Easter Egg Fun

Since Easter is Sunday and it is Thursday, I finally let my Little Guy open the PAAS egg coloring box kit. He’s been drooling over it for about 5 days, and today was the day. We waited for Big Sister (18) to finish what she was doing and then the fun began.

I made 2 dozen eggs in my Instant Pot in about 20 minutes. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Instant Pot! I got these great attachments/inserts from Amazon, and they work like a champ to be able to get the eggs out without breaking eggs or or burning me. Use the Egg setting for 13 minutes, add about 1 C of water to the Instant Pot, close the lid, and go prepare the dye.

Big Sister was in charge of the 1T vinegar per cup, (and later the 1/2 C water) Little Guy added the dye tablets. I was responsible for the mish-mosh collection of coffee cups to get all 8 colors going at once. The tablets fizzed while we watched and “ooh” “aahh” the fiz while the eggs cooked. When the eggs were done we released the pressure and took out the inner pot and put it in the sink so we could run cold water over the eggs. This took 2 fillings of cold water to get them nice and cold.

And then the magic began. We always write our family members’ names on an egg so we all have our own special egg. Then there’s the silly pictures and goofy things that are written and drawn on the extra eggs to see if anyone can figure out the mystery. We had a fun time laughing, joking, and creating fun while the eggs soaked and the colors transformed the eggs. *I admit I love the robin’s egg blue color the best. That color egg has always been my favorite.

While dying, Big Sister decided to add a little Sharpie to the egg fun. She has more artistic talent in her pinky fingernail than I have in my whole body. Of course, Little Guy wasn’t long in asking for the Sharpie so he could show his own skills. This is our kind of eggs. Nothing fancy, no stress for the perfect eggs. Just good fun and colored fingertips. And that’s how we do it on the Johnson Team.

Happy Easter everyone. Blessings to all!

Breakfast for Dinner

When was the last time you ate a delicious breakfast at home? I’m not talking about a smoothie as you get ready, or a granola bar as you get dressed.  I mean really making a great breakfast for yourself and/or your family.  

Why not have breakfast for dinner?  It’s one of my very favorite things to make for dinner.  Maybe it’s because of the juxtaposition of what I have accepted as “morning” foods and “evening” foods.  Maybe because it’s out of the ordinary. Maybe because I really REALLY love breakfast foods. The hassle and hustle of busy mornings getting ready for school and work sometimes make it impossible to have a real, descent breakfast.  So why not have a great breakfast when you  can actually enjoy it? Whatever reason you decide to give it a go, you will be so glad you did.  Breakfast food (and I do NOT mean a bowl of cold cereal) is warm, and simple, and comforting. Think of all the possibilities!  Pancakes, bacon, toast, scrambled eggs. That is some serious Heaven right there. Give me a plate of fresh scrambled eggs and toast and I will hum happiness as I eat.  Sprinkle a little shredded cheese in the pan while the eggs cook and you will have me eating out of your hands. Do ya feel my fondness?  

Scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, bacon, and toast is one of the best dinners possible.  Easy prep, easy cleanup, easy to love. It’s a meal the whole family can work together to get on the table quickly, and it’s a great way to make the kids feel part of the whole thing.  

Fried Potatoes (feeds 4-6) Cook time: 20-25 minutes

2 cans whole potatoes (open can and drain)

3 Green Onions- sliced thin

4T Butter or oil of your choice (I like Avocado oil)

Salt & Pepper

I like to use my large deep skillet for fried potatoes.  Over medium heat melt butter (or oil of choice) and add sliced green onions.  Using an egg slicer, slice whole potatoes and add them to the skillet. When all potatoes are sliced and in skillet, season with some salt and pepper.  Give a stir with a pancake turner, put lid on the skillet, and let cook for 5 min. Uncover and flip potatoes, making sure your heat isn’t too hot. We wanna get a little crisp, not burn. Cook for 5 minutes covered.  Uncover and flip potatoes. Do you need another T of butter or oil? You may. Just remember we are not actually frying the potatoes like a deep fryer would, they just need something to crisp in.  Cover and cook another 5 min. How do they look? Everyone likes a different level of crisp, so you may be done, others will need another 5-10 min based on personal taste.  We are a crispy fried potatoes kind of family, so we need lots of cook time. 

Sausage in a skillet takes 10-ish minutes to cook.  Bacon in the microwave (which is how I cook it cause I hate when my house smells like bacon for a week) takes 5-10 min depending on how many batches you make.   Since you want everything done about the same time, plan your production schedule accordingly.

Scrambled eggs with cheese 

2 eggs per person

1T shredded cheddar cheese per person

½-1T milk per person

Butter to cook eggs in (or cooking spray if you like that option)

Crack eggs into bowl, add milk and shredded cheese and mix with a fork until incorporated.  

Pour into a large skillet over medium-low heat with butter melted. Season with salt and pepper.

**Good scrambled eggs are cooked slowly, not overcooked, and need almost constant stirring so they cook evenly.   Dedicate a few minutes to these eggs and I promise you will be an eternal fan of cheesy scrambled eggs.  

I like to scrape the bottom cooked layer of eggs off to the sides of the pan and let the uncooked eggs fill the center.  This is the constant stirring part. Just keep it movin’! Tumble and flip and stir.