How to Colour Easter Eggs

March 19, 2015 in Crafts

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Colourful Easter eggs are not only fun to make, especially if you involve your children, they also add to your home decor and Easter decorating nicely. Using them to place around a bowl of fresh flowers or placing pretty Easter egg on each dinner plate will make your festive decorating easy.

You can get very creative colouring your easter eggs. Some techniques are more complicated than others – but there really are very simple and easy ways to create a nice selection of colourful eggs. Here are few techniques, complete with instructions, that I hope will be helpful to you.

If you print this article, it’ll make it easy to have it with you while you make your Easter eggs with your kids. We’ll be creating 3 types of effects: marble, crayon and sponge styles of Easter eggs.

I’ve also created a list of Easter egg decorating tips that I’ve picked up over the years at the end of the article, if you’ve got any more tips then please leave me a note in the comments!

Marble Eggs

 

You will need:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Store bought dye or food colouring
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (for each color)

How to Make it:

  • Mix dye according to package directions
  • Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
  • Dye eggs as directed on dye package
  • When you remove the eggs, the oil will have caused a very nifty marbleized effect

Crayon Coloured Eggs

 

What You Will Need:

  • Crayons
  • Boiled eggs
  • Neon food coloring and white vinegar (optional)

How to Make It:

  1. Be sure that boiled eggs are cool and dry.
  2. Place a double folded kitchen towel and place it on the table underneath child’s hands so if the egg slips out it will have a soft cushion to land on.
  3. Use crayons to draw designs on the egg.
  4. Have kids hold the egg gently so they do not crack the shell.
  5. This step is optional but adds a fun effect. If you like, mix 1 Tbsp of white vinegar into a coffee mug of water (filled ¾ full) then add several drops of food coloring.
  6. Dip the crayon coloured egg into the dye and let sit for about a minute.
  7. Remove and let dry. The dye makes the crayon look brighter, especially if you use neon food colouring!

Sponge Painted Eggs

 

What You Will Need:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Acrylic craft paints in the colors of your choice
  • Household sponge
  • Paper towel
  • Small bowl of water
  • Egg holder or empty egg carton

How to Make It:

  1. Soak a household sponge in water, then ring it out completely.
  2. Cut the sponge into several different pieces, enough so that you have one for each color.
  3. Using a paper plate as a palette, squeeze out small amounts of several different colors of paint.
  4. Place an empty egg carton upside down so that you can rest your eggs on it to dry once painted.
  5. Hold an egg in your fingers, and with your other hand, dab a sponge into desired paint color.
  6. Dab the sponge onto a piece of paper towel. The object is to remove the excess paint, but not completely dry it out.
  7. Now dab the sponge directly onto your egg, using any type of random pattern you like. Paint as much of the egg as you can and place it down to dry.
  8. Repeat steps four to six for each egg, using different colors.
  9. For a coloured background with white sponge marks, simply paint the egg a solid color with a paint brush or with one of your sponges. When dry, sponge on a pattern with white paint.
  10. When one side has dried, complete the other side and allow that to dry as well.
  11. Place eggs into an egg holder, or fill a bowl with Easter grass and arrange the eggs atop the grass.

More Easter Egg decorating tips and tricks:

  • To make pastel paints from primary colors, simply add enough white paint until you have reached the shade you want.
  • Use a pair of scissors to round the edge of the sponges. Square edge can make your design look choppy, whereas a rounded edge looks softer.
  • Instead of painting the eggs a solid color, you can always dye them with traditional methods, then sponge paint them with white. This is an easy alternative if you don’t have several different paint colors on hand.
  • Get creative! Make different shapes by cutting hearts or letters from the sponges. Dollar stores will sometimes have shaped sponges in the kid’s bath section.
  • To boil perfect eggs, place into a shallow pan, cover with water and boil gently for three minutes. Turn off heat and cover pan with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 15 minutes. Place pan in sink, carefully drain out hot water and let cold water run over them for several minutes. Turn off water and add several ice cubes and let sit for about 5 minutes more.
  • Try different types of food colouring, and for sure – try neon colors!

I hope you enjoy colouring eggs with your children, these days go by quickly! Please send in your comments, suggestions and pictures to share with the rest of us Moms and Grandmoms!

 With Love,

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Deviled Eggs Recipe

April 5, 2012 in Recipes

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You are probably thinking more about colouring eggs than to making them to eat – but I am thinking that Deveiled Eggs may just be the thing to have around for your holiday dinner as an appetizer. It is one of our family’s favourite and this is the recipe I use:

Easter Deviled Eggs:

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • salt to taste
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • paprika, for garnish

Directions:

    1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.
    2. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.
    3. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes.
    4. Remove from hot water, cool and peel.
    5. Cut eggs in half.
    6. Remove yolks and place in a medium bowl.
    7. Mash together with celery, onion, mayonnaise, salt and hot pepper sauce.
    8. Stuff the egg white halves with the egg yolk mixture.
    9. Sprinkle eggs with paprika.
    10. Chill covered in the refrigerator until serving.

 

Hope you have enjoyed this recipe -please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and much appreciated!

 

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Save Money – Store Your Foods Properly

July 13, 2010 in Household Hints

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There is a good chance that you have to discard foods that could be made to last longer if stored properly. Knowing how to avoid helping variety of foods from going bad will save you quite a bit of money and prevent waste.
Here is a guide to proper storage of some of the most common foods:

    • Apples

    Your apples will last longer if you store them on your kitchen counter – away from other produce. If you are planning to visit your local market and would like to purchase a bushel of apples you could enjoy over the cold winter months – here is how to:

    1. Start with apples that will keep well. Late-ripening varieties – those harvested at the end of September will do well. They include Red Delicious, Ida Red, Crispin, Spy and a few others.
    2. Inspect all apples for bruises, cuts and soft spots. Only perfect fruit is good for storage.
    3. Sort apples by size – small, medium and large. Large apples don’t store as well so make sure those get eaten first.
    4. Place sorted apples in perforated plastic bags or in boxes lined with perforated plastic to allow for air circulation.
    5. Store in a cool basement, garage, fruit cellar or refrigerator. The idea temperature is 30 – 32F with 90% humidity.
    6. Check your apples regularly for signs of spoilage and remove any damaged fruit.
    • Notes:
    1. Plan to store as soon after picking as possible
    2. Avoid storing your apples near onions or potatoes – they will absorb flavour of other foods
    3. Do not mix apple varieties as they will ripen at different times
    4. Properly stored, your apples will last up to 5 months
    • Bananas

    Store bananas at room temperature until they ripen.Then move them to the refrigerator to impede further ripening. Freeze over-riped bananas to use for making muffin, cakes and breads. The peel will turn black but the fruit inside will be perfect for baked goods.

    • Bread

    Best way to store your bread is in a breadbox or on the counter, keeping it in the bakery bag you purchased it in.

    • Butter

    Best way to store butter is in its original packaging inside refrigerator compartment (not inside the door) Butter can also be frozen for up to 6 months

    • Cheese

    Remove cheese from its original packaging, then rewrap it in a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and seal inside a plastic bag.

    You can freeze hard and semi-hard cheeses – like cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella. Soft cheese like cream cheese, cottage cheese and ricotta do not freeze well. If you are planning to freeze cheese, leave it in its original packaging (or put into a layer of plastic wrap) and then place into a freezer bag.

    • Eggs

    Store eggs in their original carton inside the refrigerator – not inside the refrigerator door.

    If you are wondering whether you can sue eggs that have passed they use-by date, you can do this simple test:

    Fill a bowl with cold water and put in one egg at a time. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s fresh. If it sinks, but stands on its point – it’s till good but needs to used soon. If it floats to the top, it needs to be thrown away.

    • Flour

    If you want to be sure there are no insects or insect eggs in your flour, freeze it for 48 hours. That will kill any insects that may be present.Store your flour in an tight-sealing container in a cool, dry spot.Keep whole-grain flours in the refrigerator or freezer – that will extend their life.

    • Garlic

    Store fresh garlic unpeeled in an open container in a cool, dry place. For a long-term storage, garlic can be dried and braided.

    • Honey

    Store honey in a cool, dry place in an air-tight container. Honey will not go bad – it is recognized as the only food that does not spoil. It will however crystallize, becoming thick and cloudy. If this happens, remove the lid form the jar, place in a pan of water and hear over low heat until honey returns to its original consistency.

    • Lettuce

    Remove from store packaging first, then wrap in paper towel and place in a open storage bag

    • Mushrooms

    The best way to store mushrooms is in a paper bag inside your refrigerator. It is not a good idea to keep them in your vegetable crisper.

    • Nuts

    Keep nuts in shells until you are ready to use them and refrigerate or freeze any that you plan to keep for more than 3 months.

    • Onions

    Store your onions in a cool, dark place, away from moisture. If you have purchase a large bag of onions, try this: cut the legs off a pair of pantyhose, drop an onion into one of the legs and tie it off. Then drop in another onion and tie it off again. Continue until each leg is full. Then hang them up.

    • Potatoes

    Best way to store potatoes is in a paper bag, panty hose or similarly vented container. They need to be placed in a cool, dry and dark spot.

    • Tomatoes

    Store tomatoes at room temperature. Keep out of the sun, once they have ripened.

    How to Freeze Tomatoes

    1. Purchase fresh picked tomatoes from your local farmer’s market
    2. Wash thoroughly and then freeze whole and unpeeled on a tray.
    3. Transfer to freezer bags once they are fully frozen.

    You can also do the following:

    1. Wash and remove the ends of tomatoes.
    2. Blanch, remove skins and freeze whole in proper freeze bags.
    3. You can also chopped them after blanching and then place into freezer bags. You will have great supply for delicious soups, sauces and all your winter cooking!

    Note: You will only be able to use frozen tomatoes in cooked recipes since freezing them will change their texture which will make them too soft for eating.

    Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, Your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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    How to Make Easter Eggs

    March 31, 2010 in Featured Articles

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    easter_eggsColouring Easter eggs can be a great activity for the whole family – and the kids love it! Doing it doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated – I remember my grandma making Easter eggs the Eastern European way, with colours, wax and a needle. But I have to admit that I have never mastered – or even tried that particular art.

    Here are a few recipes for making pretty Easter eggs the easy way:

    Marbled Easter Eggs:

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    What you will need:

    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Store bought dye or food colouring/vinegar dye
    • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil for each egg

    How to make them:

    • Mix dye according to package directions
    • Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
    • Dye eggs as directed on dye package
    • When you remove the eggs, the oil will have caused a very nifty marbelized effect

    Crayon Coloured Easter Eggs

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    What you will need:

    • Crayons
    • Boiled eggs
    • Neon food coloring and white vinegar (optional)

    How to make them:

    1. Be sure that boiled eggs are cool and dry.
    2. Place a double folded kitchen towel and place it on the table underneath child’s hands so if the egg slips out it will have a soft cushion to land on.
    3. Use crayons to draw designs on the egg.
    4. Have kids hold the egg gently so they do not crack the shell.
    5. This step is optional but adds a fun effect. If you like, mix 1 Tbsp of white vinegar into a coffee mug of water (filled ¾ full) then add several drops of food coloring.
    6. Dip the crayon coloured egg into the dye and let sit for about a minute.
    7. Remove and let dry. The dye makes the crayon look brighter, especially if you use neon food coloring!

    Tips:

    • To boil perfect eggs, place into a shallow pan, cover with water and boil gently for three minutes. Turn off heat and cover pan with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 15 minutes. Place pan in sink, carefully drain out hot water and let cold water run over them for several minutes. Turn off water and add several ice cubes and let sit for about 5 minutes more.
    • Try different types of food coloring, we used neon colors!

    The longer you leave the egg in the dye, the deeper the color will be.

    Sponge Painted Easter Eggs

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    What you will need:

    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Acrylic craft paints in the colors of your choice
    • Household sponge
    • Paper towel
    • Small bowl of water
    • Egg holder or empty egg carton

    How to make them:

    1. Soak a household sponge in water, then ring it out completely. Cut the sponge into several different pieces, enough so that you have one for each color.
    2. Using a paper plate as a palette, squeeze out small amounts of several different colors of paint.
    3. Place an empty egg carton upside down so that you can rest your eggs on it to dry once painted.
    4. Hold an egg in your fingers, and with your other hand, dab a sponge into desired paint color.
    5. Dab the sponge onto a piece of paper towel. The object is to remove the excess paint, but not completely dry it out.
    6. Now dab the sponge directly onto your egg, using any type of random pattern you like. Paint as much of the egg as you can and place it down to dry.
    7. Repeat steps four to six for each egg, using different colors.
    8. For a coloured background with white sponge marks, simply paint the egg a solid color with a paint brush or with one of your sponges. When dry, sponge on a pattern with white paint.
    9. When one side has dried, complete the other side and allow that to dry as well.
    10. Place eggs into an egg holder, or fill a bowl with Easter grass and arrange the eggs atop the grass.

    Tips:

    • To make pastel paints from primary colors, simply add enough white paint until you have reached the shade you want.
    • Use a pair of scissors to round the edge of the sponges. Square edge can make your design look choppy, whereas a rounded edge looks softer.
    • Instead of painting the eggs a solid color, you can always dye them with traditional methods, then sponge paint them with white. This is an easy alternative if you don’t have several different paint colors on hand.
    • Get creative! Make different shapes by cutting hearts or letters from the sponges. Dollar stores will sometimes have shaped sponges in the kid’s bath section.

    Hope you have lots of fun making these colourful Easter Eggs – please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always very much welcomed and appreciated!

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