You were our highlight of today, and we were happy to be able to enjoy you in more ways than one!
Everyone in our family loves eggs, including extended family--from aunts and uncles to cousins and grandparents. We like them any way: scrambled, fried, poached, or hard-boiled (and sometimes even green!). If I weren't the acting nutritionist in our family, we would all probably eat way too many eggs for our own good! When Dear Son was a toddler and was allergic to eggs, we though, "uh-oh." But he readily redeemed himself and his placement on our family tree as he outgrew this allergy and now loves his eggs just like the rest of us.
This year, I decided to try dyeing eggs with natural dyes instead of artificial food coloring just to see how they'd turn out. I looked at a few DIY websites, but I didn't take the time to use any of the recipes (I was too lazy to boil onion skins, cabbage, or carrots). It was quite ironic that while normally I do my darnedest to keep everything from being stained by food products, for this I was actually searching for those that stain the best. I tried using ingredients I had that I thought would work well, such as strawberries, red wine, coffee, chili powder, curry powder, and red and green bell pepper. It turns out that juices from strawberries and bell peppers don't stain at all. But that's okay, since I got a nice purple out of red wine, a beautiful brown out of coffee, a speckled orange from chili powder, and a faint yellow from curry powder. It was fun, and they came out very pretty, if I say so myself.
Now onto little plastic eggies.
When Dear Daughter was little, we would take her to park district egg hunts. I soon learned that they were always a free-for-all stampede, with many grownups acting even more immature than children when it came to
The chase went something like this:
You may see them when you shower.
They’re Mama’s beautiful, prized flowers. (My orchids)
You put these on before your shoes,
They are sometimes easy to lose. (Sock drawer)
They hold reds, whites, and bubbles. (Wine rack)
To practice music while you play. (Violin cases)
You take this every day to school. (Backpacks)
It’s the only place you’d find golf balls. (Daddy's reading lamp base)
This is where you first attack. (The pantry)
This is where you play Just Dance. (Wii console)
You don’t visit your Jack-and-Jill. (The never-used kiddos' bathroom)
Find your last prizes and perks. (The guest room/Daddy's workroom)
When all the plastic eggs had been opened, the clues paired, and the final prizes found (duct tape for DD's crafting and coloring pages for DS' newly found hobby), it was time to have some real eggs for our tummies. DD took a brown egg, DS took an orange egg, and DH and I both took purple eggs. I think next year I better use grape juice instead, since the red wine dyed through the shell and made faint spots on the egg white, and I actually taste a trace of red wine! Eeek! So you bet that DH and I will be the ones to consume all four purple eggs.
So, Dear Eggs, what an eggscellent day we had with you. Whether plastic or real, you will still stay around for a few more days with us. But you'll remain one of our favorite edible foods--whether on your own or as a part of a recipe--throughout the rest of the year.
I hope you and your family had a blessed and wonderful Easter! Now, back to school (from spring break), and back to Reality...
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