I can never seem to cook a hard boiled egg so I found this great recipe on Facebook Incredible Egg Fan Page

Prep Time: 1 minute | Cook Time: 15 to 22 minutes | Makes: As desired 

Here’s How
1. PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. HEAT over high heat just to boiling. REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.

2. LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (12 minutes for medium eggs; 18 minutes for extra large).

3. DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.

ENJOY
• Pack hard-cooked eggs for lunch to eat out-of-hand. Slice or cut into wedges for tossed salad. Color and decorate for Easter.

INSIDER INFO
• Hard-cooked, not hard-boiled. Although the cooking water must come to a full boil in this method, the pan is immediately removed from the heat so that the eggs cook gently in the hot water. This produces tender, not rubbery, eggs and minimizes cracking.

• Banish the greenish ring. This harmless but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-cooked yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. Our method – cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately – minimizes this.

• Food safety precaution: Piercing shells before cooking is not recommended. If not sterile, the piercer or needle can introduce bacteria into the egg. Also, piercing creates hairline cracks in the shell, through which bacteria can enter after cooking.

• Never microwave eggs in shells. Steam builds up too quickly inside and eggs are likely to explode.

• Very fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. To ensure easily peeled eggs, buy and refrigerate them a week to 10 days in advance of cooking. This brief “breather” allows the eggs time to take in air, which helps separate the membranes from the shell.

• Hard-cooked eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling. Cooling causes the egg to contract slightly in the shell.

• To peel a hard-cooked egg: Gently tap egg on countertop until shell is finely crackled all over. Roll egg between hands to loosen shell. Starting peeling at large end, holding egg under cold running water to help ease the shell off.

• Storage time: In the shell, hard-cooked eggs can be refrigerated safely up to one week. Refrigerate in their original carton to prevent odor absorption. Once peeled, eggs should be eaten that day.

• High altitude cooking: It’s almost impossible to hard-cook eggs above 10,000 feet.


Here are a few sites to help with the egg coloring too!

13 creative ways to dye eggs

My Little Cottage has some great new & old ideas on how to color eggs

ehow-many ideas too. Some simple and some a bit harder to do


 

I am always looking for cute little gifts for Holiday’s and with Easter just around the corner… These are super cute!   I am going to make a few for a couple of my son’s friends.

Envelope Bunnies How-To

1. Seal the flap of an envelope, and draw bunny ears on the sealed side, as shown below. You can draw your own or use our bunny ear template.

2. Cut along the line through both layers of the envelope.

3. Flip the envelope over; what was the side of the envelope becomes the bottom of your treat holder.

4. Cut pink construction paper to make eyes and insides of ears, and glue them on the front of the envelope. Use colored pencil for mouth; glue on a pom-pom nose. Fill with yummy Easter sweets.

Found on Martha Stewart

 

With Dr. Seuss Birthday just around the corner and the opening of The Lorax, how fitting to make a post that is all Dr. Seuss!

Free Dr. Seuss Printables

Visit 2TeachingMommies.com and check out all the great activities and printables on Dr. Seuss!  There so so many that I am saving off to make and do with Colin.

Continue reading » All Things Dr. Seuss: Crafts, Printables & Food

 

Colin hat

Did you know that Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd?  What a fun way to celebrate by making a hat that matches his!  This great craft idea comes from BabbaCo.com!  Super easy and you only need a few supplies.

Dr. Seuss Hat from BabbaCo.com

Supplies:

  • Large White
  • Construction Paper  (used an 11 inch by 17 inch piece)  (You can use a smaller sheet but just might have to tape the pieces together like we did!)
  • Red Construction Paper (8.5 inch by 11 inch is fine) or you can have your kiddo’s color the red stripes
  • Tape or glue stick
  • Scissors

Visit BabbaCo.com for the directions with pictures!

Image Credit: BabbaCo.com

Image Credit: Babbaco.com

 

With the 4th of July just around the corner… I found some great printables you can use for family fun as well as decorating too!  The “God Bless America….” is from Landee See, Landee Do and in sizes 5×7 and 8×10.  Find a white frame and you have a great decoration for your home!

The 4th of July Free Printable Bingo Cards come from Makedoodle and would be great game to play with the family!  I know Colin would just love this!  You can find some cheap buttons or just cut some squares out of paper or cardstock!

Did you like 4th of July Bingo Cards? Learn how to create your own celebrity bingo card.

 

Another great FREE 4th of July printable!  Grab the Free 4th of July Word Art from The Crafting Chicks. You can choose to print up to a 16×20 in size.

Visit Made In A Day to grab two great FREE 4th of July Printables.  These include cupcake toppers as well as a fun printable you can use to decorate your home!

 

I do not know about you, but I think Nintendo DS games are extremely small and super easy for a 5 year old to loose.  I can not tell you how many games have missing for a bit.  We have tried all sorts of storage including cases that are sold in stores but do not seem to do the job.  The other day while shopping at Walmart (or any craft store) I found this plastic storage box back int he craft area.

There were several options and sizes and I chose the one that will only house games.   This storage box only cost $3.00!!  They had another that was the same size priced at $5.00 that you could make your own compartments.  That one was neat because you could make a compartment to hold the DS it’s self.  I allowed Colin to pick some stickers and I picked up a $1.00 pack of labels in which I wrote the name of the game.  The labels are a good help for us to remember what games we have!  Colin is starting to read so he knows where to put the games back.. We only allow one game out at a time.

For around $5.00 that includes the box, stickers and labels… Easy Nintendo DS Game Storage!

 

Well it is almost time to start thinking about those letters to Santa!  I have found a few places you can send free letters to Santa!  One will even get a response back!

Free Letters From Santa Claus:

Visit Free Letters from Santa Claus and choose 1 of 5 letters that you can create to print and give your child.  I suggest with these letters from Santa to put in your mail box after your mail is delivered so that your child will think Santa actually sent a letter!  You might find a stamp to use as a post mark.

Letter From Santa:

Visit Letter From Santa to create one of 4 letters from Santa.

  • Using our easy and fun online letter creator, you can customize a Santa Letter with your child’s name, hometown, friend’s name and more.
  • We have four unique letters to choose from and three color choices making it easy to personalize a letter for each of your children.
  • After you finish creating your letters, you simply download them to your computer to print out on your own printer.

Easy Free Santa Letter:

Visit Easy Free Santa Letter to create a Free letter from Santa.  You can create a free letter if you use the Standard options.  You can choose one of the Magical Letters for just $2.99.

  • Faster than magic Elf dust and as easy as 1, 2, 3! Simply point and click and you’ll receive your FREE printable Santa Letter instantly, personally addressed to your little one by the big guy himself. No waiting by the mailbox!
  •  Looking for something much more magical? For only $2.99 choose from our many beautiful designs to create a unique Letter from Santa Claus full of special details about your child that only Santa could know. Watch your child’s eyes light up brighter than Rudolph’s nose! Create yours today!

Free Letter From Santa Claus from Santa Clause Indiana (This one is free but I always include a few dollars to help with postage.  These are local volunteers that write these letters to the children.

I live just about 30 minutes from this town called Santa Claus, IN. (Yes there is such a place!) They have a great theme park there to open spring to the fall. Pretty much everything in the town has a Christmas Theme! All the street names, stores, etc. Pretty neat for the little ones. One of the places we visit is the Santa Claus Museum! When we are there we drop off our letter to Santa, in which he an his elf’s write back!

If you are not near Santa Claus, IN you can mail your letter to Santa. This is free, but they do ask for donations to pay for postage. Volunteers write the letters, address and stamp. I always include a few dollars to pay for postage on my letter as well as a few others. Above is the letter my son got last year! (Make sure you have your address somewhere on the letter so they know where to send back too!)

Letter Details:

Since 1914, children have had the joy of receiving letters from Santa Claus for free. To receive a written letter from Santa Claus, a letter with a legible return address must be mailed to:

Santa Claus
PO Box 1
Santa Claus, IN 47579

Every letter mailed to Santa Claus before December 21st, will receive a letter back from Santa Claus himself! The earlier you can send in your letter the better.

To help pay for postage, donations would greatly be appreciated. They can be sent to the address listed above as well.

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