Easter Cross Chalk Art Tutorial

Easter Cross Chalk Art Tutorial - You ARE an Artist!

This has turned out to be one of my favorite pastel paintings. It really isn’t hard and you will be able to paint a beautiful Easter cross chalk art painting that you can enjoy for years. Let’s get started! You will need the following pastel colors: dark brown, medium brown, bright orange, bright yellow, dark […]

Good Friday Garden and Choosing a Tree


Both my grandfathers planted their gardens on Good Friday. We’ve adopted this tradition as well. And while it’s a good practice to wait until Good Friday because all danger of frost has past, we’ve discovered another significance. We talk about Easter. We pour that fresh soil into a flower bed. And a little finger makes […]

Potato Salad with Hashbrowns

potato salad

Yes, indeed you can make potato salad with hashbrowns. It’s a perfect recipe for Easter, a spring or summer family gathering or Fast Food for Slow Sundays. This recipe is from Southern Plate and Christy shows you step-by-step how to make these delicious potatoes. Nana made it for us one recent Sunday. For the recipe: […]

Allergy Friendly Easter Treats

peeps cadbury

For Easter treats we like nut-free and egg-free Cadbury mini eggs – the little chocolate eggs with the crunchy shell. We also enjoy Hershey kisses and Peeps. (As always, this is what we enjoy for our family. Please check all labels for allergy-friendliness for your family.) Here are a few more adaptations we enjoy: I […]

Fun for Easter Week

cross with pastels

A guilt-free, clean-slate stay-cation celebratory Easter week ahead! We’ll enjoy some Easter traditions and add in a few other activities from this list: All of our favorite Easter resources: resurrection rolls, box of repentances and more Make a cross with chalk pastels (this tutorial is for oil pastels but it also works wonderfully with chalk) […]

10 Easter and Spring Recipes


There’s just something about spring time recipes that makes it a little easier to deal with an hour of lost sleep. Me? I don’t mind daylight savings time too much. Because it means more daylight in the evenings. And that means more walks in the neighborhood. Sunshine just cheers everything. And so do these good, […]

10 Easter and Spring Arts and Crafts

Easy Art Projects for Spring at www.hodgepodge.me

Sharing arts and crafts to compliment all things spring! Bird’s Nest: A Pastels Tutorial Tornado: A Pastels Tutorial Handprint Easter Lamb Three Little Chicks: A Pastels Tutorial   Bubbles: A Pastels Tutorial Queen Anne’s Lace: A Pastels Tutorial Wedding Shower Paper Chain Book Lover Wreath (Wreath made from paperback books) Decorate a Trash Can with […]

10 Easter and Spring Desserts


Sharing my top ten favorites for this time of year. For Easter, a bridal luncheon or baby shower, Mother’s Day. There’s so much to celebrate… Aunt Kathy’s Lime Cake – for every spring celebration! Grandma’s Glazed Strawberries and Bananas – so easy! Nana’s Coconut Cake – an Easter tradition. Sunflower Peeps Cake – fun for […]

10 Favorite Resources for Easter and Spring

10 Favorite Resources for Easter and Spring

As the sun set, I told the children I was going to run out and get a picture of the iris to email to my grandmother. The bloom a result of a bulb transplanted from her yard. I asked them to pick out a book since it was close to bedtime. Notice how this single […]

Nature Study Through the Holidays eBook Review and Giveaway


“Let them once get in touch with Nature, and a habit it formed which will be a source of delight through life. We were all meant to be naturalists, each in his degree, and it is inexcusable to live in a world so full of the marvels of plant and animal life and to care […]

Frozen Fruit Salad and Rich’s Tea Room


There once was a very magical retail store in Atlanta named Rich’s.  I grew up looking forward to the twice-a-year visits to the store for school clothes and Easter dresses…but the best part of the visit was lunch at the store’s famous Tea Room. White gloves and Sunday dresses were a requirement.  Sometimes there were […]

Coconut Cake

Nana's Coconut Cake Recipe at Hodgepodge

One of the treats we enjoyed after Easter lunch. Nana’s recipe. Great for Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas or any celebration. “This is the best recipe I’ve ever had. It needs to sit at least a day to meld together the flavors (in refrigerator). Read recipe carefully.” ~Nana Coconut Cake Recipe 1 Duncan Hines white cake […]