Easter Traditions – From Cookie Cutters to Fluff-ilicious Sour Cream Cakes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 28, 2011

Easter is just around the corner and the bunny will be knocking on our doors before we know it!  I love this time of year when the bulbs burst forth with gorgeous flowers, and the tree buds blossom into tiny leaf bunches and then into large leaves, and the grass brightens in color with each rainy day.  I love this time of rebirth and renewal!

And then there’s the practical things too…like not having to bundle up the kids just to get out to the car.  And not having to knock snow off your boots or shoes every time we come into the house. And getting to open the windows, so the fresh air can kick out the stale air. And hearing the boys giggle and play games in the sandbox out back.

But come Easter week, you’ll find us dying eggs and making cookies.  It’s no secret that we like cookies around here.  The kids love helping in the kitchen and rolling out the dough and cutting the shapes is certainly a favorite. But they really love decorating the cookies with sprinkles.  No one around here is terribly fond of frosting on cookies, so we stick to the sprinkles.  And as you can tell from the photo above, we like to make a mess of the sprinkles.  The goal, according to the oldest… every part of the cookie needs to be covered in some form of sprinkle. Because that makes them taste better, of course!

This year, we’ll be dying Easter eggs on Friday night, in preparation of the big egg hunt that we’ll be hosting this year on Saturday morning.  Our cousins will be in town and they will be coming over for the hunt at our house.  Because there will be 8 boys (yes, ALL boys!) hunting for eggs, and because there will be a *little* testosterone running through the air, we have found it best to give each boy a different color to look for and then they have to find all the dyed and plastic eggs of their color.  For the older boys, we find really tricky hiding places, and for the younger boys we put the eggs in easy to reach spots around the yard.  It works out perfectly because the older boys love the challenge, the younger boys don’t get walked all over by their older siblings and cousins.  And…none of the parents have to deal with the “But I didn’t get…” problems that would inevitably arise. While some would argue that a little healthy competition never hurt anyone, we choose not to bring it into our family’s Easter egg hunt!

Next week, I will be sharing with you a most scrum-didliumptious Easter dessert recipe that uses Breakstone’s sour cream to make it super moist and fluff-ilicious.  And it could also double as a treat at an Easter brunch, if you like sweets for brunch!

In addition to sharing this soon-to-be-revealed recipe, I’ve been tasked with creating an “Easter table of my dreams” for our family’s Easter meal.  This year we will be hosting my mother-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and their little girl, and hopefully some other family as well.  For the table, I’m going with a floral theme with vibrant colors and fresh flowers on the table. I can’t wait to share with you!

While I’ve been given the chance to have all my Easter “table-scape” dreams come true, I want you to have the same opportunity!!!  Over the next few weeks, you can visit the Better Homes and Garden website and enter to win a $2,500 sweepstakes and get to create a dreamy holiday celebration of your own.  And by entering into the main sweepstakes, you’ll be automatically entered into a weekly sweeps with other cash prizes.  In addition to the sweepstakes, you can find all sorts of uber-creative and fun ideas for Easter crafts, traditional Easter recipes, a coupon for Breakstone’s product, and more!

So take a few minutes, hop on over there and browse their lovely site! You never know what kind of Easter inspiration you’ll find over there!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Breakstone’s Sour Cream.  All ideas, thoughts, experiences, photos are my own.

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Melinda March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

I love the idea of color – coded eggs!

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Dawn S March 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I agree! Pure genius!

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Michelle March 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

When we do a hunt, we find it helpful to make a map of the yard with the location of all of the eggs, because inevitably one WILL get forgotten, and if we have the map, an adult can help figure out where the missing egg is. :)

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mandie March 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Leaving 1 egg is a tradition in our family. I miss the way things were when I was little. We all weren’t so busy & meeting up together at my grandma’s house was mandatory. I have many treats I want to make this year. That is, if we get to go since oldest is starting baseball this weekend. Hopefully, they make Easter weekend an off weekend.

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Joe March 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I am usually working when the wife and girls color eggs. Even though they are older now, we still hide eggs outside (weather permitting) and baskets inside-we just don’t have to get up so early anymore:) We will continue to do this until they are on their own most likely.

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Shannon March 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Good for you Joe. My parents did this with us. They even sent us Easter baskets when we went to college. :)

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Jennifer March 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I love the plan about having each boy search for a different color of egg. It’s brilliant!!! That is our new tradition starting right now!

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