Peepshi = Peeps + Sushi

Peepshi

Don’t let the kids have all the fun this Easter. Grown ups need a little marshmallow-sugar- encrusted fun too. The solution to this dilemma : Peepshi. and it will leave you with the most sophisticated sugar high yet.

I was introduced to the Peepshi craze by my neighbor, Jenn , who was whipping up a batch of these adorable and delicious treats earlier this week. Both the ingredient list and process are fairly simple. I advise 2 things before beginging: 1) have a scrap bowl ready otherwise you will find yourself devouring little bits of peep that lead to a BIG sugar high before the end is near. 2) Invite a friend because everything is more fun with a friend!

peepshi ingredients

To get started all you will need:

  • a Pizza Cuter
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Peeps, in bunny or chicks form (or both! )
  • a sheet of Pre-made Rice Krispies. Its much easier to make once the marshmallow has set up a little at room temperature.

Start out by laying a length of Fruit by the Foot onto the Sheet of Rice Krispies

Cutting peepshi

Cut into length to form a roll around your choice of Peep

formin peepshi

Wrap Fruit by the Foot around the Peep roll you just formed

rolling peepshi

Ta-Da – You just made Peepshi! We got a little creative and made several varieties. Have fun with it and don’t forget to add chopsticks and a small dish of chocolate for a soy sauce effect.

lots of peeps

 

Have you ever made Peepshi? What are your favorite non-traditional Peep recipes?

Healthy Spring Snack Cups – Perfect for Easter!

Healthy Spring Snack Cups

I love celebrating holidays and seasons with fun foods. It’s also important to our family to stay committed to healthy eating. Sure we splurge now and then. For fun daily after school treats and such, I try keep it both fun and nutrition packed. These Healthy Spring Snack cups are a great alternative to “Dirt & Worms” for parties too.

Healthy Spring Snack Cups

supplies

Ingredients:
• 1 tub (7 oz.) of your favorite original hummus
• 1 package of baby carrots
• 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa
• (optional) celery stock leaves

Supplies Needed:
• A sharp kitchen knife
• Clear plastic cups (found at Dollar Tree)

Healthy Spring Snack cups

Directions:

1. Using a spoon, fill your plastic cup with the hummus. (1) 7 oz. tub will fill 1 cup entirely to the top. For kids, I purchase smaller sized cups to be able to make several. Otherwise, buy the bulk container.

2. Use a spoon or small food strainer to spread the unsweetened cocoa on the top of the hummus. This will be your “dirt”.
3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
4. Place a bit of hummus into the hole and place one of the celery leaves in it. This will make it look like a real carrot. (This step is optional)
5. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite pita chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

These really are so easy that even the kids can assemble them themselves! What are your favorite healthy snacks and treats to serve this time of year?
Enjoy!

Happier Easter Photos with Crafts from Dollar Tree

Product disclosureTissue paper backgroundEvery spring we take pictures of our children in their new Easter outfits. As I was looking back on our pictures, I noticed something. Our family uses a lot of props in photos. Sure we do the traditional posed photo from time to time, but my favorite shots are always the silly ones with props. I think it’s due to the genuine expressions that come from allowing the silliness to come out (we have plenty of silliness). Those are the pictures that tell our story.

Sisters Easter

Since we’ve moved, I haven’t exactly unpacked our “props” yet. It seemed kitchen utensils and bath towels were more important to unpack first.  I could have gone to unpack but its more fun to create! Dollar Tree always has great seasonal and craft items so it’s always in the budget to create something new for every season!

For this year’s spring photos, I created  Giant Tissue Paper Flowers with a few packs of tissue paper, easily found in the gift section at Dollar Tree. The were so easy to make and had a huge impact in our pictures! Keep reading and I’ll share how you can make some of your own.

Tissue paper flowers diy

DIY Giant Paper Flowers

To get started you’ll need these things:

  • 2-3 multipacks of gift tissue from Dollar Tree
  • 1 package of reindeer moss
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue

For the center of the flowers, take 2 sheets of yellow tissue paper, fold over and cut out a circle ( I traced the lid of my starbucks cup. It worked This should leave you with plenty of circles for your project. Stack 4 circles together and crimp the edges together. Now glue a bit of reindeer moss in the center. Repeat these steps for as many flowers as you plan to make.

For the body of the flower you will use 2 sections of tissue paper. Take one color section fro the first pack and stack the sheets together. near the top, freehand draw a large petal with a scalloped edge. It should take up the entire sheet. Now cut out all of them together. Take the next section and divide it into 3 sheets and 2 sheets. Take the group of 3 and recreate the largest petals about half the size. Take the group of 2 sheets and fold in half. Now recreate the shape of the other petals half the last size.

Starting with the smallest petals, group the petals into a bouquet. Continue wrapping the next largest sized petals around the bouquet until you have run out of petals. Twist the “stem” in your hand and secure with tape. In the middle of the bouquet tape in the yellow center we first made.

It really is so easy and for only $3 we were able to make several of these for our photo props this year. I’ll be submitting our DIY Giant Paper Flowers craft into a contest at ILeaveHappy.com (we could win a grand prize of $500!) I would love it if you would vote for us!

While I was shopping at Dollar Tree I found a few other Easter items that we made into an adorable display with our flowers as the backdrop. I also picked up several things to fill our Easter baskets with this year!

Easter tablescape