I'M ADDICTED TO Pinterest. There’s so much to look at. It’s a literal feast for the eyes. I love all those beautiful food photographs, exotic locales, recipes, crafts and funny sayings. I could spend hours a day just drooling over my computer, but I try to limit myself to 15 minutes, a couple times each week. I just get sucked in too easily. (Case in point, I just got on pinterest to copy the URL, and wasted 20 minutes pinning recipes. Ooops.) (Editor's note: as did I when I double-checked the link just now.)
You would probably guess that of all the things on Pinterest, the food and recipes are my favorite. Lately, there’s been many pinnings of Halloween-type food. You know, the pretzels that look like a bloody finger, the donut holes that look like eyeballs, candy that looks like boogers and the like. Usually, these require not only skill as a cook, but also a fair amount of craftiness. Food I can do; crafting, not so much. Also, even if I did go to all that trouble, would my kids actually eat it or just be grossed out? Would they even benefit nutritionally from all my hard work of being crafty-cool-“gross-out-the-children”-mom?
I did, however, find something I thought I could duplicate. Something my children might actually eat. Something that wasn’t entirely unhealthy. Something that’s Halloween-y without being too gross. Something I might actually be able to “craft” without a Youtube video to show me how. I give you….Egg spiders!
I whipped up my own, quick, version of deviled eggs to recreate this Pinterest find!
1. Place eggs in one layer in a saucepan. Cover with water about 1 inch over the eggs.
2. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and cover tightly. Let it sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
3. Bring pan to sink, remove lid and run cold water over the eggs until the hot water turns cold. Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove eggs.
Cool off those eggs...
4. To easily peel the eggs, crack each end on the counter, then gently rub between your hands (this is great activity for kids to help) until the membrane is separated from the egg white. Rinse under water until the shell is completely removed.
Egg peeling trick: roll between the palms...
5. Cut eggs in half lengthwise, remove the yolk to a bowl, and crush with a fork.
6. Add mustard, mayonnaise, pickle relish and salt and pepper. Mix well.
7. Carefully stuff mixture back into egg white halves.
8. Now comes the fun part! Place a whole olive in the center of each stuffed egg, pushing down. You have now created the spider body. Whew!
9.Slice one whole olive in half lengthwise, then each half into fourths (spiders have eight legs, you know!) Place four slices on each side of spider body, creating the spiders legs.
10. You did it! Now, wasn’t that easy?
11. Impress your children with how crafty you are with food!
12. Now take pictures and pin it on Pinterest! Oh, wait, I already did that.