23 April 2011

5 simple steps to beautiful Easter eggs

Love decorating eggs, but hate the mess of dye-stained surfaces -- and the waste of throwing out all those hard-boiled eggs when everyone's sick of eating them a week after Easter? Here's a better plan!

STEP 1: Wash a raw egg with warm, soapy water, then towel-dry. Use a thumbtack or saftey pin to poke two holes through the shell, one on each end. You'll have to poke repeatedly in concentric circles around the first poke to make the hole about 3 mm (approx 1/8 in.) in diameter. After finishing one end of the egg, cover the hole with a small, folded up tissue or cloth before turning the egg upside-down to work on the other side.

STEP 2: Once you've got both holes made, the fun really begins. Hold your egg over a bowl, put your lips over one hole, and blow! (This shouldn't be difficult. If nothing comes out, you may need to widen the holes a bit more.) You can use the blown-out whites and yolks to make an Easter omelet with your favorite ingredients. When the shell is empty, wash it out by letting water run into the holes and fill the egg, then you can blow the water out into the sink.

STEP 3: Apply your choice of store-bought insta-shrink decorative egg wrappers. I don't know what they're actually called -- look it up if you don't know what I'm talking about. If you've never used these, you'll be happy to know that they're so easy to use, a 3 year-old can do it (with supervision around the boiling water, of course).

STEP 4: Apply stickers, color with markers, or decorate in any other way you like.

STEP 5: Hallelujah! You've got gorgeous eggs, suitable for seasonal displays year after year -- and minimal cleanup required!

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