How I loved Easter egg hunts. I don’t recall the prizes or the candy but I do remember a basket, my pitter-pattering heart, a big (probably small) field behind the church and the sheer bliss of finding them eggs.
Remembering this uncomplicated love for egg hunts made me brave enough to host a small one in our yard this year. 27 colorful eggs and 4 little kids.
Here is how we (mainly Lucas) “tie-dyed” the eggs. I got it from the Disney Family Fun website.
- Put three (or more) dry hard-boiled eggs into a colander. Splash them with a couple capfuls of vinegar. Since I am not sure what food dye can stain, I put a bowl under the colander to protect the sink.
- Add a few drops of the first color, then gently agitate the colander to stir the color around. Wait 30 seconds for the color to set. (We used primary colors.)
- Repeat process with two or three additional colors, then rinse with a bit of water and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to dry.
They were so easy to do that I put my industrious 5-yr old to work, helping only with the vinegar splashing and final rinsing. While he was busy with that, I made some Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Tortilla chips to go along with the sausage & peppers and mac & cheese I served for lunch…
2 cups strawberries, diced
1 small mango, peeled, diced
2 kiwi, peeled, diced
1 orange, peeled, diced
1/2 apple, diced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey, cane sugar, agave)
Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
4 large (burrito) whole-wheat tortillas (thin tortillas taste the best)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
a little cinnamon and cane sugar
To make the salsa:
Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate.
To make the chips:
Preheat the oven to 350º.
Brush melted butter onto one side of the tortillas and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar to taste.
Cut into desired size and shape (I like them cut oddly in large triangles, rectangles, etc.)
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes or until just crisp.
After the guests left, we alleviated post party-crash and used up more dye by making fireworks in a glass, from Juggling with Kids.