With the Easter holidays almost upon us and over two weeks to fill with fun and adventures to keep my cheeky two entertained, I'm not going to lie, I'm a little nervous. As a work at home mum, holidays are sometimes a juggling act and often a touch chaotic. But I get to spend every day with the boys, and for that I'm willing to spin more than several plates in the air at any given time.
We have days out planned, afternoons in to organise (a treasure hunt, a spy mission and an ice cream tasting extravaganza have been requested) and potentially a fair few eggs to eat. As a kind and thoughtful mother, the egg-eating is something that I'm very much on hand to assist with. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks but chocolate always helps, doesn't it?
Lovely Bettys have not only thought about creating the most divine Easter treats for everyone, but they've also come up with the sweetest way to give parents a rare thirty minutes break over the holidays. You can download, completely free of charge, five gorgeous Easter cards for your children to colour in (or you ... I had a go and it was such a nice way to spend half an hour) to send to the 'good eggs' in their lives.
The designs feature some of Bettys most iconic Easter eggs and are so lovely. You get the gift of free time, your children get the gift of something fun to colour in, and then the chosen recipient gets the gift of a thoughtful card. What could be nicer? Perhaps, the inclusion of a few miniature eggs ... but I'll leave that up to you.
If you do download them, share a sneak peek of your colouring skills on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #OurGoodEggs hashtag.
If you and your children do find yourselves on the receiving end of vast quantities of chocolate over the holidays and fancy doing something a little different with it, or are looking for something fun to do together in the kitchen, why not try these super yummy miniature egg fridge bars.
Here's what you need.
250g digestive biscuits
300g milk chocolate
200g miniature eggs (I used these ones from Bettys)
150g golden syrup
100g unsalted butter
And here's how you make them.
1. Line a tin or dish (I use a 30cm x 20cm one) with butter or greaseproof paper.
2. Put the digestive biscuits in a sealable plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin. It's down to personal preference as to whether you want them like breadcrumbs or in chunks.
3. Melt the milk chocolate, syrup and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a simmering pan of water, until it is a lovely, liquid-y bath of yummy goodness.
4. Take the bowl off the pan and stir in the biscuit crumbs.
5. Crack the miniature eggs with a rolling pin until they break in to chunks and then stir them in to the mixture, too.
6. Spoon the mixture evenly in to the dish and place in the fridge for 90 minutes to set. These will seem like the longest 90 minutes of your life, especially if you've got little ones asking, 'are they ready yet?', but I promise it's worth it.
7. Once cool, turn out the mixture and cut it in to bars.
Tea, chocolate and a few quiet moments to sit and colour. That's Easter holidays perfection!
This post was written in collaboration with Bettys.