Easter Sunday has past. Already. Along with Youngest Sons birthday.
And as can happen often in Wisconsin when Easter falls in March, we have a snowstorm predicted for the middle of last week. From what it looked like on the radar, we should have gotten somewhere between 5 and 12 inches of snow. Well, we got a lot of rain, sleet, hail, and about 5 inches of snow. And ice. I shared some pictures of the next day on my blog last week. You can find them here.
We ended up not going anywhere so there was lots of time for cleaning and cooking! In all of that cooking and baking, I used up some of the eggs that my sweet chickens have been giving me daily. Production is way up again!
I have several egg dishes in mind, but first, craft ideas:
- A friend “blew out” the eggs and used the shells in the Easter wreaths that she made to decorate our church. You use a pin and poke a small hole in one end of the egg. On the opposite, you poke a slightly larger hole. Then you simply blow into the smaller hole and all the yolk comes out the bottom, leaving a nice shell for decorating with.
- Eggs are fun for decorating- as in dying eggs! We love to dye Easter eggs and do several things;
- Sometimes we put rubber bands all around them before we dye the eggs. Then dip them in the dye. We can add layers of bands and put them in other colors of dye. When done, we have a nice striped egg, with lots of colors.
- We pull out stickers or tape and put some on the eggs before we dye them. Let them dry well before applying more stickers or tape, and then dip them in another color. Or just let them dry with one color.
- We put a little vegetable oil in the dye. It makes the colors swirl. You can then carefully wipe the oil off, once the egg is dry, and dip it again into another color.
- On occasion, we have used some of the natural dyes. Onion skins make a pretty design on the eggs as they are dying them. You can use blueberries, red cabbage, beets.
Then, of course, there are food ideas. Lots of those!! (I will put some of the recipes at the end of the post.)
- You cannot have Easter without Deviled Eggs. A favorite everywhere you go!! And now, you can make them in so many different ways. Just google a recipe and add in what your crew might like. I will probably just make mine normally- hard boil eggs, then half the egg, remove the yolk. Then I take the yolks and mash them and add in Mayonnaise, a little yellow mustard and some salt and pepper. Then spoon the mix back into the whites and sprinkle paprika on top.
- Baked Egg casseroles. There are so many good recipes out there, but I like to just take the basic recipe: 10 or so eggs, broke into a mixing bowl. Add some milk, half and half or cream, whisk it up. Yea- I know… I don’t use much of a recipe for this. Then I throw in a 9×13 some ham, maybe some vegetables like peppers, onions, celery if I have it, whatever leftover vegetables I have in the fridge and some seasonings. Pour in the egg mix and then top with some cheese. Bake it at 325 until its set.
- Quiche. Sort of similar to the above recipe… but add a pie plate and crust. Again- Allrecipes has quite a selection of fun looking quiches to make. Mine tend to be made with what I have on hand. Sometimes ham. Sometimes sausage. Sometimes spinach, sometimes chard. Always cheese. You get the idea.
- Bread pudding. I LOVE this! And I don’t make it often because I LOVE THIS!! I found a recipe that has a brown sugar or a lemon sauce that you pour on top and it’s to DIE FOR!!!
- Sometimes I take my muffin tins, grease them good and put into each cup some onion, mushrooms or ham and cheese. Crack and egg into each, add a little cream to each and then some salt and pepper. Bake at 350 til eggs are done to your liking. YUM!
- I have a brownie recipe that is so easy and delicious. I make them all the time and add different toppings; caramel, M&M’s the list goes on!
- Try your hand and a homemade(no box mix) cake. There are several recipes you can try using lots of eggs that are actually pretty easy to put together. Pound cakes use a lot of eggs as well. Check Allrecipes.com or Food.com for recipes.
Delicious!! What are your favorite things to do with eggs?
1c. whipping cream
4c. stale bread-cubes or torn into smaller pieces
1/2c. raisins-if you like
Whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, salt, sugar and vanilla. Stir in bread and raisins- if you are putting them in. Pour into a greased 9×9 pan and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 for about 30 min. Serve with warm with sauce.
Brown sugar sauce:
1c. packed brown sugar
1c. boiling water
In a saucepan, mix together the flour and butter, add brown sugar and stir. Gradually add boiling water. Stir til smooth and boil til thick. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
1 1/2tbsp cornstarch
1c. boiling water
1/2tbsp lemon rind-grated
3 1/2tbsp lemon juice
3-5 drops lemon extract
Combine sugar, starch and salt. Gradually add boiling water, stir until smooth. Cook over low heat until thick and clear. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. (recipe courtesy of Food.com)
Mix these together then add:
1 1/3c. flour
Mix together well then pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 min.