Easter at home

Stuck on what to do this Easter Sunday? Unfortunately, family gatherings are off the cards this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your days at home. So to help you get prepped for Easter, we’ve put together some creative ideas that the whole family can enjoy!

Egg-celent!

Get creative by painting eggs this year! Hard-boil some eggs and get the arts & crafts out. You can even make it into a competition to see who has the best design based on a theme of your choice…Plus, since virtual parties have become a trend, try this over Face-time with the whole family or a group of friends.

Take a look at these websites for design inspiration:

https://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/eggs/quick-and-easy-easter-egg-decorations/

https://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/diy-projects/g2257/easter-eggs-ideas/?slide=1

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/g1282/easter-egg-decorating-ideas/

Indoor egg-venture

Who doesn’t like to take part in an Easter egg hunt? It’s a tradition that will never die. However, seeing as we live in the UK, a plan B is always needed just in case it starts to rain (highly-likely). So here’s how you can make an indoor Easter egg hunt a little more interesting and that the kids will love!

Clues:

Instead of hiding miniature eggs all around the house, and finding it melted into your sock a month later, scatter clues around the house that they can solve, leading them to a prize of your choosing.

Make it more exciting:

Have you ever had an Easter egg hunt in the dark? (I wish I could say I have). Try closing all curtains and turn off all lights. Give them a torch, glowstick or whatever form of light you have lying around the house and set them off on a hunt to find the clues.

Also suitable for adults.

And if you haven’t been able to get out to get some Easter eggs this year, the New Zealand Prime Minister did a great speech about COVID 19 and how the Easter Bunny is deemed an Essential worker in New Zealand but they may not be able to get everywhere this year take a look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHOa4TtkOeU

BAKE!

This Easter is one we’ll never forget and one that’ll be very different from previous years. However, along with an Easter egg hunt, and decorating the house, baking is an essential! So whilst everyone is recovering from Easter lunch, why not bake a delicious banana bread loaf (everyone else seems to be!). Apparently, baking banana bread is a new trend during quarantine, we’re not quite sure why but there may be a banana shortage soon…so get on board and try this tasty recipe!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas, very ripe
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)

HOW TO:

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and prep the pan.  Line an 8×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, and spray the inside with cooking oil
  2. Melt the butter. Melt the butter in the microwave or over low heat on the hob. 
  3. Combine the butter and sugar. Place the melted butter and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until combined. 
  4. Add the eggs. Crack the eggs into the bowl. Whisk until completely combined and the mixture is smooth. Then add the milk and vanilla. Whisk the milk and vanilla into the batter.
  5. Mash in the bananas. Peel the bananas and add them to the bowl. Using the end of a whisk or fork, mash them into the bowl with the mixture. You may have them as smooth or as chunky as you like.
  6. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gently stir into the mixture until the flour is not visible.
  7. Fold in the nuts or chocolate. Gently stir these into the mixture if you’re using.
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for around 50 minutes. Bake until golden brown. Insert a toothpick into the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready!
  9. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Once cooled, remove from the pan using the sides of the baking paper. Slice and serve!

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