How I loved Easter egg hunts.  I don’t recall the prizes or the candy but I do remember a basket, my pitter-pattering heart, a big (probably small) field behind the church and the sheer bliss of finding them eggs.

Remembering this uncomplicated love for egg hunts made me brave enough to host a small one in our yard this year.  27 colorful eggs and 4 little kids. (Here’s a great egg salad recipe for the after party – it has a delicious secret ingredient that helps keep kids healthy!)

Here is how we (mainly Lucas) “tie-dyed” the eggs.  I got it from the Disney Family Fun website.

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

  • Put three (or more) dry hard-boiled eggs into a colander.  Splash them with a couple capfuls of vinegar.
  • Add a few drops of the first color, then gently agitate the colander to stir the color around. Wait 30 seconds for the color to set.  (We used primary colors.)
  • Repeat process with two or three additional colors, then rinse with a bit of water and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to dry.

They were so easy to do that I put my industrious 5-yr old to work, helping only with the vinegar splashing and final rinsing.  While he was busy with that, I made some Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Tortilla chips to go along with the sausage & peppers and mac & cheese I served for lunch…

Fruit Salsa
2 cups strawberries, diced
1 small mango, peeled, diced
2 kiwi, peeled, diced
1 orange, peeled, diced
1/2 apple, diced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (or honey, cane sugar, agave)

Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
4 large (burrito) whole-wheat tortillas (thin tortillas taste the best)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted (or coconut oil)
a little cinnamon and cane sugar

To make the salsa:
Combine salsa ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate.

To make the chips:
Preheat the oven to 350º.

Brush melted butter or coconut oil onto one side of the tortillas and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar to taste.

Cut into desired size and shape (I like them cut oddly in large triangles, rectangles, etc.)

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes or until just crisp.

(This recipe was also posted in The Nourishing Gourmet’s 4/5 Pennywise Platter and Kids in the Kitchen.)

After the guests left, we alleviated post party-crash and used up more dye by making fireworks in a glass, from Juggling with Kids.