Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Easter Bunny

I am not supermom.  My husband and I work full time jobs and our 3-year-old son spends more time in daycare than I would like.  Most days he has a boring, uninspired lunch.  Some days when I have a little extra time, I try to do something special with his lunch.  This blog is my attempt to share these ideas so maybe you can do this too!  Most of these take VERY little time and my son is absolutely thrilled when he discovers that mommy packed a "cute lunch" for him to enjoy.

The Easter Bunny

A bunny sandwich with favorite sides of crunchy carrots and sweet strawberries.

To make the bunny:
I made a peanut-butter & jelly sandwich and cut into an oval using my nut chopper (since I have no oval cookie-cutter).  I used the leftover sandwich and a pair of kitchen shears to cut "ears."  I took the heel of the piece of bread and the kitchen shears again to trim up his nose/mouth area and use a little peanut butter to "paste" it to the bunny's face.  A pair of Wilton's candy eyes were added the same way.  Finally, I used a fruit roll-up and my kitchen shears to cut out pieces for the ears, nose, and a little bit of a mouth.

 Easter Sweet-Treats
My son's daycare was having an Easter party, so I volunteered to make some sweet treats.  I saw this adorable rabbit & carrot cookie cutter set at Target and couldn't wait to make some sugar cookies.  Sugar cookies are a very simple recipe, but can be a disaster if you don't know what you are doing.  I will make a post soon about how to make perfect sugar cookies.  To decorate these, I use candy sprinkles and eyes for the bunnies and green m&m's for the carrots.  A little store-bought white icing (colored orange for the carrots) made the decorating fast and fun.

 I also made these hysterical little "Peeps in Nests" that were trending on Pinterest.
The nest is a marshmallow treats recipe using chow mein noodles instead of krispies.  My son helped decorate the nests with Reese's pieces peanut butter eyes and a mama Peep.  We snipped the Peeps apart using a set of kitchen shears.

I hope you will enjoy following this new blog!  I am looking forward to writing it!


(c) text and photos copyright Amanda Leahy, 2012

1 comment:

  1. I will enjoy reading about cute lunches as much as Robbie enjoys eating them!