Give Leftover Easter Eggs a Second Life!

What To Do with Your Leftover Easter Eggs

You’ve dyed, decorated and hunted dozens of holiday eggs—now what? Try these easy and delicious recipes

Deviled bacon and eggs

Deviled Bacon and Eggs

Bacon and eggs is a classic breakfast combination; here, we’ve turned it into a tasty hors d’oeuvre. The crunch of the crisp bacon contrasts nicely with the smooth yolk filling.

Get the recipe for Deviled Bacon and Eggs

Egg salad with smoked salmon, red onions and dill Egg Salad with Smoked Salmon, Red Onions and Dill

Serve this refined take on egg salad over lettuce or in a sandwich for lunch, or with toast and tomato slices for breakfast.

Get the recipe for Egg Salad with Smoked Salmon, Red Onions and Dill

Garlic pickled hard-boiled eggs Garlic Pickled Hard-Boiled Eggs

Pickled eggs used to be a staple bar item; while you’ll no longer find them everywhere, they’re a fun novelty food to serve with martinis. These are incredibly easy to make and get better the longer they sit in your refrigerator.

Get the recipe for Garlic Pickled Hard-Boiled Eggs

Deconstructed salad nicoise

Deconstructed Salad Nicoise

Because most of the ingredients in this salad are pantry staples, it makes a great appetizer or light meal when unexpected guests drop by. Feel free to add or substitute items you have on hand, including various types of olives, smoked oysters or roasted red bell peppers.

Get the recipe for Deconstructed Salad Nicoise

http://www.ivillage.com/what-do-your-leftover-easter-eggs-deviled-bacon-and-eggs/3-b-133577

Give those Plastic Easter Eggs a Second Life!

A Herd of Eggimals

After they’ve given up all their Easter candy, give your plastic eggs an adorable second life as an owl, skunk, dog, cat, pig, or mouse.

A Herd of Eggimals

Materials
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Tiny pom-poms
  • Felt
  • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate glue or hot glue
  • Black permanent marker
Instructions
  1. To make the felt features for your critters, you can download our template. We used Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate glue (hot glue also works well) to attach the pieces to the eggs and a black permanent marker to draw the face details.
  2. Pig: Curl a 4-inch piece of pipe cleaner around a pen to make the tail, then glue it in place.
  3. Mouse: For its tail, glue on a 3-inch length of yarn, knotted at the end.
  4. Skunk: First glue the rear half of the stripe to the tail, then glue the tail and front of the stripe to the body.

Make Smeeps this Easter! (S’more + Peeps)

Smeeps! (S’more + Peeps)!

You can make a s’more with these guys, just as you would with a regularS'more + Peep = Smeep! marshmallow: sandwich the toasted Peep between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. However, I often prefer to toast them under the oven broiler to and serve them open-faced. They are also exquisite with a little peanut butter.

HOW TO MAKE A SMEEP:

  1. For each serving, place a graham cracker on a cookie sheet.
  2. Top each graham cracker with a square of chocolate (milk or dark) and a marshmallow Peep (bunny peeps work great for this because they are flat and brown more evenly).
  3. Place under a broiler for a few minutes until the chocolate softens and the top of the Peeps are slightly browned and carmelized.
  4. Cool slightly before eating.

http://curiousdomestic.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/smores-peeps-smeeps/

Celebrate Easter!

Learn about the Easter Symbols

You won’t find them in the Bible, but many cherished Easter traditions—from theeaster-basketEaster bunny to decorating and hunting for eggs—have been around for centuries. Where did these prevalent holiday symbols come from?

Easter Bunny

The Bible makes no mention of a long-eared, short-tailed creature who delivers decorated eggs to well-behaved children on Easter Sunday; nevertheless, the Easter bunny has become a prominent symbol of Christianity’s most important holiday. The exact origins of this mythical mammal are unclear, but rabbits, known to be prolific procreators, are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life. According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests. Additionally, children often left out carrots for the bunny in case he got hungry from all his hopping.

Easter Eggs

Easter is a religious holiday, but some of its customs, such as Easter eggs, are likely linked to pagan traditions. The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.

Easter egg hunts and egg rolling are two popular egg-related traditions. In the U.S., the White House Easter Egg Roll, a race in which children push decorated, hard-boiled eggs across the White House lawn, is an annual event held the Monday after Easter. The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president. The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus’ tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.

Easter Candy

Easter is the second best-selling candy holiday in America, after Halloween. Among the most popular sweet treats associated with this day are chocolate eggs, which date back to early 19th century Europe. Eggs have long been associated with Easter as a symbol of new life and Jesus’ resurrection. Another egg-shaped candy, the jelly bean, became associated with Easter in the 1930s (although the jelly bean’s origins reportedly date all the way back to a Biblical-era concoction called a Turkish Delight). According to the National Confectioners Association, over 16 billion jelly beans are made in the U.S. each year for Easter, enough to fill a giant egg measuring 89 feet high and 60 feet wide. For the past decade, the top-selling non-chocolate Easter candy has been the marshmallow Peep, a sugary, pastel-colored confection. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based candy manufacturer Just Born (founded by Russian immigrant Sam Born in 1923) began selling Peeps in the 1950s. The original Peeps were handmade, marshmallow-flavored yellow chicks, but other shapes and flavors were later introduced, including chocolate mousse bunnies.

Easter Parade

In New York City, the Easter Parade tradition dates back to the mid-1800s, when the upper crust of society would attend Easter services at various Fifth Avenue churches then stroll outside afterward, showing off their new spring outfits and hats. Average citizens started showing up along Fifth Avenue to check out the action. The tradition reached its peak by the mid-20th century, and in 1948, the popular film Easter Parade was released, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland and featuring the music of Irving Berlin. The title song includes the lyrics: “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it/You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.”

The Easter Parade tradition lives on in Manhattan, with Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street being shut down during the day to traffic. Participants often sport elaborately decorated bonnets and hats. The event has no religious significance, but sources note that Easter processions have been a part of Christianity since its earliest days. Today, other cities across America also have their own parades.

http://www.history.com/topics/easter-symbols