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Like many of you, we are busy getting ready for Easter weekend. As my wife and I were peeling hard-boiled eggs last night and the boys were helping with other Holiday-prep chores, I said, “I can remember when I was a kid and would be at my grandma and grandpa’s house. The day or two before Easter would be a fun time. My grandpa would bring home a huge ham from the meat-packing plant he worked at. My mom and grandma would be busy making potato salad and macaroni salad. We always ordered a lamb cake from the local bakery. We colored eggs. Wow…it brings back great memories. Now our kids are doing the same thing. Traditions are being passed on.”
Traditions are really important to me. They don’t have to be anything out-of-this-world special. They just need to be centered around family activities.
Earlier this week we boiled eggs in preparation of egg coloring and our traditional pickled eggs* and beets. The recipe is simple.
Pickled Eggs and Beets
- 12 hard-boiled eggs (peeled)
- 3 cans of beets (beets + liquid)
- 3 cups of white sugar
- 3 cups of white vinegar
- You can change the recipe, just keep the ratios the same. For example, 2 cans of beets, 2 cups of white sugar and 2 cups of white vinegar. 🙂
- Cook and peel the eggs ( you can do that a day or two ahead of time)
- In a large, non-reactive pot, add the beets, sugar and vinegar.
- Bring to a boil for about five minutes, stir to make sure the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Place the eggs in a large glass jar.
- CAREFULLY add the beet mixture to the jar, making sure the eggs are completely covered.
- Cover the jar with a lid or aluminum foil.
- Do not fret if you get an uncooperative egg -- you should stir the mixture every few hours to be sure all the eggs get a chance to become immersed in the liquid. This will give them a dark, rich red color.
We are headed to church this afternoon and then out for a bite to eat.
Sunday we’ll have our traditional Easter dinner with my dad. Nothing fancy. We’re baking a ham and cooking a turkey breast (since Nate doesn’t like ham). 😉 The boys have talked us into making homemade mashed potatoes.
Nate is learning to cook and will be helping with the process. Boys, especially sixteen year-old boys, need to learn how to cook. And by “cook”, I mean more than tossing something into the microwave oven and pressing a few buttons!
Okay, I have some more chores to get done. I need to stop typing and get moving.
But, before I do, hear this: Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great Easter!
*Speaking of eggs, here’s a great recipe for deviled eggs. Don’t care for cayenne pepper? You can substitute paprika. Good stuff!