April Blog Post 2

Lemon Dip

Opt for something on the lighter side for dessert tonight (not to mention super cute, too!). This recipe is totally customizable – use your favorite fruits and shapes – to make a surprisingly easy, impressive looking dish that the whole family will love. The best part? This requires no electricity to make!

What you’ll need:

• Fruit – melon and grapes work great!

• Wooden Skewers

• Vase

• Cookie Cutters

• 1 (5.3 oz) Container of Greek Yogurt

• 1 (3.4 oz) Box of Instant Lemon Pudding Mix

• 1 (8 oz) Container of Whipped Topping

• Sprinkles

Instructions:

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Use the cookie cutters to cut our cute shapes of the larger fruit.

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Place the fruit onto the wooden skewers and place the finished pieces into the vase. Set aside. 

Combine the yogurt, whipped topping and pudding mix together unti you have a smooth consistency. 

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Spoon the dip into a serving dish and top with sprinkles. Enjoy!

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April Blog Post 1

Seed Bombs

Spring is in the air and now is the perfect time to start thinking about your garden. Get the kids involved by trying this wildflower seed bomb activity. Your little ones will love getting messy with the dirt and clay and you will love how easy they make planting! These make great party favors, too! Switch off the lights, turn down the thermostat and head outside – no green thumb required.

What you’ll need:
• 4 oz Air Dry Clay
• 1 oz Potting Soil
• 1 oz Wild Flower Seeds

Instructions:

1.Roll out the clay wide enough to spread dirt on it, but no so thin that it breaks. Aim for a quarter inch thickness.

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2.Pour the dirt over the clay and sprinkle on your seeds.

3.Fold and knead the clay, dirt and seed mixture until well combined.

4.Roll the mixture into a ¾ inch log and cut into ½ inch sections. Roll each section into a ball.

5.Allow each ball to dry.

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6.Right before a heavy rain, toss your seed bombs where you’d like the flowers to bloom.

Yields 23 seed bombs.

March Blog Post 2

Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for a way to get into the St. Patrick's Day holiday spirit? Try this energy saving craft and activity with your little lads and ladies! If it's nice out (Brr....this Michigan weather has been chilly lately!) think about not only having the scavenger hunt outside, but also creating the craft outside. This way you can turn off those lights while you're crafting, too! 

What You'll Need: 

Rocks

Gold paint or gold paint pen

Gold glitter or gold stick-on gems

Glue adhesive spray if using glitter 

Instructions: 

Step 1: Turn off your lights, head outdoors and start searching for rocks. 

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Step 2: Paint the rocks with your gold paint or gold paint pen. Let them dry completely. 

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Step 3: Decorate the rocks with St. Patty's day themed words like "luck."

Step 4: To decorate with glitter, spray your rock (s) with the adhesive spray and pour glitter over top until desired. If using stick-on gems, decorate with those.

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Step 5: Designate one rock as the 'lucky' rock. Add extra glitter, gems, etc. 

Step 6: If you're not already outside decorating your rocks, head outside and designate a person to be the "leprechaun." Have the "leprechaun" hide each of your rocks. Whoever finds the 'lucky' rock first is the winner!

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March Blog Post 1

Shamrock Shakes

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with shamrock shakes? You don't need anything but a few simple ingredients and muscle power for this recipe. By using those muscles instead of an electric mixer, you're also saving energy!

Ingredients

3 Cups of Vanilla Ice Cream

1 3/4 Cups of Milk

Green Food Coloring

Whipped Cream and Andes Mints Pieces (if desired) 

Before starting, set the ice cream out for a bit to soften so it is easier to mix. 

Instructions

Step 1: Scoop and measure out the vanilla ice cream into a large bowl. 

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Step 2: Pour milk into the bowl with ice cream. 

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Step 3: Add a couple of drops of food coloring. The more drops you add, the greener your shake will be! 

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Step 4: Mix all ingredients together until blended. 

Step 5: Pour into two large glasses and top with whipped cream and mints. 

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Step 6: Enjoy!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Consider attending the event Dutch Treat during this year's Tulip Time festival. You can join Chef Joe Carmolli on Monday May 8 and Tuesday May 9 for a fun, interactive cooking class where you'll learn how to make the popular Dutch treat - Pigs in a Blanket! Tickets and more information can be found here. 

Holland BPW is proud to be the official Conservation Sponsor of Tulip Time. Plan your trip for this year early and check out more information at www.tuliptime.com!