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Plastic Egg Popsicle Mold with a No Refined Sugar Popsicle Recipe

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

Ok. Yes, Easter is over… Now what to do with all those extra plastic eggs? I saw this blogger make these, so I had to try it: Plastic Egg Popsicle. My kiddo is sort of on a candy-addictive-craze right now, and I think we need to do a little tricking in the sweet treat department. The pops I created are made from yogurt, applesauce, cinnamon, and the teensiest bit of honey. Since it’s a frozen pop, my daughter thinks it’s some amazing sugar filled dessert. I win! Yay! Seriously though… That kid gets so grumpy/insane if she has too much sugar. Anywho, here’s how you can make your own.

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

No Refined Sugar Popsicle Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon (or to taste) of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions for Popsicle:

Blend the ingredients together in a bowl. Freeze in Popsicle forms or in the plastic egg pops I made for 24 hours. Check out the directions below for my egg pops. That recipe filled 5 eggs for me, increase the recipe if you want more pops.

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies for egg mold:

  • plastic eggs
  • wooden skewers
  • Popsicle mixture
  • nail (needs to be wider than the skewer)
  • plastic bag
  • optional: washi tape

Directions:

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use the hammer and nail to put a hole in the bottom of the pointy egg side, add another small hole next to the skewer hole, if there aren’t holes there already (you need this extra hole to release pressure when pouring in the Popsicle mixture). Repeat with all your eggs and wash all the eggs with soap and water. Dry the eggs.

- Cut the skewers in half (and cut the points off).

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

- If your plastic eggs are like mine and have little holes in the bottom, use the washi tape to block the holes.

- Prop your eggs up in something, I used an egg carton. Pour the Popsicle mixture into the plastic bag. Trim off the tiniest corner at the bottom of the bag. Squeeze the mixture into the skewer hole of the egg. Fill the egg completely. Tap the bottom of the egg on the table to release air bubbles. Add more mixture if needed.

- Push the skewers half way into each egg. Pop the eggs into the freezer for about 24 hours.

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

Plastic Egg Popsicle DIY // thepapermama.com

If you have trouble opening the top of the egg pop, just warm the top of the egg with your hand for a second, then open it. Enjoy!

- Chelsey

Pressed Flower Cake Decor

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

It’s Spring. Yes it is. I thought this would be the perfect time to share this cute cake. I’ve officially used my pressed flowers printable 3 times: paper flower frame, decoupaged flower eggs, and now my pressed flower cake decor! I think this little cake turned out pretty adorable. How sweet would this be for Easter or Mother’s Day? It’s so easy, especially if you buy a cake instead of make it. Hee.

Supplies:

- pressed flowers printable

- toothpicks

- hot glue

- delicious cake

Directions:

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

1. Print out your pressed flowers printable. Use some scissors to cut out the flowers you’d like to use. Use your hot glue to attach the toothpicks to the back of the flowers.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

2. Pick off any lose bits of hot glue string, and your cake decorating flowers are ready.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

3. Organize then on the top of your cake. I arranged the flowers so the taller blooms were in the back.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor // thepapermama.com

Enjoy!

- Chelsey

P.S. I picked up this beautiful cake from a local Portland bakery, The Cakery. Highly recommended if you’re in the area and don’t want to bake a cake.

Little Egg Succulent Planter

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Well. These are adorable. I was trying to find something fun and different to do with my Easter eggs. The Little Egg Succulent Planter turned out pretty cute. Make one and keep it for yourself, or make a lot and give to your friends or use as place markers for your holiday dinner.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- 1 raw egg

- needle

- 1 small succulent

- cactus dirt

- black permanent pen

- optional: egg holder

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Directions:

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Time to prep the egg. Use your needle to poke holes in a line sound the pointy top of the egg.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use your fingers to beak the egg along the line of needle holes.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Write a little love note on your egg with the permanent pen. I wrote “happy spring”, “for you”, and drew a heart. Tip: dye the egg shells first, then write a note on the egg. Fun!

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Plant your succulent in the egg. Tip: use a little chop stick to push down the loose dirt. 

Keep this little egg gift for yourself, or give to a friend. I gave these eggs to my neighbors. Or, you could use the Egg Succulent Planters for place markers this Easter at your dinner table.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe // thepapermama.com

The first of hopefully many successful crock pot adventures: the Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe. I say it ALL the time: I don’t like to cook. I don’t like to experiment with food and I prefer that meals come with the least amount of effort possible. A few months ago my mom, knowing my distaste for cooking, bought us a crock pot. I’ve heard MANY stories about how easy it is to create a meal with this one tool. Toss it all in and you’re done.

Well, it took me a while to actually give it a try because my husband does the majority of the cooking, and I don’t want to. Well, the crock pot has been great! My first attempt was to make a different version of this recipe. You throw ALL the ingredients in at once. The result: mushy rice + broccoli. It was still very delicious (cause cheese), but I wanted to avoid the mush. My husband suggested cooking the rice and broccoli completely separate (or just plain baking the recipe), but that sounded like way more effort than I wanted to put into this meal. Ha! So, I made a few adjustments of when you put some of the ingredients into the crock pot (like the rice and broccoli), and it worked!

 

Cheesy Broccoli Crock Pot Recipe

  • 2 lbs uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 2 cups uncooked white rice
  • 16 oz. container of sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

- Place your chicken breasts, onions, garlic, salt, and pepper at the bottom of the crock pot. Cover the chicken with the broth (about 2/3 of the broth container).

- Cook the chicken on high for 2.5 or 3 hours. Watch the liquid level. If the liquid is too low before the chicken is cooked, add some more warm broth (not cold).

- When the chicken is cooked, pull the breasts out of the crock pot and shred with two forks. Put the chicken back into the crock pot.

- Add the rice and broccoli. Add more broth if needed (just so the rice and broccoli are covered). Cook for another hour, or until rice and broccoli are cooked.

- When the rice is cooked, add your sour cream and cheese. Cook till warmed.

Serve and enjoy!

- Chelsey

P.S. the kiddo loved this! She ate the whole thing, veggies and all (again, cause covered in cheese). 

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