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How We Rolled… for Easter

Our Easter was going to be a very quiet one, we’d known that for a while.  We had plans to go on a mini-vacation the day after Easter so hosting a bigger family holiday dinner or going elsewhere for it wasn’t going to work out this year.  So we kept it simple and small.

The day before Easter was the day of trying a new recipe and decorating eggs.  So we rolled up our sleeves (pun intended) and got to work on Resurrection Rolls (details in Food, courtesy of my time-absorbing hobby of scouring Pinterest for “cool stuff.”

Basically, it’s refrigerated crescent rolls, marshmallows, butter, cinnamon, sugar, and parchment paper.  The most important part of the recipe is the parchment paper.  Sure, the rest are crucial but I hate cleaning up icky pans so the parchment paper was vital.  Cleaning up sticky, gooey and greasy rolls was a matter of rolling up and tossing out a big piece of paper.  I LOVE PARCHMENT PAPER.

Making these was pretty fun – and fast.  So fast that we ended up making a double batch, because N wanted to make more!  That doesn’t happen often so I was glad to have the supplies on hand.

Making Resurrection Rolls

Making Resurrection Rolls

They came out delicious – sweet, gooey and living up to the reputation of a surprise inside.  We can add this to our Easter traditions, I think.

After cleaning up, it was time to boil a dozen eggs to start the egg decorating process.  There are a ton of ways to decorate eggs, and we picked 2 methods ahead of time: crayons and tie-dye.  We’d done tie-dye ones before and liked it.  We also did that technique at the recent Lenten Fair at church, where it was the most popular way to decorate eggs.

Half a dozen eggs were taken from the hot water once they were completely cooked through but NOT cooled.  We needed them nice and hot.  We assembled our materials: paper towels, unwrapped crayons and a clean egg carton.

The method is very simple – hold a hot, cooked egg in one hand while gently pressing a crayon on the shell, drawing with a little pressure.  The heat from the egg melts the crayon wax instantly, creating vivid colors and an almost paint-like material to draw with.

Crayon eggs

Using crayons to decorate hot, hard boiled eggs

We also experimented with a couple by putting some unwrapped broken crayons in a small plastic bag and hammering them into very small bits.  The broken bits were then put on a square of foil.  The egg is placed on the crayon bits and the foil wrapped completely around the egg.  A little massaging of the foil-wrapped egg (and patience) resulted in a beautiful, watercolor effect on the eggshell.

Crayon bits

Crayon bits - hammered then pressed onto an egg

N experimented further by scraping the wax off with his fingernail.  The result was a thin sliver of wax that melted far easier than the bits.

Shaving a crayon

N's technique of shaving crayon wax to melt onto an egg

The next technique we tried was tie-dye.  For this, we used a metal colander, liquid food coloring, white distilled vinegar and cold water.  We also used a clean roasting pan to be under the colander.  We put an egg, one at a time, into the colander, splashed it with a bit of vinegar, and rolled the egg to cover it with the vinegar.  Then we let 1 drop of food coloring land on the egg and swished it around in the colander to coat the shell with the dye.  We let it rest for 30 seconds and then added 1 drop of another color, swished and rested the egg.  After 30 more seconds of resting, I poured some cold water over the egg to rinse it.  Using plastic sandwich baggies as gloves, we moved the dyed eggs to an egg carton to dry.  The results were beautiful and unique (even Mike colored a couple of eggs this way).

When I can convince Mike to try a craft project, it’s a good time.

Here are the final results:

Tie-dye eggs

Tie-dyed Easter eggs

Easter morning was a bright, sunny one.  We dressed in our finest (ties for the boys, so handsome) and went to the early service at church.  It was a beautiful service.  We enjoyed breakfast at the youth group brunch after ward then headed home.  Our quiet Easter continued with a prime rib roast and roasted vegetables for dinner, with roasted corn and pepper soup to start it off.  Dessert was homemade Cadbury egg treats and chocolate dipped Peeps.

Easter desserts

Cadbury egg treats, chocolate dipped Peeps & Jelly Belly Beans

We squeezed in an Easter Egg Hunt with A’s help and topped the day off with some packing for our impending trip.

For a simple Easter celebration, there was still a bit of work to celebrate the day the way I wanted.    Some day, “simple” may involve going to a restaurant and not turning the oven on at all.  I much prefer it this way for now.

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For Mike, the Jets Fan – When Beer & Chocolate Can Make Things Better

When I tried out a new recipe yesterday, a carryover from St. Patrick’s Day, I had no way of knowing that it could be medicinal for my poor husband.  Mike, lifelong and diehard Jets fan, enjoyed one piece last night and may very well feel like demolishing the rest of it tonight.

The recipe is for Chocolate Guinness Cake (see my Food post from today, NYINNJ – Food ).  The original occasion was St. Patrick’s Day but we went out to eat that night instead, so our leftover St. Patrick’s Day dinner was last night.   I don’t make corned beef or cabbage myself, ever, but it’s the traditional dinner and we’re traditional people.  Thank goodness, the Market Place has the delicious and easy-to-pick-up complete dinner for take out, so problem solved!

Today, though, is cause for the cake to not be celebratory.  This cake is now medicinal.   In the midst of a circus-like off season for Mike’s Jets, rumors and accusations have been consistent and frustrating.  If that wasn’t enough, Peyton Manning went to the Broncos and now Tim Tebow has landed with the Jets.  The circus atmosphere is now approaching Ringling Brothers proportions. 

The thing is, Mike is a pretty even tempered fan.  He’s been a Jets/Mets/Rangers fan for his entire life, so this latest drama isn’t new to him nor is it likely to turn him off from rooting for his team.  If this was happening to the Giants, I’d be having an anxiety attack, no kidding.  He’s realistic enough to not expect much good to come of the Sanchez-Tebow QB situation but he’s also laid back enough to not let it faze him much. 

We’ll call him the Chocolate portion of the sports-aspect of our relationship.  Steady, reliable, sometimes WOW! and sometimes Meh…   It’s rare to have bad chocolate, right?  The kind you spit out?  Doesn’t happen much.

Then there’s me.  Most of my family and friends know how I’m a bit… shall we say… obsessed?  passionate?  frantically loyal?  nuts?  about my sports teams.  Mike is definitely as loyal about his teams as I am about mine but he shows his enthusiasm differently.  He, for example, doesn’t need to do deep breathing exercises when watching the 4th quarter or 9th inning.  He gives me his hand to squeeze for that last second field goal attempt, not vice versa.  I’m not sure I’d have fingers left if he ever tried that on me…

So, in the Chocolate Guinness Cake analogy, I’m the beer portion – I don’t think I need to explain why…

Anyway, the cake is delicious – and it may prove to be our ‘go to’ comfort food depending on how things go for our resident Jets fan.