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Image An Easter Tradition at Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens
By Larry Rettig on April 9, 2011

I still remember the joy and excitement I felt at age five when, for the first time, I found my very own Easter bunny nest.

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Imagevic
Apr 9, 2011 12:55 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I learned so much! I've never dyed eggs other than the food coloring and vinegar or the tablets you get at Easter.

Cookies sound yummy and enough for a LOT of people, eh? Smiling

Thank you so much!

vic
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Imagewcgypsy
Apr 9, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Great idea. Thanks. I haven't dyed eggs in many years, but the gilding is a great idea. I will have to do some of those...beautiful.
Edited to add that I recieved my last 'Easter Basket' at age 18. The next year, when I didn't get one...I think that's when I realized that the fun days were over...lol...
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Imagevalleylynn
Apr 9, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
What beautiful eggs that process creates. Are they still eatable when you just do the elmer's glue and food coloring?
Great, fun article to read. Make me want to color eggs this year.
ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Yes, A LOT of people, Vicki! The communal kitchens baked enough for all the families that ate there. In the village where this recipe comes from, there were six or seven communal kitchens, so 10 dozen X 6 = 60 dozen = 720 cookies!
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ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 7:09 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
LOL, Sherry. Oh, to be young again! Thanks for the compliment.
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ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 7:12 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hi Lynn--Yes, the Elmer's eggs are edible. Glad you enjoyed the article!
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ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 7:21 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
I took several photos today of my eggs in a nest. Here is photo 1:

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ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Here is photo 2:

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Imagevalleylynn
Apr 9, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
What fun that must be. The colors are so wonderful.
ImageSharon
Apr 9, 2011 11:01 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh my. I have 2 ostrich eggs, huge things, and wouldn't they be beautiful done in this way. I painted them once, then again when I changed my mind about the color, but I'll bet if I painted them white again, I could finish them your way. They are only the shell, nothing inside. I think the insides were blown out before they were given to me.

What a fun project, I can't wait to try it.
I'll send you a photo when I get them done.

Thanks Larry!
ImageLarryR
Apr 9, 2011 11:15 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Can't wait to see the photo, Sharon! Those large eggs would be spectacular, compared to chicken eggs.

The first time I saw an ostrich egg was in fifth grade. Mr. Heinz taught German and Health. I really don't know how he related ostrich eggs to either subject, but he was very proud of that egg, and at our age, we were in complete awe of its size.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
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ImageSharon
Apr 9, 2011 11:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I never saw one till a few years before I retired. One of the cafeteria ladies brought two to me, said her friend and neighbor raised them. I was so excited, I made cushioned little boxes to keep them in. Eventually I painted them to match something, then painted them again. But now I think I can do as I said above and have a couple of masterpieces!!

I can't wait to try. They are huge. Maybe I can get a picture.
BRB.
ImageSharon
Apr 9, 2011 11:55 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Of all the times for my computer to get wacky...

So here's the picture. I added a large coffee mug so you could have a size comparison. I can't remember now why I painted them, but there must have been a reason.
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Imagevic
Apr 10, 2011 3:14 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Those are beautiful Sharon Smiling
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Imagevalleylynn
Apr 10, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
That would be some bunny to lay those Easter eggs. Blinking
ImageLarryR
Apr 10, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Lovely eggs, Sharon.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageCandyce
Apr 11, 2011 12:48 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Larry:

Thank you for such a great article! Now I have to go and collect the things I need so that the younger kiddos and I can do this project! And the timing of your publishing the article is perfect!
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ImageLarryR
Apr 12, 2011 12:11 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hello, Candyce. Thanks for your kind comments. I'll bet the kids will have great fun! Could be kind of messy, though.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageLance
Apr 12, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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What a fun article and tradition. The gilded egg is certainly a work of art. I have a question about the coloring process - are the eggs rolled in the color and the dye moved around with the fingers over the egg to get the even color? I wonder if a paint brush might work as well. Colored fingers would seem to be part of the fun of it all!
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ImageLarryR
Apr 12, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hi Lance--Great to hear from you! The mixture, after adding the food coloring, is thin enough so that no matter how you apply it, you'll get a nice, smooth finish. The biggest problem is the pooling of the mixture at the bottom of the egg after it's colored. I've toyed with the idea of adding some flour to thicken the mixture, but then the result will be more like the furniture glue eggs. I think the gilded eggs look better with a smooth underlying surface.

I bet your son will have a ball with this! It's quite a messy process, even for an adult, so be prepared for color everywhere. Smiling
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/

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