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Easter Eggs - Decorating the Perfect Easter Egg
It is the time to start thinking about Easter Eggs again. The perfectly decorated Easter egg begins with the egg. Two of the most popular ways to decorate eggs begins with either a boiled egg or a blown (or hollowed egg). Remember to use the contents of the eggs you blow in all kinds of tasty recipes. I googled "meals with eggs" and got 4,450,000 results!
1. Boiled Eggs:
To avoid rubbery eggs do not cook eggs in boiling water. Instead, boil the water and remove the pan from the stove. Submerge the eggs in the hot, boiled water for 15-17 minutes.
2. Blown or Hollowed Easter Eggs:
To hollow out an egg simply wash and dry your eggs. Then taking a thin needle, carefully poke a hole in each end of your egg. Cover the holes and shake the egg. Place your egg over a bowl or other container and gently blow into one of the holes in your egg. The egg white and yolk should make its way out of the other hole. Once the insides have been blown out wash and dry your egg again. Some eggs are easier to hollow than others. It will take patience and although more fragile, a hollowed out egg can be decorated and kept for many years to come depending upon how it is stored.
3. Decorating Ideas
Decorating your egg can be as simple or elaborate as you would like it to be. You can make beautifully designed Easter eggs with items you probably currently have in your home. Some of these ideas work egg-ceptionally well on the hollowed eggs.
- Ribbons – take leftover ribbons and glue them to your egg in the desired colors and patterns (blown eggs)
- Glitter – spread your egg with a thin layer of glue and then roll the egg around in glitter (superfine glitter will give your egg a sugared look) (blown eggs)
- Lace – using the same principle as the ribbons decorate your egg (blown eggs)
- Sponge Paint – dig out your sponges and craft paint to create an original design
- Stickers – let the kids decorate using their favorite stickers
- Crayons – with a parent’s help color on a warm egg
- Mosaic – be creative and glue pieces of tissue paper, small pasta pieces or shells to your egg.
These recipes will come in handy if you have decided to stick with the tried and true dyed Easter egg
4. Simple Egg Dye:
Combine 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 tsp. vinegar and the food color together adding drops of food coloring to achieve desired colors. Dip hard cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes or until desired color.
5. Natural Egg Dye:
Dye your eggs in boiling water, with vinegar and the item used to create the desired color, boiling both eggs and dye items together. Don’t forget to compost your dye items when you are finished dyeing your eggs.
a) Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
b) Violet Blue Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins
c) Blue Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves
d) Purple Grape Juice
e) Green Spinach Leaves
f) Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels
g) Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels
h) Brown Strong Coffee
Black Walnut Shells
i) Orange Yellow Onion Skins
j) Pink Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
k) Red Lots of Red Onions Skins
Hard boiled, hollowed out, color dyed or fancier designs, anything goes when decorating your eggs for this Easter season. The only rule is to have fun.
Using natural dye is a very good idea because you will feel better about using the eggs afterwards in some kind of dish!
What To Do With All Those Hard Boiled Eggs - 5 Uses For Your Hard-Boiled Easter Eggs
Did you enjoy your Easter Egg dying too much and now you have some hard boiled eggs that you have to do something with? Don’t blame me, you’re the one that boiled them all. But since you have a few on hand, how about a few ideas of things you can do with your extra eggs, colored or not.
1. Deviled Eggs :
The term deviled typically means spicy or hot. Adding black or cayenne pepper or even a bit of horseradish in your yolk mixture will certainly give you that taste sensation but a deviled egg can have a hint of sweet, too, when adding sweet gherkins or relish.
Oh, deviled eggs how I love thee! Sweet, spicy, tart or just plain tasty, deviled eggs are a staple of any picnic or barbeque with your favorite aunt or grandma smiling secretly at requests for her “secret” recipe.
2. Plain Ole Hard Boiled Eggs
Did you know that “hard boiled” eggs should not be actually boiled? Why not, you ask? Because boiling the eggs makes them rubbery. Instead, you should boil the water, take the pot off the heat and leave the eggs in the hot boiled water for the length of time it takes to get them to the stage you like, soft- (1-4 mins.) or hard-boiled (15-17 mins). It’s also best to use older eggs and pierce them with a needle prior to cooking to make them easier to peel. Once they’re finished cooking (or after they’ve been dyed or decorated) simply peel, sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper and enjoy.
3. Egg Salad
When the craving hits you, there is nothing better than an egg salad sandwich on lightly toasted bread. How about freshly made egg salad nestled in a bed of lettuce leaves with a bit of paprika or chives on top? Like deviled eggs, egg salad can be made so many different ways. Grab your favorite ingredients and make a bowl with your left over boiled eggs.
4. Scotch Eggs
If you like eggs, sausage and deep fried food you’ll absolutely adore scotch eggs.
Although called Scotch this dish isn’t Scottish at all. Instead it was created by the London food shop Fortnum & Mason – well known for being a favorite shop of the British Royal Family.
Peel your boiled (chilled) egg and roll the egg in flour. Then, wrap the egg in the ground sausage meat. Dip the meat/egg mixture in beaten eggs and roll in bread crumbs. Then deep fry until the sausage is golden brown. Find your favorite recipe by googling “scotch eggs”.
5. Pickled Eggs
These might not be a favorite item on your list but you have extra eggs so why not give them a try? At the very least, you can gather the kids around and conduct an experiment with eggs and various pickling recipes. There are many types pickling recipes with names like sweet and sour, pineapple pickled eggs, dark and spicy eggs, cidered eggs, garlic pickled eggs, and beet juice eggs.
OK, so now you have a few ideas of what to do with all those eggs. Don’t forget that you can slice and add to salads or cooked dishes for extra protein, too. And, if you just plain don’t like eggs, boiled or otherwise make up one or more of these dishes and share with family or friends.
Another thing to remember is, even though most people do not believe it yet, eggs are actually a whole lot healthier than you think. The cholesterol scare has been proven over and over to be wrong, but health experts still seem to cling to it. What I'm saying is, if you have eggs, eat them, they're healthy and tasty! Eggs are also a very good source of protein if you have a child that battles with meat. This may seem strange but it does happen, I have one such a grandchild. So, do not let your eggs go to waste!
Fun Easter Egg Hunts - The Art Of The Easter Egg Hunt
I think organizing a good Easter Egg hunt can be as much fun as the hunt itself! Did you know there are many different ways to conduct an Easter Egg hunt? As a young child growing up, my parents used to add fun new twists to our Easter Egg hunt each year and some of them have become fond memories. Today, we often do the same with our children as well. If you’re looking for a fun twist for your Easter Egg hunt this year, here are a four great versions we have tried in the past.
1. The Easter Bible Verse Hunt:
This version works best with older children and teens who can read and decipher clues well. The year that we did this, the older teens were paired up with one of the smaller children. Then, each “team” was given an envelope with a Bible verse in it. The verse was a clue to the location of the first treat and the next clue. After 4-5 clues, the last clue took us to the biggest treat: a large Easter basket for each of us.
Putting together the clues may seem like a lot of work at first, but it’s actually fairly simple. A verse about rocks told us to look in the rock garden. A verse about sleeping would mean to look in your bedroom. If your children are a little younger, you could help by highlighting the portions of the verse that are most important to finding the location.
2. An Easter Treasure Trail:
This version is perfect for very small children/toddlers. When our eldest was 18 months old, we greeted her on Easter morning at her crib with a basket. Leading from her crib was a trail of mini Easter eggs. She took the basket and followed the trail, putting the eggs in her basket as she went. The trail led through the house and ended behind the couch where a bigger treat was waiting.
When laying out your treasure trail, keep your child’s attention span in mind. Some children will follow the trail for quite a while before getting bored, others may need something shorter or more broken up. Perhaps a series of smaller prizes along the path where they can stop and enjoy if they wish?
3. An Easter Scavenger Hunt:
A scavenger hunt is another fun variation and it can be modified to suit any age. For older children, a written list of items to collect will work. For younger children, a sheet with pictures of the different treats they need to find may be a better choice. A very simple version would have children look for specific colors: 1 red egg, 3 blue eggs, etc.
For those who, like us, add other items besides chocolate eggs, your list might include a chocolate Easter bunny, a skipping rope, a chocolate bar, a crème egg, a small toy, etc. Items are hidden at random throughout the specified area and make sure children understand not to remove items that are not on their own list.
4. The Easter Challenge:
The Easter challenge is a fun party game version of an Easter egg hunt that older children and adults will love. Instead of hiding candy eggs, you would hide small plastic eggs. Inside each egg would be a task that has to be completed. Sing a song, recite a verse from memory, jump on one foot for 10 seconds, draw a picture, etc. After each task is completed, the child receives another treat for their basket. Make sure to keep a camera on hand to capture all of the fun.
So, as you’re dyeing your Easter eggs and planning your egg hunt, take one of these suggestions – use as is or improve upon it – and make it a wonderful Easter egg hunt.
Our kids grow up so fast, let's do all we can to make fond memories for the future. Just think of all the fun you will have scrapbooking with all these fun photos!
Easter Eggs, Christian Or Pagan? - Easter Eggs – A History
It never fails. Year after year the stores pack their shelves with various items mean to “decorate” an egg. All dressed up for Easter, the plain, white egg you normally have for breakfast or use in your baking becomes a multi-colored, glittery, or tie-dyed work of art.
If you celebrate Easter then you, too, probably purchase dozens of eggs to decorate but do you know why you do it? Is it simply because that’s what your mother did each year because that’s what her mother did? And why does a bunny deliver them?
Though-out history, eggs have been a part of many spring celebrations. Eggs are generally thought of as a symbol of life and Easter is in Spring when new life abounds in the world. The Romans, who believe that “All life comes from an egg” used eggs in their spring festivals and feasts and salted hardboiled eggs were part of Jewish traditions as well.
Pagan beliefs viewed the egg as a sacred symbol and an old fable told of an egg that fell from heaven and hatched the goddess of Fertility, Astarte (Easter) Since then eggs have been found as symbols of new life and fertility in Rome, Northern Europe, China and Japan.
Christians later adopted the use of eggs into their Easter celebrations as the “seed of life” symbolizing Christ’s resurrection. Many different beliefs have been held about the actual use of eggs. It was once believed that eggs laid on Good Friday and cooked on Easter would promote fertility of the trees and crops will protecting against sudden deaths.
Today Easter Eggs have become a central part of Christian Easter celebrations in North America with chocolate Easter eggs, Easter egg hunts and decorating Easter eggs. It is unclear as to the specific reason for decorating eggs, but painted eggs have been part of spring celebrations in many cultures for centuries, each with their own styles and color traditions. Red and version of red have been the most common color in many cultures, symbolizing the blood of Christ.
The most famous Easter egg to date is the first Faberge egg. This small gold egg encased in platinum and enamel was created by Peter Carl Faberge in 1883 as an Easter gift for the Empress Marie of Russia from her husband Tsar Alexander. The egg was gorgeous, and a tradition began with a new egg being designed each Easter. Nicholas II, Alexander’s son, continued this tradition with a total of 57 eggs designed in total.
Today, Easter eggs are generally connected with the Easter Bunny and Easter egg hunts. The Easter bunny came to be part of Easter tradition because rabbits and hares are known for their ability to produce multiple births and that made them a natural choice for the celebration of spring and new life. For many decades, young children have taken part in Easter egg hunts, searching for colorful eggs laid by the Easter bunny in the grass. Easter egg hunts have become a traditional part of American Easter celebrations, with the Whitehouse and many community churches hosting annual Easter egg hunts each year.