Dying Easter Eggs with Food!

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So Liam, my 5 year old, saw this on Creative Galaxy which is a cute kids show on Amazon Prime. Of course we had to try it! We used coffee, turmeric, onion skin, frozen spinach and beet juice. It’s a great science experiment to get kids involved and to show them what else foods can do! We had so much fun!

The only thing is it takes a lot longer to dye the eggs than traditional food coloring. We actually let them soak for an entire movie length, so about 2 hours. You can let them soak for even longer to get more color if you want, just know ahead of time that it’s a long process. But afterwards you can let your kids decorate them! Liam enjoyed writing on them with crayons and putting stickers on. So, if you are interested in this fun craft, here is what you need to do and what you’ll need…

Notes:Β Beforehand we wrote on some of the eggs with a white crayon. We also wrapped an egg with a rubber band to get different effects.

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What you will need:

Hard boiled white eggs
Vinegar
Glass or plastic cups
Cookie sheet for drying (or you can just use your egg carton)
Food for coloring; we used brewed coffee, 3 tablespoons of turmeric, beet juice from canned beets, frozen spinach and the skin of a sweet onion.

Spinach: boiled for an hour and then drained into a colander over a glass cup
Onion: boiled for an hour and then drained into a colander over a glass cup
Coffee: brewed from the morning pot
Turmeric: 3 tablespoons stirred into a cup of water and then boiled in the microwave
Beets: easiest one, I just opened a can of beets and poured all the water into a glass cup.

Once you have all your colors in their cups, pour in 1 tablespoon of vinegar into each. Now you are ready to dye your eggs! Carefully drop an egg into each color and let soak until they have reached the desired color.

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Above are the 5 eggs we did. Starting from the top and going clockwise is coffee, spinach, onion skin, beet juice, and turmeric.

Here’s Liam having so much fun!

And the final, finished product πŸ™‚

Have fun and Happy Easter!

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Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests

It’s barely 7 am on a Saturday morning and I’m drinking coffee and eating Cadbury mini eggs. Now that’s what I call MOM LIFE. But how cute are these cookies? Almost too cute to eat. Almost. But they are delicious so bake them and then eat away! Perfect for your Easter gathering or just to celebrate spring! Come on! Let’s go make some nests…

What you will need:Β 

Standard size muffin pan, greased well

Note:Β I used a mini muffin pan and was not happy with the results. The nests were too tall and did not bake as I hoped.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
Mini Cadbury chocolate eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl (or bowl of your electric mixer), beat butter, oil and sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture until dough is formed.

Divide the dough evenly into the prepared muffin pan. I would say about a heaping tablespoon each. Press down gently with a shot glass or other round object that fits. The picture below is of a mini muffin pan. If you use a standard size one, the dough should only go about halfway up the muffin holder? Cup? Hole? Do you get it? πŸ™‚

Top with coconut and spread around the edges. It will shrink as it bakes so use as much or as little as you like.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until beginning to brown. Let cool completely before removing cookies to wire rack. Once cookies are completely cooled, or just before serving, place 3 Cadbury eggs into each nest. Enjoy! Happy Easter!

I had enough dough to make 2 standard size muffin nests. See how they are bigger but shorter? Live and learn πŸ˜‰

 

French Toast

I love making breakfast for my family! I had a loaf of bread to use up and eggs, so naturally, this morning I made French Toast! So easy, so delicious, the perfect breakfast for my husband to wake up to after a night out with his buddies πŸ˜‰ So here ya go… Time to make your family happy…

What you will need:

2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
6 slices of bread
Butter for pan

Note: This recipe can easily be doubled if you are serving a larger crowd.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Pour into a shallow plate, I use a 9 inch pie plate. Over medium heat, melt about 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium frying pan. Dip one slice of bread in the egg mixture. Place bread in frying pan until golden brown on both sides. Continue with all slices of bread.

Serve with maple syrup, fruit, or how I like it, covered in sugar! Enjoy!

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