Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Up until several months ago, I had no idea that there was a whole "science" behind getting a perfect hard boiled egg.  One particular Sunday, I had a craving for a hard boiled egg.  Since I don't fix them very often, I couldn't remember exactly how long to cook them, so of course, I went to Web to find the answer.

What I found were all of these "dos and don'ts" when it comes to hard boiled eggs....don't use farm fresh eggs because they won't peel very easily....don't overcook the eggs or you'll get a gray ring around the yoke (guess I grew up eating overcooked eggs and never knew it :-) alter your cook time according to the size of the egg....etc, etc.  I followed the instructions but the eggs weren't perfect and certainly didn't peel well at all.

Well, when my cousin came to visit last month, she decided to cook some eggs.  When I saw her perfect hard boiled eggs, I begged her for her secret and here it is:

*Place the desired number of eggs in a pan and fill the pan with enough water to cover the eggs.
*Bring water to a boil.  As soon as the water begins to boil, set the timer for 15 minutes & keep the burner on! (You may have to adjust the temperature on your burner slightly so they don't boil over but keep them boiling for the full 15 minutes.) This goes against every other method I've ever read but it works!
*As soon as the timer goes off, put the pan in the sink and immediately run the eggs under cold water and begin peeling. 

Viola!  You have perfectly done eggs that peel easily and taste wonderful!  If you don't want to eat them right away or are planning to color them with the kiddos, just run them under cold water and then put them in the refrigerator until you're ready to crack and eat them. 

I have tried this method with various size eggs and varying levels of freshness and the eggs seem to come out perfect everytime.  The only eggs that might still be hard to peel are those "fresh from the farm eggs" right out of the chicken coop.  These you might want to wait a few weeks before hard boiling. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Where Has the Time Gone?

I can hardly believe that it's March already!  Seems like just yesterday I was putting away Christmas decorations...anyone else feel that way?  I find the older I get the more often I repeat the phrase my grandma used to say all the time, "Where has the time gone?"  My blog posts and design updates have been pretty sporadic this year so I thought I'd better let you know what I've been up to, lest you think I've fallen off a cliff!

January brought about our annual road trip to Denver, Colorado.  We usually hit a snow storm going to or coming from Colorado and this year was no exception.  On our way into Denver, we hit a blizzard over Vail pass.
It was pretty scary at times but the Lord brought us safely through the storm.  We enjoyed a week of visiting friends and family before heading back home.

The first part of February, my friend that I've known since 4th grade, Laura, came out for a visit. 

We enjoyed shopping, eating out, watching chick-flicks and even snuck in a day at the spa to celebrate her birthday.  Then it was back to reality for about a week and a half. 

Then my cousin, her husband and their 2 1/2 year old, Taylee, came to visit from Wyoming.  It was a busy 5 days....we enjoyed playing games, having tea parties with Taylee and spending a day at the beach.  And, before we knew it, it was time for them to make the long journey home, back to snowy cold, Wyoming weather.

Now, lest you think it's been all "play" and no "work", admidst the trips and visitors, I was tasked with creating some fun projects for customers....

A special mother's ring, stamped with the children's names on the outside and the husband and wife's names on the inside...

A sweet "princess" necklace for a little girl turning 4....

A ring for a little girl that will adjust as she grows, stamped with her name...

And, I made several necklaces for a local business that were stamped with a special phrase which they plan to give to their office employees....just in case they haven't been presented, I don't want to give any more specifics and ruin the surprise :-)

Now, with my visitors gone and special orders completed, I'm back in my studio, creating brand new designs for spring with all of the hottest colors of the season.  Stay tuned!