Easter Nests

IMG_7849Daffodils, tulips, the sound of birdsong, trees leafing out, nests…I am so enjoying the season!

On Thursday we had an early Easter celebration with part of our family who won’t be able to join us on Sunday. It was a delightful day with egg hunts, playing in the yard, the discovery of new toys from the Easter bunny, lunch, and nest making.

These tasty treats are from the recipe called No-Bake Nests in Sharon Lovejoy’s book called Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars.

Ingredients:

34 large marshmallows

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups cornflakes

1/4 cup toasted coconut

candy eggs

IMG_8282Directions:

In large saucepan, stir the marshmallows and the butter together over medium heat.

Add the vanilla to the melted marshmallow mixture and stir. Remove from heat.IMG_8283Fold in the cornflakes and the lightly toasted cornflakes and mix.IMG_8284Drop a spoonful of the mixture into the cup of a greased muffin pan. Form nests. It helps to spray hands with cooking spray for this.IMG_8288Remove once they’re formed and place on a baking sheet. Nestle small candy eggs inside each one. Cover with plastic wrap and let harden on the countertop. Nests can be stored in a single layer in a tightly covered container.IMG_8342Aren’t they adorable? And fair warning, they’re a bit addicting too.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and blessed Easter.

Treats For the Birds

IMG_7691Bird watching in my yard brings me great enjoyment. I try to make sure my bird feeders are clean and full of a variety of seed and suet cakes for them, at all times. Actually, it’s the least I can do for all of the concerts and amusement they provide to us!

The children and I made special treats for the birds recently and hung them in trees.  We threaded cheerios onto pipe cleaners (even the littlest hands were able to push the cheerios down once I had placed it on the tip of the pipe cleaner), we hung sliced oranges with twine, and then we smeared bird booster onto pinecones and hung those as well. The recipe  for bird booster came from Sharon Lovejoy’s Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars book, which is jam packed with fun activities to do with children.

Bird Booster Recipe:

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 cup canola oil

4 cups yellow cornmeal

1 cup white flour

A few spoons of sunflower seeds or raisins (I used our no waste birdseed that we always have on hand)

Pinecones tied with twine for hanging

IMG_7628IMG_7629Mix ingredients together in a bowl and then slather the mixture onto and into the scales of the pinecone.

Now it’s time to hang the treats.IMG_7694IMG_7686IMG_7689The wonderful books, Winter Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow, and Night Tree by Eve Bunting provided the perfect follow up activity.