4.30.2011

Cupcake weakness

Yesterday I talked about how I have weaknesses when I come to WV.  I thought I would share one of my weaknesses with you.  This is one of the reasons why I just love to eat here!

Mini cupcakes, with the most amazing icing, and to make them better....

Yes, that is raspberry filling!!!!

OMG, these little things are AMAZING!
When they are this little, it makes it harder to judge how many you should eat.
When they are large, you eat one, when they are mini you eat 2? 4?  
I don't know, they are to good to have just one, that's for sure.

I'm sorry if I now have you tempted!
I hope you all have a delicious weekend!

4.29.2011

Eating Habits

Have you ever noticed that your eating habits change depending on where you are?  If not, lucky you!  I've noticed depending on where I am, the amount of food I eat, or don't eat.

For example, when I'm at my own house, I have my set schedule, the food I buy, usually healthy and the menu that I'm used to.  When I come to my mom's or my aunt's houses, I feel like I gain 10 pounds!  They have all the foods I used to love and then some.  When I'm in West Virginia, I have all of my favorite foods.  My amazing steak hoagies, Italian bread, Giovanni's, Italian olives, unbelievable cookies, cakes and cupcakes and hot dogs with hot dog chili and slaw.  Are you thinking how is it any different than Ohio?  Well, I can't get any of this stuff there.  There are no Italian bakeries, there are no homegrown bakeries that make amazing  pastries, or cakes, I haven't found any good olives, etc.  I guess on one hand that's good, but on the other hand, it sucks!  If I had all this in Ohio, when I came to WV, I wouldn't eat so much.

When I go to the beach, it seems like I'm not hungry.  I could eat small snacks all day, and be fine.  The only time I want full meals is when I get my seafood dinner, crab legs, crab legs, and more crab legs.  I'm sure it has to do with hanging out in the sun all day, but don't know for sure.  When I'm outside at home, I'm not as hungry, but I'm still hungry.  Maybe it has to do with being in a bathing suit all day.  Being in a bathing suit makes you a little more aware of what you look like, right?  Heck, maybe I should force myself to put a bathing suit on more often so that I keep myself in check.

Whatever the case may be, I wish I had the willpower to stay consistent no matter where I am.  Maybe I should wish my family didn't tempt me with all the things I love, but I'm glad they do.  I love those foods, and like Jillian and Bob have said, don't deprive yourself from the things you love, just eat them in moderation.

I hope you all have a Royal Day ;)

4.28.2011

A Fangtastic cocktail with a cool cup treat



For those of you that don't know, I'm a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries, The Twilight Series and I like True Blood.  I know vampires aren't real, they are all fiction, which is why I enjoy reading and watching it.  These books and shows give me the opportunity to feel like a kid again.  The chance to remember what it was like to read a book or watch a show and just use your imagination, knowing that none of it's real, but enjoying the thought of getting lost for a little while .  I hope that you all have shows or movies that you can do that with, just lose yourself for a little while.  I think it's good for us.


With Thursdays being my Vampire Diaries night, I thought I would share a little something I came across.


This is for all of my Vampire loving friends, you know who you are! :)


Even if you are not a fan of vampires, this yummy cocktail is to good to pass up.  I hope you enjoy it!




Vampire's Delight
2 oz rum
1 banana
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
grenadine
combine the rum, banana and ice cream in a blender. Swirl the grenadine around in two champagne flutes so that it coats the inside and pour the banana mixture into the glasses.
Bloody Glasses
For a really cool effect you could try rimming your cocktail glasses with blood...

.... I don't mean real blood, just a little something to get the effect! This is guaranteed to impress your friends!



What you'll need
1 cup sugar
½ cup karo syrup
½ cup water
red food coloring
Directions
Combine sugar, syrup and water and cook without stirring to hard crack stage (300oF).
Add food coloring
Turn down the heat (you need to still keep the mixture hot while dunking the glasses) and dunk the top of the glass into the mixture while it is still hot
Flip glass right way up to cool and it will naturally cause some drips......just like real blood.
This method can be used for any glasses.
Warning - It is difficult to clean this off of your glasses as it is basically a hard candy coating so soak it in hot soapy water for a little bit before washing. Alternatively do as I do and leave it soaking overnight - comes off quite easily the following morning that way.


I hope you all have a Fangtastic day! If you would like to enjoy more cocktails, head on over to Thirsty Thursday

4.27.2011

Holiday Decorations

How long do you wait to take down holiday decorations?  In this house, it depends on the holiday truthfully.  At Christmas time, I put the tree and decorations up days after Thanksgiving and don't take them down until January 6th.  I love Christmas, it's decorations, the smells, everything about it!  It puts me in a great mood and I enjoy every minute of it.

Easter decorations went up at the beginning of Lent and came down the day after.  I love Easter too, but I'm finished looking  at eggs and bunnies and such.  Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations go up at the beginning of their month, and immediately come down the day after,  like Easter.  I'm just done looking at those decorations and am ready for the next.

In between holidays I really don't have anything to decorate with, nothing really that celebrates the season.  Sad right?  I guess now that I have the blog, and all of you, I should come up with some crafts to fill the spaces each month.

I'm working on some Mother's Day things for gifts and decorations.  If you have any suggestion or ideas for any holiday or craft, shoot it my way at datssocute@gmail.com  I would love to hear your ideas.

I hope you have a lovely day and I'll see you tomorrow!

4.26.2011

Leftover ham recipes

If you all are like me, you have more than enough leftover ham to get you through the week.  Being that I'm not a big ham eater, I thought I would share some recipes to help you all get rid of that leftover ham from Easter.  
I bought a 9 pound ham with the thoughts of having company, but when that didn't happen, it left me with 8 1/2 pounds of ham.  Besides making ham sandwiches for Steve and the boys, here are some other yummy recipes you can enjoy!


Au Gratin Potatoes with Ham
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 2 cups chopped green onions
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup plain soft bread crumbs
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter, cut in small pieces
Preparation:
In a saucepan cook potatoes and onions together in lightly salted water until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain. To make white sauce melt 5 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan. Add flour, stirring until blended. Cook, stirring, and gradually stir in milk. Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, pepper, paprika and pimiento. Cook, stirring, until thick. Place half of the cooked potatoes and onions in a large buttered 3-quart baking dish. Cover potatoes with half of the cheese. Spread all the ham on the cheese. Cover with remaining potatoes.
Pour the cooked seasoned white sauce over all. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top. Sprinkle with bread crumbs then dot with butter. Bake in preheated 350° oven until cheese is melted, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8.

*This is my favorite thing to do with leftover ham!
Beans and Cornbread
Ingredients
  1. 1 jar great Northern beans
  2. 1/2 pound cooked ham, diced or ham bone with some ham
  3. 1 small onion, diced
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 1 package Jiffy cornbread mix
Directions
  1. Throw one jar of great Northern beans in a crock pot
  2. Add onions and ham bone/ham
  3. salt and pepper to taste
  4. Let Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  5. Make Jiffy cornbread following directions on the box
Ham Salad
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups ground fully cooked ham
  2. 1 hard-cooked egg, chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
  4. 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
  5. 2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  6. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  7. 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  8. Assorted crackers
Directions
  1. In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Combine mayonnaise and mustard; add to ham mixture and mix well. Refrigerate until serving. 


4.25.2011

Gas Prices

All I can say is wow.  How ironic it is to wake up and see that oil has gone up again and oil companies are reporting record profits.  Some things never change.  I had prepared my blog last night and wrote what is below. 
Now on to original post.
Complaining never does any good.  We can’t control the price we pay at the pump.  We can choose how much we pay to fill up our tanks though.  By this, I mean we decide on what car or truck we want, what color, what options and how cool we will look driving it.  My choice was a Ford F-150 Supercrew.  I bought this truck 6 years ago and always said I don’t care about gas prices.  Well I don’t.  I have room in the cab for 6 and can pull pretty much anything I want or need too.  It holds 30 gallons of gas, so at $3.83 a gallon, which it was here on Sunday in Ohio, you can do the math when it’s time to fill up. 
There are also many things you can do to help reduce the pain at the pump.  It all can start by simply deciding where to live.  I know a lot of people who drive 30 – 40 miles one way to work.  Personally, I choose to live close and ended up with a 14 mile round trip.  Make sure your tires are properly inflated and change your oil on a regular maintenance interval.  Pump gas in the morning when the air is cooler.  By afternoon when the gas heats up, you will lose some when pumping as it vaporizes.  The most important fuel saving tip is, drive slower.  Sure driving 75 mph gets you there a little sooner than doing 65 mph, but you also are basically adding .20¢ a gallon to the price of gas by doing this. 
Now were on to what erks me.  People who complain about $4 gas, but spend $4 on a latte at St@rbu(ks.  Now since I am pretty decent in math, here is a little equation for you. 
One 16 oz latte = $4
There are 128 ounces in a gallon.
 128 / 16 = 8 
8 lattes x $4 = $32
Yep, that’s right, you are paying $32 a gallon for your favorite beverage.  Now I am not telling you to stop drinking your favorite coffee or latte, but stop telling me how I am wasting money on gas.  Apply this math to many of the things that we buy and you will see how it compares.  A 32 oz fountain coke is .99¢, 128 / 32 = 4.  So 4 coke’s turn out to be $3.96 a gallon.  Why not buy 2, 2 liters for $2. 
See math is fun. 
But then I hear, “Well, I don’t buy 15 gallons of coke at once.”
I then say, “you don’t need 15 gallons of coke to drive to work, you need 15 gallons of gas.” 

                                     Now we know what these prices mean.

We all decide on how much we affect our own bottom line.  Choose wisely, drive slowly and stop complaining. 
Let’s just hope gas doesn’t get to $5 a gallon this summer.  Please let me be wrong.

Steve

4.23.2011

4.22.2011

Natural Egg Dyeing

I thought it might be cool to try using natural methods to dye Easter Eggs.  I thought, how hard could it be?   I didn't realize it was a little more work than the store bought method.

If you would like to try it this way, here is what you can use for your dyes:


Blue

Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
 
Brown or Beige

Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
 
Brown Gold

Dill Seeds
 
Brown Orange

Chili Powder
 

Gold
 
Turmeric
Green

Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
 
Greenish Yellow

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
 
Grey

Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
 
Lavender

Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
 
Orange

Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
 
Pink

Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
 
Red

Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
 
Violet or Purple

Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
 
Yellow

Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

The Method is a little different also for dyeing them, here's how you do it.



  • Wash hard-boiled eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls)in pot.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff.  NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff. 
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.  
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. 
  • Use a slotted spoon  to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator. 
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried. 
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
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I hope you enjoy and maybe try it someday!  Have a Fabulous Friday Friends!

4.21.2011

2 Easter Cocktails!

With Easter a few days away, here are two yummy cocktails for you to enjoy, or to get through the day!


Pink Bonnet
1 1/2 oz gin                                                                              
1/2 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
2 dashes creme de frambois or grenadine for color
white of an egg

1. Shake all ingredients without ice to emulsify the egg whites
2.  Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into small glasses
3.  Add fresh muddled mint leaves











Blue Cottontail
1 1/2 oz vodka                              
1/2 oz triple sec
1/4 oz blue Curacao
orange peel

Shake all ingredient in shaker with ice.  Strain into glass.  Add orange peel if desired, and Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy these drinks and have a wonderful Thirsty Thursday!

4.20.2011

What I found Easter browsing

So I decided I would go on a hunt for Easter ideas.  I found some really cute ideas that you would still have time to do if you choose before Easter on Sunday.

For your Easter table, these napkins are precious!
I found them here

I really want to make these for my boys!
Cute, right? I found them here
I seriously need a silhouette!

I'm sure most of us have some peeps hanging around so I think these are simple enough for another decoration around the house
I found them here

I think that this is a cute and simple idea for any little one.  Marble or Egg painting
This cute little craft was found 

I love wreaths, and when I found this one, I had to share it.
I found this yummy wreath here

Finally I found these eggs, that I absolutely love! 
which I found here

Of course, there are the Easter recipes and crafts that I've done, if you haven't checked them out.
Hope you all have a Happy Humpday, and enjoy some crafting!

4.19.2011

Deviled Eggs and Pickled Eggs

What would Easter be without Deviled Eggs and Picked Eggs?  I love them both, especially if they are made well.  I'm sure you have all tasted things that some people make better than others.  Some you'll eat again, and others you already have your excuse ready of why you aren't eating theirs.  I would like to share my two recipes of eggs that I think are delicious!

Pickled Eggs

2 - Dozen (24) medium or large eggs
2 - Cups  of white granulated sugar
2 - Cups  of white distilled vinegar
2 - 15oz. (or close to it) cans of whole red beets
1 1/2 tsp pickling spices
1 - 4-Quart container with lid.  
Boil your eggs.    Put the eggs into a pan and fill with water to about 2 inches above the eggs.  Wait for the water to come to a complete rolling boil and start timing from THAT point on (start timing after they are boiling).   I usually time mine 7 minutes for medium eggs, 10 minutes for large eggs.
After 7 or 10 minutes, remove the eggs from the stove and run cold water into them until they are cool.   Let them sit in the cold water for about 15 more minutes and then peel them and set in the refrigerator for now.
In pot place beets, vinegar, pickling spices and sugar, bring to a boil. Pour mixture in 4-quart container and add your eggs.   Let them sit for a few days.  I've learned the longer you let them sit, the better they taste.

Deviled Eggs
  1. 6 eggs
  2. 1/2 stalk celery, finely chopped
  3. 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  4. 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  5. salt to taste
  6. 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  7. paprika, for garnish
  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool and peel.
  2. Cut eggs in half. Remove yolks and place in a medium bowl. Mash together with celery, onion, mayonnaise, salt and hot pepper sauce.
  3. Stuff the egg white halves with the egg yolk mixture. Sprinkle eggs with paprika. Chill covered in the refrigerator until serving.
I hope you enjoy these recipes!  Have a Tasty Tuesday!


4.18.2011

A Manday Dilemma


Hello Manday followers! I am faced with a gigantic Manday Dilemma. I love the outdoors and everything that goes with it; even as I am writing this post I am very sad to say that there will be no outdoor Manday adventures today. My love for the outdoors is surpassed only by my allergies; I am allergic to everything in the outdoors and I have been for quite some time. It hasn't been until recently that I have had to actually listen to my Doctors and rest and relax to get rid of my sinus infections and subsequent ear infections.
 
I have been told there is a remedy though. My ear nose and throat Dr. has suggested that we go inside my noggin and roto-root everything out that is blocking my airways in my nose. I have agreed to have surgery for my sinuses, septum, turbinate and have tubes put in my ears. He tells me that after 10 or 12 of the most miserable days in my life I will be right as rain.
 
Anything has to be better than getting monthly sinus infections that do frequently turn into my dreaded ear infections. The Dr. says that since my sinuses do not drain that the fluids move into the passages in my ears and cause the "ice picks in my eardrums" feeling. I think that I can deal with a week or two of miserableness.
 
I am very anxious about the whole procedure, and I am calling out to our readers to tell me their stories, either good or bad about their experiences with this kind of procedure. I would love to know if it helped any of you guys or your loved ones out. I must point out that I do not have pollips inside my passage ways, they are merely obstructed by a deviated septum and overly large turbinates. Thank you for reading.
 
Barry

4.16.2011

Birthday Wishes

I wanted to use today to wish the most wonderful, amazing, caring, and handsome husband a big
Happy Birthday!  







I love you babe!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


4.15.2011

What's in your Easter Basket

I guess I'm not like most when it come to filling an Easter basket.  I think back to when I was a kid and what I used to get in mine.  I don't remember when I was real little, but I do remember as I got older.  I got cool things like lip gloss, new white sneakers for spring and summer, socks and very little candy.  I don't think that an Easter basket has to be filled with tons of candy.

Every year I try to think of cute little things to fill the baskets with.  Or even try and think outside the basket.  One year I bought a wheeling yard cart for a kid and filled it.  We were out of town and didn't want to have to carry the basket back and forth, so it was perfect,  D. loved it!  It was filled with a shovel, rake, yard gloves and other outside things for him to play with.

This year, now that the E.B. has 2 to fill, we really think about what the boys need and what they would love, without tons of candy.

D. is getting a new bicycle, he has grown so much that he doesn't fit on the old one, his basket will be really small with things like new flip flops, sunglasses and some jelly beans with a few pieces of chocolate.  In this house, it's pointless to put a ton of candy in it, because it won't get eaten.

Baby Diesel on the other hand won't be getting any candy, so I really have to get creative.  He's getting flip flops, sunglasses, a couple shirts, little swimmers and a few more things.  With his birthday not until fall, Easter is always great for getting him things he could use and needs.

I really enjoy playing Easter bunny now.  It is so much fun seeing their little faces when they find their basket.  Another thing the Easter bunny did and continues, is hiding the basket.  I've never had a basket laying on the table when I've come down stairs.  The E.B.  has always and will always hide the basket for the little ones to find.  They could be hidden anywhere, from inside the dryer to tucked behind the couch.  It is always an adventure to see where the bunny hides the basket from year to year.  This year there may even be a treasure map to help the oldest find his treats.  We'll have to see.  I'll be sure to post pictures for you all to see.

If you enjoy this idea, just think outside the box.  There are tons of things that you can fill their baskets with that is actually cheaper than candy.  For example matchbox cars, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, kites, new cups, things that can be played with outside now that the weather is getting nice, anything and everything that your child likes, and you can never go wrong with a new book.

Have a beautiful day, and share your ideas with me.  I'm always looking for new things to try and do.  Also if you have any Easter/Passover Craft ideas, recipes, or need some, stop on over here.  

4.14.2011

Easter Bunny- Cocktail

For all you lovely folks, the Easter Bunny isn't just for the kids.  Here is an awesome cocktail just for the Adults!

Easter Bunny
1 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao                                                          
1/2 oz vodka
1 tsp chocolate syrup
1 tsp cherry brandy

1.  Pour creme de cacao and vodka into shaker and shake
2.  Strain into glass
3.  Float chocolate syrup and cherry brandy on top
4.  Enjoy!

4.13.2011

Paper Mache Egg

To this day I remember all the crafts that my nunny used to make.  Some are more memorable than others because they had more meaning to me.  She was such a crafty lady!  I really don't know how she came up with her crafts, especially without the Internet. haha  She could do everything!
When coming up with Easter crafts to share, there was one that stuck out in my mind.  My only problem was, figuring out how she did it.  She has been gone for 8 years now, and she didn't teach us all her little tricks, which makes creating her things a little more difficult.  I asked my aunt, and my mom to see if they had an idea, and mom thankfully sent me in the right direction.  My nunny made beautiful, I'm guess paper mache eggs.  Since I couldn't ask her for sure, I decided to give it a try.

What you'll need:
1 bottle Sta-flo
2-3 rolls of yarn (color of your choice, pink for girl, blue for boy, pastel, whatever you like)
1 huge balloon
2 bags Easter grass
flour

Step 1-  lay newspaper down ( I didn't do this, and made a huge mess!)
Step 2-  follow directions on bottle of Sta-flo for the paper mache, 1 cup starch to 1/2 cup flour.  I used 4 cups of starch for my yarn
Step 3-  blow up balloon
Step 4- Start by dipping the yarn in the starch mixture and wrap the balloon in all different directions

Step 5-  When it looks really covered, hang it up to dry.
Step 6- When it is dry, pop the balloon.
Step 7-  Cut a hole to place an opening to add your grass

Step 8- Try to clean the flakes off the egg.  I used a wire brush from the inside, it was easier than trying to do it from the outside
Step 9- Add your Easter grass and Enjoy


It makes a cute decoration or it could be used for a unique Easter basket.  It is pretty solid with the amount of starch you use.  My nunnies lasted for as long as I can remember.  One day I'm going to teach the kids how to make them so that they each have one of their own.

Have a Happy Humpday my friends!

4.12.2011

Eggs nest treats


 I found this awesome recipe over at  Rice Krispies and thought I would try it.  My family and husbands buddies loved it so much, I decided I would share it with all of you.  It is so cute and Easter/Spring ready.
Here are the pictures from mine.
 Make Rice Krispie treats following directions
Add to muffin tins

 Once they've sat, I added Whopper Easter Eggs

You could add jelly beans or m&m's anything that looks like eggs
 The recipe calls for coconut, but I don't eat coconut, so I left it out
I added a little peep on some of the eggs

Use your imagination and create what you love!
If you need the recipe, you can find it here
They have other really cute ideas that you could try too.

Hope you all have a Tasty Tuesday!

4.11.2011

Hanging Easter Eggs


When we moved, we started an Easter tradition of hanging plastic eggs on a tree.  Its not much but you always need to find a way to spend time with the family.  No one is ever to busy enough not to make time for the family. It is very simple to do.  Only a few simple steps and your done.

1.  All you have to do is get some plastic eggs that have a little hole in the top (How many is your choice).

2.  Cut approximately a 6" piece of wire and push through hole.  Make a small bend on the end inside the egg so it does not slide out.  Bend the top piece over kinda like a hook on a Christmas ornament.
Note:  we used to use a piece of string and tie them to the tree, but you have to cut the rope ever year.  Using wire will last forever.


3.  Find a tree.

4.  Start hanging eggs.





Once you are finished, you can step back and enjoy.  The tree we picked was in the front corner of the yard and the bottom branches are at least 6' off the ground.  In the next week when the tree begins to flower, it looks beautiful.
Note:  You can see how high and where little D can reach (only two little branches 4" long stuck out).



This all may take only 15 or 20 minutes to do, but it great to spend time with the family.  We have fun doing it and taking pictures of the boys.  We have pictures of little D in the same backpack I am wearing from 2007 hanging the same eggs on the same tree.  I hope you all enjoy and try to make some traditions of your own with your children or grand-children.

If it happens to be windy the day you decide to do this,  I recommend wearing a hat or your hair could end up like this.............



I think Donald Trump would be jealous!!


Steve ✈