Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter





Happy Easter from my family to yours! I hope you're having a lovely weekend with your loved ones.

These are just a few photos from our egg-dyeing this year. We love this tradition, it's an important part of our Easter holiday. I use the basic Paas egg-dye kit, the one they sell at Hobby Lobby. I like the basic colors best, just six bright colors that you mix up with vinegar and water. Sometimes I buy the more deluxe kits with nine or ten colors and more fancy stickers and all of that, but generally, I go for the simpler kit. I boiled 18 white store-bought eggs for dyeing. Between those, and our hens' eggs, plus the extra eggs I bought for our Easter morning breakfast casserole, we're going egg crazy here. Frittatas and omelets are on the menu for the coming week, and everyone is getting hard-boiled eggs in their lunchboxes!

Thanks for your supportive comments on my hexagon-joining tutorial. I'm relieved to know that it's understandable and that it may be helpful to someone out there. I'm having so much fun with these hexagons, I just have to tell you. It's just a little bit different from most things I've made, and the geometry of them is interesting; they're keeping my attention and I love working on them. I'm even enjoying bright, multi-colored crochet again; I'd been feeling bored, or maybe irritated, with that look for the past year or two, but lately, it's appealing to me again. It's all helping me to keep an open mind about my crochet. It's such a fulfilling hobby for me, and I'm enjoying the process of growing my skills and developing my tastes over time and with experience.

I have all the food I plan to cook tomorrow. The menu includes spiral ham, a potato side dish, asparagus, dinner rolls and a Marie Callender's coconut cream pie for dessert (I took the easy way out, yes I did). I'm looking forward to making the kids' Easter baskets tonight after they go to bed, and hiding some plastic eggs filled with jellybeans in the backyard. We do this every year, for them to find in the morning. They're getting big for it now, but they still enjoy it. I don't know how much longer we'll have an egg hunt, but I plan to keep making baskets for them indefinitely. Who doesn't love a basket of candy and fun trinkets? Nobody I know! I'll make them for our grandchildren someday too, and their parents if they still want one. I love Easter. What a lovely, happy holiday.

Have a wonderful celebration with your friends and family! Happy Easter and happy spring!

16 comments:

  1. I've done an Easter treasure hunt here as well, as you say, everyone still loves chocolate, however big they are. I love that you all do your egg dyeing together, traditions like that are lovely. I hope you have a fantastic day, the food sounds delicious. Wishing you and yours a very happy Easter. CJ xx

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  2. I love that the Bear helps with dying the eggs. Your eggs look pretty - nice deep colors.
    Your dinner sounds good. We are going to our daughters house after church and she is making a ham. I have an Easter Basket for the girls. You're right- it's still fun to do!

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  3. The eggs look delightful. I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow for the Easter egg hunt with my grandchildren. Happy Easter to you all.

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  4. Your eggs look lovely bright colours. I'm glad you're enjoying your crochet, it is very relaxing. We gave the teens their Easter eggs today as my husband is working nights over some of the holiday weekend. We just thought it nice to be early than late. It would've been lunchtime on Sunday if husband wanted to be awake to see them. I know they're older but... chocolate is chocolate and they still love it. Enjoy the Easter holidays with your family. Cathy x

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  5. We bought the Paas classic dye kit and our eggs turned out beautiful and bright this year. I think leaving them in the cups of dye for a bit longer really makes a difference. I'll do a blog post and show them off soon! Happy Easter to you and your family! Your menu sounds delicious. I just finished putting my daughter's basket together and I can't wait for her to find it in the morning! She's so excited about it! I plan to always do a basket for her, too. You are right- who doesn't love a basket filled with goodies? No one I know for sure!

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  6. Wow, what lovely coloured eggs Jennifer. They look gorgeous. Your Easter menu sounds really good - I've never had coconut cream pie, but I wish I had. Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family.

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  7. I miss the Easter festivities of my childhood. We always had a big family gathering at my Mammaw's house in Mississippi and there was always the dyeing of easter eggs and then the hunt. My Aunt Dot would fill plastic eggs with candy and some with money so all of us cousins had a grand time running around the spacious backyard collecting them all. I was able to do the same with my boys when they were little and we had other expat families to celebrate with.
    But everyone grew up and flew the nest so now there's not much going on around here. Easter blessings to you and yours.

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  8. I love that you have this Easter tradition of painting eggs. My kids were still having egg hunts well into their teens and this morning they still got their eggs, even though they're now 23 and 19.

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  9. I remember dying eggs with my mother at Easter time. I tried to start a family tradition but not successfully so. I am the only one who eats boiled eggs and dying just two eggs seemed not worth the effort. I like your bright and cheerful eggs. I hope your Easter day is going well. Bedtime here and I am glad, too much chocolate! xx

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  10. Oh dear, every year I seem to fail at things a little bit more. I didn't pick up the chocolate bunnies for my kids this year, and then I foolishly opened the bags of candied covered eggs and everyone ate them! Before Easter! Terrible.

    Your tradition of colouring the eggs is very sweet. I did this for many years with my kids, but I blew out all the eggs and kept them for many years. They sure are colourful and very springlike!
    Happy Easter to you and your family Jennifer!
    Wendy xox

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  11. I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter weekend Jennifer and Happy Spring to you too!

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  12. What a lovely idea to dye eggs. Glad you had a lovely easter. The food you had planned to make sounds delishous Xxx

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  13. They look so. vibrant! Hope you had a lovey Easter xxx

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  14. Your Easter eggs turned out lovely!

    Blessings~

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  15. This was the first year that I didn't make Tim an Easter basket. He's 27! I actually felt guilty about it. I asked him if he minded and he said he didn't, but I dunno. He doesn't even really like candy, plus he's trying to be more healthy, so what to put in his basket besides a craft beer and a couple of lottery tickets?! Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family.

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  16. Your eggs are amazing! It's not something I've ever done before, dye eggs. My Easter traditions are more food based than craft, but I should try this. A belated Happy Easter Jennifer. Xxx

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