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Emoji Easter eggs

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Emoji Easter eggs

Every year, I try out a new idea for Easter eggs, ๐Ÿ˜„ and I came across this one on Pinterest, (I think) and I couldn’t resist! My daughter Sam, is all over any excuse to use emojis… ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜‡ look, I even have them installed on my iPad keyboard.

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Here is the original post….Link to Egg tutorial

Sam had a friend over, so when I showed them the above picture,they instantly jumped at the idea. ๐Ÿ˜›

So, we started with some paper, I had them look online to find some Emojis, and sketch out a few ideas.

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Luckily, every year starting in February, I start saving eggs. Instead of cracking them, Using a skewer, I poke a hole in the top and bottom, and blow out the yolks, ๐Ÿ˜ฎ so i had a few eggs on hand. I figure if we are going to go to the trouble of decorating the eggs,we might as well keep them. 

The original post said to pain the eggs with acrylic paint, ๐Ÿ˜ด  but we decided to simplify the idea a little, and we used food colouring to colour the eggs. The simplest way I have seen to dye eggs is to pop them into a sandwich bag, and add a few drops of food colouring, and rub around. It worked pretty well, much less mess than paint, I am sure!  ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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We had to let the eggs dry for a little bit until the food colouring was dry. ๐Ÿ˜ดThen, the girls sketched their designs in pencil and traced over them in Sharpie markers…man, what can’t you do with sharpies? ๐Ÿ‘

Anyways, here are the end results….really cute! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Š๏ปฟ๏ปฟ๏ปฟ

I almost forgot to mention that they are double sided! We drew two different faces on each egg. The girls just picked the side they liked the best for the photos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Time for my Easter Eggs!

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Every year, I post one of my favourite recipes ever! How to make Easter eggs.
I love this recipe because I think it tastes better than the Cadbury Easter Cream Eggs, and I love it because I know all the ingredients. Not that I am saying that this is healthy by any stretch of the imagination, but at least I can pronounce all of the ingredients. It makes a huge batch of eggs.

You need:
10 cups of icing sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 cup of butter
1 can of Eaglebrand condensed milk
1/4 tsp of salt

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As you can see, I melted the butter before starting, it is a whole lot easier to mix that way! This is a really tough recipe….. dump all of the ingredients together in a big bowl and mix.
Those of you who know me know that measuring is not really my thing… When I am cooking, I estimate A LOT. So for this reason sometimes my recipes don’t always turn out exactly the same each time I make them. So when I was “measuring” the icing sugar yesterday, I guess I added a little too much because the mixture was a little crumbly.

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No problem. I added about a teaspoon of milk at a time until it looked like this:

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When everything is thoroughly mixed together, it should all stick together, and you should be able to knead it like a dough. If it ends up too sticky, just add more icing sugar.
To make the yolks, break off about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mixture, and add yellow colouring by kneading it in. This year I tried using a colour in paste form, however, liquid food colouring works fine too, you might just have to add some more icing sugar if it gets too wet or sticky.

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Mix in the food colouring until it is a solid colour.

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This part is where the kids come in handy. Every year, their job is to roll the yolks. Tonight, I had Sam as my assistant. I recommend rolling a few yolks at a time, rather than rolling them all out at once because they do tend to dry out, and they start crumbling.
I like to make smaller eggs because these are so rich. Besides, if I make them a third of the size that means I can eat three rather than one! That makes sense right?? I would say the best size to roll the yolks is the size of one of your fingernails, or a bit bigger then a pea.

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To make the egg whites, Roll the white “dough” into balls, I would say about three times larger than the yolks.

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Then flatten the white ball, and wrap it around the yellow yolk ball.

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Then roll it into the palm of your hands to make it into an egg shape.

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Repeat these steps over and over about a hundred times. (Seriously, this batch made almost a hundred…this photo is only showing about half of the eggs!) I line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to put the eggs on to cool in the fridge. I would recommend the parchment paper because I have had them stick to the cookie sheet before, and trust me, it is really frustrating to have them stick.

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Then on my double broiler (the fancy name for my pyrex bowl on top of a saucepan), I melted some milk chocolate bunnies.

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And dipped each egg in the chocolate. I have tried a few different techniques here, but whatever utensils you use, be sure that the eggs are cold. When the eggs start to warm up, they start to melt and they are really difficult to dip. So, divide the batch into three or four, and keep the rest in the fridge.

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Then, I melted some dark chocolate by putting it in a sandwich bag, then in hot water and I squeezed out a few designs on top of the eggs. This part is total unnecessary, but makes them look real pretty!

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Every year, I decorate them a little differently. One year I used different coloured chocolate…

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They look great served in the decorative cupcake liners you buy at Bulk Barn, or the dollar store. I usually put them on a little easter plate, and add some grass.

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Or, check out these adorable little mini take out boxes I found at the dollar store. I used thm last Easter as place settings.

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Enjoy, and Happy Easter!!!

Eggs with Bling!

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How many posts have I used the word, “bling” in? I should look it up…anyways, it is a great word, and there are so many things you can add a little bling to! Every season or holiday, I find a new project to use my rhinestones for!
So, for Easter I thought, why not add some sparkle to some eggs?
I know this is last minute for Easter, but this really is an easy craft.
You need some of those plastic eggs. I had these cool metallic eggs. You also need some rhinestones, and a hot glue gun.

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When my glue gun heated up, I started by gluing a few rhinestones around the seam to glue it shut.

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Then, fill up the rest of the space with more! Keep gluing until you have covered the whole egg. I made my first one all out of the same shape and colour of rhinestones.

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As I was digging through my pile I started sorting the rhinestones into piles of matching colours.

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And I found metallic eggs that were similarly coloured…

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So, as I was watching tv last night, I mad a few eggs. I started by using monochromatic colours…

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But then I tried a few using different colours, stripes, and I even tried to make one in a flower pattern (although it is almost impossible to see the flowers, it still looks cool.)

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Can you see the flowers?

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Here they are finished…

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Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!

Annual Easter eggs

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This recipe is an absolute must to make every year at Easter. i have made these eggs every year for about 10 years. every year i make them a little differently, but they are always amazing! I like the taste of them much better than the Cadbury cream eggs, and the best thing is that i actually know every ingredient! I make them fairly small, because they are so rich. I made 75 eggs from the recipe this year. If you want to simplify the recipe, just skip making the yolks…they still taste just as good!

You need 10 cups of icing sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1can condensed milk

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Start by softening the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
Then mix everything together. The hardest part is being patient enough to wait for all of the condensed milk to come out of the can….

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Mix as much as you can in the bowl with a spoon. It should be wet enough that it sticks together, and all of the icing sugar has mixed together.

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When it gets difficult to stir with a fork or spoon, take the mixture out and knead it with your hands. It should form a ball without cracking.

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Once you can knead it, break off about 1/6 of the dough to use for yolk. I never get the ratio right, I always end up with a couple eggs where the insides are all white or yellow.

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Then add 10 drops of yellow food colouring at a time, and mix the colouring in.

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Keep adding drops 10 at a time until the yellow is the shade that you want. You might also add some icing sugar here as the food colouring will make the dough all sticky.
For this part, i have the kids roll the yolks.

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Then, to put the yolks in the center of the eggs, i pinch off a small piece of white, probably a bit more than double the size of the yolk. I flatten it into a pancake.

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Then put the yolk in the middle…

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Then wrap it like present.
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And roll it in the palm of your hand to make it an egg shape.

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You might find that the “dough” dries out a little by the time you get to making the last few eggs. like i said, this batch made 75 eggs. Also, as i finished a few at a time, I put them somewhere cool to harden up a little. Right outside our back door works well now!

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After the eggs have cooled for at least an hour, they are firm enough to dip in chocolate. This time of year the solid bunnies are always on sale, so I melted a Mr. Bunny to use.

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Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper so the eggs won’t stick, and dip each egg in chocolate. I always make a bit of a mess here. I still haven’t found a nice neat way to dip things in chocolate.

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I gave them a few minutes to cool, then I put some semi sweet chocolate chips into a sandwich bag, put the bag into hot water. This is the absolute easiest way to melt chocolate. You just squish the chocolate around every few minutes, and put it back into the hot water until it has melted. Then, cut off the corner of the bag, leaving a tiny opening, and drizzle or squeeze the chocolate out. On the Easter eggs, I did some swirls, stripes, and yes, even some squiggles!

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Here are the finished eggs! I wish I could let you taste them, because they are delicious!

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Have a great Easter weekend!

Better than Cadbury Easter cream eggs!

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I have made these Easter eggs for the last 10 years… At least! I love them because they are so sweet! They are very similar to the cream filled eggs, but better! The thing that I like the most is that I know exactly what is in them.
This recipe makes about 100 small eggs. I used to make them a lot bigger, but trust me, they are very rich. We cut them into slices!

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The ingredients you will need are as follows:
1 can of condensed milk
1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
About 10 cups of icing sugar
Yellow food coloring

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Start by mixing together the condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy. As you can see, I had helpers.

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Then, I keep adding a cup of icing sugar at a time until it isn’t sticky anymore… I think it was 10 cups, but as you may know about me by now, measuring is not my strong point. I’m more of an estimator.

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When you think you have added enough icing sugar, add another cup, roll up your sleeves, and start kneading.

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Once you have kneaded enough to gather all of the dough to form one big ball, pull apart about 1/4 of the ball to use for the yolk.

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Add a few drops of yellow coloring at a time to the smaller ball, and knead in until you have the yolk colour you want. The kids counted 20 drops this year.
Then, depending on the size of eggs you will be making, roll the yellow dough into little balls in the palm of your hands. The kids were great at this part. We made our balls the size of small marbles.

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Then, to make the egg whites, take some white dough, use a bit more than double what you used for the yolk, flatten the white dough in your palm and place the yolk in the middle, then wrap it around the white.

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Repeat this until you have used up all of your dough… We made our eggs fairly small this year, so we ended up making over 100. One thing I still have not mastered is the proportion of yellow to white. Every year, I have to make a couple all white, or all yellow “lucky eggs” because I have run out of white or yellow. I lay them out on cookie sheets lined with waxed paper. Let them cool in the fridge for at least an hour before dipping.

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Then, after they have cooled, melt some chocolate on a double broiler. I use chocolate chips, or I have also used those solid chocolate Easter bunnies that are on sale everywhere now.

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Dip each egg individually, then lay them out on the waxed paper to cool.

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Give them a few minutes in the fridge for the chocolate to cool. Depending on how much time you have to invest on these, you can stop here and they are ready to eat…. Or…. you can make them pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚
Here is one of my favourite techniques for decorating and chocolate….I use the coloured chocolate you buy at Bulk Barn. Pop a handful into a sandwich bag…

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Then, pour some hot water into a mug or bowl, and put in the bag of chocolate. Keep massaging the bag and putting it back into the hot water until all of the chocolate has melted.

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Then for the cool part…snip off a tiny corner of the bag, and squeeze! If you cut the hole small enough, you can be quite detailed. If you have any chocolate left over, just let it harden, put it into a new ziplock bag for the next time you need it.

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I decorated the eggs with green, blue, and red melted chocolate. I used straight, curly and zig zag lines…

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Once you are finished decorating, that them cool again in the fridge for another hour. Then to store them, I line an airtight container with waxed paper and stack them in layers with waxed paper dividing each layer. You should keep these in the fridge, they are good for a few weeks…but I’m not exactly sure, because I don’t think I have ever had them last for that long!
Enjoy!

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Decoupage eggs

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Here is a craft I did a couple of years ago that I did with the kids this year… I think they might have been frustrated with doing it before now. It’s a great way to use up those plastic eggs, and scraps of wrapping and tissue paper. Also, I think you could use these for decorations at other times of the year too!

You will need the following materials:
Tissue or wrapping paper
White glue
An old brush
Plastic eggs

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To begin, you only need a small piece of paper. You could decorate a couple eggs with a square foot of paper. You can use tissue paper, or a more glossy type of paper like wrapping paper.

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As you can see we are already in the Easter spirit!

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Begin by ripping up the paper into about one inch squares. You could also cut the paper, but I like the look of the rips, and also find the fibers of the paper stick a little easier when ripped.
Next, paint the glue onto the egg then stick the paper on top and brush on some more glue on top. This will also seal in the paper and give it a shiny look.

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The last step is to fill up the rest of the egg with strips of paper. You may find you need wider strips for some parts and narrower, smaller pieces for other parts of the egg, depending on the curve.

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Also, you can use tissue paper or thicker, glossy wrapping paper. But, if you are using thicker paper, i would suggest you cut it into smaller pieces, that way, you won’t get as many wrinkles.
The kids did a pretty good job making their eggs! We found if you cover half of the egg, take a break and let it dry for a little, then glue the rest, it doesn’t stick to your fingers quite as much!

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Here are some others I made with different papers….

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