Archive for April, 2017

Spring Candies

This was another project that had origins somewhere out on the internet.  I found it last year but I don’t remember where.  I had asked my husband to pick up a bag of pastel M&Ms but then never got around to making these adorable little candies.

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The supplies needed are:

  • Waffle style pretzels
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Pastel colored M&Ms

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Begin by setting the pretzels out on a microwave safe plate and topping each with a single candy melt.  I found that nine at a time worked nicely.

Place the candy topped pretzels in the microwave long enough to melt the candy. With my microwave, 60 seconds did the trick.

Place one color of M&M in the center, and then 6 of another color around the outside to create a flower.

Transfer the plate to the refrigerator so that the melted candy solidifies more quickly. Once solid, the candies can be stored at room temperature.

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They turned out so cute!  I made these for Easter, but they would be great for any springtime or shower event.  They are so easy to make.  Just remember to stock up on the pastel colored M&Ms which are only available before Easter!

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Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

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For me, it’s just not Easter without decorating eggs.  My kids are grown up.  My daughter has moved to her own house.  My son is in college, but even though he is home this weekend, he thinks he is just too grown up for decorating eggs.

I have a pretty big history experimenting with different decorating techniques.  Over the years we have tried natural dyes, Kool-aid, a rice technique and several others. Some were successful.  Others, not so much.

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At some point last year, I ran across this Tie Dye technique.  I’m really not sure where I first saw it because I neglected to make note of it.  I was excited to give it a try.  I gathered the materials:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Paper towels
  • Protective gloves

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I rolled and wrapped the eggs like candies in paper towels.  I secured the ends with twist ties.

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I poured the vinegar onto a plate and rolled the wrapped egg in the vinegar until the paper toweling was saturated.  The absorbent paper towels wicked up the vinegar quite nicely.

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Using only three colors per egg, I dropped food coloring straight from the bottles randomly onto the paper towel covered eggs.  Once I had enough color, I gently squeeze the egg to distribute the color more fully.

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You can see why protective gloves are a must for this project!

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I left the eggs sit for about an hour before unwrapping.  The colors were spectacular!  I have never been able to achieve such bright colors before!  The texture of the paper towel added a nice element to the finished eggs.

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With plans to make deviled eggs for Easter, I took my egg decorating a bit further.  I had also seen a technique where eggs were cracked all over and then dyed.  The dye would seep through the cracks and color the egg white.  Again, I do not recall where I first saw this idea but I knew I had to try it out.

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The process for coloring the cracked eggs was essentially the same.  The only difference was that I had to be extra careful when wrapping the cracked eggs.

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As before, the egg shells came out beautifully decorated.  But they hadn’t been emersed in a dye bath so I wasn’t sure if there would be enough color to seep through the cracks

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Well as you can see from the shelled eggs, there certainly was!

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I used my wave slicer to slice the eggs and removed the yolks.  Yes, I put them into a zip lock plastic bag.  This brilliant tip comes to me from my daughter!

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I closed the bag and then pressed and squeezed the yolks to crumble them up.

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The next step was to add all the ingredients for my favorite deviled egg recipe. This too comes from my daughter who found what we believe is the best deviled egg recipe ever from the Food Network.

Classic Deviled Eggs

  • 6 eggs, hard boiled
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Paprika for garnish

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I reclosed the bag and squished and squeezed until all the ingredients were mixed well. The last step was to snip off a corner of the plastic bag and pipe the egg mixture into the egg whites.  A sprinkle of paprika finished them off.

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Here they are all ready for our Easter picnic!  I love how festive they look!

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