Silk-Tie Eggs & Silky Egg Salad

It’s 2-for-1 today! I’ve got a  fabulous decorating idea for your Easter eggs, plus a smooth and silky egg salad recipe to use once your egg hunting is done. I was going to say that they’re both eggs-ellent ideas, but I don’t like to yolk around when I’m talking about Easter eggs. (Not funny? No?)

First, you must try this incredibly cool egg decorating idea found via Martha Stewart. (You can watch a short, instructional video here.) You’ll be amazed at the level of detail that transfers onto each egg–they look like works of art! Plus, it’s a fun alternative to the boxed decorating sets.

Silk-Tie Easter Eggs
via MarthaStewart.com

Small- to medium-size raw eggs
Glass or enamel pot
Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
White sheets (or pillowcases or old tablecloths), cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs
Twist ties
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
Warm water
Vegetable oil
Paper towels
Tongs or spoon

Directions
1. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn’t fit perfectly around egg.

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with a twist-tie.

4. Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add three tablespoons of white vinegar.

5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating the eggs).

6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.

7. Remove silk from cooled egg.

8. For shiny eggs, wipe with vegetable oil after completing step 7.

TIP: Find old silk ties, blouses, and boxers at thrift stores or rummage sales for pennies apiece!

And now for what to do with all of those beautiful eggs the day after Easter. Here is a silky egg salad recipe that will leave your lips smacking! The dill adds a delightfully fresh flavor, perfect for a casual springtime lunch.

Egg Salad with Fresh Dill

12 eggs, hard boiled, peeled and diced
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1-2 scallions, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream (or yogurt), mustard, dill, scallions, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Fold in diced eggs and celery and mix until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill before serving on sandwiches, pitas, or crackers.

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar Giveaway

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar

Happy Houseful Cookie Jar

Welcome, March, it’s so nice to see you! Let’s start the month off on a great note, shall we? That’s right, with a fabulous cookie jar giveaway.

I love everything about our Happy Houseful Cookie Jar, featured in our Easter catalog–the colors, the incredible form, the characters, and the overall emotion. I love that it represents a humble home filled with love.

Once again, our Creative Director Ronnie Kell has designed a one-of-a-kind keepsake for us filled with intricate detail, emotion, and character. Similar to our other collectible cookie jars, this jar underwent an extensive creation process–multiple ceramic molds and firings and color tests before it was hand-painted and glazed and ready for production.

Of course, my favorite thing about Ronnie’s cookie jar designs are all those little details. It seems that every time I look at one of these jars, I find a new little component to appreciate. As you can see, this jar is truly a work of art. My favorite detail? I’m drawn to that smile on the Mama Bunny’s face–so subtle and sweet.

How would you like this keepsake (filled with my gourmet cookies, of course) for your countertop? I’m giving one away to a lucky reader. Enter to win by leaving a comment that answers this question: What’s your favorite detail on the Happy Houseful Cookie Jar?

Bonus! Earn extra entries by spreading the word about this giveaway. How?
1. Mention this post on your facebook page. (Use the handy link below.)
2. Tweet a link to this post on your Twitter page. (Again, the handy link below.)
3. Link and mention this post on your own blog.

Please leave a new comment for every entry!

(Entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday, March 7th.)

Bring Your Home to Life for Halloween

Here’s a great idea brought to me by one of our staffers. It’s a clever way to decorate your home for Halloween and it couldn’t be easier.

That’s right; add googly eyes to chairs, lamps, clocks, mantels, walls, etc., and watch your enchanted house come to life! Be sure to have a gaggle of these googly eyeballs on hand because the kids will really get into this activity. (Remember to use masking tape to avoid damaging any surfaces.)

Pretty witty, don’t you think?

Show Off Your Halloween Style and Save!

I love, love, loooove to see all the wonderful ways people decorate their homes for Halloween. There seems to be no end to the creativity conjured up for this spellbinding holiday.

So, obviously I was excited then when I received an email this week from one of our customers and readers, Danielle. She sent me some photos of her Halloween decor, which happens to include several of our decorative pieces. I asked if I could feature them here, to give you an idea of how easily our gifts can be incorporated into your own decorations.

Five of the decorative pieces here are from Mrs. Fields Gifts. FIVE! I think they look amazing, don’t you? Our cookie jars, decorative tins, and ceramic bowls are part of Danielle’s annual decorations and have become keepsakes. I’ve got to be honest here, I feel like a proud parent. Like, Oh look at those precious jars and tins and bowls of mine out there in the real world looking so fabulous!

Does that make me weird? Actually, don’t answer that.

Anyway, Danielle’s email gave me a great idea. I’d love to see pictures of your Halloween decorations (especially if you’ve got pieces from Mrs. Fields)! Send your photos to mrsfields[at]mrsfieldssecrets[dot]com and I’ll feature them here on the Mrs. Fields Secrets blog! Plus, I’ll send you a 20% off discount to shop for more keepsakes at Mrs. Fields Gifts as a token of my appreciation. So, come on and show off your Halloween style!

Thank you for sharing these photos, Danielle! Your home is beautiful.

One more thing–are you howling over Danielle’s decorations? Some of them are still available.

Check them out (clockwise) here, here, here, and here!

One Gift, So Many Uses

While “reduce, reuse, recycle” is the name of the game these days, it’s not a new way of thinking at Mrs. Fields. I’m excited to regularly showcase here how so many of our catalog gifts can be incorporated into a recipient’s home, long after the decadent goodies are shared.

For example, our Ultimate Cookie & Brownie Basket arrives at the door, brimming with enough oven-fresh cookies and brownies to feed a small army! It’s absolutely ideal for parties, a ready-to-serve dessert that arrives fresh on your doorstep! (Honestly, is there anything more exciting than a giant tray of Mrs. Fields cookies and brownies? Answer: no.)

But, long after the last cookie is devoured, the sturdy wicker tray can be used and reused in a myriad of different ways.

In a guest room, it’s ideal for setting out necessities: towels, washcloths, water, snacks, and magazines.

Or, sitting near a doorway, it keeps shoes tidy.

The possibilities are endless: use it as a kitchen serving tray, on a coffee table as an organized catch-all for remote controls and magazines, or even as a pet bed for little Fido!

Those are some of my ideas. How would you use the Ultimate Cookie & Brownie Basket?

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