A Bowl of Easter Memories

Easter Eggs at Happy Simple Living

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault

One of our favorite Easter traditions is a putting out our collection of colored eggs. Each year we unwrap these fragile Easter eggs and arrange them in a bowl on the kitchen table. We’ve created the eggs over a number of years, and they cost nearly nothing to make. The process begins with the tricky first step:  yours truly always has to prick the ends of the eggs and blow out the contents — a task that thoroughly grosses out both of my children. (The eggs are perfectly fine, though, and can be scrambled or used in an Easter brunch casserole.)

We’ve decorated the eggs with different media; some are dyed, some are painted and some are colored with markers and crayons. My daughter created several of them when she was home sick one day, and several are new additions that my son and I made earlier this week. Some of the eggs are the result of our experimentation with a Pysanky kit. A few are naturally colored eggs in pale green and brown from a friend’s chickens. We seem to break a few every year, and that’s okay.

As this holiday of hope and new beginnings approaches, may you and your family find joy, peace and love — and may you make happy memories enjoying the simple things together.

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

8 comments to A Bowl of Easter Memories

  • Carolyn

    Loved your eggs & memories. We unpacked our eggs again and I decorated the egg tree with help of grandson. Hard to blow them out? YES! I was blue in the face! But, that was some 40 years ago and these hollow eggs remain, treasured memories. (OK, minus a couple each year for breakage…)

    Blessings!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Carolyn. Something about the fragility and effort required to make those blown-out decorated eggs makes them extra special, don’t you agree? I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter.

  • Donna Coe

    We also look forward to displaying our blown and colored eggs each year. Some sit in a large glass ice bucket and make a great centerpiece. Some we hang from the ceiling beam between the dining room and family room using clear fishing wire threaded through the eggs. Every year when we take them out a wonderful “do you remember . . .” memory is shared.

  • They are beautiful. You should leave them out all year 🙂

  • suzie osterloh

    Eliza…I LOVE decorating Easter eggs and your bowl of eggs has inspired me to dye some this year even though the kids aren’t here to “hunt” for them. Love your blog & website…will start simplifying my life once I figure out the best place to start…perhaps my closet. suzie o

  • Hi Eliza,

    That sounds like a cute family tradition. I believe I tried to prick an egg once and blow out the contents, but I’m about as elegant as a wrestler in a ballet. All the best and blessings to you and your family this Easter weekend. Thank you for sharing your traditions.

    Thanks,
    Timothy

  • What a beautiful bowl of Easter Eggs! I can’t imagine pricking and emptying the eggs. That sounds like a lot of work. I don’t normally color eggs (I don’t have kids) but last week our class colored Easter Eggs and the kids really enjoyed it. Of course, we made it really simple – one color only eggs for each of our 35 kids. 😉

  • kirsten

    I love the idea of decorating the eggs, keeping them, and then also making a casserole with the blown out parts! Totally stealing. I’d plan to try decorating for the first time with Saw this year (though the fact that he has crushed the few bird egg shells I’ve found this spring does NOT bode well) and so we’ll see how it goes! 🙂

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