With Easter still a day away, keep the young ones busy by dying those eggs!
Lay out the newspaper and let the Easter egg decorating fun begin with these how-to instructions from appliance maker Krups on coloring hard-cooked eggs:
Bright and marbled Easter eggs: Spread the newspaper over your work surface. Prepare the dye for coloring your Easter eggs. You will need a separate cup or container for each color.
In each container combine one tablespoon of each of the following: oil, vinegar and your choice of food coloring. Add enough water to make the liquid deep enough to cover an egg.
Swirl the liquid with a spoon and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with a second color.
Swirl into a third color, if desired. Some white areas can be left on the egg.
Gently pat dry the completed egg, leaving a bit of the oil to give the egg a varnished look. Place the finished eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.
Once you're finished with all of your eggs, store them in the refrigerator.
Speckled Easter eggs: Prepare as for marbled eggs. Then: Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each color container. Add about 1 1/2 cups of hot water (hot tap water is fine) to the vinegar.
Add a few drops of food coloring to each container, then dip each egg in the dye. Let the egg sit in the dye for several minutes. Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye and wipe the water off with a paper towel. (To get soft pastel colors the eggs only need to bathe for a few minutes, then dry.)
To get the speckles: Mix 10 drops of red and 5 drops of green food coloring in a small glass, a few drops of water and you have brown dye. Dip an old toothbrush in the brown dye, shake off excess. Hold the toothbrush 6 to 10 inches from the egg and run your finger across the bristles from front to back to get the splatter effect. (You might want to wear rubber gloves)!!
Place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry, then refrigerate.