How is it possible that Easter is already around the corner? The weather here in Boston is as cold as ever. Regardless, I’m a mom and as much as I want to hide under the blanket until it’s 70 degrees outside; I can’t. Mommy duties require being really really excited for just about any holiday. The kids don’t care that you’re not feeling enthusiastic. And for their childhood memories’ sake, I have to do my part. That’s to make every holiday as fun and memorable as possible.
Zoey is very excited about the annual Easter egg hunt in our neighborhood. She also loves surprises. Each day, she has several surprises coming her way. There’s a surprise if she brushes her teeth, if she’s good at school, if she eats her dinner, if she reads a book. Sometimes there’s even a surprise just for waking up in the morning. Because you know, waking up is just soooooooooo brutal at times and she’ll have the saddest face in the world to prove it.
Lucky for her, I love giving surprises. I see it as positive reinforcement. Today, I made a very big surprise for her. She’s gonna go crazy when she sees it. A chocolate bird’s nest filled with yummy eggs. Hey, Easter’s coming so I have to work up the excitement!
The one thing that I would do differently is to put a piece of parchment paper under mound of chocolate (step 4). This will make it a lot easier to remove the chocolate egg nest once it has harden. I had to pry mine off the bowl and almost broke the egg. Another tip? Allow the chocolate to cool down just a tad. My first balloon popped because the chocolate was too hot. Also, if the balloon won’t dip nicely into the melted chocolate, spread the chocolate onto the balloon with a spoon. I had to do this on some parts of the balloon.
Melting chocolate: This may vary depending on how big your balloon is. I start with putting half a cup of chocolate chunks in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 40 secs. Take out and stir. Heat for another 20 secs. Take out & stir again. Repeat the process until the chocolate has fully melted. It took me about 4 cycles of heating. This may vary depending on your microwave. Be careful to not overheat the chocolate otherwise it will become lumpy and grainy. It this case, add oil or butter to fix the consistency.
So clever and pretty. This is a really fun and simple Easter project to do with your kids.
Hope you’ll give this one a try! Have a great day.