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How We're Celebrating Easter at Home in Quarantine

This Easter is certainly going to be like no other Easter we've ever celebrated. I think because it will likely be one of a kind, we have an opportunity to truly make it an occasion that our children will never forget. I want it to be a memorable and spiritually uplifting experience that our family can look back on and remember for years and years to come. I have a lot of plans for the next several days, and I really can't wait to just slow down and enjoy these moments with Kyle, Kinsley, and Derek. 


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Coloring Easter Eggs:
We bought some crafting eggs and a dying kit from the store a few weeks ago and this is the first Easter activity that we'll do together as a family, most likely on Friday when school work is done for the week. I like to get all the "play" activities done on Friday and Saturday so that we can really focus on the Savior when Sunday comes. 

Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday:
I haven't decided if I want to do this in the green space at our townhomes, or if we want to just do it inside. Most likely we'll do this Saturday morning. I really don't go over board on the egg hunt. Each child will get 12 eggs, and we have a mixture of little plastic toys from Target, and small candies to go in each of them. 

Resurrection Rolls Saturday Night:
I went on a first date with someone in college who took me to his place to make "Resurrection Rolls" (this felt super normal at the time, but now I think it might have been a strange first date choice but whatever... I was 18). Now that I'm a parent though, I've really wanted to do it with my children. 

Empty Tomb Rolls - easy and a great dessert for Easter. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Simply take a package of Crescent Rolls and roll a large marshmallow in each one. Dip in melted butter and sugar, and then bake in the oven. When they come out, the marshmallows basically disappear. 

You can use this moment to talk to your kids about how when Christ was placed in the tomb, he was resurrected on the third day, and wasn't there anymore. Just like the missing marshmallow. 

You can find a complete detailed recipe, and the symbolism of everything here: Empty Tomb Rolls, The Girl Who Ate Everything

Wake up on Sunday, Eat Breakfast, and do Easter Baskets:
When we all wake up we'll head downstairs and get the Easter Baskets and breakfast out of the way first thing. I don't really feel like making a huge fancy breakfast this year, but just found these Easter Bunny Pancakes that look darling, so I think that's the route I'll go. 

bunny pancake banana chocolate chips

After that we'll look through our Easter Baskets, and then head upstairs to get dressed for the day. 

Get Dressed up on Sunday Morning:
We have not been getting dressed up every Sunday for church since the quarantine started. We get ready and put nicer clothes on, but honestly it's a lot of work for little reward in our house, and I think our Sunday's have been just as spiritual as they would have been otherwise. 

That being said, I got sucked into some Facebook ads that led me to purchasing this dress for Kinsley and this shirt for Kyle, and the rest was kind of history. 

Have an At Home Church Service:
Once we're all dressed and ready we plan on having church at home with our children. I have a year long subscription to Come Follow Me FHE, and we've been using Angie's lessons every single week with the kids during quarantine so far. It's serisouly saved our bacon for the last month. 

Resurrection eggs- Easter story in eggs

We plan on using the Come Follow Me FHE lesson materials, along with the 12 Resurrection Eggs story. You basically put 12 small objects into 12 Easter eggs, open them one by one, and each object represents an aspect of the Savior's life. Each egg has an accompanying scripture to go with it. You can see full details on how this works here: Resurrection Eggs, teachbesideme.com

I also plan on reading this new board book that we got for the kids, and then calling it good. 

Take a Front Porch Picture:
Front porch pictures have become the new thing on the internet with everyone in quarantine. I thought it would be fun to do ours when we're in our Easter clothes. It would be a special way to not only remember this Easter, but the quarantine as well. 

Make Easter Dinner:
We bought a ham for Christmas that was way too big for us to eat, so we actually cut it in half before we cooked it and stuck it in the freezer. I plan on cooking that in the crockpot for dinner and making some rolls, potatoes, salad, and veggies, and then calling it good on the dinner front. 

How are you celebrating Easter this year? I'd love to hear the details in the comments below!


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Cinnamon Sugar Hot Cross Buns Recipe (Freihofer's Copycat)

This cinnamon sugar hot cross buns recipe is a classic upstate NY favorite bringing back the original flavors of the Freihofer's hot cross buns. 

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If you're from Upstate NY then you know all about Freihofer's baked goods. They're sold in practically every single gas station and grocery store from the Canadian border down to Albany, and probably further south than that. If you're not from Upstate NY, Entenmann's is another common brand, and I believe they are, or at one point were owned by the same company. (Did research, both brands now owned by the Mexican conglomerate Bimbo).

Cinnamon Sugar Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Every year around Easter Freihofer's would come out with two variations of Hot Cross Buns. The traditional ones that are basically raisin bread rolls with a vanilla icing cross on the top, and then this other variation that had this cinnamon/sugar/cardamom blend sprinkled on top without any icing. My family and I loved the cinnamon sugar ones, and never ever bought the traditional Hot Cross Buns. 

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Back when I was in high school Freihofer's stopped making the cinnamon sugar variation and only made their traditional hot cross bun recipe. This left not only my family disappointed, but from the 55 comments on this facebook post, many others were saddened by this as well.

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I've spent years trying to find a recipe online, until this year finally giving up and deciding that if I want a recipe for this, I'm going to have to be the one to put it out there. (I say this now and will inevitably get 10 people emailing me with another recipe somewhere online).

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What Kind of Dough for Hot Cross Buns?

These rolls are amazing. The base is a brioche bread, which incorporates milk, eggs, and butter into the dough. You can use a stand mixer, but I prefer doing everything by hand, and this bread was super easy to mix with a spoon and my hands when needed. 

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How to Store Hot Cross Buns:

To store these cinnamon sugar hot cross buns, I leave them in their baking dish covered with plastic wrap on the counter. They seem to stay good this way for 3-5 days after baking. Alternatively, you could remove all of the baking rolls from the pan and store them in a ziplock bag which might help to keep them softer for a longer period of time. 


Cinnamon Sugar Hot Cross Buns Recipe (Freihofer's Copycat)

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Cinnamon Sugar Hot Cross Buns Recipe (Freihofer's Copycat)
Yield: 12
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 25 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 45 M
This cinnamon sugar hot cross buns recipe is a classic upstate NY favorite bringing back the original flavors of the Freihofer's hot cross buns.

Ingredients

Hot Cross Buns
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp yeast
  • 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Instructions

  1. Boil 2 cups of water on the stove and then pour the water into a bowl with your raisins. Allow your raisins to rise and plump while you make the rest of the dough.
  2. Heat your milk on the stove until it reaches 110º, I use a cooking thermometer for this. If the milk is too hot it will kill the yeast and the rolls won't rise. When your milk is ready, combine it with your yeast and 1 tbsp sugar and mix in a bowl and allow to proof for 15 minutes.
  3. While you're waiting for your yeast, combine 3 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. When your yeast is ready, make a well in the middle of your flour and pour in your yeast mixture, eggs, vanilla, and salt. You can use a mixer fixed with the dough hook for this, or just use a long wooden spoon like I did to mix everything together.
  4. Once your ingredients are mixed together, add in the butter, and then mix until well combined. (I used my hands for this). The dough should be sticky, but not too sticky that you can't form it into a ball. My dough was still too sticky to make a ball at this point and I added in another 1/2 cup of flour.
  5. Once your dough is the right consistency, drain all the liquid from your raisins, and fold into your dough until they're evenly distributed.
  6. Grease a large bowl with cooking spray, roll your dough into a ball, and allow to rise in the bowl for one hour, or until doubled in size, covered with plastic wrap or a towel.
  7. Turn your dough out of the bowl, and shape into a long log. Then cut the log into 12 equal pieces, and roll into balls. Grease a 9x13 baking dish and place your rolls into the dish and allow to rise again for one hour, covering the dish with plastic wrap or a towel.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Once the buns are done rising, brush them with an egg wash (I just scramble one egg in a bowl and brush on top of buns), sprinkle them with the cinnamon/sugar/cardamon mixture, and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  10. Once cooled, either serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and store on your counter for up to five days.

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40+ Easter Activities with Kids

Over the weekend I asked on Instagram what kind of content you all wanted to see over here for the next little bit, and there was an overwhelmingly large request for Easter ideas. Spending a holiday in quarantine away from extended family is not ideal, but also not being able to do local Easter Egg Hunts and other traditions may feel a little discouraging. I've gathered a list of some fun Easter activities that I've found that would be super easy to implement at home right now, that will help to make the season memorable for you and your children. 


At Home Easter Egg Hunts: Growing up we never went anywhere to do a community based Easter Egg Hunt. I never even knew this was a thing until I married Derek and found out his town does one each year. Growing up my mom always hid eggs around the house, and one year in high school I remember Eggs were hidden outside, but that was as elaborate as it ever got. We plan on doing on either in the green space of our townhouses where we live, or just doing it inside and calling it a day!


Dye Fake Easter Eggs: I had someone reach out and mention that due to food shortages at the stores, people are recommending that we don't dye eggs this year for Easter. My Target Dollar Spot had a dozen of paintable white crafting eggs for $3. We plan on dying these just like we would normal eggs this year. If you can't find them at Target, try the Dollar Tree, Michael's, Joann's, etc...  or the crafting section of your Target might have another brand, called Spritz, and those eggs are $3.99 for one dozen. Our store was sold out of the white ones in the craft section (only had black left), but I was able to find the white ones in The Dollar Spot. 


Free Easter Coloring Pages: I made these coloring pages a few weeks ago, and they would be a fun activity to print off one afternoon for your children. They're free as long as you have a printer and involve almost no prep work. 


Easter Egg Learning Activity: A few years ago some moms and I got together to make some busy bag activities for our toddlers. These Easter eggs were my contribution to the project. Simply write the number word on one side, and the actual number on the other, and help your child match them up!


Read Easter Books: I love celebrating holidays with books. If you missed my post about Easter Books, be sure to check it out here! 


Dollar Store Craft Supplies: The Dollar Spot at Target and the Dollar Tree have lots of fun Easter activities right now. You can find little painting kits, slime, bath paints, etc... I usually try to have a couple painting kits on hand throughout each holiday for a fun and easy activity that the kids can do!


Color By Number Easter Book: We got Kyle one of these color by number books for Halloween, and I believe Christmas as well. He really loves them, and they're a super easy activity to help bring in the holiday spirit. We ordered him one today, and I'm excited for it to get here for him this weekend. 

Peep House Competition: If you can't get your hands on any eggs to dye with your kids, this peeps house building competition would be so much fun! It's basically gingerbread house building turned Easter, and I really think I want to do this with my own kids! So fun and cute! (Idea from Views From A Step Stool)

Peeps House STEM Challenge for Big Kids

Easter Bingo: I found this on Love, Play, Learn's site. It's a free download that you can print off and would be a fun and easy activity to pull out for your kid's one afternoon! Click the image on her site to download the five page PDF with bingo sheets and call cards. 

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If you need more super cute and adorable Easter ideas, you can head on over to kidfriendlythingstodo.com where you can find over 30 fun Easter craft ideas to do with your kids!


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