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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DIY Pixie Sticks ~ with printables!

Easter is just days away!  Has the Easter Bunny gotten enough stuff for the baskets?  If not, I have a quick basket filler for him to get working on!  I'm sure the kids are going to LOVE them!  And as my Easter gift to you, I have some treat printables for you to use this Easter!

You know how much kids love pixie sticks, right?  And you are probably fully aware that they are pure sugar, right?  Well, you can easily do it yourself and make a healthier and tastier version!  These are so easy!  I got this recipe from Amanda Parker and Family.  I only made a little change to her recipe by adding a bit more sugar because I prefer sweet over sour!  I also changed the packaging slightly.  For great printables, please go visit her site!

You need a bag of you favorite freeze dried fruit (I found them at Trader Joes), 5-6 T sugar, and some paper straws (I got mine for like $2 at Hobby Lobby), and some tape is optional

All you need to do is put the fruit and the sugar in a food processor.  You might want to start with 4T of sugar and taste.  Add a tablespoon at a time until you have it to your preferred taste.
Process until it's a fine powder.   

Pinch one end of the straw and fold it over about a 1/2 inch.  I put a piece of tape on it to make sure nothing came out.

I originally tried to form a funnel to pour the powder in.  This didn't work well for me. I found it much easier to fold a small piece of paper in half and use the crease as a spout to pour the powder into the straw.  Spoon about 1/2 a teaspoon onto the crease and gently pour it in.  I suggest doing this over the food processor or bowl.  A lot of it won't make it in the straw but it only takes about 1/2 a teaspoon to fill the straw.

Once you get near the top, brush off the excess powder and fold the top over.  Tape it down.

And there you go!  You have yourself pixie sticks!  Both my kids agreed that they tasted better than real pixie sticks!  And this recipe makes a bunch.  I made 20 and stopped because I ran out of straws.  I could have easily made 10-15 more with what I had!

So there you go, a quick, easy Easter basket idea!  Are you listening Easter bunny?
And here are those printables I made just for you!

Happy Easter Everyone!

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