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

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I love oatmeal!  It’s one of my favorite breakfasts.  My family makes something we call Oat-ole (that I’ll share one of these days, when I finally get a good picture of it, do you KNOW how hard it is to take a pretty picture of a bowl of tan mush?).  My favorite chocolate chip cookies are made with ground oatmeal.  AND it’s especially good with CHOCOLATE, Mmmmmm!

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These oatmeal bars are a family favorite at our house, I’ll make a pan and it’s gone in a day.  I usually cut them even smaller than this so that my kids and husband take all day to eat them, not a few hours.  This is a great dessert to make for a platter to take to a party or other gathering cause they stack easily aren’t too messy and taste great!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 C butter softened
  • 2 C brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 C oats
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Filling
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C chopped pecans

Directions

  1. preheat the oven to 350
  2. in your mixer beat the butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add the eggs and mix.
  4. then add the oats, flour, salt, soda and vanilla and mix completely.
  5. Press 2/3rds of the dough into the bottom of a large jelly roll pan (11x17 pan)
  6. In a saucepan melt the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter.
  7. Once it's melted add the vanilla, salt and pecans then pour over the flattened dough.
  8. Take the last 1/3rd of the dough and sprinkle it over the chocolate (or I press small section of it flat in my fingers then lay it onto the chocolate)
  9. Bake 20-25 mins until the top starts to turn golden
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This is a year round treat for me, a great treat I can make last min because we always have the ingredients around.  The kids love helping pat the dough into the pan too, so it can be a fun family activity too!  Do you have a favorite treat you enjoy making with your family?  Or a great recipe you make year round (so many treats have a seasonal feel)?

Introduction to Photography 101

Hi, I am Chelsea Peterson, owner at Chelsea Peterson Photography, and I am a Canon.  Don’t let that scare you off nikon owners, its not hard to convert!  Even if you think Ashton Kutcher is attractive. No, just kidding, I hope to help you in whatever camera you use and whichever level you might be at.  But first, let me tell you about myself!

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I am married with 3 girls, and my family is the most important thing in my life.  You can read more about my my personal story on my about me! But this is about photography.

I am self taught, which I believe will help me teach you the basics of photography because just like you I had to search to learn.  I was just that mom who wanted to take better pictures.  I always had an interest in photography and almost switched my major to it in college. Things it got a little more complicated once I got married and needed to work to put my husband to school while I finished with an AS.  The interest in photography was still there when all these affordable DSLR’s were on the rise.  It seemed everyone had a better camera than me. I must have been a REALLY good girl because I was shocked when I opened Santa’s present to me, a Canon t1i.  I went from a clickin’ mom, to hobbyist, to a little start up, and now I am running a successful business with taxes, invoices, marketing, and all that boring stuff.

I taught myself right out of the gate so that by the time I had my first photography session I was not in auto mode, but was shooting in aperture priority (I now shoot in manual).  Here is an example of my progress and change up to this point.

Picture from one of my first sessions ever

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Picture from a session this month

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So before I start throwing around all that photography jargon that gets your head spinning and makes you want to ring you hair and scream… lets go over a few of them to prep you for what I will teach you over the next months.  These are terms that you will see often so you can refer back to this whenever you like.  I remember being so overwhelmed when I started to learn. It will all make since as you learn each one in more detail and PRACTICE!  You do NOT have to want to be a professional photographer, or even a blogger.  Just the desire to learn how to use your camera, whichever kind it is, to produce great images that you will want to share and show off!  This is exactly where I started, and you can do it.

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Easy Chocolate Chip Scones

I love breakfast foods. I love sweets and I love breads.  I think scones are pretty darn perfect!  I make a triple batch of these about twice a month and they never last more than 2 days!  I pretty much eat them for breakfast, lunch, snack and midnight snacks until they are gone!

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It literally takes longer to preheat the oven than to prepare these for baking.  I toss everything in my bosch and it’s good to go! It’s an easy enough recipe that the kids can help me make them, which is always fun.  They love helping me shape, cut and then top the scones.
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Hot Fudge Chocolate Sauce

This is actually a recipe I grew up with!  My Grandpa’s hot fudge.  My Grandma is a very smart woman, anytime Grandpa fell in love with a recipe and asked for it often she taught him how to make it himself!  Now there are a few family recipes known as “grandpa’s” because they have become his specialties, not because he created them!

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I love this sauce.  When I was rooming with my Aunt we’d make a triple batch every few months and we loved ending our evenings sharing our days over ice cream and hot fudge.  You might think as a cake decorator that cake would be my favorite dessert, but it’s all about the Ice cream for me!  I like cake WITH my ice cream, but without ice cream I usually don’t bother with cake!
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