Easter Egg Decorating Idea

3 Apr

It’s that time of year again for coloring Easter eggs!  Every year we get together with friends to have a causal lunch and decorate eggs.  Even as my kids get older, they still look forward to doing this.  This year, their friends thought outside of the “box” (pun intended) and looked up a fun new way to decorate eggs on YouTube.  I wanted to share their idea with you (as well as some basic egg coloring 101) if you happen to be coloring eggs today or tomorrow.

Getting readyGetting ready!  Use food coloring and 1 tablespoon vinegar per cup.  Then add warm water before putting eggs in the cups.   Submerge eggs in cups for at least a minute each.  For more fun, try the Cool Whip egg dying technique!

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Start with a tub of Cool Whip.  Put it in a casserole dish or any type of pan where you can spread it out.

Dye in cool whipOnce the Cool Whip is spread out, add drops of food dye all over.

Cool whip swirl

Swirl the Cool Whip all around … let the colors mix!

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Place eggs in the Cool Whip mixture and cover them under the mixture completely.  Let sit on the counter for 30 minutes.

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Rinse the eggs off under water after 30 minutes.  They turn out with cool marbled effects like a watercolor painting.  A fun way to dye eggs!

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Here are our eggs after we finished!  We did a mix of traditional egg dying and the Cool Whip technique.  What fun ways do you decorate eggs for Easter?   Share in the comments below … I would love to hear what you and your family do!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

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Wood-ology 101 on Cutting Board Wood Shades

30 Mar

march-woodBoardsWooden maple cutting boards made with premium quality hard maple wood makes a great portable cutting work surface or an elegant serving tray.  They also make a beautiful gift for holidays or anniversaries or housewarming!  Here is a little “wood-ology” about the variety in wood color, according to one of our leading Maple Leaf experts.


There are two types of maple wood that are harvested – summer maples and winter maples – when you see a hard maple that has more color that means the wood has been harvested in the summer because the sap in the maple is still in the tree, on a macro level, at the time it was cut.  When you see a board that is more toward the cream or white shades, that tree has been typically harvested during the winter and the sap has been harvested from the tree in all likelihood.


The boards are a natural product and it will vary.  The maple does patina over time and become more honey, especially when treated with butcher block oil.  A wooden cutting board is one of our favorite gift ideas, it’s something special they likely would not buy for themselves!

Check out our expanded article about this topic, Wood-ology 101, in Studio Insights.

Best wishes,

Renee

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Shatterproof Tritan Glassware Ideal for Summer Entertaining

23 Mar

march-tritan-001For many areas around the country, the long cold snowy winter season is coming to an end and the relief of warmer weather is upon us.  Those glorious sunny days are around the corner and once again we will be enjoying our backyards, planting flowers, setting up the outdoor furniture and welcoming sunshine.

This is a great time to get prepped for all that summertime fun.  Recently I purchased a new set of wonderful non-breakable porcelain enamelware dishes that are as eye-catching as they are practical.   They make everyday entertaining effortless and I’m really excited to use them.  They have the look of china with a delicate aqua blue pattern.

march-tritan-002To accent these dishes perfectly, and as a fantastic alternative to breakable glassware, stylish and durability come together with our Tritan glassware.  These fantastic glasses are BPA free, virtually unbreakable (impact-resistant and shatter-resistant), freezer safe and dishwasher durable (will stay clear and durable even after hundreds of dishwasher cycles).  They feature a remarkable sparkling clarity and the gloss of glass.  And, they can all be personalized with the name or monogram style of your choice.

Tritan glassware is available in several shapes including wine, highballs, coffee mugs, margarita glasses and on the rocks.  It will be such a pleasure not to worry about anything breaking, especially when entertaining outside.  I imagine bottles of our favorite wine and pitchers of our favorite lemonade filling these Tritan glasses and I will never once worry if something drops.  On cooler evenings, the Tritan mugs will be perfect for hot cocoa and coffee.  And they would be really perfect for picnics when I want something nicer than disposables.

Tritan glassware pairs so nicely with melamine trays and pretty personalized acrylic trays, too!  I’m definitely looking forward to summer this year.

Dear summer… we’re ready!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

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