Easter Egg Dye Ideas

 

 

Getting ready for Easter by dying eggs?  Here are a few helpful Easter Egg dye ideas that will make this family activity a little more fun and a little less mess!  Of course – you could skip the dye altogether and get artistic with these Sharpie Easter Eggs

But if the traditional colored eggs are calling your name – here are our top tips:

1. Lay down paper bags or newspaper

One thing I always do is save my paper shopping bags from Aldi to lay out in front of each kid – like an egg dying placemat.  It controls the drips and drops that are bound to happen.

2. Dry off eggs before dying – it will help the color stick

For tips on hard boiling, check out how to make perfectly hard boiled eggs every time

3. Have a place ready for the dyed eggs

For drying the eggs – use empty ice cube trays!  Once the eggs are completely dry, store them back in their carton until you want to display/eat them.

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

For some fun twists on the tradition dye kit – see this post on 25 Easter Egg Dying Ideas

 

You might also like our post on 14 Easter Dessert Ideas!

 

14 Easter Dessert Ideas

Easter Dessert Ideas
Need some new Easter Dessert Ideas?  This roundup of Easter dessert recipes has a little something for everyone – from the cutesy to the classic.
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The kids will love the Oreo Cheesecake bites and Easter Basket cupckaes – while the grown ups might prefer a Derby or Buttermilk Pie, or a classic Coconut Cake.
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 I’m particularly fond of the cakes, pies, cobblers and lemon bars that I remember from my own childhood and have been passed along through generations.
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derbypie
buttermilkpie2

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Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe

Crock-Pot Cola Ham

 

Easter is coming, and even though it’s a ways away, my stress fest starts EARLY.  I have no family around to bring dishes or help cook, so I really have to plan  how to get everything cooked and on the table at the same time for the BIG Meal.

Some people have this down to a science, but I’m just not one of them!  Crock-Pot Cola Ham my favorite go to recipe for an easy and delicious main dish.

For all you busy moms, this is my FAVORITE way to make the Holiday Ham the easiest part of your meal using Coke and a Crock Pot.  I give total credit to my wonderful mother-in-law for this one – as a pastor’s wife, she just has a knack for cooking good Southern food the easy and yummy way!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham – What You Need:

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham (I’m using the “Butt” half this year)
  • 1 can Coca Cola (I find it’s the most carbonated)
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Fancy People Extras:

  • Orange or Pineapple Juice (For an extra basting zing)
    - Any kind of fruit juice or jam or applesauce will be a great addition to the crockpot because it will give the ham more flavor
  • Pineapple Rings, attach with toothpicks *Dole Pineapple is FREE at Bi-Lo this week!!
  • Maraschino Cherries, attach with toothpicks
  • Whole Cloves

Photo credit: RecipeTips.com

Directions:

Trim the fat, leaving a 1/4″ layer.  Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.  Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.  Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.  While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.

No Crockpot?  No Problem!

You can do this in the oven as well, just put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes/lb.  You’ll want to set on a foil-lined pan and also wrap the ham in foil.  Wrap it in a way that allows you to easily open and baste with Coke frequently.

Why This Works:

The acidity and carbonation in the coke tenderizes the ham, while the thin layer of fat melts (or self-bastes) to make it very moist.  Plus you get a sweet flavor that no-one would guess comes from a can of Coke!

Crock-Pot Cola Ham Recipe (Yum!)

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Fully Cooked Ham
  • 1 can Coca Cola
  • Slow-Cooker big enough for your ham

Instructions

  1. Trim the fat away with a knife, leaving a 1/4" layer remaining on the ham.
  2. Score your ham with shallow cuts diagonally (both ways) to make a diamond pattern.
  3. Place in Crock Pot and pour Coke over it.
  4. Cook on High for 1 hour, and then turn to Low for the next 6-7 hours.
  5. While cooking, occasionally scoop out some of the liquid and pour over the ham to keep it moist.
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What is your favorite way to cook your Easter or Christmas ham?  Share it in the comment section!

Sharpie Easter Eggs | Easy & Mess-Free!

Sharpie Easter Eggs

If your family’s getting tired of the same old Easter dye kits, try using Sharpies for fun new way to decorate this year’s eggs!

Sharpie Easter Eggs can be as artsy – or a simple – as you want.  It’s something my older teens would enjoy, since they love to draw more intricate designs.  But so easy that my 8 year old would have fun too.  While doing a trial run, I traced a chevron pattern with a pencil and went over it with black sharpie.  My silver oil-based paint sharpie was great for shiny accent dots.

Another way to approach this project is to dye the eggs first and then use Sharpie as an added layer of personalization :)

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