Thursday, April 7, 2011

Birds Nest Easter Treats

I'm a huge fan of easy no bake treats, Can you say Rice Krispie treats, lol!  However every so often I do like to experiment with new recipes and yes even turn on the oven to bake :) 

Now that I am about 34 weeks pregnant, and Easter is soon approaching I still wanted to do some "baking" for my family, well who am I kidding, I will probably be eating most of them myself, but my intentions were good :) 

This recipe only makes 6 nests, so they would be perfect as individual desserts, place settings, or for children to make and take in a childcare setting, or do as I did and make them for yourself, ahem I mean for your family :)  You could also make each nest smaller to make more.

Here is how they turned out.  I used Jellybeans, but you could also use Marshmallow peeps, chocolate eggs etc.

2 cups of chinese noodles
1 cup Rice Krispies
1 pkg. Butterscotch chipits
1 cup mini marshmallows
Jellybeans, egg shaped candies, peeps etc.
wax paper

1. Measure out chinese noodles and Rice Krispies into a bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, microwave butterscotch chipits according to package directions to melt until smooth.  I added about a table spoon or so of shortening to the chipits to help with making them smooth when melting, otherwise I found they turned into a large clump.

3. Pour the cereal and noodle mixture into the melted butterscotch chipits.  Add the marshmallows and gently stir until everything is well coated with butterscotch.

4. Drop a large spoonful onto baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Mash down the middle and build up the sides to look like a nest.

5. Add a peep birdie, jellybeans, candies etc. to each nest. 

6. ENJOY!!  

DIY Apothecary Jars

I have been seeing these all over blogland, and I was certainly inspired to try and make one or two myself.  I was lucky to find the supplies at our local dollar store and Michaels.

Here is a link to some more inspiration

Here is my finished product

I started out with these supplies:
The jars are from the dollar store.  They were a real bargain at only $2 each.  I got two different sizes.  The rest I found at Michaels, I purchased 2 wooden candlestick holders, 2 round wood plaques and 2 wood eggs with flat bottoms.  I wanted finials, but could not find any there, and I did not feel like shopping around too much so I found the eggs instead of searching for wood finials.

Since the majority of the accessoris in my house are black, I painted everything with two coats of black paint.

Once everything had dried , I got out my glue gun and started gluing. I started by gluing a "finial" wood egg to each lid and set it aside.  Then I glued a candlestick to the centre of each round wood plaque.  The next step is to glue a jar to each candlestick.  Be sure to apply plenty of glue to the candlestick to ensure you have a  secure hold.  Put the lids on the jars and you should have something that looks like this below....

I tied on a strip of cut material that matched my curtain ties and chair cushions to finish them off.

Now you can fill them with anything you desire.  I chose to layer some beans and barley in mine.

Here is the finished product. I love how they turned out, and they were so quick and easy to put together

I will be linking this to the weekly parties as seen in my linky party page.