Easter Gifts – Marshmallow Peeps Easter Printables

I am so excited today to share my Easter “peep” gift tags printable’s! AND printables from 6 other amazing bloggers as well. Eeek! what a fun day!

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Over the Big Moon invited us to all create printables with the same color palate, thus creating a matching collection!  So smart and so pretty. These are such cute ideas I can’t wait to go print them all myself!

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Scroll to the bottom of the post to get the links to each of these fun printables.  Notice there is another peeps on a stick?  Clearly great minds think alike!  But lets face it, peeps are the BEST Easter treat so it only makes sense.

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Peeps hold the record for being the #1 non chocolate treat sold at Easter (and have for 20 years!) BUT I’m changing that!  EVERYTHING is better with chocolate.  Actually Peeps themselves now sells chocolate covered peeps if you want to take a short cut and not do this yourself!

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SOOO to make these, you need PEEPS, lollipop sticks, chocolate (I like to us a 2 C pyrex for melting and dipping), 3″x4″ baggie, bakers twine and of course my labels!  I also use a flower foam block I use for drying my cake balls so they already have holes for the lollipop sticks.

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This is super easy and my kids loved helping with this.  Skewer all the peeps on the lollipop sticks.

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Melt the Chocolate, I have a handy “melt chocolate” button on my microwave so it’s super easy, I melted about 10 oz of my favorite dark chocolate.

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Dip your peep all the way in, make sure to get the butt covered!  Pull it out and shake it off (while still part way in the cup, you don’t want to shake chocolate all over your counter).

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Place the stick in to something (like I use the flower foam block) and keep dipping!  Isn’t the chocolate gorgeous???  Mmmmm

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And let the chocolate Dry!  I use high quality chocolate so mine dried pretty fast and really smooth.  Is it just me? or is chocolate just so so SO pretty?

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Once they are dry we can package them up to give to teachers, friends, etc…  That’s when the bags, tags and bakers twine come in handy.

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I cut my bakers twine pretty long to tie my bags, then tie the tag on and add a bow!

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All done and ready to hand out!  Who would you hand yours out too?  My kids are planning on giving these to school, church and piano teachers and classmates, they are each doing like 2 dozen? But it’s so easy I’m happy to let them do it!

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Of course if your just going to give them to your own kids you don’t have to bag them, Princess loved modeling for me and of course loved eating them even more.  But she had to have a PINK tag…

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Baby boy wasn’t so picky, he took whatever label he could get off the quickest, after the photoshoot I found a few empty wrappers and half eaten peeps all over the basement!  He’s so sneaky!

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Click here to get the PDF of both the outlined and non outlined versions of these easter tags!

So “Hop” on over to these other amazing blogs to download the rest of this great Easter printable set, ALL for free!!

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1.  Over the Big Moon – Easter Egg Privilege Cards

2. Thirty Handmade Days -Easter Treat Gift Tag

3. My Sister’s Suitcase – Easter Egg Hunt Invite

4. Seven Thirty Three - Easter Gift Tags

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5. Somewhat Simple – Easter Kids Placemats

6. Our Thrifty Ideas – Easter Bunny collage

7. I’m Topsy Turvy – Marshmallow Peeps Gift Tags

How to Freeze Lemon Rind

I have a few flavors I cook and bake with often, citrus!!! I love using fresh grapefruit, orange and lemon juice. I also love using the rinds in my food as well! BUT sometimes I need more rind and less juice or all juice and no rind… very few recipes use the rind and juice of the same amount of lemons.

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SOOOO what to do? Waste a perfectly good lemon getting the extra rind? or toss a perfectly good rind because you didn’t need it? NOPE! Best trick I discovered this year, freezing lemon rind!

So now I always grate all the lemons I’m going to use for juice, even if I don’t need it. Then I press the extra rinds into a teaspoon pop it onto a plate, do it for all the rind. THEN freeze the plate of cute little tsp scoops. Once they are frozen you can toss them into a baggie and they are ready to use, one measured teaspoon at a time!

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How to Freeze Lemon Rind

Ingredients

  • extra lemon rind
  • teaspoon

Directions

  1. press the extra lemon rind into the teaspoon
  2. pop it onto a plate
  3. repeat with all the rinds
  4. freeze the plate of pressed tsp rinds
  5. once they are frozen place inside a bag and leave in the freezer until you need extra rind!
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How to make Vanilla Sugar – Teacher Gifts

I spoke a few months ago of going to a food blogging conference.  Part of the fun of conferences is meeting new companies that want to work with food bloggers.  I was thrilled to meet a new Vanilla Company called Lagrima!  I’ve been using their vanilla ever since and it’s AMAZING!!!!

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I was talking to the CEO a few weeks ago and he mentioned he had a bean problem.  Specifically he has a ton of leftover used beans after making their vanilla!  I told him to send me some and I’d come up with uses for the beans!  First up? Vanilla Sugar for teacher gifts this year!
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How to Cook a Turkey

I love Turkey, Like seriously one of my all time favorite food!  I make a Turkey as often as I can, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter at least!  So when we decided to do an early Thanksgiving dinner with other bloggers I was thrilled to make another one!

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I’ve made around 30+ turkey’s over the last 13 years I’ve been married.  I’ve tried a lot of different techniques to get a flavorful, juicy turkey.  Injecting, brining, roasting, deep frying, basting, stuffed, unstuffed, etc…  Some of these taste amazing, most of them are very dry and ALL of them take a lot of work.
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How to make Baked Salmon

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We love fish at our house, we have a few different dishes we love to make, but Salmon is by far our favorite fish!  AND apparently it’s yours too.  Salmon is one of the top 10 searched family dinners!!!  My kids enjoy it so much that I now make an ENTIRE salmon for my family, no leftovers.  My kids are GREAT eaters, and I’m so grateful.

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My kids also love to help me cook.  The Reader has really started to enjoy cooking and wants to make dinner more often.  This Baked Crusted Salmon is so easy that she was able to make it by herself (while I took pictures and video)!
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Traditional Liege Waffle Recipe

If you live in Salt Lake I’m sure you’ve been to Bruges or hit up the Waffle Luv truck, RIGHT?  These thick, sweet, yeast dough waffles are HUGE right now so I’m sure most of you have one of these somewhere in your town!

My Daddy loves them and a few months ago asked me to figure out a homemade recipe.  I’ve tried about half a dozen recipes I’ve found online, reading and learning about traditional liege waffle recipes, etc… I finally am IN LOVE with a recipe and ready to share!!

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