The trick to perfect hard boiled eggs every time is to never actually boil them!
Here is what you do:
- Place your eggs carefully in a pan, single layer only, and cover with water to at least one inch above the eggs.
- Cover the pan and bring to a boil. As soon as it reaches a boil, remove pan from heat immediately and allow eggs to stand, for 15 to 20 minutes.
This will give you the perfect egg every time, and you will not have the graying of the yoke that is the result of over cooking!!
- New eggs do not peel well, older eggs peel more easily.
- Use a needle to place a hole at each end of the egg and then blow out the white and yolk if you’d like to keep your decorated eggs forever.
This is a great way to produce abstract colored eggs!
-hard boiled eggs
-cups for dye
Apply rubber cement to the egg in whatever patterns you choose, and allow to dry. Then dip your egg in the dye of your choice. Once the eggs have dried, remove the rubber cement.
Optionally, you may dye the egg a base color first, then after it has dried apply the rubber cement and dye a second color.
Here are some great ways to naturally dye your eggs.
SPRING CHICKEN YELLOW
1 t Tumeric
2/3 c -Boiling water
1/4 tsp Vinegar
EASTER BUNNY BROWN
1 TBS Instant coffee — heaping Tbsp
2/3 c -Boiling water
1/2 tsp Vinegar
BOIL EGG WITH 1/4 tsp Vinegar AND ONE OF THE
- Onion skins — (golden orange)
Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could
prevent dye from adhering. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Spring Chicken Yellow: Add tumeric to boiling water, stir until
dissolved. Add vinegar.
Easter Bunny Brown: Add heaping Tbsp heaping instant coffee to boiling
water, stir to dissolve. Add vinegar.
For Pretty Pastels
You can rub blueberries and cranberries right on the shells for
soft blues and pink. Blend them for another pretty result.
This creates beautiful eggs with a marbled appearance. You will need:
-Hard boiled Eggs
– Mugs for the dye
– some spoons
In each container, combine one tablespoon of each of oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring.
Add water to approximately half the cup…. adjust your food coloring to get to the shade of color you want.
Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Be sure to stir each time before inserting an egg.
Pat dry with a paper towel, allow to dry and repeat with a second color.
You may repeat as many times as you wish…. or as few, there is no set way to do this
To help your child focus on the Prayer aspect of our Lenten observation and devotions in anticipation of the Easter season, make a family mosaic cross.
Two types of crosses can be made:
Fun Foam Cross – Using art foam, cut out a basic cross shape for the background. Then, using other colors of art foam (available at any craft or discount store), cut smaller pieces of “mosaic” and apply them to the cross background to create an overall mosaic effect.
A fun variation of this project might be to make the cross background, and then apply small “mosaic” tiles when the child is observed being helpful, loving, or of service around the home. Can your child fill the cross with love “tiles” by the end of Lent?
Crayon “Stained Glass” Cross
Have your child cut two identical cross shapes from waxed paper. Using old or broken crayons and a dull kitchen knife, scrape the crayons to create shavings of various colors. Spread the crayons on one of the pieces of waxed paper in a desired pattern. Then place the second waxed paper cross over the top of the first cross and the shavings.
An adult should complete the following step: Using a warm iron, press the two pieces of waxed paper together. Find a sunny spot to hang your creation and remember to offer a prayer of love and thanksgiving each time you lay eyes on your beautiful cross.
Lisa M. Hendey
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