I am a mother. Of boys. In Texas. And what that means is that we take every opportunity, as is our duty as a bigger state, to make bigger messes than y'all. One of our favorite yearly messes are Cascarones.
For y'all in the rest of the country...Cascarones are our Easter Eggs. Plastic eggs? Pfffft. Our confetti grenades can beat up your silly old plastic eggs.
Now, just in case y'all up north are not familiar with this Easter tradition, this is your official tutorial. Not only are they pretty, Cascarones are every little brother's chance to take revenge on their older brothers for the past year's wedgies, swirlies, and banishment from rooms.
In a nutshell: Cascarones are real eggs. Filled with confetti. And you are encouraged to crack them over each other's heads as you find them.
If you are an evil mother, you fill one or two with flour. *hehe*
They are sold on every corner in my neighborhood in the weeks leading up to Easter. But, if you are crafty, you can make them at home.
Paint or Markers
1. Use an ice pick or other sharp thing to poke a nickel to quarter sized hole in the end of each egg and let the contents run out. Into a big bowl. Maybe now is a good time to make a brunch casserole.
2. Rinse any goo off the eggshells and let them dry.
3. Paint the eggs with acrylic paint, in whatever designs you'd like. Or soak 'em for a few seconds in food coloring + water. Or color them with markers, which is easier for kids. Be very, very gentle. And remember you're just gonna break 'em all, so these are not artistic masterpieces, they are confetti grenades. If you have little boys, they would be especially enamored with you if you paint them all to look like PokeBalls. I actually did this one year. When I was young. And ambitious. Come to think of it, grenade designs are also quite lovely.
4. Cut out little circles of tissue paper, which are a bit bigger than the holes in the eggs. One for each egg.
5. Set all your egg shells back in the egg carton with the hole-side up. Fill each egg with a teaspoon or two of confetti. Or flour *hehe* You can buy a big bag of confetti at Michael's, or set your 5-yr-old loose on your old magazines with a hole puncher. This will keep him busy for hours. If you're feeling very eco-friendly, fill them with birdseed for your little feathered friends.
6. Put glue just around the edges of the hole on the outside of each egg, and cover the hole with your little circles of tissue paper. We used tissue paper with little ladybugs on it!
7. Let dry overnight.
8. There, now you're officially a messy Texan.
Hide these eggs as you normally would outside. And hunt for them as you normally would. But the first time you pick up an egg and crack it on top of your kid's head, their OMG face will make it an Easter Egg hunt to remember. You'll smile with Southern pride when your little kid cracks his first egg on his big brother's head. Finding tiny pieces of confetti in their hair, socks, and underwear for weeks will make that teenager think twice about that next wedgie.
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