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Egg – a traditional symbol of fertility and rebirth.

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.  Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes. The most popular choice for egg consumption are chicken eggs. Other popular choices for egg consumption are duck, quail, roe, and cavier.

Did you know the average American eats 250 eggs per year, which means on average, the U.S. eats more than 76.5 billion eggs?  Crazy right?  Luckily, egg farmers produce approximately 79 billion eggs each year.  I could easily eat an egg a day.  Hard boiled, fried or scrambled – I’ll take it.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter Eggs

1. Decorating eggs is an ancient tradition.  Fragments of carved ostrich eggs used as drinking vessels from 60,000 years ago in Africa.

2. In Germany, people dance with eggs. People put eggs on the floor and dance around them, trying not to break any.

3. The world’s biggest Easter egg was more than 34 feet tall.  According to Guinness World Records, the chocolate egg weighed 15,873 pounds. It was made in Italy.

4. Before plastic, Easter eggs were made with cardboard. During the 17th and 18th centuries, fillable eggs were made out of cardboard and covered with satin.

5. There’s a reason some chocolate eggs look like dinosaur eggs.The scaly, crocodile-skin texture you see on many chocolate Easter eggs was developed by German chocolatiers as an easy way to disguise any imperfections.

6. The most expensive chocolate Easter egg sold for more than $10,000. Weighing in at 110 pounds, the Venezuelan Amedei chocolate egg was decorated with gold flowers and chocolate pieces in unusual flavors like Japanese black vinegar and cassis.

7. The world’s largest Easter egg hunt consisted of 501,000 eggs.Nearly 10,000 children participated in the hunt, which was held in Cypress Gardens Adventure Park in Winter Haven, Florida.

Have you ever googled Hard Boiled Egg?  I have.  You get about 1,859,362 different versions all stating to be THE “fool proof method” or “easy peel.”  Check out my pinterest search here.  I boil eggs weekly.  Therefore, I’ve tried just about every recipe.  Boiling water, then adding eggs.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set for x amount of minutes.  Add baking powder.  Add salt.  Add vinegar.  Bake in the oven in muffin tin.  Older eggs peel best.

One of the best things Cory has taught me….How to Hard Boil Eggs.  lol.

  • place eggs in a pot
  • cover with 1 inch of cold water
  • place lid on pot
  • bring to a boil
  • boil for 20 minutes
  • drain + ice water bath

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Easy, huh?  And it works like a charm every time.

Now that we’ve got the basics down, let’s cut the shit and talk about Shaving Cream Dyed Easter eggs.  Subtle finished product, but wayyy more fun than the traditional store bought boxed kits.  Did I mention that it’s quick, inexpensive & easy too?

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • shaving cream
  • food coloring (neon would be best, but I couldn’t find any)
  • dozen hard boiled eggs (my fool proof method above)
  • cake pan
  • wooden skewer or straw

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The eggs were the most costly item to purchase.  Egg prices are unreal right now.

Start by squirting shaving cream into cake pan and spreading into an even layer.

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Drip all four colors of food coloring onto shaving cream.

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Using a wooden skewer or straw, swirl colors together to get a tie dye look.

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Roll eggs into the shaving cream making sure all sides are covered.  Leave eggs in shaving cream for 10-15 minutes.

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Remove and rinse eggs.  Allow eggs to dry on a cookie cooling rack.

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The neon food coloring will provide a much more vibrant color to the eggs.  We loved our muted tie dye look 🙂

Bailey did this complete project all on her own.  She was so proud of the finished product.

Check out all these other fun egg dying DIY’s

 

 

A few years back, I hard boiled the eggs……and forgot to color them.  The Easter Bunny hid white eggs.  WHITE eggs.  It was pathetic.  I promised it would never happen again.  To this day, we talk about it every single Easter.  I will never live that one down.

How will you and your kiddos be coloring your eggs this year?  Or do you skip the real eggs and just do plastic?  I can’t lie – I do 1 dozen real eggs for Bailey to hunt from the Easter Bunny.  But the rest…..plastic.  Kids grab a real one, shake it, and throw it back.  No respect for the real deal, I tell ya.

See you tomorrow!!

xoxo stacyb

 

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