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The Hunt is Over!

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The eggs have been boiled, colored on, dyed and the egg hunt is over.  Now there is one thing left, lots of hard-boiled eggs!  If your eggs were not left sitting out for a long time it is time to eat them. You can make hash, potato salad, egg salad sandwiches or add them on top of a salad.

Eggs are not only delicious and fun, but they are healthy for you too! Eggs contain one of the highest quality proteins of any food, which helps you to say fuller longer and stay energized. Eggs have over 13 different nutrients in them that aide in brain function and eye health.

In my family, with two little ones at home, we dyed one dozen eggs. After the official family hunt, and a few unofficial hunts with the kids hiding them for each other, my son asked when I would make egg salad. His favorite! With a dozen eggs to eat I looked at other recipes to enjoy as well. I have included a tasty one for you to enjoy with your leftover hard-boiled eggs.

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Bethany Clapper, Director of Development & Marketing and Mother of Two

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Tip of the Week: No Candy Baskets

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Easter Candy Facts

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All of the ads for clucking bunnies (they are memorable!), should have let you know that one of the biggest treat weekends is quickly approaching.  Easter is the second largest candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy and among the most popular – the chocolate bunny and those crazy (and I say creepy) marshmallow Peeps. Follow the link above for more interesting Easter Candy Facts.

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, snacking is where we often consume unintended calories, and the pounds of jelly beans and peanut butter eggs certainly count into those. If you are planning on making an Easter basket for this weekend’s celebration, you might consider one or two of these 50 novel ideas that are not confectionary:

1)      Coupons for getting out of chores

2)      Sidewalk chalk

3)      Jump rope and other outside play toys

4)      Grow-dinos (capsules that you put in water and watch grow)

5)      Sun glasses

6)      Food and cooking utensils for their play kitchen

7)      Mini flashlights

8)      Bead necklaces

9)      Fancy duck tape (bright colors and zebra prints, etc.)

10)    Sports balls – basketball, baseball, football

And hopefully, the weather will start to cooperate so we aren’t searching for Easter eggs in our snow boots!

– Frances, wife and mom of 2Director of Operations & Marketing

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Tip of the Week: Easter in Afghanistan

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Easter will be a bit different for us this year.  We will still have our traditional jelly bean hunt, with the little kids (ages 5 and 7) searching the house for the jelly beans that are hidden all over.  It’s always fun to come upon an especially well-hidden jelly bean a few months after Easter!  This year,  I am busy packing a large box of Easter candy to be shipped to Afghanistan for my oldest son to share with his combat unit.  I am hoping a box of brightly colored candy, in a basket with plastic green grass, will bring a smile to the face of soldiers who are missing their families and the holiday celebrations happening at home.   Since my son can sometimes call home on Sunday, I am also hoping Easter morning brings a phone call from Afghanistan.  This year, I am very aware of the thousands of soldiers who are missing their children’s Easter egg hunts, missing their families, and missing their homes.

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Holli Seabury, CEO, wife and mom of 7

Tip of the Week: Easter Breakfast

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Easter at our house is a big deal as we attend early morning sunrise service at our church to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Then our family is usually involved in helping to prepare and serve Easter breakfast for the congregation. This is generally an egg casserole, toast, fruit and sometimes, sausage. Then we go home and take a nap before we, as parents, hide the colored eggs for the kids. It is great fun and a wonderful way to spend time together.

Egg casserole is very easy, can be mixed the day before and then baked right before eating. It consists of eggs, bread, diced ham, cheese, a tiny bit of onion, and dry mustard. Here is a good alternative for someone who likes French toast but does not want the mess in the morning. Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Slice a loaf of French bread in 1” slices and lay with the cut side down in the 9 x 13 pan. Beat together 8 eggs, 3 ½ – 4 cups milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg in a bowl. Pour the egg/milk mixture over the French bread. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to eat, bake at 350°F for approximately 45 minutes, uncovered. Serve with canned fruit, syrup, or any other topping you would use on French toast. Enjoy!

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Linda Hathaway, Program Manager

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