Magic Seeds

Last year the kiddos planted Magic Jelly Beans on Easter Eve and the smiles on their faces was priceless!  They loved waking up on Easter morning to run outside and see the suckers that grew while they were sleeping!

 I wanted to do something similar this year but not exactly the same.  I happen to find Jelly Belly Peas & Carrots at the local dollar store and decided I would make little seed packets personalized for each kiddo!  I found some awesome carrot shaped candy at the dollar store as well as a bouquet of bunny suckers for each child! 

Here are some awesome pictures I captured of the fun!

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Click here for a FREE Magic Jelly Beans Packet printable!

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Easter Dirt Cups

Happy Spring!

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My fabulous neighbor sent me this awesome recipe, brought over all the ingredients and then came over for all my kiddos and her kiddos to make these awesome treats!  What a perfect start of to spring!!!  Especially when it’s still cold here in Iowa and the forecast is calling for snow over the weekend…ugh, enough already!  We are ready for some warm weather!

My neighbor found most of the supplies at the local dollar store and she made the chocolate cake (aka dirt) ahead of time!

Easter Dirt Cups

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 4 little containers of chocolate pudding ($1 for 4 at the dollar store)
  • 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsps vanilla butter food flavoring
  • transparent tumbler cups

Assorted Candies…don’t forget to include gummy worms!!

Directions: Prepare your unflavored gelatin by adding the boiling water to a container with the gelatin and sugar. The gelatin should dissolve in 5 minutes. Add the vanilla butter flavoring.

Distribute evenly in 4 tumblers. Put a couple of gummy worms inside. Place in the refrigerator to chill and set. We put ours in the freezer to speed up the process a bit!

Once the gelatin mix has set, take some pudding and add it to each tumbler, as much or little as you want, we had the kiddos each share a container of pudding and each put in 1/2. Take a slice of your chocolate cake, crumble it and fill up the tumblers to the top with it!
Next, let the kiddos go wild with the fun candy assortment and let their creativity flow! Finally…time to dig in!  The kids loved the worms in the gelatin at the bottom of the cups and it so cute when all layered in a plastic clear tumbler to see the surprise worms at the bottom of the cup!
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Bunny Race Cars

How adorable are these little Bunny Race Cars!  I bought the ingredients for these last month and have been so tempted to make them so many times but figured we better wait until closer to Easter!  Well, Easter is this weekend so no better time then the present!  My kids and daycare kids loved making these fun little race cars!  They would also be perfect for a school party…so easy that the kiddos can make them all by themselves!

Here is what you need:

1 – 2 boxes of Twinkies or Cloud cakes (According to the number of cars you would like to make.)
1-2 boxes of Peeps Rabbits (They come in yellow, pink, purple and blue.)
1 bag of pretzels
1 can of vanilla frosting (and chocolate if you wish)
1 bag of mini Oreo cookies
Decorating sprinkles
Bunny Race Cars 9 Now time to dig in!  Or have a Bunny Race (you choose)!

M&M Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

M&M Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Warning…this are SO good and SO addictive!  We were going out to dinner with some friends and then back to our house to play some fun games.  I decided that since we would probably all be too full to grab dessert after dinner…I would make something for a game intermission!  They were a hit…they all got gobbled up in no time.

M&M Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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  • 1½ cups quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips
  • 2 T butter softened
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and 1 cup softened butter with a spoon. Remove 1 cup and set aside.
  3. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.
  4. In a small pot, melt condensed milk, chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of butter over low-medium heat. Stir constantly until chips are melted and everything is mixed well.
  5. Pour chocolate chip mixture over the bottom layer and spread evenly. Sprinkle leftover cup of oat mixture over the chocolate.
  6. Top with M&Ms and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting as they might be too gooey to cut.

My son saw me typing this post and asked me if I could please make those again!  They truly are heavenly!!


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Dragons & Knights Birthday Party


My son wanted to have a Dragon’s & Knights birthday party so…I did what I always do…get on Pinterest for some inspiration!!  Here is what I came up with…everyone had a great time and I had an awesome time getting prepped for it!

March is a hard time of year to plan a birthday party…do you do it outside or inside!?  Is it going to be freezing or nice warm spring like weather…we never know!!!  That’s Iowa for you!  We opted for the garage this year as mother nature wasn’t too kind with any warm temps.  We did do our Dragon Egg hunt outside but we did it fast!!

Dragons and Knights Here was the spread!!!

Dragon Slayers – Pretzel Rods dipped in white candy chocolate (leave a tip for the handle), sprinkled with edible gold flecks and for the handle we slid on a gummy lifesaver!

Dragon Spit – Green punch purchased at Wal-Mart.  I just printed the labels out on regular printer paper and taped them on.

Dragon Toes – Crescent rolls wrapped around little smokies

Swords & Sheilds – Cheese & Crackers and little mini swords (also bought at Wal-Mart by the toothpicks)

Dragon Claws – Bugles

Dragon Eyeballs – Green Grapes

SONY DSC Cupcakes – I didn’t get too creative here (I let the local bakery tackle this task)!  Baking isn’t my forte!  X that…I can bake, cannot decorate!!

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The boys getting their grub on!

Brooks party - shields This was one of the activities we did at the party.  Before-hand I picked up some form board at the dollar store and cut them into shield shapes.  I then spray painted them all silver and took black electrical tape to make the design on the front. For their swords I picked up green bubble wands…I thought that was pretty clever! 🙂 Then at the party the kiddos got to decorate their own shields.

Brook party - More shields The kids had fun decorating them.  I had little bowls of stickers (That I got at Oriental Trading – Knight themed), little craft jewels with sticker backs and markers.

Brooks party - eggs Dragon Egg hunt…luckily my sons birthday is close to Easter so it’s easy to find “Dragon Eggs”!  I filled them with fun candy I picked up at Party City!

Brooks party - goodie bags Can’t forget the party favors!  First picture…again my local bakery came to the rescue for individual wrapped cookies for everyone.  I then picked up tons of cute Knight themed goodies from Oriental Trading.  I put them all in a clear bag and attached a Thank you tag I designed and printed on cardstock.

This was a super fun party…I love theme parties!  This year he is having a game truck party, stay tuned!!

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Rainbow Cupcakes

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The kiddos and I made these for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch…they loved making them and gobbling them up!

What you need:

  • You favorite cupcake recipe (or a box)
  • Candy Rainbows (I found mine at Party City)
  • Mini Marshmallows for the clouds
  • Chocolate candy Rolo’s
  • Gold edible flecks (I found mine at Michael’s)
  • Cupcake liners (if you wish)

Cloud Cupcakes

Choose your favorite cupcake recipe…ours happen to be a Betty Crocker boxed version! 🙂  Then we melted some mini marshmallows so we could spread them on the top to look like clouds.  You could also use marshmallow cream, regular white or even light blue frosting (for the sky)!  We then stuck a few whole mini marshmallows on top so the clouds could be extra fluffy. I found candy rainbows at Party City…we just arched them on to the cupcakes and stuck them a bit down in the clouds to hold their rainbow shape.  We then took some gold edible flecks (found at Michael’s) and sprinkled them on to a chocolate rolo (for our pot of gold) and placed it at the end of the rainbow…of course!!  That’s it!!  Super fun to make and super fun to eat!


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