Easter Round-Up!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | April 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm
HEXBUG Nano Easter Egg
I was really lucky to be able to host a little playdate/party and share the cute little Hexbug Nano inside little Easter eggs. Thanks to BSM Media I was provided a Spiral Starter kit and an HEXBUG nano egg for each kid attending. You know what was the cutest thing? – having them actually have bunny ears. I thought they were super cute but one of the little boys did not want the ears (maybe because they were pink) but the smart design allows you to easily remove it without interfering with its aesthetic appeal. Since I knew my daughter and her classmate loved building things we left the HEXBUG Spiral Starter Set to them to put together and they had a fabulous time coming up with various ways.
I loved that even the youngest kids ( 3 and 4 year olds) loved that the Hexbugs were soft and cute. Moms were amazed at the way these little creatures moved around so smartly. Of course the adventurous kids tried the HEXBUGs on every other place too – over Legos, dollhouses and more and sure enough those little critters never run out of steam. My favorite part? – these little guys are not noisy. The various colors ensured that everyone could get the ones that matched their taste. What a fun way to spend their day. Long after Easter candy is done, this little treat will be a fun companion.
Hop - I heard many negative reviews about Hop but really wanted to see it. So it was not the greatest movie and some scenes left me wondering (seriously mention of Playboy in a family movie?) but I have seen worse movies.
Naturally colored eggs courtesy of Stop And Shop
being an avid fan of natural food coloring I was thrilled to discover this recipe.
(Prep Time: 30 min. Cook Time: 30 min.)
- Orange: 4 tbsp. paprika
- Blue – 1 ½ cup blueberries OR 4 cups shredded red cabbage per quart water
- Pink – 1 cup chopped fresh beets
- Green – 1 cup blueberries plus 2 Tbsp. tumeric or 4 cups frozen or fresh spinach per quart water
- Yellow/orange – 4 cups yellow onion skins
- Mocha – 1 quart strongly brewed coffee
1. Add water to saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and dye ingredients. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain and cool.
2. Dip hard boiled eggs in cold dye until color is achieved, soaking anywhere from 5 minutes to several hours (in the refrigerator). Turn eggs occasionally to ensure even dyeing. Dry on paper towels or in egg carton.
3. Hard Boiled Eggs: Bring cold eggs to a boil in large saucepan. When water boils, remove from heat and cover. Time your eggs for 15 minutes. Place cooked eggs in a bowl of ice water. Enjoy!
4. Refrigerate hard boiled eggs! Don’t keep eggs out of refrigerator for more than 2 hours. Toss eggs that have been out for too long as decoration – better safe than sorry. Hard cooked eggs will keep refrigerated for 1 week.