The pollen count here in my neck of the woods has been absolutely astronomical. Honestly, you could tell me the count reached 100 million and I’d totally believe you. It’s been pretty brutal, and it’s certainly shown my sinuses no mercy over the last 2 weeks. I checked myself into urgent care two weekends ago and was told I had a nasty sinus infection centered around the left side of my head. I received an antibiotic shot and a prescription and was sent on my way. Fast forward to now – I’ve got a NEW sinus infection on, you guessed it, the right side of my head. I can’t catch a break, y’all!
I’ve been a snotty mess for the last 2 days (to put it daintily,) and it’s been a struggle finding the energy to keep my household running. More specifically, it’s been a real struggle keeping my 3 year old entertained while still taking it easy. We normally run at full speed during the weekdays, so she was not a fan of Mama having to slow down.
Since the temperature hit a lovely 78 degrees outside yesterday, I filled up the kiddie pool outside and let her play while I watched from my kitchen window. I plundered through my pantry to see if there was something simple I would whip up with her using supplies we already had on hand. I had some leftover marshmallow Peeps leftover from the Peeps Marshmallow Mousse I made recently, and I knew just the thing to make with her when she was tired of playing outside and ready to move onto the next thing!
I’ve seen people create haystacks with melted chocolate and pretzels, and I figured I could accomplish the exact same thing and mold it into a birds nest to set a little marshmallow Peep on! I simply melted some semi-sweet chocolate morsels in a bowl and had her help me stir in the pretzel sticks. We scooped them out onto some parchment paper and formed them to create little nests. She had fun setting each Peep chick on top and then licking the chocolate off of her fingers afterward!
Here’s the recipe/tutorial if you’d like to give it a try!
- 1 16 oz bag pretzel sticks
- 4 cups semi sweet morsels
- 2 packages Peeps
- 1 package Robin Eggs chocolate Easter eggs
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the semi sweet morsels in 30 second intervals, stirring each time and being careful not to scorch
- Once melted, grab handfuls of pretzels and crush in your hands before tossing into the chocolate
- Using a rubber spatula, stir chocolate and pretzels together, using the spatula to gently break up the pretzels into slightly smaller pieces
- Spoon a dollop of chocolate covered pretzels onto wax or parchment paper and form into a nest
- While the chocolate is still wet, stick a Peep on top and add eggs wherever you'd like
- Allow to fully dry before serving
- Note: This recipe can easily be cut in half if needed!
I let her get back into the pool for a bit while the chocolate completely cooled. Once the bird nests were ready, we broke out the pastel plates and had a sweet spring time treat!
What kid friendly recipes do you have up your sleeve this spring season? Are you a fan of those iconic Easter Peeps? Leave a comment below and share the love!