DIY: red Easter eggs with Kool-Aid

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I don’t drink Kool-aid. I know it is delicious because I tried it as a kid. My current situation is that I can’t have any food coloring because it can trigger migraines but even if it didn’t I would not drink it. But this is not a post about if Kool-aid is healthy or not. This is a post that gives you a nice-smelling Easter egg dye. You can use any color you like but remember the stronger the color the brighter the egg dye.

The instructions are really simple. Boil your eggs, let them cool. Pour a packet of Kool-aid inside your bowl of choice with cold water and a drop of vinegar. Put the boiled egg inside and wait two to three minutes per egg. I used a bowl big enough for four eggs at a time. Let dry.

Things to consider:

-If it’s not bright enough pour another pack of Kool-aid and let sit for another minute or two.

-At first they will look orange. Don’t panic, as they dry they get red.

-They will smell amazing.

-Careful with your fingers, try to use some plastic gloves if you have them. (I didn’t and my fingers looked like I had a first degree burn. Not nice).

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Greek Easter recipe: Koulourakia

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This year the Catholic and Orthodox Easter are the same day. So celebrating my mom’s Greek traditions I want to share with you the recipe to the typical Greek Easter cookies called “Koulourakia”. This sugar cookies are normally served with Greek coffee in the afternoon. You can add some sesame seeds or you can skip them as I did.

I followed this recipe from the Food Network and was really pleased with the results. Since I am on a limited diet, I just had just one cookie and let me tell you it was good. Really good.

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Kalo Pasxa! (Happy Easter!)

Throw back Monday: Easter edition

I hadn`t seen my grandparents for eight years. I live far away and it is very complicated to see them often. So three years ago I decided to book a flight and make a surprise appearance in Greece to visit them.

The only person who knew was my aunt Irini. She picked me up at the airport at midnight and we went straight home. When we arrived to my grandparents house everything was quiet because they were sleeping. So my aunt woke my grandfather gently and said she had a surprise for him. Both my grandparents woke up and went to the living room where I was waiting,excited.

Their first reaction was absolute silence. I knew, from my grandfather`s expression, that he thought he was still dreaming. He gently approached me and touched my face. We both started to cry.

I will never forget this trip.I spent two weeks with my grandparents and I am truly thankful for those days together. That was the last time I saw my grandfather, he passed away eight months later.

I want to share my favorite things that happened in that Easter trip to Greece because it was my first Easter there and one trip I will never forget.  

1) One of the traditions on Greek Easter is to paint boiled eggs red. You have to hold your egg then you tap the end against the end of your opponent’s egg, trying to crack it. It is called “tsougrisma” and it always ends in laughter.

DSC012052) I feel in love with this giant mug to grow flowers in.(Isn`t the Easter bunny lovely?)DSC012113) Spring flowers. I couldn`t stop taking pictures of flowers everywhere. DSC013214) The “Lefko Pirgo” at sunset. This was spectacular. DSC013245) I discovered chocolate euros. DSC011386) Tangerine tree downtown.DSC012317) Had the best “Giro” in town.DSC011088) Found baked Lays in Greek. DSC011999) My beautiful grandmother`s flowers.DSC0125810) I had strawberries every single day. DSC0120011) This happened. I rarely eat fried food but I made an exception.DSC0129612) Here with my papu Kiriakos. This was our last picture together. I will treasure it for the rest of my life.

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