I think I have Momnesia. Every year I tell my children that we will never ever EVER dye Easter eggs again. Ever. Not even for a bajillion dollars...which I'm pretty sure they don't have anyway. (And even if they did -- what kind of mother takes money from her children just so they can spend time together making horrific holiday memories?) If we're being perfectly honest...sometimes I kind of yell it towards them as I run to my closet to hide while sobbing into the remaining Cadbury eggs I have hidden in there for emergencies. And then when Spring comes around again the next year, it's like that whole Easter Egg-Wild West Rodeo-THING never happened.
And then I hear someone who sounds a lot like me...but has clearly lost her mind...saying things like, "Of course you can invite everyone in the neighborhood and all of your cousins and maybe some friends from school over to dye Easter eggs." and "Let's do it while your father is out of town."
So there I am, in my favorite casual afternoon clothes trying to break up a fight over the orange dye (which NOBODY even wanted to begin with) while simultaneously attempting to convince my 3 year old that it's not kool-aid and she should NOT drink it, and unsuccessfully throwing a napkin to my 6 year old because she's freaking out because her thumb is blue and she did NOT want to have blue hands at school the next day...when everything started moving in slow motion. And if I have learned *anything* from the hours of dramas I've watched late into the night while decorating cookies in an attempt to erase the emotional upheaval from my chaotic days -- slow motion is never a good thing. Unless it is followed by slow clapping, in which case there will still be crying but it will be happy crying coupled with hugging of some kind.
There was no hugging at our Easter egg dyeing party. There was just a vat of orange dye headed straight at my face. And not in a good way.
In unrelated news...I suddenly feel the need to watch something on Netflix with at least 3 seasons while decorating enough cookies to get me through to Halloween. Any recommendations? Want to join me in cookie decorating therapy?
1. Outline and fill the top part of the cookie with a medium consistency blue icing. Leave a space for the window. Immediately fill the window space with a medium consistency white icing. (If you have issues with color bleeding, you can wait a few hours before filling in the window space.) Let dry for 30 minutes.
2. Add a bumper to the bottom of the truck with a medium consistency gray icing. Let that dry for 15 minutes.
3. Put a #1.5 tip on your blue icing and add the window and tailgate details. Pipe a handle and tires with the gray icing. Let dry for another 15 minutes.
4. Pipe the top half of an egg in the center of the truck using a #1.5 tip and medium consistency orange icing. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
5. Add additional eggs on either side with yellow and green icing. You could also add polka dots to the eggs while the icing is still wet.
See it in action here.