Dying eggs for Easter Sunday is a tradition of almost every household. Easter egg hunts, egg relays, and egg tosses are all fun games to keep the kids and your guests busy while you cook a fabulous Easter feast.
Here are a few fun and different techniques for coloring your Easter eggs this year:
1. Take a hardboiled egg and place little round stickers on it and then dye it in a simple solution of food coloring, vinegar and water. Once it has dried, take the stickers off and you have a polka dot Easter egg.
2. Or…do the same but with rubber bands (wrap a few around the egg) to make a striped tie-dye effect..
3. Another fun idea is to make a speckled egg. Simply dye an egg, take an old toothbrush and dip it in another color of paint and then use your finger to run over the bristle and splatter the paint on the egg.
4. To create a marbled effect, add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil to the food coloring solution before dipping the egg. The oil allows only parts of the egg to die, creating a very cool effect.
Once everyone has torn apart their Easter baskets and eaten their chocolate bunnies, send them out the door for some fun in the backyard. After all of the eggs have been collected you can make them into Paula Deen’s BLT deviled eggs and there you have a perfect appetizer for your guests to snack on.
Easter always revolves around a large dinner table full of food. In honor of the Easter bunny, start your meal of with carrot soup. Paula’s carrot soup with blue cheese is creamy, velvety and delicious. The pungent bite from the blue cheese counteracts some of the sweetness from the carrots in the soup. It is bright and beautiful.
Herb crusted fresh ham is a wonderful dish for your Easter dinner to revolve around. The thyme and rosemary give the ham that traditional woodsy roast flavor while the tarragon and lavender give it a bright almost floral note. Oven roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic are the perfect accompaniment to this dish. By roasting the potatoes you get that delicious crunchy outside and soft center. The rosemary and garlic add great flavor. For a little greenery on the side try spinach salad with strawberries. The strawberries are so sweet and delicious in this salad and you get a nice crunch from the sliced almonds. Who knew salad could be so pretty and taste so good?
And finally, if you haven’t stuffed yourself full of jellybeans and chocolate bunnies you are ready for some desserts. Bunny cupcakes are a must to finish out this meal. Using these simple decorating tips to transform an average cupcake into a bunny face will be sure to impress your guests… especially the little ones.
Decorating your Easter table can be really simple. Pale yellows, greens, blues and pink are colors of spring and Easter. Use tablecloths, napkins and plates in this color palette. Bright yellow daffodils are a true flower of spring and Easter. Make them the centerpiece of your table. Setting out little dishes of pastel colored Jordan almonds or other small candies looks really pretty and its and edible decoration! No matter what your family’s traditions are on Easter it is always a wonderful day to share a delicious feast with people you love. Happy Easter!