Sending love at Easter…
I almost forgot about Easter this year, with all the distraction of self isolating, home schooling, social distancing, hand washing, immune boosting Easter has definitely slipped to the back of my mind. Until that is the kids reminded me about chocolate eggs and if the Easter bunny still be able to stop by… eek.
For Easter we get together with our extended families usually on Good Friday to have a meat free meal together (a catholic tradition), the kids enjoy waking up on Easter Sunday to find their baskets filled with some chocolate eggs that they don’t usually get to have throughout the year. It’s a little excitement in their lives that children remember and memories made to look back upon. As life get more stressful and the weight of adult pressures dull our spirits it’s one of life’s pleasures as a parent to see their happy faces at these special times of their lives. Spending the day together having fun and appreciating these times as a family is the most important part for us. For some it is a religious event and other have their own beliefs, what ever you choose to do at this time of year I hope it brings peace and happiness.
This year will be quite different and many won’t be able to see loved ones or share a meal together as their health and wellbeing is what is imperative through this time. For us staying away from our loved ones will be difficult grandparents away from their grandchildren breaks our hearts. All of this has shown us what is most important and I can only hope that we come out of it all, once the dust has settled realising we have so much of what we need already, and human connections is what we crave and need in life.
The children were excited to get in the kitchen yesterday and help me make some Easter treats, a fun interactive way of getting the kids involved with the celebrations. I dug up one of my favourite kids chocolate recipes and decided to create little chocolate crackle Easter egg baskets that they can fill with a few little eggs. An easy and creative activity that the little ones enjoyed making and of course eating.
Wishing everyone near and far a Happy Easter, stay home and stay safe. This will pass and we can all enjoy special moments again in a more thankful, appreciative mindset.
Peace and Love, Caz
Chocolate Crackle Easter Egg Baskets
2 cups puffed rice
1/3 cup peanut butter or butter if have allergies
1/3 cup rice malt syrup or honey
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
100g 70% dark chocolate , roughly cut
- Prepare 16 cupcake cases in muffin trays
- In a large bowl add the puffed rice and coconut
- Place a small saucepan on low heat on the stove, add peanut butter, rice malt syrup, and chocolate.
- Stir continuously until just melted, remove from the heat and let slightly cool without going hard.
- Pour chocolate mixture over the puffed rice and mix together until well combined. You may need to use your hands.
- Spoon a tablespoon of mixture in each cupcake case, and press down in the middle to make a basket shape. Repeat with remaining mixture.
- Place in the fridge for 10 mins until set. Fill with your favourite eggs.