I found my missing plates! Yesterday, I was going to put together an Easter table-setting, but couldn’t remember where I had put the bunny and duck plates that I found for a mere pittance after Easter last year. Instead, I ended up re-posting last year’s breakfast table. You can see that post here. I found these plates at Kroger last spring, thinking that they would contribute to an adorable spring/Easter table. I bought four of them at only 50¢ each- now that is thrifty!
Here are the plates in their place settings…..
I simply layered them with a napkin on top of a white dinner plate. Easy peasy place setting….
I am enamored with this old wooden caddy. I found it at a yard sale for $1.00. Yup, a paltry dollar! It has lots of wear and was probably used as a versatile carry-all in someone’s garden or garage.
I like all the little divided areas. It was perfect for creating this……….
All I did to create this table centerpiece was to add some greenery, a candlestick, a nest, and a cute little home-made book creation. Book creation, you ask? What is she talking about?
Well, I took a 10¢ thrifted paperback book…….
And turned it into this decorative cylinder with just a few simple folds, a couple dabs of hot glue, and an eggshell filled with colorful jellybeans……..
All that I did to create this was to remove the front and back covers from the book, then fold each page into the center binding. When I was done folding, I hot glued the front and back bindings of the book together. Then I filled an eggshell with colorful jellybeans and glued it to the top. Voila- an simple and decorative book cylinder. You can top these cylinders with all kinds of objects- I’ve used shells, a doorknob, a silk flower…… The sky is the limit.
I placed three speckled eggs into this twig nest and plopped it into one of the cubbies in the carry-all.
This chippy white staircase finial was part of a lot that I won in an auction when a favorite vintage store went out of business. Included in the lot was an entire box filled with different sized finials. Each one ended up costing me only a few pennies. I like to use them as candleholders.
I found a set of 12 cut glass dessert cups at a yard sale for $4.00. For this place setting, I’m using them as fruit cups.
The Christmas Tree Shop was the source for these $1.00 light green goblets. They’re perfect for juice or maybe even Mimosas…..
This resin duckie is calling us to the table. quack, quack, quack….
I never should have put candy into this bunny dish. Every time I walk by, I grab a few chocolates or jelly beans. I know NO self-control!
Found this deviled egg plate at Kroger a few years back. I’m going to add a bit of hot sauce to my egg recipe this year. I grew up in New Mexico, so I like a little spiciness. So does the husband. Do you think that’s why he likes me?!
I moved the moss basket from the hutch onto the table.
Our Easter breakfast table……….. I set it for four even though it will just be the two of us. We’ll probably go to an early mass then come back home for a simple repast of bacon, eggs, toast, and fruit. Oh yeah, can’t forget those Mimosas….. Dinner will be later in the day with our sister-in-law and her family. We’ve decided that we’re still going to color some Easter eggs the night before, just as we’ve done ever since our son, Dan, was little. We love deviled eggs and egg salad;and hard cooked eggs are so easy to grab out of the fridge for breakfast first thing in the morning. Bright and colorful eggs will be a nice way to start our day! I found my eggs for 79¢ a dozen at Aldi Foods. That’s at least 50¢ less than they’ve been selling for anywhere else lately. Another bargain!
Perfectly cooked hard cooked eggs
Have you ever peeled your hard cooked eggs and the yolks were green or gray? Those colors indicate that the egg has been over-cooked. This occurs when the temperature of the yolk exceeds 158° F. This discoloration isn’t unhealthy; it’s just a result of a natural chemical reaction. Sulfur from amino acids in the white of the egg albumen) reacts with iron from the yolk, causing a film of ferrous sulphide to form on the yolk's surface. Heat speeds up this reaction; so the longer your eggs cook, the greater the chance of discoloration. Using the method described below, I never have icky colored egg yolks.
~This is my method for hard cooking eggs~
Place your eggs in a saucepan and cover them completely (by one inch) with cold water. When the eggs come to a full, rolling boil over high heat, immediately remove the pan from heat, cover it with a lid, and set it aside for 17-20 minutes. ( At the end of 17 minutes, I peel one egg to make sure that the egg yolk is completely done. If not, I leave the rest of the eggs in the hot water for another few minutes.) After that 20 minute time period, pour off the hot water, rinse the eggs in cold water several times to stop the cooking process, and then let them sit in a bath of cold water for about 5-10 minutes. After draining, store the eggs in the fridge until needed.
Here’s another tip for hard cooked eggs- Don’t use fresh eggs. Did you know that older eggs will peel much easier than the fresh ones? I use eggs that are at least a week old from the grocery store. And I also never peel my eggs right away- the shells are more prone to stick when newly cooked.
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