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    Thursday, 20 March 2008

    Let's have some fun with the kids for Easter! I have a couple of delicious ideas that you can make with ingredients you already have on hand. The best part of these recipes is that your children will have as much fun making them as they do eating them. It will be smiles all around as you make these fun Easter treats with your family.

    Let's hop to it! We will start with decorated Jell-o jigglers and then make some cute egg shaped cookies. Your imagination is the only limit here. Easter is a great time for making and decorating fun things to eat! Decorating them with the pinks and greens of spring plus all the delightful sprinkles that are available in the stores now make them especially attractive this time of year.

    Decorated Jell-o jigglers

    4 small pkgs. or 2 large pkgs. Jell-o any flavor

    2 1/2 cups boiling water or juice (apple or pineapple are good choices)

    To make jigglers:

    Completely dissolve gelatin in boiling water or juice.

    Pour into 13 X 9 inch pan and/or molds.

    Chill until firm, about 3 hours.

    To remove jigglers from pan:

    Dip bottom of pan in warm water about 15 seconds.

    Cut with cookie cutters or cut into 1 inch squares.

    Moisten fingers with water and gently lift jigglers from pan.

    To remove jigglers from molds:

    Dip bottom of molds in warm water about 15 seconds.

    Moisten fingers with water and gently lift jigglers from mold.

    You can decorate the jigglers for extra fun!

    Whipped topping, sprinkles, and gels are wonderful options for decorating your jigglers.

    The fun is the limit to the variations for your jigglers!

    Egg Shaped Cookies

    1 cup butter, softened

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1 large egg, at room temperature

    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

    Cream butter and sugar until fluffy in a large mixing bowl.

    Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until just combined.

    Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl.

    Add flour mixture to butter mixture gradually.

    Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour to make handling dough much easier.

    Set oven to 375 degrees.

    Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.

    Cut dough into egg shapes or any shape desired. Plastic eggs make nice cutters.

    Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheet.

    Make a hole for the ribbon by piercing a hole near top of cookie with a toothpick.

    Bake in 375 degree oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

    Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before removing from baking sheet.

    Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.

    Cookie Decorations

    2 cups confectioners' sugar

    1/4 cup warm water

    1/2 teaspoon almond extract

    Liquid food coloring

    Sprinkles

    Gels

    Colored ribbon

    Pour confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl.

    Add water gradually until it becomes a thick spreading consistency.

    Add almond extract.

    Add food coloring. Separate icing into different bowls if more colors are desired.

    Using a spoon or pastry brush, cover the top of the cookies with the icing.

    Add sprinkles to the wet icing.

    Store unused icing in airtight container for decorating cookies later.

    Allow the icing on the cookies to dry several hours or overnight.

    Use gels or remaining icing in a pastry bag to decorate cookies.

    Thread a ribbon through the cookie holes.

    You are all set to enjoy the cookies by hanging them on an Easter tree or eating them!

    It is just as easy at that! For more Easter ideas, visit MomsMealConnection.

    Having fun with your kids in the kitchen is great any time of the year. Check out MomsMealConnection to discover ways to involve your family in your meal preparation, too. We connect you to quick and easy family meals, holiday and special dinners, and fun kid activities so you can enjoy your family time preparing and eating wonderful meals.

    MomsMealConnection is designed to help busy moms everywhere prepare meals - family meals, holiday celebrations, and special dinners plus entertaining - through recipe and meal planning links. Most of the links are fast, fun, and free to use. Who has time to waste searching endlessly through the web? Certainly not us moms!

    I am the mother of five grown children who are now starting families of their own so to say that I have 'been there, done that' is an understatement! My trick is to plan weekly menus and grocery shop only once per week. I am a firm believer that once-a-week meal planning and grocery shopping saves a lot of time and money! We can all use more of those commodities.

    I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,

    Elizabeth Randall and Family

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