4.18.2014

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs {2014 Edition}

Yesterday the girls and I made our annual Tie Dyed Easter Eggs.
Here are the ties that we picked out to use:
Last month, we cleaned out Kevin's clothes and got rid of the majority of his wardrobe, including tons of his ties. I didn't give away the ties, instead I kept them for making our Tie-Dyed Eggs.
 
Tutorial on how to make the Tie Dyed Eggs {HERE}

Here are the ties cut up and wrapped around the eggs:
Here are the eggs after they have been Tie Dyed:
 Egg #1
 Egg #2:
Egg #3
Egg #4
 
 Eggs #5, #6 and #7
 TOTAL FAIL. I don't know what happened to these eggs. The colors didn't transfer at all. 
I have never had more than 1 flop a year. Don't know what happened to these ones.
I was going to toss them out, but decided to keep them, they have a perfect analogy for us on Good Friday.
The eggs that didn't keep the color are a good reminder that these eggs aren't perfect.
Neither am I. And, neither are you.
Which is why, today.....on Good Friday I am so thankful that Jesus died on the cross for me and for you. Even though we are far from perfect, God sent his one and only perfect Son to die on the cross for us.
I'm thankful for the cross....but, I'm even more thankful that Sunday is coming!
So glad we get to celebrate our risen Savior this weekend!
Happy Easter!

4.16.2014

Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche

With Easter coming up, I thought I would share one of my favorite breakfast dishes.
It is perfect for Easter Brunch or breakfast!
I first made this back in the winter of 2006 (before we had kids) when we went to Sun Valley, Idaho with our Small Group for a long weekend. Each couple was in charge of making & planning a meal. 
I picked breakfast and I made this Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche (along with my Monkey Bread!)
The official name of this dish is Ham & Cheese Hashbrown Quiche, but when we were in Sun Valley we called this dish "The Ham Hasselhoff" after David Hasselhoff because that entire weekend, his song "Jump in my Car" was stuck in everyone's head.
(The video had just debuted and we thought that video was ridiculous & hysterical so we made a mockery of it ALL weekend)
Remember the video? So painful to watch!!!! Ha!


Here is what you need for Ham + Cheese Hashbrown Quiche 
AKA "The Ham Hasselhoff"
1 (30 oz package) Frozen Shredded Hash Browns, thawed
3/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
3/4 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
(You can use any combonation of cheeses you want, just make sure you have a total of 2 1/4 cups of cheese)
1 package of Hormel Honey Deli Ham, diced
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs
1 Tablespoon Lawrys seasoning salt
Pepper, to taste  

Directions:
Press your thawed Hashbrowns into the bottom of your 9x13 dish. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.
While your hashbrowns are baking, dice up your ham:
 I use the entire package for this dish!
 In a bowl, add the 4 eggs, the 1/2 cup milk, seasoning salt & pepper.
 Whisk it all together:
 Add in the diced ham:
  Then, grate your cheese (if necessary). I have never found shredded pepper jack cheese, so that is the only type I have the grate. The swiss & cheddar come pre-shredded in the bags.
Add all the cheeses to a bowl:
 Then, mix them all together.
After your hashbrowns have finished baking, take the dish out of the oven.
Sprinkle on half the cheese mixture on top of the hashbrowns.
Then, pour the egg/milk/ham mixture on top of that.
 Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top:
 Reduce heat in the oven and bake (uncovered) at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
 So easy to make! And, you can make it ahead of time.
When I eat it, I ALWAYS add some Cholula or Sriracha hot sauce on top of it.
 This dish pairs great with fresh fruit along with my Monkey Bread 

Make this for your next brunch/breakfast....I promise you the "Ham Hasselhoff" dish is much better than the video :)

4.15.2014

Easter Peeps S'mores {Free Printable}

I can't believe I haven't made a Printable for Easter Peeps S'mores  yet.
I have made them for Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas, but not Easter!
Peeps are the official Easter treat, and I had made printables for all those other holiday with peeps, but not Easter.
For Shame!
I knew I had to remedy this ASAP.
Here is what you need:
 - Graham Crackers
- Snack Size Hershey Bars
-Easter Peeps (I used the bunnies rather than chicks because the bunnies are flat)
- Clear bags
- A Stapler & Scissors
- Printable I made (see at end of post)
 
Mmmmm.....Peeps!

  Have your kid (or you) write in who their Easter treat is to and who it is from.

Just put 2 graham cracker halves, a hershey bar & a peep in the bag:
 Fold it up & put on a label:
Staple on the sides:
So cute:

The girls made them for all the kids on our court and it took a lot of self control for them not to eat them.
So, of course I let them have one :)
 Yum!
 Here is the printable for YOU to download & use!

{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}
 
And, a version without the Eggs:

{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}





{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}

We are passing these out to all the kids on our cul-de-sac tomorrow.
Enjoy & Happy Easter!

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