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Friday, April 15, 2011

.:Feature Friday - Planner Perfect:.

My name is Jenny and I'm coming over from Planner Perfect. A blog all about, amazing meals, crafting, and organizing your life! I am a mama of seven, homeschooled children and I am thankful to Summer for the feature to share some tips with you!

Planning a Memorable Easter

It's April...and Easter will be here before you know it! Are you planned? Here are some great planning tips, crafts, and meals, to keep you organized, fresh, and prepared for this wonderful time of year.

This is definitely the time to get all the details of your Easter written down. Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, grab a nice pen, and get in your planner and dream about this day and the days leading up to it.

What are some crafts you want your children to do? What teaching tools could you use to teach your children about Jesus and the resurrection? What could you fill in their baskets that have meaning and is fun? A truly successful Easter, deserves your time to dream about. From your menu plan to your Easter crafts and planning tips...this post will get you organized and ready!

Planning Your Easter:

The advantage of planning is tremendous! When you plan you life you are in control. The opposite happens when you don't. Life controls, you! The secret to true organization and personal growth is to pull-up your sleeves and plan your life...in detail. Plan it by month and execute it in your days.

So get out some loose-leaf paper and create a header that writes: Easter 2011.

Under it are going to be your bullet points full of the details. I usually begin with my menu, with the details for what I'd like to make for my family for Good Friday, Easter breakfast and dinner.

When you are detailed, you can create a very memorable Easter. Over at Planner Perfect Meals, I have a complete guide to how best plan for your Easter menu and some great Easter meal planning tips!

Here is my recipe for hot cross buns. They are traditionally served on Good Friday. These are soft, melt in your mouth and delicious! You'll want to plan to make these every Easter.


2 cups scalded milk

{scalded milk is bringing almost to a boil 185 degrees F.}

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 cakes yeast

1/3 warm water

2 eggs

8 cups flour {you might not need all of this}

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups raisins (optional)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg


4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup heavy cream

(you might need more to reach desired consistency)


Dissolve your yeast and water in a small bowl until foamy (about 5 minutes). Meanwhile, pour your scalded milk over your butter and sugar. When the milk mixture has cooled, pour in your proofed yeast and eggs. Stir until combined. Add your salt and spices, and raisins (if using) now add your flour one cup at a time until your get a soft elastic dough. You may not need all the flour called for so be careful here...

Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead until smooth. Place in a oiled bowl and place a light kitchen towel on top to cover. Let rise until doubled, about an hour.

Punch dough down and shape into 30 balls placing them on a buttered baking sheet. Let rest for 30 minutes, covered by a towel.

Place in a 375 degree F. oven for the first 10 minutes; then turn the oven down to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes more or until nice and golden.

Take your frosting and mark a cross to represent Jesus' crucifixion. (Then you can dunk the whole roll in...yum!)

This 4-strand, Easter Challah, recipe is beautiful to serve for your Easter dinner. I traditionally serve this every Easter.

Next, after completing your menu, start thinking about and write down with it's own sub-title in your planner/paper, your Easter decor. Write down some ideas for your table decorations for your Easter dinner table, and home.

Here is an idea for name cards sporting themselves in a cute spring outfit...

How to create daffodil name cards:

small clay pots (one per guest)

craft moss

silk daffodils (1 per guest) or any flower you want...I also used little white daisies

paper clips

scrapping paper (I used some cute patterned tags I found at a craft store)

candy eggs


So easy to do...put the moss into the pot, the daffodil, position the tag onto the paperclip and sit in there along with the cute candy eggs.

Other ideas for decor include simple items, such as fresh tulips and daffodils in vases, and colored hollowed eggs nestled by candles or in a basket sitting in some straw.

Don't forget any linens you might need or spring napkins for your table. If you do already have these, plan when to get these ironed so you are prepared. All of things need to be jotted down, if you don't they will become unnecessary, last minute stressors.

Have Easter crafts down as a sub-title to plan some fun crafts with your children. We made resurrection eggs that tells the story leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. You and your children will love building this together and reading out of the bible. Each egg represents part of the Easter story.

Planner Perfect has printable instruction on how to create your own resurrection eggs, Easter tree and instruction on how to hollow-out eggs to cherish for years to come!

Another sub-title should be for your family's Easter wardrobe. Look through your family's closets and find out what they need for Easter day. Everyone should have something to look forward to and new to put on; even if it's some new socks or hair bows. Write down each family members name down in your planner with what they need for Easter underneath it. Purchase these items when you can within your weeks leading up to Easter and check off as you purchase them. This keeps you organized and everyone ready for Easter.

{PP Tip! The earlier you plan for this in your planner, the more ready you can be for Easter. If you feel you need or want a lot of things, start planning and purchasing earlier than your month of April}

Don't forget to plan your Easter basket ideas. Purchase throughout your month leading up to Easter. Put some thought into this and you can really have some beautiful Easter basket fillers. I love to think of each child and what they may love. Something small, but has some true Easter meaning. Some Easter basket filler ideas include: Devotional books or bibles,

Veggie Tales An Easter Carol, movie for little ones, Christian cds, cross necklaces, and the like...

When these beautiful plans are all in your planner, you will be in control of your life, organized and prepared.

Monday is my Planner Perfect e-book giveaway hosted by Sumo's Sweet Stuff, you won't want to miss this! Filled with inspiration and instruction on how to be organized, this ebook covers it all. It also includes instruction on how to build you very own, Planner Perfect, planner!

I hope you and your family have a wonderful, memorable Easter this year...

Many Blessings!

1 comment:

  1. love all post!!!
    really beautiful ;D

    follow u honey


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