3 Unique Easter Eggs

MF Easter Eggs It’s already time to start thinking about Easter eggs, and I’ve found a few great ideas to share. The only problem with these eggs is that they are almost too pretty to crack open.

1. Rubber bands create colorful stripes on these eggs, and don’t they look smart? Tutorial found here.

2. Naturally died eggs with flowers, and leaves, and onion skins are an age-old practice with stunning results. Tutorial found here.

3. These silhouette eggs are created with contact paper and careful exacto knife skills. Tutorial found here.

Not sure how to boil a perfect egg for decorating? Here are some simple, no-fail instructions that will give you a beautiful yellow center without the grayish ring.

Perfectly Hard-Boiled Eggs

Place eggs in a saucepan and fill with cold water until just covered. Cover with a lid, and heat the water and eggs over medium-high heat on the stove until water comes to a boil. Turn off heat and allow eggs to sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Immediately transfer eggs into a bowl of ice water to cool completely.

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.

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