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Easter Special 2019


Easter Hat with Ears

This Easter hat is sure to get an honourable mention in your Easter hat parade. With the cute features you can dress it up or down to suit your child.

1. Using the white bonnets available from Cleverpatch.com.au, begin by giving your bonnet a coat of brightly coloured paint.

2 Assemble your bonnet and secure with glue. Allow to dry.

3 For a hat band, cut a length of crepe streamer and wrap it around your bonnet. Attach with glue.

4 You may also like to add a bow, if so, simply cut another length of streamer, tie a bow and attach to your bonnet with glue.

5 Cut two large ear shapes from foam. Cut two smaller pieces of foam for the inside of your ears. Attach with glue. Allow to dry.

6 To decorate your bonnet with tissue paper flower, stack six tissue paper squares neatly together. Fold the squares like an accordion until you reach the end of the square.

7 Twist one end of a chenille stem around the middle of the folded tissue paper squares. This will hold the flower together.

8 Round off both ends with a pair of scissors. Now, carefully spread out the pleats and separate each layer of tissue paper by pulling them towards the middle. Alternate each side, pulling one layer up at a time.

9 Scrunch up some green tissue paper or cut out some leaves from felt to accompany the flowers you have made. Attach with glue.

10 Add some chocolate Easter eggs or little chicks around your bonnet by attaching them with glue.

11 Measure a length of elastic under your chin so that it is tight enough to create a strap for your bonnet. Cut the elastic and staple it onto your bonnet brim to ensure your bonnet stays securely on your head.

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Chocolate Free Easter Gift Ideas

Whether it be because of allergies or simply by parent’s choice, the fact is that there is a growing demand for chocolate-free Easter gifts for children.


We’re two of the parents who have made the choice to minimise chocolate for our two very young children. Some people wonder what on Earth we actually give our kids for Easter, but it’s surprising how many alternatives there actually is to chocolate! Most dollar shops (pictured is my local dollar shop’s Easter display) coming up to Easter will have hollow plastic eggs (usually about the size of real eggs) that pull apart to put things inside, so an Easter Egg hunt is still possible and fun!

Here is a list of items that can be placed inside the Easter Eggs, and also some small gift ideas from the big bunny himself. There

are probably plenty of other items that would be fantastic that haven’t occurred to me also! Just remember to keep it age appropriate if you’re hosting an egg hunt or similar.

-Bubble Blowers -Stickers -Stamps -Mini pencils/ crayons -Little soft chicks -Activity/ Colouring Books -Little bath ducks -Matchbox cars -Kid-Friendly costume jewellery -Egg cups -An item of (melamine) crockery: plate/ cup/ bowl -Grapes & Strawberries -Sultanas

I hope this provides some good chocolate-free Easter alternatives! If you have any other great ideas, I’d love for you to share them with me as a reply below: it’s quick and easy, and the more people who get involved, the more ideas we’ll all have coming up to the big day!

Article by S Johnston

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DIY Easter Bonnet

MATERIALS NEEDED: - Bostik print out template (A3) - Bostik Blu Stik - Bostik Clag Kids PVA - Bostik Glitter Glue Classic - Stapler - Hole puncher - Coloured markers/pencils - Light green tissue paper - Dark green tissue paper - Elastic string - 1 x pink pom pom - 4 x white cotton balls - White pipe cleaners - 1 x popsicle stick

METHOD: STEP 1: Measure around the head of your child and cut out the headband strip to size. Staple the ends together. STEP 2: Print out the templates provided and cut them out. Found here - LINK STEP 3: Use Bostik Blu Stik to stick the pieces onto the cardboard paper and cut out again. STEP 4: Use Bostik Glitter Glue Classic, coloured markers or pencils to decorate the eggs and bow tie. STEP 5: Colour the inside of the rabbit ears with pink markers or pencils. STEP 6: Use Bostik Clag Kids PVA to glue down the white cotton balls on the edge of the ears. STEP 7: Cut fringes along the green tissue paper. Be sure to keep one end intact. Use Bostik Blu Stik to glue down the tissue paper around the headband. STEP 8: Secure the rabbit ears and eggs to the headband with a stapler. STEP 9: Use a hole puncher to punch two holes centred on the bunny’s bow. STEP 10: Cut the elastic to the required length and thread it through the holes. Secure with a knot. STEP 9: Use Bostik Craft PVA to stick the pink pom pom at the tip of the popsicle stick. STEP 10: Twist two pipe cleaners around the popsicle stick. Make sure you have them sticking out both ways to make your Easter whiskers! Bostik products available at leading retailers – Officeworks, Woolworths and Coles. For more ideas that stick visit - https://www.bostik.com/ideasthatstick/

Download the template here

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Chocolate Crackle Slice

Chocolate Crackle Slice is super easy to make and the addition of Easter eggs helps get your children into the mood for Easter.

Ingredients :

125g copha, ( cut into pieces ), 200g dark chocolate, ( broken into pieces ), 5 cups Rice Bubbles, 1 cup pure icing sugar, 1 cup desiccated coconut, chocolate to drizzle on top and Easter eggs for decoration.


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt dark chocolate and copha in saucepan and mix into dry ingredients once melted. Press mixture into slice tray and cover with baking paper. Place in fridge for minimum of an hour to cool. Drizzle the crackle with chocolate and place Easter eggs on top before placing back in fridge to cool. Cut into pieces for even distribution or experience an uproar from upset children. Recipe from L Smith Cornege

Choc Bunny Easter Biscuits

Have fun in the kitchen with your kids this easter as you cook these cute Choc Bunny Easter Biscuits


225g unsalted butter, softened & cubed 1 cup caster sugar ½ tsp vanilla essence 1 large egg, beaten 400g plain flour, sifted

50g cocoa powder 1 tsp McKenzie’s Baking Powder ½ tsp McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda Pinch McKenzie’s Australian Natural Sea Salt Fine Grind ½ cup white chocolate button melts Mini marshmallows


Step 1 Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and light. Step 2 Add vanilla essence and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Step 3 Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, Bi-Carb and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture to form a dough. Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for an hour. Step 4 Preheat oven to 170oC. Line three oven trays with baking paper. Step 5 Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough evenly to a thickness of approximately 5mm. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the dough and arrange on the prepared baking tray. Step 6 Bake for 10-12 minutes on the middle shelf. Allow the biscuits to cool completely before decorating. Step 7 Melt white chocolate according to packet directions. Drop a small teaspoon of melted white chocolate on the bunny’s bottom and top with marshmallow.

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Serves: 12 Prep: 02:00 Cook: 00:30



7 g dry yeast 250 ml almond milk (unsweetened) 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup 2.5 tablespoons rice malt syrup

3 cups wholemeal spelt flour 1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup currants 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 tablespoon coconut oil (extra virgin) melted 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1 orange(s) zested & juiced 2 tablespoon wholemeal spelt flour for crosses


1. Pour the almond milk into a small saucepan and warm over a low heat for 2 minutes. 2. Whisk the yeast, milk and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup in a jug. Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy. 3. Combine the flour, raisins, currants, spices and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the yeast and milk mixture, together with 1 tablespoon of oil, vanilla, orange zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice and rice malt syrup. Stir until combined. 4. Transfer to a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes. Grease a bowl with remaining oil and place dough into the bowl and cover with glad wrap. Set aside for 45 minutes or until doubled in size. 5. Line a baking tray with baking paper. 6. Flour your hands and transfer dough back to the board, gently kneading for a minute. Shape into 12 buns and place onto prepared tray. Cover with glad wrap and set aside in a warm place for a further 40 minutes or until doubled in size. 7. Preheat oven to 160°C. 8. Combine the remaining flour with water to form a smooth paste. Place into a zip lock bag and cut 1 corner from the bag to make a piping bag and pipe crosses onto the buns. 9. Lightly brush with the additional maple syrup and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

This recipe is part of Sam Wood’s online training and nutrition program 28 by Sam Wood. As a member of the 28 family you’ll have access to daily workouts, meal plans, an incredible online community of likeminded individuals, expert advice and tools that will help keep your mind and body operating at their best. We also have a pregnancy and post-natal program available (including a breastfeeding meal plan) so that expecting and new mums can feel supported at every stage of such an exciting and special time. For more information head to www.28bysamwood.com

Snickery Caramel Bars

Serves: 20 Prep: 00:20 Cook: 04:00

See the full recipe here

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