Friday, March 29, 2013

German Easter Eggs Tutorial

So Easter is coming up fast this year! A tradition my husband and I have fun with is German Easter Eggs. They're not much harder than regular Easter eggs, you can keep them as pretty decorations year after year, and they're great if you're not a huge fan of hard-boiled eggs. (I like them, but I can only eat so many of them!) This year Betty The Bunny Tutubuddy helped out!

Things You Will Need:

Safety Pin/Needle
Toothpick or Twisty
A Branch or Tree


First you need to hollow out the eggs. (Originally Duke the Duck Fluffiefriend was helping out, but he got sent to a nice family in France half-way through.) Wash the eggs very thoroughly! Salmonella is on the surface of eggs! (Even then, I cannot guarantee the safety of the eggs. I've never had a problem and the Russian side of my family has never had a problem with eggs, but the American side has always been super careful about them.)

Shake the egg vigorously. Gently poke a hole in the bottom of the egg using a pin or needle. Move the pin around in a circle to make the hole bigger. The bigger the hole, the easier this will be, but also the more noticeable the hole will be too.

Now poke a hole in the top of the egg. (You can make this hole smaller.)

Take a toothpick or twisty and stick it in the hole and stir around to break the yolk of the egg. Put your mouth on the top of the egg and blow really hard. The insides of the egg will come out of the bottom. You can use these to make omelettes, scrambled eggs, or do like I did and make Palm Sunday Pancakes.
Mmm, scrambled eggs!

Now paint or dye the eggs any way you like!
Even Ludwig helped out.

Mein Herz (My Heart) with my husband and my thumbprints making a heart <3

Ich Liebe Dich- I love you.

It is an old, German tradition to hang eggs from a tree or branch. So take some string, tie it to a small piece of toothpick or twisty (if you're using twisties, then trim off the paper edges first so it's just the wire.) Stick the toothpick or twisty into the top hole and poke it all the way in with another toothpick or twisty, so that it's on its side and won't pop back out.

Then tie it! It's a pretty decoration to enjoy on Easter, whether it's in the house or out in your garden!

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bacon-Wrapped Corn Dog Recipe

Barry The Teddy Bear Fluffiefriend is having a hard time waiting for spring carnivals to come! So he decided to make his own corn dogs. Might as well make a good thing better, right? Wrap the hot dog with bacon! Yuuuuuuuummmmmmmyyyyyyy!!!!!

Ingredients You'll Need:

1 Pack 8 Hot Dogs
8 Strips Of Precooked Bacon
7 Tablespoons Yellow Cornmeal
9 Tablespoons Flour
1/8 Teaspoon and Pinch of Salt
Pinch Black Pepper
Pinch Onion Powder
Pinch Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoons White Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
Grease or Oil
8 Chopsticks


/* Note: the directions will not follow exactly what you see in the pictures. I'm writing it with all the corrections to my errors so you don't make the same mistakes I did. ;) */

In a bowl mix 7 tablespoons yellow cornmeal, 9 tablespoons flour, 1/8 teaspoon and pinch of salt, pinch of black pepper, pinch of onion powder, pinch of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 teaspoons white sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder.

Mix dry ingredients together. Add 1 egg and 1/2 cup milk. Mix.

In a saucepan place 8 pieces of bacon and cook on high.

Now quickly, quickly, quickly wrap the bacon around the hot dogs before it crisps up and hardens. NOTE- hot bacon can burn you badly, so while I was lucky handling it, I HIGHLY recommend you find a way besides bare hands or keep Fluoride on hand. If any clever cooks or interested engineers have a better (safer) way to do this, please let me know.

Turn heat off (you don't want to add oil to a hot pan.) At around this time Barry got a brilliant idea- deep fried bacon!!!!! Gotta try it!

Keep bacon in place with toothpicks. Let sit for a moment to let the bacon harden and get tasty-crispy. Pour batter into a tall glass. Spin the bacon-covered hot dog in the glass.

Pour grease or oil into pan (grease from Fried Chicken) is amazing for this.

Test the oil heat by deep frying the bacon.

Deep-fried bacon- YUMMY!
Stick corn dogs in pan (don't do them all at once, as in the picture, make sure that they're lying flat so the batter doesn't drip off.)

Fry until it's a golden-brown.

Use up any extra batter by making more deep-fried bacon! Holy cow- the corn dogs are AMAZING! Yum yum! Enjoy! And what about that deep-fried bacon? Oh my dear heavens above- über tasty! I believe I have found the thing that will kill me. :)

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cool Sparkling Gray Lavender Drink Recipe

Ellie The Elephant Tutubuddy wanted a delicious, but cool drink for her summer tea parties. It's too warm for hot tea though, and Ellie isn't a big fan of iced tea. Time to try something new! It is delicious, refreshing, and soothing. Perfect for any tea party- whether it's for the ladies or your little princesses!

Ingredients You'll Need:

Boiling Water
1 Bag Earl Gray Tea
Sparkling Water
Lavender Syrup
Small, Dried Roses (Optional)

/*I get my lavender syrup and dried roses from Jungle Jim's, however, if you're not in the area, you can find them online- I know the syrup is definitely on Amazon, I'm assuming the roses are too.)


Place boiling water into bowl. Add 1 bag of earl gray tea.

Let seep until it's the desired strength. Place dried roses into ice cube trays. (Optional. You can also use dried lavender, any other dried, safe, flowers, mint leaves, sage, ect.)

Pour hot tea into ice cube trays. If you want to make the drink a little sweeter, add a little honey to the earl gray tea. Place trays into freezer.

Don't wait for the tea to cool- this allows the ice cubes to freeze quicker. (Due to the Mpemba Effect. See More Information of the Mpemba Effect.)
Real Princesses like Science with their Tea.

Place 1 tablespoon (or desired amount) of lavender syrup in the bottom of a glass (or tea cup!) Add sparkling water. Very gently stir to mix the syrup, but don't disperse all the bubbles.

Add earl gray ice cubes. Let sit a little bit to let the ice cubes melt slightly and mix with the lavender soda. Sip while reading a great book, or with your friends! Enjoy!

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