No Bake Bird’s Nest Cookies – Great for Easter AND Spring

Chocolate Bird's Nest Cookies

My friend Holly loves to cook.  She thrives on making treats that are adorably cute, as well as tasty!  I asked her if she’d start letting me share some of her creations with you and she said yes!  She brought these to our church’s Easter Party they had for the kids.  They were soooo cuate!

No Bake Chocolate Bird’s Nest Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz) bag of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag of butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips
  • 1 (12 oz) bag chow mien noodlesI
  • M&Ms or Jelly Beans

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate chips and other chips in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in chow mien noodles.
  3. Spray muffin tins lightly with Pam.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls into a greased muffin tin and mold into nest shapes.
  5. Let them sit until firm.  (You can put in the refrigerator to speed it up).
  6. Place eggs and/or Peeps on top.

Please note.  You make large cookies in regular size muffin tins or smaller ones in the small muffin tins.  The ones pictured are the smaller muffin tins.  If you use the larger ones, you could use Peeps in them for a bird on top.

Holly’s note:  If the chocolate seizes up while melting, you can just add a bit of shortening to it.

Bird's Nest Cookies for Easter


101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas – Candy Free!

Do you have very man Kids Easter Gift Ideas?   I must be honest, Easter baskets are one of those “traditions” that changes for us from year to year.  The main thing we do for our children is provide the candy that goes into the plastic eggs and then we let them find them along with my sister’s 7 kids.  We sometimes provide bigger prizes that they can pick from and other times we don’t.  For the years that we actually put a few things into their baskets, I’ve learned to keep it simple and consumable if at all possible.  Of course, it’s not always possible and sometime we just buy something for temporary enjoyment.  If you do that, it’s totally OK to get rid of it later, I promise!  Especially after their interest has worn out on it.   (Talking to myself here, lol).  My favorite thing to do, is a big family gift, like a croquet set…or something we can all get enjoyment out of, but I’m not that great at coming up with those ideas.  For now, though, I’ve come up with a list of mostly very inexpensive kids Easter gift ideas.  Here they are, in no specific order!

 

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101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas

101 Kids Easter Gift Ideas

  1. Sidewalk Chalk
  2. I-tunes Credit
  3. Google Play Credit
  4. Bubbles
  5. Board Game
  6. Jump Rope
  7. Ball
  8. Jacks
  9. Card Games
  10. Homemade Coupons from Mom & Dad
  11. Baby Doll
  12. Doll Clothes
  13. Matchbox Car
  14. T-shirt
  15. Dress
  16. New Shoes
  17. DVD
  18. Gift Card
  19. Cup of their own
  20. Beach Towel
  21. Boomerang
  22. Plastic zoo animals
  23. Plastic Army Men
  24. Dress up Clothes
  25. Dress up Shoes
  26. Character Plates (for littles) [like Dora, Strawberry Shortcake, etc.]
  27. Character Silverware (for littles)
  28. Scissors
  29. Paint
  30. Construction Paper
  31. Stationery
  32. Stickers
  33. Paint by Number
  34. Activity Book (like dot to dot)
  35. Coloring Book
  36. Paint with Water Book
  37. Kite
  38. Lip gloss
  39. Nail Polish
  40. Toy gun
  41. Swimsuit
  42. Tickets (to a movie, ball game, theme park, etc.)
  43. Framed Picture of Mommy & Child
  44. Book
  45. Sunglasses
  46. Gardening Supplies
  47. Beach Ball
  48. Badminton Set
  49. Volleyball
  50. Basketball (and goal, too?!)
  51. Croquet (a family gift?!)
  52. Flip Flops
  53. Baseball cap
  54. Sun hat (for girls)
  55. Hair brush
  56. Hair bows
  57. Socks
  58. sunglasses
  59. Beach Toys
  60. Frisbee
  61. Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  62. Jewelry
  63. Legos
  64. Watering Can
  65. Scrapbook with printed pictures
  66. Bible
  67. Butterfly Net
  68. Fish Net
  69. Crocs
  70. Silly Bands
  71. Play Doh
  72. Play Doh Toys (Kit)
  73. Stuffed Bunny
  74. Puppets
  75. Band Aids (I know this sounds weird, but my kids LOVE having their own!)
  76. stencils and colored pencils
  77. harmonica
  78. tamborine
  79. Band in a Box
  80. toy model (plane or car)
  81. Barbie
  82. Chia Pet
  83. Markers
  84. Bath Crayons
  85. Electric Toothbrush
  86. Slinky
  87. Apron
  88. Bath Toys
  89. Puzzle
  90. Yo-Yo
  91. My Little Pony
  92. Tractor
  93. Jewelry
  94. Makeup Kit
  95. Tools
  96. Play Phone
  97. Flashlight
  98. Pop Up Tent
  99. Play Food
  100. Bedroom Decor
  101. Craft Kit (from craft store)

If you decide you want to purchase one (or some) of these items, and you happen to have a Kmart newarby, grab this Kmart coupon for $3 off of a $10 purchase!  Happy shopping!


How to Make Minion Easter Eggs

We love Easter Egg Hunts with our family and we also love the movie Despicable Me and find the Minions quite amusing!  We decided that making Minion Easter Eggs would be an awesome idea!  They’re easier than you could imagine.  My kids are begging for us to use these eggs as the “special” eggs (as in more valuable).  I’m thinking we will.  It’s funny how a yellow and blue mismatched Easter egg gets them all giddy!

How to Make Minion Easter Eggs - SidetrackedSarah.com

 

What You Need

  • Blue and Yellow plastic Easter eggs.
  • Black Permanent Marker

Directions:

  1. Put one side blue and one size yellow eggs together.
  2. Draw Eyes, mouth and hair to match some of the minions you’ve seen.

How to Make Minion Easter Eggs - SidetrackedSarah.com

These are very simple.  Another blogger was able to use electric tape to make the straps to the glasses a little straighter lines that what we were able to accomplish by going at it freehand.  Also, google eyes make them look even more professional.

How to Make Minion Easter Eggs - SidetrackedSarah.com