Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Eggs

Easter weekend was a blast for us. Our fun started Friday night and didn't stop until Sunday night.

Friday night, Randi & Todd invited us, along with Jessica & Andrew, to dinner. Todd had a leg of lamb he was excited to cook for all the boys. He was also kind enough to cook chicken for the girls. Then he and Randi made other yummy side dishes to go with dinner. It was all delish.

Dessert was an assortment of puff pastries. I think the chocolate caramel was my favorite. There was also peanut butter & chocolate and then a plain chocolate one.

Jessica and I had planned on dying eggs that night. So when Randi invited us to dinner, Jessica asked if we could dye eggs there. So after dinner, we got all the dyes ready. I had bought a few things to try out. One was a kit that came with markers, but I wasn't impressed. If you drew on the eggs before dying them, the color washed the ink off. You could draw on them afterwards, but it was messy.

The thing I was most excited about was something I saw on Pinterest. You wrap a few rubber bands around the egg and then let it dye. Then if you like you can take the rubber bands off and dye it again in a different color, but I never did that; I was fine with one color.

My egg wrapped in rubber bands. (The thicker rubber bands work better.)

Sitting in the blue dye.
Drying for a minute before removing the rubber bands.
I really liked how it turned out.

I think in total, I did 3 different versions. I know every one else did a few of their own too. I think Randi was the only one to dye it in one color and then take the rubber bands off and dye it in a lighter color so the stripes wouldn't be white.
It was easy to see where the rubber bands crossed, because the dye soaked in a little. So I thought I'd try a simple eggs with just three rubber bands that I just happened to place in the orange dye cup. When I pulled it out, I saw that I had managed to make it look like a football.
I wanted to draw a cat on one egg and since the markers didn't work well, I decided to use the white crayon. Its hard to draw on a white egg with a white crayon. Case in point. When I went to pull my egg out, I caught a glimpse of it. Then I dropped it back in and started laughing hysterically. I couldn't even stop long enough to say why I was laughing. Each time I tried to tell them what was wrong, I just started laughing again. After a few attempts, Josh finally took the cup and looked at the egg. Then he was laughing too. So the cup was passed around the table so everyone could see what was so funny.

We ended up dying a dozen eggs total. It was a lot of fun. I'm so glad we started this tradition last year with our friends and were able to do it again this year. And I even made sure to turn them into deviled eggs later in the weekend. 

1 comment:

Jessica said...

Fun times! I love our egg dying tradition also. :)