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Easter Egg Salad & Easter Egg Decorating

March 22, 2013

Dyeing eggs with and for children at Easter is great fun that can become a family tradition.  I know it was a tradition in my family growing up and I continued it with my own children.

In my family, if the eggs survived the hunt, we’d make egg salad for the next day’s sack lunch.  And, to this day, there is nothing I love more than a really good egg salad sandwich made with really good mayonnaise on really good wheat bread.

This recipe is another family recipe and is from my grandmother – Medora III. Every time I make it, I think of her….and smile.

Egg Salad
Serves 3 – 4

4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 finely chopped celery stalk (no ends or leaves)
1 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish
¼ cup, more or less, of mayonnaise – use either Duke’s or Hellman’s
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
A couple of dashes of Tabasco sauce

Instructions:

In a medium/large mixing bowl, gently toss the eggs, celery and relish together.
In a small bowl, mix together well the mayonnaise, onion powder, salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce. Fold into the egg mixture and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Special Note: During warm weather, be sure to keep egg salad well-chilled. And, if it has been left out for more than an hour or so, it is probably wise not to eat it.

Easter Egg Decorating Tips & Instructions:

Melted Crayon Egg Decorating

What You Need:

HOT Hardboiled Eggs

Crayons

Food coloring or egg dye

Just hard boil your eggs and while they are still hot use crayons to draw/decorate on them.

Tip: Put them on a surface little hands can easily manipulate to minimize them actually having to touch the hot egg. The egg cartons work well.  You can shift the carton around to work on the different sections of the egg.

The crayon glides on smoothly, melting right onto the hot egg which produces some awesome looking results.

After the crayon is complete, place the egg into the dye or food coloring and the crayon designs will really stand out!

 

Shaving Cream Egg Decorating

What You Need:

hardboiled eggs

food coloring

shaving cream

vinegar

dish or tray to work on

lots of napkins

Dip your eggs in vinegar before you start dyeing – this is supposed to help seal in the color.

Start with shaving cream on a tray and added dots of food color

Using the tip of a paintbrush swirl food color to give a fun marbled look.

Tip: You don’t want to swirl too much or the colors end up getting too mixed and brownish.

Drop in egg and cover with mixture completely (use gloves since food coloring will get on your hands!)

Remove eggs and let sit with shaving cream mixture

After a couple hours, wipe off shaving cream and you have a unique colored egg!

Tie Dye Easter Eggs

What You Need:

eggs

food color

paper towels

spray bottle

vinegar

water

plastic baggies

rubber bands

tray

Start by putting 3 napkins on a tray or other work surface.

Add dots of food color as desired.

Fill your spray bottle with water and add a few tsp of vinegar.

Spray the napkin till it’s wet and colors have bled together.

Put hardboiled egg in middle of napkin and wrap it so that napkin touches each part of egg and excess is on top.

Put wrapped egg in plastic baggie and tie with rubber band.

Let sit for a few hours – the longer they marinate the brighter the colors!

 

Oil & Vinegar Marbleized Eggs

For these just add a tsp. or two of oil into your food coloring mixture & then dip your egg into 1 color & remove.

Gently wipe off the excess oil and then dip into another color!

Dip into as many colors as you like for a cool marbled effect.

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