Easter is a time for some family love, and the joy of watching kiddos excitedly explore spring in their brightly colored clothing with Easter basket in-hand!
So, what’s in your basket?
I don’t want to be a buzz kill. Nor am I a candy prude or crusher of little kids’ dreams. I believe there is a certain right of passage for kids, and they should enjoy sweets and treats on such occasions as Easter.
But I am also a mother, and, like many moms, I care about my kids’ nutrition. I also know that choosing healthier candy doesn't mean doing without. It means swapping out.
I remember how much fun it was to dye Easter eggs as a kid. My two brothers, sister and I would always fight for the very last egg, no matter how many we already dyed. Then, after the eggs took on their pretty, fresh coats of color and Easter was over, we’d argue about who had to eat the last egg. We were knee-deep in those eggs all week (no way were my parents going to waste any). It was like a love affair gone bad.
As we got older, we knew better. We dyed the eggs, but we gave each other the "do NOT go overboard" stare. It was decided that whoever painted too many eggs, would have the disenchanting task of eating them as well.
I love Easter and am right now, between show tapings, reminiscing about the Easter hats and pretty dresses that I’d wear every year. My parents were — and still are — big on decking out for the big day.
I’m also big on creating some extra treats for Easter. One of my all-time favorite yummies is Marshmallow Easter Candy (you can make it plain or with toasted coconut).