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Family Easter Traditions 2015

Mom Talk: Family Easter Traditions

Holidays are a great time to get everyone together and share in family traditions. We love to hear how different families celebrate. So, today we’re sharing some family Easter traditions from a few local moms.

Family Easter Traditions 2015

SueAnn:

We have a big family and every year we get together on the river bottoms and have a big Easter egg hunt for the kids. The teenagers get to find a bag filled with candy. They love it because they get to feel like they are not a child anymore but they still get the thrill of hunting for something.  We always have an open-pit fire so everyone can roast a hot dog for lunch and there is always good food to go with them.  Then we get to visit with each other and catch up on what is happening in each of our lives.  This is a great time for everyone and the kids especially look forward to it.

Katy:

I like to split the Easter holiday into two days.  We try to do the Easter Bunny activities, which include egg hunts, candy and fun activities on Saturday. My favorite thing the Easter bunny gives the littles are a new Sunday church outfit. Maybe a dress shirt for the boys and a dress for the girls. We often are given a book about Christ for the littles to read as well.

We reserve Sunday for more religious events.  We want Sunday to be Christ-centered. We talk about the Savior and how important He is in our lives and that He rose from the dead that day. This year, I want to try this Easter activity centered on Jesus.

Bethany:

Growing up my Mom always made Egg Asparagus Casserole on Easter. She would just use sliced bread, nothing fancy, and dry it out a little in the oven. Then we would have to count all the eggs and make sure we found them all because my Mom made sure that there was a enough for the casserole. If there were cracked eggs the coloring would soak through, and we had multi-colored casserole.

For my little family, we stay in Blackfoot for a city hunt and support the activities where we live.

Samantha:

I have the fun opportunity to start Easter traditions with my little family this year. My daughter is just over and year and we’re expecting a son just after Easter. I want family traditions to be a big part of their lives, so I’ve put a lot of thought into how we celebrate holidays now.

I know my little girl will love hunting for Easter eggs and we’ll probably let her indulge in some treats. I adored the gift baskets the Easter bunny brought to me as a child and plan to carrying on that tradition on as well. I hope to do the egg hunt and bunny basket on the Saturday before Easter Sunday so that we can have a more religious celebration on the Sabbath. I fell in love with this idea from Your Home-based Mom. You read the Easter story from the bible with fun trinkets that help you remember it. I especially love this for little kids.

As a child, I always got a new dress to wear to church on Easter Sunday. I loved getting all dressed up in something new. I hope my kids will love these traditions as much as I did when I was a child.

Share with us! We’d love to hear your family Easter traditions!

Mom Talk Monday: Christmas Traditions

Today we are rounding up some of our featured moms for Mom Talk Monday: Christmas Traditions. Every family has traditions they look forward to for the whole month of December. But sometimes adding something new can be fun and inspiring.

Katie Lindsay, and her husband set up a fort in their living room with cameo coverings and Christmas lights. Her four boys sleep in it on Christmas Eve while the wait for Santa.

Our own Bethany has a tradition that many families do. Her children receive pajamas on Christmas Eve each year, but they come from a few special someones. Santa’s elves leave the pajamas on the front door step and ding dong ditch so they are not seen.

Jen Haderlie, the new mom of twin girls, loves to go to Starbucks for a cocoa and driving to see the Christmas lights where she lives. After they get home they read the story of Christ’s birth before going to bed.

We hope you take time to make new traditions, while still enjoying the old ones, with your family this holiday.

Thankful Wall

Family Time: Month Long Thankful Wall

During the craziness that is this time of year, it’s easy to rush through our Thanksgiving plans and into preparing for Christmas–it can be hard to really stop and breathe for a moment to reflect. Last year one of my favorite blogs, Our Happiness Tour, was featured on her local news channel for a “craft” she did with her family of four. I loved it! I immediately put it to work in my home. I couldn’t believe the difference it made for me. {Lindsey’s Blog Post , Lindsey’s Video Interview about the Banner}

We had to think hard about what we were thankful for each day. Closer to the end of the month it was getting a little difficult, but that is the point. You have to truly decide and speak out loud what you can’t see yourself being without. Below you can see the start to ours in our entry way. Because we are proud of the things we write down, we want everyone that comes into our home to see them.

My kids enjoy it because they can participate and help hang them up. But it’s a daily activity that will build a memory over time. Although mine isn’t as fancy as Lindsey’s, I hope to add some fun touches over the month.

{Tip: you can find cute paper cut outs at your local craft/scrapbooking store}

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Peanut Butter Popcorn

Comfort Food: Peanut Butter Popcorn

One of my favorite family traditions as I was growing up was popcorn on Sunday evenings. This is one of our go-to recipes, and is definitely at the top of my comfort food list. It’s fast, easy, and seriously addicting!

Ingredients:
-1 cup brown sugar
-1 cup white corn syrup
-1 cup peanut butter
-12 cups popcorn, popped

In a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter. Stir frequently until the mixture boils. Remove from heat, pour over popped corn, and mix well. ENJOY!