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


 

With the temps hitting 90 degrees this week… I did some looking around for some water fun.  I found some great ideas and wanted to make the one Simple Simon & Co but they did not have very detailed instructions at all.. So being that we are kinda handy.. We set off to Home Depot, and I am pretty happy with our results.  Colin loves it even more!  To make this fun project it only costs $8.00 or less at Home Depot (I am sure Lowe’s etc are similar).

We only used the glue on one piece so that we can easily store for next summer.  This beats buying the kid sprinklers in store that are pricey and seem to last only a summer or less!

*NOTE* I have the exact measurements for the PVC Pipe cuts… If your super friendly…Maybe you can get the associate at your Home Improvement Store to help you make those cuts (Save a bit of time and money if you do not have a saw).

Continue reading » PVC Pipe Water Fun For Less Than !!!

 

I love to have great looking nails but hate paying to get them done and sitting there with the smell of a nail place.. Check out this easy way to give yourself your own French Manicure from Pop Cosmo!  I grabbed a pack of the paper reinforcements for $1.00 at Walmart.

How to do a French Manicure

Step 1: Apply a base coat and let dry. It’s important that it is completely dry before you proceed.
Step 2: Apply either blue painter’s tape or paper reinforcements to your nail.
Step 3: Paint a neon color on the tip, or whatever color you would like to use. Use 2 light coats for coverage. Thick coats are not advisable because it leaves a ridge (you can see one in our ring finger… oops!)
Step 4: Remove tape or reinforcement AFTER the polish has dried.
Step 5: Apply a clear coat and enjoy!

 

I know yesterday, may noticed that Facebook Changed.  I saw so many posts go across my feed about how users hated the new look….but as you know with Facebook they make changes all the time.  Thanks to reader Judy, I am now using one awesome Facebook feature called Lists.   List is a feature you can use to keep track of your favorite friends and or pages. I know my biggest issue with the changes is that I was afraid I might miss a great deal or freebie since the news feed has changed.  I created a list with all my favorite freebie sites and companies so I am always on top of the current posts!  I hope this helps you regain the like of Facebook!

What are lists?

Lists are an optional way to you organize your friends on Facebook so you can filter the stories you see in News Feed or post an update for specific people from one part of your life, like your coworkers or friends who live near you.

How do I create and edit lists?
You can add individual friends to lists by hovering over the Friendsbutton at the top of their profile and selecting from the list names that appear. If you don’t see the name of the list you’re looking for, click the option to show all of your lists.You can also edit your lists or create custom lists right from your home page:

  1. Click the Home link (along the top-right of every Facebook page)
  2. Find the list you want to edit in the left column, or click the More link next to Lists
  3. Select the list you want to edit or click Create a List
  4. Search for your friends in the search bar at the top of the page, or add people from the List Suggestions on the right

Note: When you add someone to a smart list for a school, workplace or city, your friend will have the option to add that information to their profile, too. For example, if you add one of your friends to your work list, they can choose to add that company to their profile. You should see a reminder about this the first time you add someone to one of your smart lists.

 

Are you getting those pesky SPAM Text Messaging???  Well I am.. Started with one that I would get just every few weeks.. Now I am getting a More than 2 a week!  This is awful!  I did a bit of research and the New York Times has a great article to help get rid of this nasty thing that has hit the cell phone customer world!

Check HERE to check out the Whole Article!

* AT&T: Log in at mymessages.wireless.att.com. Under Preferences, you’ll see the text-blocking and alias options. Here’s also where you can block messages from specific e-mail addresses or Web sites.

* Verizon Wireless: Log in at vtext.com. Under Text Messaging, click Preferences. Click Text Blocking. You’re offered choices to block text messages from e-mail or from the Web. Here again, you can block specific addresses or Web sites. (Here’s where you set up your aliases, too.)

* Sprint: No auto-blocking is available at all, but you can block specific phone numbers and addresses. To get started, log in at www.sprint.com. On the top navigation bar, click My Online Tools. Under Communication Tools, click Text Messaging. On the Compose a Text Message page, under Text Messaging Options, click Settings & Preferences. In the text box, you can enter a phone number, email address or domain (such as Comcast.net) that you want to block.

* T-Mobile: T-Mobile doesn’t yet offer a “block text messages from the Internet” option. You can block all messages sent by e-mail, though, or permit only messages sent to your phone’s e-mail address or alias, or create filters that block text messages containing certain phrases. It’s all waiting when you log into www.t-mobile.com and click Communication Tools.

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