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    March 24, 2005

    Something fun for Easter

    Every year, in addition to coloring hard boiled Easter eggs, we make Cascarones. In case you are unfamiliar with these, they are colored egg-shells with confetti inside. We hide them along with the others and later the kids get to break them over someone's head! I think this is sort of a Spanish/Mexican tradition, but it has caught on in Texas over the years. Making them is almost just as fun!

    Here's how you make them!

    First, you will need at least a dozen, if not more, empty egg-shells. Emptying them is the tricky part. There are a couple of ways to do it.

    One method is to take an ice pick and poke a hole in one end, about the size of a pencil eraser. Then make another smaller hole on the opposite end. Use the ice pick to break the membrane just inside the shell and to break up the yolk too, otherwise it won't fit through hole number one. Then take a turkey baster, put it over the smaller hole and use the air to blow the contents of the egg into a bowl.

    Another method is to make a hole in one end about the size of a dime, then use an ice pick to break up the yolk and empty the contents into a bowl.

    Obviously, the second method is easier, but then you have a larger hole to cover later, but either way is fine.

    Next you rinse the empty egg shells with water and let them drain until completely dry. Remember these are fragile, so be gentle.

    After your shells are ready, just color or decorate them as you would normal Easter eggs, let them dry and fill them with paper confetti. I advise using paper confetti instead of plastic or mylar confetti, since the latter two are not biodegradable. You will use colored tissue paper and a little elmers glue to cover and seal the hole and there you have it! Cascarones!

    As a side note: You can freeze scrambled eggs in small portions for future use in recipe's. Just thaw in the fridge and use promptly. Make sure to make note of how many eggs are in each container.

    If you have a large family, just have scrambled eggs tonight!

    Additionally, you may want to advise children how to break the eggs. Smacking someone on the head with one of these can hurt a little. It's a better idea to crumble the egg in your hand first, then sprinkle the contents and remains of the shell over the persons head as shown below.
    If you get a chance, try them out! I hope you guys enjoy these as much as our family does!

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