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Spoon Bunnies

I have finished #19 on my 30 before 30 list! I promise I made a Christmas wreath, but somehow never posted it. Maybe when I move I can pull it out and write it up! I already had a spring/Easter-y wreath, so I needed to find another crafty thing to make. Pinterest to the rescue! I took what Crafts by Amanda made and modified it – I don’t need place holders (though I have hosted Easter dinner before). So it’s just a little decor for the holiday!

Here are the steps, full directions below! I ended up not using the pink foam. This is an easy craft to modify to make it your own! The bunnies don’t look exactly happy….not really sure how to make a bunny look happy. But it’s still kind of cute!

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Get your materials

Paint the pots – I used a q-tip to paint the dots.

Lightly sand then paint the spoons

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Make bunny ears; glue on eyes, tail and ears; paint on nose; draw on face.

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Use floral foam in the pot to hold the spoon.

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Fill with paper!

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Easter Bunny Spoons

What you need:

  • small clay pots
  • acrylic paint – whatever colors you want
  • foam paint brushes
  • floral foam
  • sheet of white foam
  • googly eyes (or black paint to paint on eyes)
  • small pom-poms (tails)
  • black sharpie (or black paint)

Paint the pots white – probably will need a couple coats. Once that dries, paint the rims whatever colors you want. Paint dots of the same color on the sides of the pot (I used a Q-Tip). Let dry.

Lightly sand the spoons and paint them white. Stick them in some floral foam to dry. You wouldn’t necessarily have to paint them if you’re doing a white bunny – but I didn’t want to shine of the spoon. You could also do a different color than white! Let dry.

Make your ears while the spoons dry. I used white foam and cut out ears, then painted in the pink. You could also use pink foam (which was my original plan).

Do the face on the back of the spoon. I used the pink paint to do a nose. I had googly eyes already so I used those and glued on with hot glue, but you can also do a black paint dot for the eyes. Glue on the ears. Use a sharpie or black paint to do the mouth and whiskers.

Glue on the pom-pom for the tail.

Cut some floral foam to fit into the bottom of the pot – doesn’t have to fit perfectly. Stick a dried spoon bunny into the floral foam in each pot.

Fill the pot with Easter grass or paper or whatever you have!


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Strawberries & Coconut

I realize it’s very cliche to give up sweets for Lent. But I have done it many years in a row because simply it is a true challenge for me every single time. But come Easter, I am a baking fiend again. And this year was no different.

This year I pulled out a old favorite – Grandmama’s Strawberry Cake – and a new favorite – my Great Aunt’s Mounds Bars. I think of nothing and no one else other than Grandmama when I make this strawberry cake – which is now becoming an Easter tradition. And I will forever think of my great aunt Marge hand-writing some of her favorite recipes to mail to me when I make these Mound Bars. Recipes are definitely one way for the memories of loved ones to carry on – i.e. write down your recipes for generations to come!!

{thanks to my roomie, Meghan, for taking the awesome cake pictures with her fabulous new lens}

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Grandmama’s Strawberry Cake

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Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 C water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C frozen strawberries (thawed)
  • 1 box strawberry jello
  • 1 C vegetable oil

Icing

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 C frozen strawberries (thawed)
  • 1 pkg powdered sugar
  • fresh strawberries to garnish

Grease 2-3 round layer cake pans

Mix all cake ingredients in large bowl and pour into cake pans

Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (use toothpick test to tell when done)

Let cool completely.

Mix icing ingredients & ice cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

{store in refrigerator}

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Aunt Marge’s Mound Bars

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  • 2 C crushed graham crackers
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C margarine
  • 2 C flaked coconut
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

Mix crumbs, sugar, and margarine. Pat into a 9×13 pan.

Mix coconut, condensed milk, and vanilla. Pour on top of crumbs.

Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Melt chocolate chips and spread on bars while still hot.

Let cool then cut.

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Fried Chicken, BBQ, and Crab Cakes

It was a beautiful Easter weekend in middle Tennessee – though slightly cooler than it has been the past couple of weeks. My parents hopped up from Atlanta for the holiday weekend – my first Easter with family in maybe 7 years!

When my parents come to visit I try to find new things to do – most of which is trying new restaurants. And even though I’ve been here 7 years, there are still plenty of news ones that even I have not made it to! They got in Friday night and we just grabbed a quick dinner at our favorite local Mexican restaurant – Las Palmas. I frequent there but have never taken them there!

Saturday was our big day, and every big day needs a big meal to start out. And I’m not sure anyone does big meal better than Monell’s. None of us had ever been though it’s been on my list forever. Imagine all-you-can-eat family-style southern cooking. Now whatever you are thinking, multiply by 3. Yep, that much food. Biscuits, cinnamon rolls, cheese grits, potatoes, corn pudding, fried apples, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, ham, fried chicken [they are known for their fried chicken and serve it at every meal]. I think that was everything?? Definitely a place to add to your list in Nashville (and 9am on a Saturday was a perfect time to go)!

We continued the food tour that night at Edley’s BBQ. My dad’s favorite food is BBQ and Edley’s a new place not far from our house in 12th South. Order at the counter – all I’ve had is the pulled pork platter but it’s all I need. Add 2 sides – they’re all good. Comes with a hunk cornbread – arguably the best cornbread I’ve had. Oh, and we had fried pickles because my daddy and I are obsessed with friend pickles. And they’re amazing there. All the food has it’s own unique flavor and it was a great addition to the 12th South family.

We rounded out the foodie weekend with Easter brunch at Mad Donnas in East Nashville. No special menu. No $40 a person brunch buffet. Just the normal fantastic brunch menu and 2-for-1 mimosas in various flavors. I’ve taken them there before, but it’s an easy Sunday brunch and I’ve never had to wait for a table (even on Easter). I did have something new though – the Crab Cakes Benedict – and it was amazing. Sooo good. Don’t know if it will replace my normal Fancy Ham Sammich but it was definitely worth getting. Mad Donnas is by far my favorite brunch in the city!

So the food was enough to make the weekend fantastic, but there was so much more also! I’ll share again tomorrow – no need to have a 45 minute read in one posting! 🙂