I asked several times in the last two days if they were sure they wanted to color eggs and they kept saying, "We have to." So I boiled up four dozen eggs the night before last to get ready for last night, then when it came time for egg coloring my oldest said she was trying to get her homework finished before the anime conventions, my youngest had a bit of homework and was frantically trying to finish up the last details of her costume.
So there I was, four dozen boiled eggs and no one to color them. What could I do? We do eat boiled eggs, but four dozen is kind of extreme. I boil that many to hand out to the grandparents for Easter. I couldn't exactly put white eggs in an Easter basket; anyone can boil and egg, it's a special thing when you get colored eggs once a year. I sighed and decided I would have to do it myself.
I had my pout on as I readied the table for coloring eggs. My husband said he'd help, which brought me back to the memory of the first year we were married. We didn't have kids and my husband did not see the point in coloring eggs; I had to cajole him into doing it. But I figured if he was willing to put up with my obviously disgruntled attitude, I must've trained him well since those early days.
On Facebook, someone had posted a new way to color eggs that I decided to try: shaving cream eggs. You put shaving cream in a plate, add some food coloring, swirl it, glop the eggs around in it, put them on another plate to sit for a few hours in the fridge. Then you rinse them off and you get marbled eggs.
I bought shaving cream, then looked up the directions and hmm? On further research, they don't suggest you eat eggs soaked in shaving cream (that's my college education coming through). But someone had tried it with cool whip and I happened to have some forgotten cool whip in the freezer.
When I got all the stuff out for Cool Whip eggs, as well as the usual PAAS egg dye, the kids were suddenly interested. We experimented with the neon food coloring and cool whip; it took a fraction of the time to get them all colored and the kids had a good time with the new method. Dad even sat there and colored eggs the old fashion way.
And look what happened? Cool Whip to the rescue!
I'll tell you next week whether the Cool Whip taste permeates the eggs or not. All is well with our cool whipped eggs.