Decorating eggs the old-fashioned way

Today you can buy commercial egg dyes, stamps, glitter and even egg-arounds.  You know wraparounds that take all the artistry (and fun) out of decorating eggs.

When I was a kid, we dipped them in food coloring. When we wanted to get really fancy, my mom got some kind of swirl stuff that you put in a dish of water and just dipped the eggs in for a kaleidoscope of color. Now that was fun.

Of course in those days we used real eggs in Easter egg hunts (yes, they did get trampled) and left the Easter eggs in the basket for a couple hours. Times sure have changed.

But older folks, especially Pennsylvania Dutch, will tell you all you really need is a few good onion skins. Yes, yellow onion skins make beautiful red eggs.

However you color them, you still need to eat them. My family’s favorite is deviled eggs. Here’s our favorite recipe. Warning: all ingredients are approximate. I don’t measure unless I’m baking or making something for the first time.

Deviled eggs

Peel 12 hard-cooked eggs and put the yolks into a food processor bowl.

Add:

3 T. mayonnaise

1 tsp. cider vinegar

Dash of hot pepper sauce

1 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. sweet pickle relish

Dash garlic salt

Sprinkle of celery seeds or flakes

Sprinkle of dried parsley

Mix all ingredients. If mixture is too dry, add more mayo. All ingredients are to taste. These eggs are a little tart. My family happens to like vinegar. You can add sugar if you want to, or a little more relish.

Put back in egg whites and sprinkle with paprika.

 

On another note about Easter, I heard a rumor that not every parent wants their children to have a lot of candy. I thought that’s what grandmas are for.

But as I made my baskets this year, I included fruit and cereal bars, reduced sugar fruit snacks and hair ties and toys. Everyone got bubble stuff and jelly beans, my favorites.

I bought my granddaughters jewelry boxes. Yes, Melody is only 3 ½ but they were on clearance. How could I resist?

 

 

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