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Easter Egg Mania

Easter Egg Mania

Uhhh Ohhh!

I was so excited to finally find PAAS coloring kits for Easter Eggs here in Hong Kong. However, when I went to open the package, it was missing the vital egg coloring tablets.  Each and every one of the packages in Times Square had been tampered with and re-taped shut. Someone must be making a mint on reselling the egg dye somewhere else. LOL

Easter Egg Mania

I can't let my boys down. Decorating Easter eggs is a family tradition we do every year, no matter where in the world we are... Asia is NOT an exception!

Easter Egg Mania

Hmm. My thoughts were racing trying to think of ways to tint the white eggs. Markers? Glitter? Saffron- no way that is way too expensive... and then up in the cupboard there was the solution with all of my other baking supplies. FOOD COLORING...

Easter Egg Mania

So I began experimenting with the food dyes and additions of vinegar and I ended up with some of the most beautifully colored eggs we have had in a very long time. I will never waste my money on the PAAS egg decorating packets again.

Easter Egg Mania

Please don't let the little things get you down over this holiday season. Just enjoy the time with your family and kids. You know there is always something that does not go quite as expected. Your youngest might spill red juice all over her beautiful new dress and bonnet right before Sunday services. Maybe your boys, bless their little hearts, decide to play a game of football in the mud and track in an entire ton of dirt all over your white kitchen floor just before your guests arrive. Maybe you forgot to set the timer and did not notice that your breakfast egg casserole was done until you see smoke bellowing from the kitchen.

Easter egg mania

It is never the end of the world. We all have been there, done that!  Just relax and let your family and friends laugh and enjoy these unique experiences with you.  The party will go on.... DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF AS IT IS ALL SMALL STUFF!

Easter egg mania

My youngest teenager and I had a wonderful and creative time decorating the eggs together. We are both just big kids at heart. I am glad I did not let a little Hong Kong Snafu ruin our family tradition.

Easter Egg Mania

  • 12 white eggs or more
  • red,green, yellow and blue food coloring
  • white vinegar
  • tap water room temperature
  • markers, glue, sparkles, beads, stickers (Whatever your little heart desires to design your eggs with)

Step 1: Place your egg in pot and cover with water

Step 2: Gently boil eggs for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and pot and allow to cool.

Step 3: In a coffee cup, mix about 20 drops of food coloring with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Add 1/2 cup room temperature water.

Step 4: Repeat the steps above to make different colors. For example, mix red and blue to get purple, and mix red and yellow to make orange, and mix blue and green to make a turquoise. I think you guys get the idea. don't forget to add the vinegar.

Step 5: Gently lower eggs in the cup with a spoon. The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker the colors will be. Once the egg reaches the desired color, remove from the cup with a spoon and allow to dry. You can put them back in the egg carton or use a cupcake tin.

Step 6: Here comes the super fun part. Once the eggs are completely dry you can use the glue and glitter, stickers,markers, beads to decorate your little eggs. My teenager put a little glue on top of the eggs and used small beads for the hair and then used glitter glue for the eyes and mouth to make little egg people...

Step 7: Store your eggs in the refrigerator in the front section so that is easy for the Easter bunny to find them and hide them. (The Easter bunny should check to see if maybe there is an Iphone application to remind you to check on those eggs a little later after the kids go to bed )

Happy Easter from Bam's Kitchen!

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Easter Egg Mania

By HWC Magazine  ,

April 7, 2012

  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 12 Adults or 2 Hungry Teenagers

Ingredients

eggs -

white vinegar -

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  • Well.. I thought there must be a way to do this, but I was too lazy to figure it out! You’re a good mom doing this! Imagine, stealing all the dye tablets? Losers! These turned out great! xoxo Happy Easter ps Was I supposed to make an egg casserole tomorrow.. oops;)

    • Happy Easter Smidge! For breakfast, I did not make an egg casserole. Instead we are enjoying some of lovely hard boiled decorated easter eggs, croissants, fruit and of course free flowing java. Currently enjoying watching the boys continue on with the Easter egg hunt. Take Care

      • Wonderful.. that sounds just perfect:) Happy Easter!!

  • Well done Bam – your eggs turned out so pretty! Happy Easter.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Thanks Mandy. I will let the boys know. They are the creative ones. Take Care, BAM

  • Awesome eggs! I need to get started on mine!

    • I know that I am at least 12 hours ahead of some of you due to the time zone difference. As I can predict the future, this Easter is going to be a great one. LOL

  • Nice to see you did not let the elements stop your tradition 😉
    The egg people have never looked more gorgeously and their glittery features almost remind me of the hunger games 😀

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Thanks CCU. My boys are the creative ones. However we are both brainstorming on making some yummy treats with our hard boiled eggs. So many potentials. Take care, BAM

  • It may have been an expensive ‘lesson’ but your home made colouring is perfect!

    • Now I know no matter where we are in the world, we can decorate eggs. Happy Easter!

  • I love making easter eggs, we might just have to do that today!!

    • Hard boiled decorated Easter Eggs make a great pre-made breakfast item after the Easter Egg hunt! Take Care, BAM

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff! EXCELLENT advice. i have never coloured eggs, weirdly that tradition never came to NZ in my day, or maybe it was just my family, but I love yours. You two kids must have had a great time! c

    • Cecilia I bet your farm fresh eggs would be beautiful decorated. Maybe you can start a new tradition with your family. Take care, BAM

  • Understand exactly what you mean about getting stressed about the little things, it’s just not worth it but it’s not always so easy to ignore. Those coloured eggs came out perfectly! Glad you guys still had fun. happy easter!

    • As you know living HK can cause major “liver qi stagnation”, due to all the stress and people. However, I decided not to let the small stuff bother me. I just lower my expectations and then I am never disappointed. When are coming home for a visit? Take care, BAM

  • Oh Bam! This is so adorable!! I love your little coloured eggs!! I must say you are quite brilliant to come up with VINEGAR!! haha. I would have just made a huge mess with mine! I was bewildered when I read that your packages have been tempered with! I would have been furious if I that happened to me. But you’re right! Don’t let anything ruin your holidays!! 🙂 I guess in HK time, it’s Easter now! You’re 1 day ahead! hehe.. Hope you have an awesome time doing the Easter Hunt with your boys! Sounds mighty fun! Happy Easter!

    • Hi Sam! Are you still in a sugar coma after eating your 8 layer Birthday cake? I am still in awe at your efforts! You know how it is living international, you can’t really find the things you are used to using when you are cooking. However, I just think of it as an awesome learning experience. I have learned more culinary tricks here in Asia then I would have ever learned in the States as I am always have to create new an innovative recipe adaptation. Happy Easter and Take Care, BAM

    • hehehe.. That’s awesome!! I bet if I moved back to Asia I would not be cooking AT ALL!! Food is so cheaply sold on the streets that I’d be tempted to just buy from the local food centres every day. 🙁 lol

  • How fun! We’re going to dye eggs tonight.

    • Your kids will have a blast! I hope the Easter bunny visits soon. Take Care, BAM

  • “Don’t sweat the small stuff ..” Eggcellent advice, no matter the day or place. Your quick thinking not only resulted in this year’s colored eggs but you’re now set for as many years as you’ll be dying eggs. Not bad at all. Happy Easter!

    • “Eggcellent” John! My favorite new word for this Happy Easter Day and many more to come. Take care, BAM

  • ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Bobbi,

    What a great attitude to have about not sweating the small stuff, life is short and there are so many awesome things to look forward too! Have a great Easter too!

    • It is my new motto. If you say “don’t sweat the small stuff” to yourself often through out the day, you will be surprised how you can change any negative experience into a positive one. Happy Easter you too! Take care, BAM

  • Cute eggs, great idea to use food coloring. My kids and I had so much fun coloring eggs today too! So much fun that I didn’t even think of my Easter cake… As you said, I am not gonna stress about it… I will try to whip up something in the morning.
    HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOU FAMILY! 🙂
    Sibella

  • Happy Easter Sibella, I am so happy to hear that you had some quality time with the kids this holiday. They will remember these fun times with you and they will forget all about the cake. Maybe you can just whip up some Easter panCAKE’s in the morning. That’s close enough, don’t you think? Take care, BAM

  • Thank you for your beautiful Easter Eggs, and beautiful personal story. I had died eggs so many years ago with food coloring but had forgotten the formula. I appreciate you giving me that information. Is there any reason I can’t use regular apple cider vinegar instead of the white? I don’t keep white in my pantry? Thank you!

    • Hello Mary, thanks for stopping by. Any type of vinegar you happen to have in your pantry will work fine, including cider vinegar. The vinegar assists in the chemical reaction to make the colors brighter. The only vinegar I would not use is the Chinese black vinegar as this will affect the coloring of the eggs. If you want a pale lighter pastel color, you can also use lemon juice. I hope this helps. Take care, BAM

  • Lovely post…
    I bought a kit that promised to be “No Mess!”…
    Let’s just say that next year we’ll go back to teacups and food coloring.
    Happy Easter Bobbi and Family!

  • Ha Ha …no mess.. yeah right. Line your kitchen counter with visqueen plastic wrap and lets the little kid festivities begin… Happy Easter Marie and FAM! Take Care, BAM

  • You’re so right. Don’t sweat the small stuff…a lesson life may teach you if you don’t figure it out, but great advice! Your eggs look terrific, and are probably much healthier (to eat) than the Paas version anyway! And they are so cute, too. A very Happy Easter to you and your family, Bam.

    • A very Happy Easter to you and your family too! I think we all need a little reminder with our crazy lives to just let the small things slide. It makes us all much happier. Wishing you the best. Take Care, BAM

  • So cute and inspiring Easter eggs! Happy Easter to you!

    • Happy spring to you Preena! I’m on my way to the market to get some greek yogurt. Guess what I want to make? Take Care, BAM

  • I love how you use muffin tins! That is a great idea 🙂 looks and sounds like so much fun!!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

    • Happy Easter Syndney! I ended up using muffin tins to dry my eggs as with the clean up process I accidentally cleaned up too well and threw away the egg cartons. As with the theme, “Dont’ sweat the small stuff it is all small stuff.” Take Care, BAM

  • So adorable and sweet! Happy Easter to you and your family Bam 🙂

  • Thank you Charles. Happy Easter to you and your family. I hope the Easter bunny is good to you . Take Care, BAM

  • Ha, so cute! I haven’t seen many Easter eggs with faces, but these have so much more charm than just randomly patterns ones. 🙂

    • Leave it to kids to be creative…. I hope your Easter was divine. Take Care, BAM

  • Happy Easter :)// And don’t those eggs looks so cute and stylish. I remember dressing up my eggs like that one year. Thanks for helping me remember those memories 🙂

    • Thanks Kay. They would even look more stylish hidden around one of those multimillion dollar premier kitchens you have been blogging about. LOL I hope you are doing well. Take Care, BAM

  • I grew up coloring eggs with food coloring, and that’s the way I do it now with my kids. It’s an inexpensive and fun way of dying our eggs. I love your attitude about the small stuff. It really is worthwhile letting it go, isn’t it? Hope your family had a wonderful Easter.

    • Hello Beth, I was just visiting your website and you have 2 teenagers as well and they did a beautiful job decorating the Easter eggs. I think it would be heartbreaking to take away the traditions. Maybe they can just pass the traditions on… Take Care, BAM

  • Anonymous

    They look beautiful, i have never actually tried egg decorating with the kids, have to remember next year. Hope it was a great Easter.

    • There is always next year to start some fun family traditions. Take care, BAM

  • They look beautiful, i have never actually tried egg decorating with the kids, have to remember next year. Hope it was a great Easter.
    We are visiting HK next month, so excited.

    • You will love all the fresh seafood here in HK. Thanks for dropping by my website so that I could find yours. I Love your bisque. Super Yummy! Take care, BAM

  • We don’t dye eggs every year, but usually do. Best part is writing silly messages on them. I’ve heard of using food coloring for dye, but have never done that – thanks for your experiment! The color on your eggs is great. Good decorations, too. Nice post – thanks.

    • That is fun, writing silly messages on them. Kids are so creative. Now we are on to trying some yummy new recipes with our eggs. Take care, BAM

  • Where there is a will there is a way…as the saying goes. You did great! I hope you had a very Happy Easter with your family.

    • Thanks Karen. I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter Holiday with your family. Take care, BAM

  • Those look perfect! I can’t believe someone stole all the tablets, though. How random. 🙂 Hope you and your boys had a wonderful Easter!

    • Hello Courtney! I know is that not so weird that people would take out all of the dye tablets from each of the packets and then tape them shut. Nothing shocks me. We live in Hong Kong. LOL

  • These little eggs are adorable! I remember when i used to make Easter eggs in elementary school. It was honestly probably one of the things I loved the most. Hope you had a happe easter!

    • Hello Kyleen, I know it brings back all the warm memories of being a kid. I hope your holiday was grand. Take care, BAM

  • How creative! love it! happy Easter Bobbi!

  • What a fun assortment. I have not dyed eggs in so long, but this reminds me how fun it is!

    • Ashlea, I am so glad you stopped by so that I could find your website. I look forward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • Just goes to show you that necessity is the mother of invention. I haven’t made coloured eggs with my girls because I always forget to buy the kits — but I always have food colouring in the house. Thanks so much for the great tip. Hope you had a great Easter with your family!

  • “Necessity is the mother of invention” so true. I hope you enjoy coloring eggs with your girls the old fashion way. Thanks for stopping by and look forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, BAM

  • This is such a great way to keep choldren occupied! Lovely dyed eggs!

    • Katerina, thanks for stopping by so that I could find your website. I am looking forward to keeping in touch with our culinary adventures. Take care, BAM

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff!
    The perfect advice for any time of year.Glad you managed to keep your family tradition

    • How are you doing? Everyone on recovery? Sending some positive thoughts your way. Take care, BAM

  • Lisa

    Even though I grew up celebrating Passover, we always decorated Easter Eggs Easter morning. So much fun! Your eggs look amazing – so pretty! That said, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers xo

    • Lisa, you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself!!! BAM

  • I love your attitude and must let your wisdom sink in. I am a bit of a pessimist and do let the small stuff get to me, especially on party days. Thanks for sharing this and for the Easter egg dying tip as well! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

    • Thanks Geni. I think maybe it is either the age or the mileage but no longer do the little unplanned events frustrate me in the kitchen. Every obstacle or surprise, I treat like a learning adventure. I have created some of the most fantastic yummy accident in my kitchen this way. I hope your week is grand. BAM

  • Hi, I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve nominated you in turn. If you’re interested check out the rules at http://www.susartandfood.wordpress.com. Great blog!

    • Thank you very much. I am very honored to receive this award. Looking froward to keeping in touch. Take care, BAM

  • So true to not sweat the small stuff, time is too precious to waste it sulking, or stressing out! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Those eggs look so good- I have never decorated eggs- I thought I would do it this time, but somehow time did not permit it. I’ll just enjoy yours for this year!

    • There is always next year. So whats on the menu for this upcoming garam marsala Tuesday?

  • Family traditions are so important! Your kids are blessed to have you 🙂

  • These are very funny 🙂 We love them 🙂

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