This traditional Portuguese Easter Bread was made a tradition in our family by my late Sister-in-law whose love and generosity enriched the lives of all who knew her. (My brother has since remarried another wonderful woman. He really knows how to pick the good ones.) My girls insisted that I needed to repost this beloved recipe for all of our readers to enjoy once again. It is a beautiful, slightly sweet loaf that is rich in tradition. Please click the button to read the full article.
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I don't even remember where I learned the silly game, "Don't Eat Pete", but I have played it as a down time game with kids when I taught school and they always loved it. About 4 years ago, I taught it to my grandchildren. We all played it as a family and had so much fun laughing and especially watching the little ones get a big kick out of it. Here is how you play:
With that in mind, you will now understand why when I was in the store looking at the Easter Candy and I saw Peeps, that this variation of the game came to my mind. Why not an Easter version of Don't Eat Pete? And thus, Don't Eat Peep was born!
I made this 9 square board. When I printed mine, I discovered that I was running out of colored ink, so yours will have yellow on it and look even cuter. I numbered the bunnies from 1 to 9 so that when you play, you just pick the number that you want to be Pete. Then, look! I found these bunny shaped marshmallows at Walmart!
I can hardly wait for my grandkids to get here so that we can play together! Click on the button so that you can get your own game board. I copied mine on card stock, but plain white paper works just fine. Just click the button and print yours right away! You only need one copy and everyone can play!
Singing Time Version
I have written posts before about things I do with the young children at church as I teach them singing. We do a lot of activities to make it fun. "Don't Eat Pete" is a game that I have converted to use with my kids for Singing Time.
If you have extra kids or grandkids coming for Easter, "Don't Eat Peep" is great for any size crowd. If you want to play "Don't Eat Pete", at other times of the year, for birthdays or other parties for kids, I found these game boards available on Etsy! The site is called Paper Tagged. Just click the link or picture to order! In this game, everyone gets to eat treats and you could keep track of who got to eat the most and the least to give out ultimate prizes if you would like. I have played it with large classrooms and church groups of up to 40 kids! It is the perfect game for any sized crowd of kids.
And that's how it works! I hope you can use these ideas and enjoy the free printable board for some Easter fun!
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What have I been doing while staying at home during this Corona Virus disaster? Baking and Cooking! So far I've baked a big batch of Sprouted Wheat Bread, I've made Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day and an Avocado Key Lime Pie for dessert (twice)! Since we had corned beef left over, and because I was baking bread, my mind started working and I thought about Bier Rocks. If you haven't ever heard of them, they are a free form beef hand pie basically. They usually have beef, cabbage and onions in them. The dough is a bread dough. I got to thinking that a Reuben style Bier Rock would be really good, sans the rye bread, but with sprouted wheat bread instead! So, I tried it and they are delicious! Here is how I did it.
When I made my sprouted wheat bread dough, I saved one loaf's worth of dough and wrapped it in waxed paper and plastic wrap in the fridge until the next day. Then, I gathered my ingredients:
OOPS. I forgot to show you the fillings. I placed a slice of cheese, the corned beef and then some potato bits and a cabbage slice in the center of the square. Next, wrap the dough all around the filling, pinching it to prevent leaking. Place on a well greased cookie sheet to rise for about 1/2 an hour.
As you can tell, Bier Rocks are very free form. But that is okay. They are easy to hold and eat without a mess, which is one of their beautiful qualities. They transport well and taste delicious.
This recipe is a great way to use up your St. Patrick's Day leftovers!
If you are like me and don't have little ones at home to care for and home school, how are you filling your time of social distancing? I have many home projects to get to, so this time alone can be put to good use.
Stay healthy everyone! Wash your hands and don't let these trying times get you down! Stay busy, check on your loved ones and keep praying!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!