How To Make This Adorable Easter Cake #Recipe #Easter

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How To Make This Adorable Easter Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: A Mom’s Paradise
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Serves: 12
This adorable easy to make cake is sure to be a huge hit this Easter with your family. These adorable bunnies and chicks are just too cute! You will find it Is easy to make and everyone will think you spent a lot of time on your cake. Even if you can’t bake you can make this adorable cake!
Ingredients
  • 1 Box of Carrot Cake or any flavor cake
  • 2 Frosting containers
  • Food Coloring
  • Coconut
  • Sour Baby Chicks and Ducks (Dollar Tree)
  • Sweet Tart Jelly Beans
  • 2 bags Sixlets Candy (Dollar Tree)
  • Tootsie Rolls
Instructions
  1. Make the cake as directed on the box in a 9 X 13 Cake Pan or use 2 boxes and use a Lasagna Pan to make the cake
  2. While the cake is baking color your frosting Green and 1/2 a container Blue for the pond
  3. Color the Coconut green by adding 4-6 drops of green food coloring and stirring
  4. Let the cake cool
  5. Make the blue pond first at the end of the middle of the cake more towards the back of the cake.
  6. Frost the rest of the cake Green
  7. Place white sixlets around the “Pond” leaving space in between them
  8. Make the Sixlet Candy Path to the Pond and rotate the colors how you would like them.
  9. Then place the Green Coconut all around the rest of the cake and around the pond
  10. You can then place the Sour Bunnies and Ducks around the cake
  11. Then Microwave two tootsie rolls for 4 seconds till it is soft then shape it into the Easter Basket and use the 2nd one to make the handle for the basket add sixlets to the basket and place it by the Easter Bunnies
  12. Place Sweet Tart Jelly Beans around the bottom edge around the cake
  13. Your cake is now complete
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Freezer Meals to make with leftover Ham #FreezerMeals #HamMeals #HamRecipes #Easter

There are a lot of great recipes that you can make and freeze with leftover Ham from Easter. So I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Ham & Cheese Homemade Hot Pockets

Pizza Dough
1-2 cups chopped ham
slices of American Cheese
bag of Frozen Broccoli

Take the dough roll it out to a small circle, add some ham pieces, slice of cheese and a couple pieces of Broccoli. Then fold in half and take a fork and close the edges on both sides. Be sure not to over stuff or they will leak. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Let them cool and put them in Sandwich bags to freeze individually. Then just take one out and heat them in the Microwave till hot and serve.

Here are some more recipes that you can use as well:

Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

6 potatoes
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup of Ham
1/2 cup of Milk

Clean and slice the Potatoes, You can leave the skin on or remove it, Then in a freezer bag, just throw the potatoes in and Ham, then mix in the Cream of Mushroom Soup. (Do not add the Milk to it till you cook the dinner.

Ham and Macaroni and Cheese (from the oamc digest)

8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups shredded cheese
2 cups cubed ham
2 cups thin white suace (recipe follows)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cook macaroni and drain. Place half of the macaroni in and 2 qt casserole dish. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Add all of ham. Top with remaining macaroni and cheese. Pour white sauce over casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

THIN WHITE SAUCE (for macaroni and cheese)
1 Tbsp. margarine
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup milk

Melt butter. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Use as directed in recipe for macaroni and cheese.

Notes from a tired oamc cook (don’t know who this was!): I was tired and worn out at this point. I decided that the Ham and Macaroni and cheese would have to be a SAR (Some Assembly Required) meal. I placed three cups of cheese in a qt. size freezer — then I placed 2 cup bag another qt size freezer bag. I placed a rubber band around these and froze them. At meal time – I will use this recipe. I will stir in the ham before baking.

The following recipes are from “Dinner’s Ready” by Andrew Schloss and Ken Bookman, a “chain cooking” cookbook, where you make completely different meals out of leftovers from previous meals. These look good. Where there is a leftover used, I posted that recipe too, in case you wanted to do it their way or adapt these recipes.

Here are some more great recipes:

* Delicious Ham & Potato Soup

* Ham & Cheese Ziti

* Cheez Ham & Potato Bake

* Ham & Bean Soup

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My Fairy Garden Playset Review #PlayMonster’s #MyFairyGarden #Easter

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My Fairy Garden is so stinkin adorable. Your child or grandchild will just love playing with it and watching their plants grow while having fun. It’s a great way for children to learn how to garden as well as have a fun time playing with their Fairy Garden at the same time.

There are 3 different fairy gardens to choose from as well as 8 different accessories packs that can go with the Fairy Garden. They can learn what it takes to grow a beautiful garden while having fun playing with their fairies in the gardening house. I love that this is a great STEM toy for educational purposes as well as a playset for them to have fun with. It really is the best of all worlds for children. We love having educational toys for our children as well as watching them have fun while they were learning.

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We received the Fairy Garden Playset and I was so excited to play with my granddaughter’s with it. We got our Fairy Gardens put all of our items together so the fun could begin. The girls were so excited to be able to play with the Fairy Garden and make their own garden with it. I actually went to Target and purchased 2 more Fairy Gardens so that each of my granddaughter’s would have their own Fairy Garden. So they could each have their own experiences with their fairy garden. The girls were just giggling and having a great time with putting their Fairy Garden’s together. We put our soil in our garden’s and they used the little tools to smooth out the soil. We then put our seeds in the soil and they were just in love with the little watering can that they could use to water their seeds with. When the seeds were placed they then were able to water their seeds. Then the girls started to play with their playset.

The girls were so excited to see their seeds turning into plants. They were just amazed as they grew how big they were getting. I loved their excitement and how much fun they were having from learning and playing. They were loving their Fairy Garden’s so much that we decided that they should help me plant our garden in the yard. They were so amazed that they could make their own fairy garden but that because I thought they did such a great job that they could also help with our garden. The girls decided that they should bring their Fairy Garden’s outside with us so that the fairies could help with our garden as well.

We have had so much fun learning about gardening while having so much fun with their fairies as well. The Fairy Garden would be a perfect Easter gift, birthday, or just an educational and fun way for you to have fun with your child or grandchild. You can purchase your Fairy Garden from Target, Amazon, Toys R Us, and Walmart. Make learning fun with the Fairy Gardens.

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Peppy Pups the Perfect Easter Basket Friend or Birthday Gift! #PeppyPups

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Happy National Puppy day to all you fur baby owners. I know there are many of us who can not own an adorable little fur baby because of allergies or because where we live at do not allow them. We of course have children who would do anything to own one and beg for one all the time. Don’t worry your not alone! My son’s and grandchildren are right there with them. However, they can not own one because we live in a place that doesn’t allow pets.

If your in the same boat as we are then let me introduce you to Peppy Pups. Is it just me or are they just to adorable! Your child can bring Peppy Pups with them anywhere they go! They will go on walks with them, be your child’s best friend, and how could you not love their little faces! My granddaughter is already asking for one! She keeps telling me Nana, I need that puppy! So of course, Nana is going to have to spoil her and get her one. I know what your thinking, where can I get one of these adorable Peppy Pups? Amazon and Target carry the adorable Peppy Pups.

Not only can your Peppy Pup walk, run and his bell rings and he is great at cuddling as well. Your child is just going to love being a great friend to their own Peppy Pups. I would get a head start on Christmas shopping now because I believe this little cutie is going to be on all the kids lists this holiday season! Don’t forget that Easter is coming up as well and wouldn’t he look adorable in a basket! The perfect size and the perfect pal for the Easter Bunny to bring!

The Peppy Pups come in several styles and colors so your sure to find the perfect one for your child or for a gift. Let’s not also forget all the great exercise that your child is going to get with their Peppy Pup as well. It’s a parent win and a child win at the same time! Let’s be honest, how many wins do we parents get where the children and the parents get what they want? It’s going to be summer soon as well and they can have their Peppy Pups with them to keep them entertained on the car trips. They can show them all the things they are seeing while you travel.

How adorable is your child going to be while playing with their Peppy pups. All those great pictures you can take for their scrapbook, so you can show them their favorite toys and how cute they were while playing with it. Come on, we all do it, they are just to cute not to take photos of them. You know I’m right! I can’t wait to get my grandkids each a Peppy pups and then get some great photos of them playing with them. I love that they can all get different ones so there will be no fighting over which one is their Peppy Pup. Which Peppy Pups is going to be your child’s favorite?

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Irish Cream Push Pops for St. Patrick’s Day

These Irish Cream Push Pops are perfect for after dinner on St. Patrick’s Day. They look amazing and are easy to make, they will think you slaved over them to make them.

If you do not have the Push Pops you can purchase the Push Pop Containers with Lid 12 ct. Clear Plastic Push up Pops for only $19.99 Shipped. They come in handy for many events and different goodies you can make.

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FilterSnap Furnace Filter Subscription Review

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If your not aware you should change your Furnace Filter every 30-90 days, unless your home uses a 4” filter, in which case you can push that to every 90-180 days. So you can either mark your calendar to make the changes needed or you could use FilterSnap Furnace Filter Subscription and your correct furnace filter would come right to your door with your subscription and you just change it. I love that you can choose how often you would like them delivered and they are delivered on your schedule. You can choose 1, 2, 3, 6 or 12 months to have them delivered and they will show up for you to make sure the air your breathing in your home is clean.

If you have changed your furnace filter you know how dirty they get and how quickly they get there. I received the FilterSnap Furnace filter when it was time for me to change ours. When I pulled out the old filter it was all dusty and yucky! I removed it and put it right into the garbage bag and then put in the new sparkling clean FilterSnap furnace filter. The air in the house was much lighter, we can always tell the difference when the filter is changed. It’s always a easy chore on my list so I don’t mind changing the filter at all. It literally takes me 2 minutes to pull out the filter, then I clean out the filter area and put the new filter back in again.

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I really like that I no longer have to mark the calendar to change the filter, go to the store to get one, then come home and do it. My furnace filter just shows up, I go down to the furnace and change it. At times I have also had a hard time finding our furnace filter at stores, so I have to go from store to store to locate one or wait for them to have them. Now, the correct size comes right to the door. It doesn’t get any easier then that!

I also noticed that the filters are better then the ones that I normally purchase at the stores as well. The materials used to make it are a lot more flexible and not stiff, and crunchy. I also noticed that I have less dust going in the filter area it’s going more on the filter. Which will make clean up a lot easier! I also noticed that our allergies were doing better with the FilterSnap as well then our normal filter that we were using. We have horrible allergies, so that is really important to us that we ease them as much as possible. Normally, my son’s and I will have the itchy, watery eyes and be sneezing a lot, I noticed that it has decreased a lot with the FilterSnap furnace filter.

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I love the ease of getting our new Furnace filters, our allergies are lowered, the clean up with the filters are less. I find that the FilterSnap furnace filters have been a great help to our family and our furnace. If your family has allergies, your tired of marking your calendar, and you would like one less store to go to, then the FilterSnap Furnace Filter Subscription is perfect for you and your furnace.

**Disclosure** We received a FilterSnap furnace filter for this review but all opinions are mine and my families as to what we experienced while using the product.

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Celebrate Your Furry Friends with Gordmans On 2/18 #Ad @gordmans

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Get your fur babies ready for a fun and exciting day tomorrow at Gordmans! That’s right you can celebrate your furry friends at Gordmans and they are pulling out all the stops for you. I’m going to be taking Wriggly to Gordmans and he is pretty excited about getting out and meeting other furry friends and checking out Gordmans with me. In celebration of National Love Your Pet Day, guests are invited to bring their pets to Gordmans on Saturday, Feb. 18, for a tail-wagging good time of shopping, free treats and chances to win terrific prizes.

The first 50 guests at each Gordmans store when the doors open at 9 a.m. will receive a free bag of dog treats. Guests also can register in-store to win a free pet bed or cat condo. Shoppers also have the chance to win a $150 Gordmans gift card by snapping a photo with their pets at Gordmans and posting the photo on social media with the hashtag #GordmansLovesPets.

Additionally, Gordmans is inviting guests to support nonprofit organizations that help animals in need. Shoppers may donate at checkout to Paws With A Cause, an organization that enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs, and Gordmans will match up to $10,000 in donations. Gordmans also carries a collection of pet merchandise from the ASPCA, Dog for Dog, Humane Society of the United States and MuttNation, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this merchandise will be donated to these organizations.

Pets are an important part of many Americans’ families; according to the American Pet Products Association, Americans own more than 300 million pets, and in 2016, Americans spent nearly $63 billion on their furry friends – a 12 percent increase over the past four years.

WHAT: Gordmans’ Love Your Pet Day Event – guests are invited to bring their pets to the store to shop and enjoy prizes while their four-legged friends receive free giveaways and prizes.

WHERE: All Gordmans store locations

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Whether guests have a terrier or a tabby cat, they can enjoy Gordmans’ wide selection of pet toys, apparel, bedding and treats, all for tail-wagging prices. Guests also can shop online at gordmans.com.

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Splashlings Medical Center Playset And Splashlings Review #Splashlings

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I received the Splashlings Medical Center Playset, 6 Pack of Splashlings, and a 12 Pack of Splashlings, to review with my family. If you haven’t heard of Splashlings you soon will, they are adorable little ocean creatures from dolphins, fish to mermaids and other sea creatures. They change colors with just a little water. My son and granddaughters were playing with the Splashlings at first without the water. Now, as many of you know my son’s have several health issues so the Splashlings Medical Center was a great choice for us to review.

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I let them create their own fun with the Splashlings Medical Center. Then my son explained that when they go to the Dr’s that the rooms look like that where they go. The grandkids are always asking about the rooms and the Dr’s that they go to so it was a great way to explain it to them. However, it was a fun way for them to learn about it as well. Then I let them play with the Medical center and all the splashlings for a while longer. I then brought out a bowl of water for them and let them change the colors of the Splashlings which really got them excited and wanting to play even longer! They were having so much fun playing, that they didn’t even notice when I was gone doing laundry and other things I needed to do. I can tell you that they ALWAYS notice if I leave the room. However, I was excited to get some things done while they were playing. They were taking turns and sharing, it was great to come back and watch them having fun. They didn’t even get the water all over like I figured they would. It was all still in the bowl.

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They continued to play with it after dinner and they were having a great time again. I can honestly say that I was able to get so much done around the house with them playing that it was wonderful. Usually, it’s 5 kids under foot and all wanting me to entertain them. They were so busy playing that they never even missed me for a minute. I can say that they were having so much fun that at bedtime it was a struggle to get them to clean up but with the promise they could play with them again the next day it went a lot smoother.

The next day I played with the kids with the Splashlings and we had such a great time playing. It was great to have some fun with the kids and I have to say that I loved playing with them as well. I made them a container with separators to put the Splashlings in to keep them all together. The kids thought that they needed their own place to be comfy at night and to sleep, so of course we had to make them somewhere. I have to say that they are even one of the toys that I really like to play with. So we went to Walmart and Target that day as well and picked up some more Splashlings because the kids had been so good. So they were so excited to get more Splashlings. We went home and continued to play with the Splashlings. I have to say that we have been having so much fun with the splashlings and I know they can’t wait to take their splashlings in their little pool this summer and watch them change colors as well. They already take them in the bath with them, which has made bath time so much fun as well. I don’t see them getting bored with the Splashlings any time soon, so I can also see me getting a lot more things done around the house as well.

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The Light Between Oceans Movie Review #LightBetweenOceansBluray

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I received a review package from Disney Home Entertainment, It was filled with goodies for a viewing party. The box was filled with items for the movie The Light Between Oceans. It was beautifully put together by Building out at-home screening parties. It included a The Light Between Oceans Blu-Ray, The Light Between Oceans Coffee Mugs, flavored teas, bath bombs, Soy Candles, Tissues, The Light Between Oceans Book and Oh so comfy velour slippers. The bath bombs and Soy Candles were the perfect touch, the Ocean scents just brought you right to the ocean. The slippers made my 4 friends and I so comfortable for the viewing. We all chose out a tea that we would like to drink during the movie, I chose the Pomegranate Green Tea, which was so relaxing while watching the movie. We also lit one of the Soy Candles which brought the scent of the ocean to us while we watched the movie. Talk about pure relaxing heaven, we were all in it!

I decided that we would need snacks for the movie, so I made different flavored popcorn, theater candy, as well as finger foods. My friends and I love to watch movies together but we all hate to get up and get things during the movie. So I made sure we had our hot water for our tea, extra hot water in a tea kettle next to our snacks as well as everything we would need before we started the movie. I also lit a Ocean scented soy candle that came in the box so it would make us feel like we were right at the ocean. The velour slippers were all so comfy and allowed us to relax and enjoy the movie, while still keeping our feet warm and they had “The Light Between Oceans” on them as well as everything included in the goodies that arrived.

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Tom and Isabel’s story starts when they go on a picnic lunch and decide to get married. They move to an Island with a lighthouse that Tom works at to start their life together. They are just so in love and you can feel it through their amazing acting. They support each other through the good times and the bad, and what a roller coaster life can be. The love they felt for each other was just shown throughout the movie. Your heart will break for them, get swept away in joy, and then break for them again. The book was just as amazing, I read it before watching the movie because it was a must for me.

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The Light Between Oceans will keep your attention as you wonder what is coming next. It will have your eyes filled with tears, and make your heart ache for the couple as well. It is a must see movie! The Light Between Oceans, really makes you aware of what heartache couples can go through. Rachel Weisz (Hannah) will also make you feel for her and everything she has gone through, but also her and her husband teach you a wonderful lesson of how we should forgive for ourselves when someone hurts us. They do it in such a beautiful and wise way, that it just adds the perfect touches to the book and movie. The end of the movie (no spoiler alerts) will bring you back to joy again, and ends on a almost perfect note. It’s the perfect roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the whole movie.

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BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 — On Jan. 24, DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans,” a lush, classical romance, starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (Best Actor, Steve Jobs), Oscar® winner Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, The Danish Girl), and Oscar and Golden Globe® winner Rachel Weisz (Best Supporting Actress, The Constant Gardener), arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand. The mesmerizingly beautiful film is based on the 2012 best-selling novel by M.L. Stedman, which swept readers away with its transporting story of fate, love, moral dilemmas and the lengths one couple will go to see their hard-fought dreams realized.

The in-home release of “The Light Between Oceans” will carry audiences even deeper into this timeless tale of love and impossible choices through never-before-seen bonus features, including a documentary which reveals director Derek Cianfrance’s unique approach that allowed the all-star cast to embody their characters and examine the power of love; a historical look at New Zealand’s Cape Campbell Lighthouse that serves as Janus Rock, a key element in Stedman’s novel; and insightful and in-depth audio commentary led by Cianfrance. Cianfrance was transfixed by M.L. Stedman’s writing and remained faithful to her book, explaining, “The most meaningful compliment on the film I’ve received so far was from Stedman herself, who said she spent the day weeping after attending a screening … weeping because she felt that she was understood.” According to Stedman, “The result is an exquisitely beautiful and emotionally authentic film that stays true to the spirit of my novel, yet also embodies the deeply personal interpretation of the director and his actors.

It’s been a great privilege to watch it come into being.”DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Light Between Oceans” stars Michael Fassbender as Tom Sherbourne, a young combat veteran and lighthouse keeper on a remote island off the coast of Western Australia; Alicia Vikander as Isabel Graysmark, the beautiful and spirited daughter of the school headmaster on the mainland of Partageuse; Rachel Weisz as Hannah Roennfeld, a resident of Partageuse who is desperately hoping to find her husband and baby lost at sea; Bryan Brown as Septimus Potts, Hannah’s wealthy, influential father; and Jack Thompson as Ralph, a salty, sea-faring skipper. The film is written for the screen and directed by Derek Cianfrance based on the novel by M.L. Stedman and produced by Oscar-nominee David Heyman, p.g.a. and Jeffrey Clifford, p.g.a. The executive producers are Tom Karnowski, Rosie Alison, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King.

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