Bunnies, Bows, and Baking! ~ How to Have a Super Cute Easter in Quarantine!

Hoppy easter, a perfect passover, or splendid springtime!! Hoping everyone and their families are doing well in this difficult time. Our celebrations are quiet this year, and many of us are alone ~ but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and make the best of this situation.

Why not have a springtime party to lift your spirits?! Here’s some ideas!

DIY Easter Tree

Hello Kitty… err Hello Bunny?!, Poteusa’s (Amuse), and a Bunny Bunny Bunny hang around my springtastic tree!

Having a springtime celebration by yourself this year doesn’t mean you need to skimp on making your place look super cute for yourself~ you’ll be surprised how just a little thing like this will lift you up! I was planning on buying some decorations this year, but never had a chance to go out shopping for non-essentials because of the quarantine. So I had to make due with what I have and this seems even better!

What I did have was my super cute pink Christmas tree, some fake flowers and bows, and a ton of bunnies! So that festive little tree is now fresh and sprouting a BUN-ch of cuteness! You could easily make your own cute easter tree with springy things you have around the house:

  • mini Christmas trees or a vase of twigs
  • cute toys
  • hanging candies
  • plastic or hollow decorated easter eggs
  • fake flowers
  • bows, ribbons, or tulle
  • decorated ornaments

Colourful Easter Bun-Nana Bread

Everyone seems to be baking lately~ it’s a great way to pass the time, create something, or even finally learn how if you’ve never done it. This banana bread is a slightly modified version of my favourite banana bread recipe from Sprinkles for Breakfast. It’s stuffed full of healthy bananay goodness to make a healthy breakfast, but still sweet enough to feel like you’re indulging on easter snacks!

I followed the Sprinkles for Breakfast recipe, but instead of scooping the entire batter into the bread tins, I first separated the batter into four separate bowls and dyed them with Food Gel (I use Wilton Food Gel, which has brilliant colours!) Then using spoons, I scooped the batter out into globs on the pans.

It kind of looks like those bright gummy easter candies! And while the colours *technically* don’t taste different, it seems to be a bit more magical and happy for easter time!

Easter Meringue Cookies

You might not want a whole batch of cookies or a cake by yourself, so something small and relatively healthy like meringues is a fun choice. Meringues may seem intimidating, but they are the easiest little puffs to whip up! What’s more springy than light airy crunchy cookies of happiness (and super bonus – they’re fat free)?!

All you need are:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Flavouring – I used lemon extract because it seems so fresh! But vanilla, mint or strawberry would also be yummy!
  • Food gel

Directions:

~ Preheat oven to 225F and prepare a baking pan with a silicon baking sheet. Add egg whites, Cream of Tartar, and flavour extract to your clean mixer bowl and whip on HIGH for about two minutes, until the egg whites have whipped up bright white and fluffy with peaks

~ Slowly add a bit of the sugar until fully incorporated and you get fairly stiff peaks. You need to be careful to be slow as to not deflate the meringue.

~ Separate the meringue into separate bowls with a spatula. Very gently FOLD in the food gel by hand. Do not stir.

~ Fill a piping bag and attach a large tip and pipe them out onto your baking sheet. I only did a tiny little dollop so they’re very small cookies, but you can go as big as you want.

~ Put in oven for 40 minutes, until dry and the insides are crunchy and airy! Enjoy!

You can store them in the freezer as long as they’re in an airtight container. If they get a bit soft, you can put them back into the oven for 10 minutes (at 225 degrees) to crisp them up again!

Other cute ideas!

  • Dress up! Throw on your best pastels, frills, and bows.
  • Spring clean! What’s more refreshing than a new look for your place? Start slow and get rid of some stuff~ I went through some overstuffed closets yesterday and having them cleaned up feels refreshing! Note: most donation places aren’t taking donations right now, but store the goods you’re going to giveaway for now instead of tossing them. 🙂
  • Decorate easter eggs!
  • Have a springtime dance party!
  • Not feeling super energetic? THAT’S OKAY TOO! This is a tough time, and just relaxing and watching a favourite tv show and downing a bag of chocolately eggs is EGG-cellent!
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Greetings from Cupcake Island! – My Adventures So Far in Animal Crossing New Horizons!

I can’t believe Animal Crossing New Horizons is here! After years and years of speculation on whether there would be a game, the game being pushed, and then countless wondering, the game is out and has been for a couple of weeks! I started writing this post the very afternoon that I got the game but had been a bit too exhausted (work and the of course COVID-19) to finish it up until now.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, I decided to digitally download the game instead of waiting for Amazon to ship it out (I had originally preordered from EBGames, but I’ve decided not to go out of course~ eventually I’ll go pick up the physical copy of the game and give it to my brother :)). The game couldn’t have come out at a better time for everyone given the COVID situation. Here’s what I’ve been up to on my sweet island of Cupcake!

Day 1 – arriving and picking my island name! Pink hair wasn’t an option initially AHH! Only a slight panic though as I unlocked it with Tom Nook’s new “NookMiles” program pretty fast!

Upon my arrival on Cupcake, I ended up getting the green airport and oranges, which weren’t my top selections – but what can you do! I decided to NOT reset the game, because I find that it really takes the fun out for me. I can collect the fruit and I’m hoping that there will be customization features for the airport sometime later (come on PINK FLOATPLANE!)

ACNH is a bit different from other games because you basically start with nothing and build up your own world by way of DIY projects. You find new DIY projects and then craft them by finding resources around your expansive island. It’s somewhat repetitive, but there really is NO obligation to actually do anything if you don’t want to! My kind of life!

Lately I’ve been tinkering around collecting all the cute pink things I can, getting ready to terraform (that’s right – you have the power to change land and water at your fingertips SO COOL!) my island into one big cupcake shape, and fishing up an absurd amount of… eggs in the Bunny Day Easter event.

My honest review is I really like this game. It’s probably one of my favourites out of the five main games in the series. I especially love the customization aspects of this game. The graphics are STUNNING (and here I was thinking New Leaf couldn’t possibly be beat XD)!! You can customize your character and their outfits, your island, and your home exactly as YOU want. There’s even a cat tree and a pink stand mixer so I can literally create ME in game. But fortunately unlike real life, you can do whatever you want and block out the bad things going on elsewhere. Why stress when you can talk to your animal pals, fish, catch bugs, or travel to other tropical islands to get away from it all (WATCH OUT FOR THE TARANTULAS THOUGH!!!)

But I’ve always been a SLOW player who shows up for a few minutes when I want to unwind (occasionally between checking my email – hurrah for #workfromhome ;)). But there is also the competitiveness in this game that I’m struggling with. I adore most of the people in the AC community. They are some of the most friendly, funny, creative people I’ve ever come across! While there isn’t a way to “beat” the game as your island is whatever you make for yourself, but it’s a bit exhausting to see fully landscaped islands filled to the brim with all sorts of carefully placed sparkly treasures that I ONE DAY hope to get my paws on! I’m just going to continue to have fun and relax with the series I’ve adored for most of my life. <3

~ XOX and Oranges Erika! (Aka Frosting from Cupcake Island!)

PS I would love it if you added me as a friend and came to visit! SW-7166-2365-8220

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