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A Little More Eggsperimentation: Egg Candles

Good evening friends!

Since we’ve gotten to know each other a bit better now, and, after all, we’ve already completed at least one project together… I think it’s time that we take our eggsperimentation to the next level.

So, today we’re going to be fashioning our naturally dyed eggs into cute lil’ candles! Using only a few household items, we’ll melt our own wax, wiggle in our own wicks, and bring a little light to our Easter tables. All you’ll need for this project is a clean tin can (I used a well-rinsed bean can), as many eggs as you want, a few (cheap) votive candles (for wax), and a few tea-light candles (for wicks).

By the way, after letting my bland and boring blueberry-dyed eggs soak in the red cabbage dye overnight, I’m quite pleased with the result! I simply scrubbed off a bit of the blueberry dye and forgot them for a few hours… and the final color turned out a really great deep navy blue.

Step one: Using a spoon, gently tap a circle around the most narrow end of your egg. After tapping several times, the top should somewhat easily pop off. Feel free to tug away any jagged and cracked edges that stubbornly keep hanging on. Pour the egg into a bowl before rinsing the empty shell out with water. Feel free to use the egg “as is” or dip it in the dye of your choice.

Step two: Using either your fingernails or a knife, pry the metal wick base away from the tea-light candle. During this same step, you can go ahead and cut your votive in half. Pull out the wick and set aside for later.

Set three: Since the wick of the tea-light will be too short for our egg candle, we’re going to have to replace it with the votive wick. To do this, simply slide the longer wick into the metal base. It might take a little concentration and a little elbow grease, but you can do it… I swear!
Next, we’re going to secure the metal base to the bottom of our egg shell. You can use a drop of glue if you’d like, although this didn’t work out too well for me. The glue didn’t keep the metal base in place after the hot wax was poured in, but it also didn’t float around too much either… kind of a win-win situation, I guess.

Step four: Now we’re going to create a makeshift bain-marie to melt down the wax from our votive candles. To do this, bring a small pot of water to a boil and then reduce the heat to a steady simmer. Place the pieces of wax into your tin can before dunking it into the hot water. Let your can enjoy floating around in a nice, warm bath. After just one or two minutes, you’ll notice your wax starting to melt. Once the wax is fully melted you’re ready to rock n’ roll!

Step five: With your egg shell securely placed in an egg cup, carefully pour the melted wax. Stop when your wax reaches about half an inch below the top edge.

I used a small piece of cardboard to keep my wick centered while the wax hardened. For best results, let your wax harden overnight before burning.

Once your wax is nice and firm, all you have to do is trim the wick, strike a match, and bring a little extra light in your life!

I hope you enjoyed this cute little project meant to brighten up your Easter!

Have a wonderful day, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another fun Easter-themed project… and don’t worry, it doesn’t involve eggs ;)

Huisgemaakte Aardbeienjam

Hello allemaal!

Dit project komt van een van onze trouwe bezoekers, José!

Zij wilde een recept met jullie delen: ideaal voor de overvloedige aardbeien die te rijp zijn!

Benodigheden:
Glazen jampotten schoongemaakt met kokend water waarin soda opgelost is en naspoelen met helder water of gebruik potten die
schoongemaakt zijn in de vaatwasser. Ongeveer 5 jampotjes per kg geleisuiker.

900 gram schoongemaakte aardbeien

sap van een halve citroen

1 kg geleisuiker

Algemene tips:

Was eerst de aardbeien en laat ze goed uitlekken. Verwijder dan pas alle steeltjes en kroontjes.

Per keer maximaal 2 kg geleisuiker gebruiken.

De kooktijd begint wanneer de massa borrelt en blijft borrelen,als u roert. De jam wordt pas stevig tijdens het afkoelen.

Evt schuim kunt u van de jam afscheppen.

U kunt de jam ongeopend een jaar bewaren op een koele donkere plaats,na openn is de jam beperkt houdbaar.

Bereidingswijze:

Meng 900 gram schoongemaakte en in stukjes gesneden aardbeien met het sap van een halve citroen en een kg geleisuiker in een grote hoge pan.



Breng het mengsel al roerend aan de kook.


Laat het mengsel 4 minuten goed doorkoken.

Vul de glazen potten tot de bovenrand met de hete jam.


Sluit de potten goed af en zet ze 5 minuten ondersteboven.

Veel succes en smakelijk.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Hello everyone!

Today’s marriage between gardening and cooking comes for a loyal visitor, Jose!

She wanted to share with you the best solution for the sudden surplus of strawberries growing in the vegetable garden (and those strawberries that have surpassed their due date). We can only eat so many strawberries, and when that number has come and gone, it’s time to make some jam! :)

What you’ll need:

Glass jampots that have been first cleaned with a solution of boiling water and baking soda and rinsed with clean water OR pots that have been cleaned in the dishwasher. You’ll need about 5 pots per kilogram of jelly sugar.

900 grams of cleaned strawberries

The juice from half a lemon

1 kilogram jelly sugar

 Useful tips:

First wash the strawberries and allow them to drain well before removing the stems.

Use only 2 kilograms of jelly sugar per batch.

The cooking time starts one the entire mixture reaches a boil and continues to boil as you stir.

You may choose to remove the foam that accumulates while the jam is boiling.

You may store the jam in unopened pots in a cool and dark location for one year. Once opened, the jam will only stay fresh for a limited time.

Cooking instructions:

Mix 900 grams of rinsed, stem-free and chopped strawberries with the juice from half a lemon and 1 kilogram of jelly sugar in a large, high pot.

While stirring, bring the mixture to a boil.

Allow the mixture to boil for 4 minutes.

Fill the glass pots to the top with the hot jam.

Close the jam pots tightly and turn them upside-down for 5 minutes.

Good luck, and bon appetit!

Do you have any fun projects or recipes that you would like to share with us all? Please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail with your idea!