I'm lucky in that, at the moment, when we have these two holidays that there isn't anyone involved who plays drama king or queen, gets too drunk, or fights. Now, I may be making assumptions about some other families, but with the advent of forums and the like all I know is, is that I read a heck of a lot of personal family drama online and I'm thanking my lucky stars that when the local family that I have gets together it is always, always a good time.
Christmas, however, tends to be a different story, but I won't go into that!
Yesterday, Girlfriend and I made these tie dye eggs. Since HWWV usually has at least a few rejects he'll allow us to cut up each year, this is our preferred method for dyeing Easter eggs. I know that if I didn't have his ties to cut up, I could go to the thrift shop and get some on the cheap.
This is how we do it:
1. Get a few SILK ties (three or four should be enough for 18 or so eggs) and an old cotton t-shirt and some rubberbands.
2. Take the stitching out of the ties and rip out the interfacing and cut off any non-silk portions. Open them up flat.
3. Cut the ties into squares large enough to wrap the egg in, covering completely with the RIGHT SIDE of the tie facing the egg.
4. With a slightly larger square of t-shirt, wrap the silk-covered egg completely and use rubber bands to close it all up.
5. Place eggs in large kettle and cover with water making sure they have room to move. Add at least 3 tablespoons of white vinegar.
6. Bring to a slow boil and allow to simmer for 25 or more minutes. Remove from heat and allow eggs to cool on a flat surface. Remove t-shirt and silk squares and voila!