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Monday, March 20, 2017

Easy No-Bake Spring Nests - A First Day of Spring Tradition



    We have been making these nests for as long as I can remember.  The first day of spring meant bringing enough of these to share with our whole class in school.  MiMi (my mom) found the recipe in the paper many moons ago.  She still has the original clipping. It is just a tad bit yellowed with age.  I'd like to say this is much older than me, but my guess is that would be a lie!



   I am not sure if we have ever made a single batch of these.  We normally make them by the dozens.  We fill them with jelly beans and chocolate eggs and then share them with all of our friends and classmates.  Little Dude is carrying on the tradition by bringing some to day care.  He loves to bring treats to his friends at "school."  He is so proud to bring things to share.  


    It is funny because it is the girls of the family that always end up making the nests.  It seems MiMi and I area always involved and whichever sister is around will help.  But it is my brothers who would be most disappointed if we started spring without them.  K.C. is always saying these are one of his favorite desserts! 

    Besides these nests, we always enjoy celebrating the change of seasons with Spring Pea Salad and Strawberry Shortcakes.  What are your favorite spring dishes?


Spring Nests

These spring nests are a first day of spring tradition in my family that is 30 years strong. They would be cute for Easter too. No-bake peanut butter goodness!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 3 MINStotal time: 23 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 T butter
  • 2 T creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups or 5 oz can chow mein noodles
  • shortening for greasing fingers
  • Egg shaped candy

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Melt together butter and peanut butter
  2. Add marshmallows. Melt and stir until smooth.
  3. Stir in chow mein noodles until evenly coated
  4. Grease fingers and shape clumps of noodles into nest shapes
  5. Let stand on waxed paper until firm. Fill with egg candies
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    26 comments:

    1. These are super cute! I love the idea of a spring tradition. Thanks for linking up with us at Idea Box!

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    2. Seeing that yellowed paper really makes me feel old. We have pulled out this recipe out so many times. Love the memories we have made in the kitchen.

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      1. This is an especially fun memory!

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      2. Love this! Emailed to several friends! I am going to make these! Thanks! Cindy

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      3. Great idea! Love this! Emailed to several friends! I am going to make these! So clever! Thanks! Cindy

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    3. I really like that these have peanut butter! Yummy, these look fun!
      I would love for you to share this over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!
      Cathy@threekidsandafish{dot}com

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    4. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. What a fun idea for tea!

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      1. We have always loved these! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    5. What an adorable tradition! Pinning to make these with my kids. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

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      1. Jax was so proud when his daycare providers were telling us about how the kids ate them for snack. When my brother found out we made them, he came to get a tray and my sister took some to work. They are definitely a family favorite!

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    6. These are adorable! Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

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      1. Thank you! We look forward to them every year.

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    7. I love finding old recipes, it looks wonderful. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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      1. We have been enjoying these for quite some time! They always make us smile.

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    8. I have always thought these were so cute and now I know how to make them the best way! Adorable. Make sure you link these up over the blended blog today girl!

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      1. Aren't they cute? We have always loved making them. Thanks, Andrea!

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    9. Hi Carlee, now these are interesting. The only edible nests I've ever made are with chocolate and either Shredded Wheat or Rice Krispies. I'm guessing the noodles are cooked if they are from a can? If I ever got to visit a supermarket over there I think I would overwhelmed by everything you can buy!

      xx

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      1. It is a bit crazy what our supermarkets carry in stock all of the time if you think about it, but I've never known it any other way. We could definitely get by without so many choices... but it is kind of fun! The noodles are cooked, fried I'm assuming as they are crunchy and golden. It's an odd product now that I'm thinking about it ;-)

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    10. These are so cute. I can't wait to try them for Easter!

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      1. Thank you! It just wouldn't be spring without them!

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    11. These look delicious!! Anything with peanut butter...I'm in!! What a great tradition! And I loved seeing the old recipe!!

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      1. Me too, give me all of the peanut butter! Isn't it fun to see where it all began? It just wouldn't be spring without these nests!

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      1. Thank you, it just isn't spring without them!

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    13. We made these for Halloween when I was growing up (minus the jelly beans and chocolate eggs). It's so special to pass food and holiday traditions on. Congrats, you're featured at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!