - last year we used Kool Aid, and it was so much easier! The colors were very bright and the eggs turned out beautiful! :)



2. Drapanki Eggs - this is the Polish way to carve eggs that have been hard boiled in red onion peels. I wrote about how to do it here.




3. Easter Egg Hunt - last year, Easter was the same weekend as Abby's birthday. I ended up having her party combined with the cousin egg hunt :)  Our kids are obsessed with Annie's bunny crackers, so I put those in the eggs, threw them around the yard, and we watched the kids have a blast! :)



4. Butter Lamb - I love making these! If you live close to a Polish neighborhood, you can buy pre-made butter lambs or molds to make them. We don't have anything nearby, so I mold mine with my hands. It takes about 4 sticks of butter - 2 sticks to make the body, 1 stick for the legs and head, and 1 stick that I freeze and then grate to make the wool. I use peppercorn for the eyes, and a piece of parsley to go in his mouth. Love this little lamb :)

The butter lamb all ready for our Polish Easter Basket Blessing at church



5. Easter Basket Ideas - I typically stock up after summer on clearance outdoor items and use those for their Easter baskets. Here are some ideas for toddlers (see full post from last year here):





Hope everyone has a great weekend! We'll be back next Tuesday for the Tuesday Talk link up - it goes live at 8am EST! :) We'd love to have you join us!



    


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34 comments:

  1. I love the koolaid idea!! Thanks!

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  2. What fabulous Easter ideas and traditions. I'm part Polish but have never heard of the butter lamb. How sweet.

    Stopping by from the linkup.

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  3. What a great list!

    I LOVE the butter lamb, your molding skills are quite impressive friend :).

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  4. Abby and I must have similar bdays ;) Mine fell ON Easter last year and it was fun celebrating both things in one day! I didn't know that about the butter lamb and the carving eggs being Polish things- my Great Grandmother was Polish :)

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  5. I want to try that kool-aid method. Also, I am in love with the fact that you make you own butter lamb. So cool!

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  6. No problem - smells so much better than the vinegar method!

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  7. You should definitely try one this year - it's fun to make :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thanks Beth :) I really have way too much fun making it!

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  9. Ah cool! Abby's is the 18th, which I think was Good Friday last year :) You should make a butter lamb this year - it's fun!

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  10. The Kool Aid was a lot better - smells good, colors are brighter :) And thank you ...I love making the lamb every year. Its a fun way to honor my husband's heritage :)

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  11. That butter lamb looks like it took some major talent! Wow!

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  12. I've never seen a butter lamb! So cute!
    I've been meaning to try kool-aid to dye eggs. Maybe this year!

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  13. Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.comMarch 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I can't believe you made the lamb without a mold! I'm pretty impressed. What is your church's Easter basket blessing? I've never heard of one before.

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  14. Thank you! It's not too hard to make...kind of like messier playdoh! ;)

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  15. I like the wider variety of colors you get with the Kool Aid...plus it smells really good :)

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  16. One of our local Catholic churches has a Polish priest, so he does the blessing for us. Typically 100 or so people show up which is pretty cool :) The baskets contain certain items - the butter lamb, meats we eat on Easter, bread, candles, our carved eggs, salt - all have a meaning. The tradition is to bring your basket of goodies to church on Holy Saturday and have it all blessed for your Easter meal. It is a Polish tradition (and I think other Eastern European countries) that my husband had always done. :)

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  17. Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspotMarch 27, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Oh my goodness -- I love the butter lamb!!

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  18. I love the idea of using Kool-Aid!

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  19. Love the idea of using Kool-Aid to dye the eggs, and the toddler basket suggestions are great!

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  20. I was just looking at a post I wrote from two years ago when we dyed eggs and it looked much more fun than I remembered lol! We should do that this week.

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  21. Good idea with the kool aid! So do you eat the butter lamb?

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  22. Love these ideas!!! - Seri from serisblog.com

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  23. I have never heard of dying Easter eggs with kool aid! That's genius!

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  24. Like the old school Polish egg dying, I'll have to check out that post, thanks for sharing from one pollack to another ;)

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  25. Yes, you eat it! We use it as the centerpiece and then use it during the meal :)

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  26. No problem, my Polish friend! :) My husband is super obsessed with his home country so we do all things the Polish way :)

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  27. Found it on Pinterest two years ago and it was the best way! It smells amazing :)

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  28. Yeah, I think for the kids it is a lot of fun...a little more stressful for moms ;) Hope you have a blessed Easter!

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  29. Thank you Bri! :) Have a great Easter!

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  30. Oh, that lamb! How cute! And I've never heard of dying eggs with Kool Aid, so I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Cat @ MaryMarthaMama.comApril 4, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    That's so neat! Thanks for sharing!

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