Here Comes Peter Cottontail Giveaway

I vaguely remember seeing this 1971 flick when I was a kid. Back then, I thought all movies were shot through with “snow” due to our poor reception and the quality of the video.

This movie belongs on the shelf next to all your other Claymation classics, like FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, and SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN. In my humble and honest opinion, this film is far superior to HOP. That is, you will not mind sitting through this with your young ones.

It’s narrated by Danny Kaye, who plays the all-knowing character like Fred Astaire did in SANTA CLAUS. Do you remember Danny Kaye? I do, but maybe that’s because I only watched old films growing up. (He was in the classic WHITE CHRISTMAS and a whole bunch of other films, and was known for being a true triple threat of singing/dancing/acting skillz). The Easter bunny (Kasey Kasem) messes up and has to go on a time-traveling trip through ALL the holidays, delivering eggs in hopes of correcting his wrong.

The villain is deliciously voiced by none other than Vincent Price, playing Irontail. You have to love a kids’ movie with Vincent Price as the villain!

Anyway, my kids absolutely adore it and have watched it at least three times since we got it a few days ago. This will definitely go into our holiday rotation. I love Claymation, and this one is especially visually pleasing. The colors and patterns pop, and manage to look fresh (probably because of all the retro we have now) though the movie was made before I was born.


To celebrate Easter, I have ONE COPY of this classic DVD to give away.

To enter, leave your name in the comments section. I’ll choose a winner (rather, will choose a winner) on Friday, March 30, at noon Pacific, and mail it out ASAP after I notify you and get your address.

If you don’t see your comment right away, don’t panic. I have to approve each comment.


Here are some coloring pages to print out!

Classic Media coloring pages

Blogger Disclosure: American Housewife received a free copy of Peter Cottontail to review


Lavender Cupcake Experiments

Lavendar flower
Image via Wikipedia

I told a friend about the lavender cupcakes I’d made, and she wanted recipes, so I hereby present these as a community service message. If you want pretty pictures and step-by-step photos, please see the original links. I usually whip out my iPhone as an afterthought.

Last month, I wanted to make something with lavender. I’d had lavender shortbread cookies once and fell in love.

I found food grade lavender in bulk at my local store, and decided to try making lavender cupcakes and looked up cupcake recipes.

All of the recipes have different approaches to incorporating the lavender. The one that made the most sense to me is this:

Combine 1 cup white sugar & about a half teaspoon of lavender flowers in a food processor, and process.

I erred on the side of a little more, but you don’t want too much, just a hint. I did extra and saved it for later.

Then, no matter which recipe you use, just skip the “incorporate flowers” step and sub the lavender sugar for the regular sugar.

First up: a recipe for “healthy” cupcakes from Shape magazine.

They were pretty. You’ll notice the recipe is vague about the icing recipe; it just says to combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice, but not how much lemon juice. I think you need to use quite a bit, and it made it very sour, so I used a bit of milk as well.

My youngest did not like these. My older two did.

I thought they were good. They didn’t taste like diet food (I’m sure there’s still a lot of sugar in them, just not as much fat). But something tragic happened.

The UPS man rang the bell and left me these:


I’d blurbed a writer, and in gratitude, she sent me these. If you want to see the actual chocolate, look up Vosges. My chocolate pictures look, ahem, unappetizing. The chocolates had names like Absinthe, Black Pearl, and Wink of the Rabbit. And they said to eat them write away, so I had to do it. I HAD to. The box told me!

(Disclaimer: She did not promise me chocolates in exchange for a blurb.)

Anyway, I began eating chocolate, and my desire for the healthy cupcakes drained.

At Easter, I used this recipe for the cake only. Keep in mind this recipe is only for 12 cupcakes, so double it if you need 24.

I didn’t do the lavender cream.

These were delicious because, of course, it uses BUTTER. Butter butter butter.

For the frosting, I wanted a lemon cream cheese.
Instead of coloring it yellow, I colored it lavender with my food coloring.

This frosting recipe makes a LOT. It would probably be good to pipe this on.

This is what they looked like, on their way to the in-laws’ house for Easter dinner.

Holiday (and sugar) overload. Or is that overlord?

Somehow, every time a holiday rolls around, it seems like my kids have several hundred events related to that holiday. There are a lot more events than there used to be. Halloween, for example, used to have just a day-of carnival at the local school, plus trick or treating. Now every school has a carnival, there’s a class party where the kids bring home buckets of treats, and then trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and pumpkin farm visits on top of it.

Today was the day before the 3-day Easter break (because Hawaii took spring break much earlier) and each kid brought home a load of candy.

In my preschooler’s case, it seems more acceptable. Each event is new and exciting and huge; they have parades for the seniors at the adjacent center. They wear funny and adorable costumes and make preparations as solemnly as priests preparing Communion.

But there are too many events. Now there’s going to be the Biggest Egg Hunt on the island this Saturday, there’s church, there’s more egg painting to be done, there’s the Easter bunny making his personal visit, and who knows what I’m forgetting.

I may sound rather like an Andy Rooney-esque curmudgeon, but I remember, as a kid:

  • Having a celebration on the day of the holiday.
  • Being really really happy with that one event.

So we got only a single Easter basket. So we just went Trick or Treating on Halloween, we didn’t go to a million other things. We had an Easter egg hunt at one place, not at home, at the White House, at the church, at the school, and at the community center. If we had a class party, it was modest and involved somebody’s Mom, Kool-Aid, and some cupcakes, not individually prepared goody bags that put celebrity swag bags to shame.

I fear we’re creating dissatisfaction within our kids, a wanting more-more-more of everything. Right now, it’s Huge Halloween Event Week, followed by Ye Two Months of Christmas, then the Four Days of Easter.

Later, this wanting turns into a Super Big Glamorous Sweet Sixteen and before you know it, you’re being featured on MTV and your kid’s crying because you bought her the white BMW instead of the black. Then this turns into wanting an Even Bigger More Spectacular Not Disappointing Wedding on top of it, in which dancing leprechauns fall out helicopters throwing gold coins into the streets and the bride (your kid) is pulling her maid-of-honor’s hair because she refused to wear the high heeled shoes.

Because if you get all this spectacular me-centered stuff when you’re a kid, you don’t really have that much to look forward to as an adult, do you?

Nor can you be particularly happy with a one-time event that is for the event itself, not for the hoopla. How can you be happy getting married with a backyard BBQ if every birthday your parents have hired a circus for you?

I think I want my kids to have less now, not more. That way, when they graduate from college and take that first lowly low-paying job where they have to eat ramen two or seven nights a week, they won’t be as unhappy as their peers who were used to big flat screen TVs and circuses and two dozen Easter egg hunts and all the chocolate they could eat. Maybe they will toss their heads and say, “This is nothin’. I remember back in the day when we had to make do with basic cable, and sometimes we had to walk like a whole block to school, and my mom got sick of carting us to all the Halloween carnivals, so we had to find rides or skip it!”