Leyton’s Mumma Says…
Leyton’s first Easter involved us eating Easter Eggs whilst 9 month old Leyton napped so he didn’t want to try them – he had only been on solids for 3 months and Chocolate was on my no-go list! We tried to restrict salt and sugar in his diet doing Baby Led Weaning (see here for our BLW experience!) although now he is a bit older he has been sampling the cakes and biscuits we make and we’re a bit more flexible on this rule…. that said Leyton doesn’t like chocolate or chocolate flavoured things. Who knows if that is nature or nurture but I’m aware by the time he starts school this may change!
So I’ve been searching for Easter things that weren’t focused on the Chocolate Eggs, but the joy of springtime 🙂 I know Nathan’s Mumma has been doing the same but for different reasons – Nathan’s egg allergy means seeing egg & egg orientated things everywhere could be a sensitive subject (as well as the obvious fact he can’t be playing and painting actual eggs) so she’s trying to make it a special celebration that doesn’t focus on these eggs (see the start of their Allergy journey here )!! Leyton’s lucky that so far he’s had non-chocolate gifts including an activity book, toys and a knitted cardigan complete with bunny from his Great Nana (below) so Easter can really be special even without the dairy or eggs!
So what is Easter?
It’s a religious Christian celebration at heart, with Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and Easter Sunday, the day Jesus’ resurrection. Easter is now celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon on the Spring Equinox between March 22nd and April 25th, and is celebrated at the end of Lent.
If you want to teach your children about Easter there are lots of materials out there.
*The Easter Story
*What is Easter? Rhymes for Kids
*My Day with Jesus – Board book from the Donkey’s point of view
*Bible Coloring Book 1 & 2 – Religious Coloring Pages
But for many Easter is a nice long-weekend of two bank holidays where family can come together to do silly games, exchange small gifts and chocolate, and maybe even a big roast dinner.
There are loads of games you could do if you are having a family occasion:
* Egg hunts (You don’t have to just hide chocolate eggs… we’ve been known to hide chicks and even wooden bees and ladybirds round the house and garden)
* Decorating cakes (Best Decorated, Most Creative, Most Colourful, Tastiest etc)
* Egg and spoon races
* Egg Roll (Similar to the Traditional White House Roll, where you get hard boiled eggs and kids must roll along the floor to a finish line using a spoon, their feet or even their noses if they fancy crawling! Broken egg = disqualified remember!)
You can do crafts if you have younger children too. We had a little Easter party this week (photo at the end), where we had homemade flapjack and chocolate cake complete with the token chicks I remember from my childhood too (both egg free and dairy free for the benefit of the allergies in the group to avoid any disasters from crumb eaters!) Our toddlers had lovely crafts to do set up by host Nathan’s Mumma, of decorating a foam chick (below) and painting a salt-dough bunny rabbit (salt dough instructions available on Pinterest which is a perfect harmony of shop bought and home made goodies, getting delight from both.
Other crafts you could do are below:
* Decorating an Easter tree branch
* Decorating an Easter bonnet (Straw Easter Bonnet to attach chicks etc to)
* Painting hard boiled eggs
* Make Easter Nest cakes (like ours below, or for a dairy version add yummy Mini Eggs)
* Paint Easter cards for friends or family
For a great recipe of a dairy, egg and nut free recipe have a Google for Wacky Cake as there are a few different versions including this Chocolate one I’ve done (well Leyton and I have done)….
DAIRY FREE AND EGG FREE CHOCOLATE ‘WACKY’ CAKE
- 1 1/2 Cups flour (all-purpose)
- 3 Tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
- 1 Cup sugar (Granulated Pure Cane Sugar)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 5 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 Cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/ 170 degrees C.
Mix first 5 dry ingredients in a greased 8″ square baking pan. Make 3 depressions in dry ingredients – two small, one larger. Pour vinegar in one depression, vanilla in the other and the vegetable oil in third larger depression. Pour water over all. Mix well until smooth.
Bake on middle rack of oven for 35 minutes (but different ovens vary, mine was done in 25 minutes!). Check with toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Cool and top with your favourite frosting quite rich and dark dark chocolate so I am hoping to try an After Eight buttercream next time, or a chocolate and orange icing. This time I just crushed up Shredded Wheat, cocoa powder, icing sugar and drops of water until it looked nest-like!
The flapjack we had was done by Millie’s Mumma using Mary Berry’s recipe below ( Mary Berry’s Baking Bible available here), definitely a winner! :
DAIRY FREE FLAPJACKS
Makes roughly 24
PREP 10 MINS & COOK 30 MINS
125g butter plus extra for greasing – we used a dairy free alternative
90g golden syrup
90g light muscovado sugar
250g rolled oats
roasting tin or shallow cake tin, about 20 x 30 cm
1 Lighlty butter the roasting tin or cake tin.
2 Combine the butter, syrup, and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the ingredients have melted and dissolved. Stir in the oats and mix well.
3 Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the surface with a palette knife. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C (160C fan, Gas 4) for about 30 minutes.
4 Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes, then mark into 24 fingers. Leave to cool completely, then cut and remove from tin.
There’s also lots of special events at farms, National Trust locations, play centres etc so if you want to nip out for the hopefully nice weather then just check on some of the websites applicable for your location like www.lotsfortots.co.uk or www.daysoutwiththekids.co.uk
Leyton’s Daddy is working most of Easter weekend but on his one day off I’m planning a nice themed day out so I had better get searching!