Teamwork is not underrated, especially when you’re little and the opponent is big.
Never give up!
Every year I save one colored Easter egg in the back of the egg bin in the fridge. All winter long it’s a nice reminder that spring is on the way.
Soon this egg will be replaced with a new one. Its fun seeing art in the refrigerator! I’m planning on hanging a little painting on one of those pristine white walls.
Today’s lunch salad features Easter leftovers, especially the pickled eggs.
Here’s another way I enjoy pickled eggs after Easter…
I like using pickled eggs to add color to the Easter dinner table. Here they are with the salad course.
This year we had a separate salad so the pickled eggs were served simply with a garnish of parsley.
The original recipe in the old cookbook is for Pickled Beets. When I was young, my mom added hard boiled eggs to the beet solution a couple days before Easter so they would be ready to serve on Easter.
Here is the original recipe from the Relishes and Garnishes section of The New Goodhousekeeping Cookbook, published in the 60’s.
Pickled Beets (Pickled Eggs)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 clove garlic
6 Tbsp vinegar
1/4 cup water
2 cups drained cooked or canned beets, sliced
Combine mustard, sugar, salt, cloves, and garlic.
Slowly stir in vinegar and water. When smooth, pour over beets. [..layered with 6 to 10 peeled, hardboiled eggs at this point.]
Refrigerate until well chilled. Remove garlic. [I never remove the garlic. I slice or mince it and leave it in.]
Makes six servings
The eggs are best after four days in the solution. Once some eggs have been removed, you can add another batch of hard boiled eggs but the pickling won’t be as intense because the vinegar loses some of its tang.
My granddaughter loves this little Easter book from my childhood. We photographed this last year.
Four Little Bunnies
by Ruth Dixon
Photographs by Harry Whittier Frees
Published in 1935
My mom was going to throw out the decorated Easter Eggs she made in 1968. They were dusty, damaged and bug-eaten. Then she considered giving them to someone to salvage any useable trims. Of course I wanted them, cracked shells and all! They cleaned up beautifully.
At first glance, these seem like really simple eggs compared to the lavish rubber-stamped, lace-trimmed, glittered eggs made today. What makes these eggs so remarkable was the creativity with such limited supplies. My mom had very little to work with. She used poster paint, nail polish and a couple jars of my brother’s model car paints to paint the eggs. There was no shiny spray-on acrylic finish back then so she used clear nail polish to make them shiny. She purchased the gold paper trim from a mail order catalog from Lee Wards, a huge craft store in another state. There was no internet from which to buy craft supplies. There were no big Walmart craft aisles, Michael’s or craft stores. The only place for craft supplies was the local 5 & Dime store and even there, craft supplies were extremely limited.
Some of these eggs are missing pearls, some have bent trim, some have cracked shells. But when they are hung on the tree, they are all beautiful together.
Even though these eggs have missing beads and cracked shells, they are still so precious. When I look at them, I am reminded of simpler times, days of ingenuity, days crafting with my sisters, days of being read to by a mother that loved us. This little egg tree serves to remind me that it doesn’t take a studio of amazing craft supplies to make something all sparkled up, it just takes an eye for beauty and a determination to make do with what you have.
Last year I posted about the Hanging Plant Easter Egg Tree I made. It’s time to get it out again. Adding the drops of dew was my favorite part.
After I finished each miniature plant, with it’s tiny leaves and petals, I hung it on the tree. Though pretty, the plant didn’t seem fully alive it was all sparkled up with spring rain or drops of dew.
For each drop, I used tweezers to dab a single crystal seed bead in tacky glue and attach it where it should go, hanging from the tip of a leaf or puddled in the folds of a petal.
If you want to add realistic drops to an artificial plant, remember how real water acts. It flows down hill. So it will puddle at the bottom of a flower center, or hang from the lower tip of a petal or leaf.
Placing the tiny bead droplets on the plants was a very contemplative task, like yoga or painting, with each moment crystallized and beautiful. No it was not tedious, it was restorative and full of light. All sparkled up.
“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11
About the size of a penny, they sprang from a package of Paperclay last year. I have no idea where they are now but fortunately I photographed them before they hopped away.