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  • What is your peeling method?
    I like the one where you put the eggs into the bottom of a s’getti pot (they are quite wet, still) and then SHAKE them like mad….shake and bang, until they jump and dance, and keep doing it, and the shells literally jump and crumble and fall off of those eggs….it’s amazing.
    My friend told me this…I didn’t believe it, then I tried it, and had to apologize….it’s a riot to watch the stripping eggs, though!

  • Hmm….. our eggs are made with whatever condiments in the fridge look like they are about to die. So far, no one has died, and they are always gone pretty quick (‘cept when I put cayenne instead of paprika….. Then my dad ate them, but not all at once.)

  • Don’t forget ‘qi’ or ‘za’ – likely the handiest of two-letter words, since you don’t want to get stuck at the end with those on your tray.
    We had friends give us duplicate Fiesta egg plates for our wedding, so now we can serve up a full dozen at a time. That’s good, ’cause I could clear out half a dozen all by myself, relish or no.

  • KA, KI, QI, and ZA are valid words too.

  • KA, KI, QI, and ZA are valid words too.

  • Lucky you you get bluebirds.
    Do you leave wool combings and other goodies out for the nest building maniacs? I wonder if it is practice for next year or a second batch coming or just keeping teenagers busy with good hard work. I found a robin’s nest one year made from DH’s hair clippings, a beautiful silvery nest well padded with hair.

  • glad that the eggs worked out!
    I love the bluebird pictures.
    I am surprised by how interested I am in knitting that scarf now that I see it in a slightly variegated yarn. It didn’t call to me in the plain blue in the picture. Also it looked very drape-y in the alpaca sox. I like the crispness of your yarn choice. Hmmm….maybe after this baby blanket I am slogging through I will do the scarf.

  • I knew someone was hard at work solving the mysteries of the world and I was pretty sure that it didn’t involve a member of Congress. I’m glad and relieved that it was you. Congratulations on working all that out.

  • Great bird pictures, and I noticed that the beautiful scarf is bluebird colored, too. Glad your tapper wasn’t a rat…

  • I warned you about the relish, but no. You wouldn’t listen.
    Didn’t you get a second bluebird family one year? I don’t think they would be doing it for the exercise.
    Hey to Buffy!
    xo Kay

  • I am very pro sweet relish in my deviled eggs. Imagine my surprise when, while making deviled eggs at my mom’s a couple weeks ago, I discovered that she doesn’t use relish of any sort in hers, although she does include a glug of vinegar! wow! I wonder where I learned to make deviled eggs….
    The hard-working baby birds are adorable!

  • Exceptionally progressive bluebird daddy? Or maybe he just wants to be absolutely sure he doesn’t end up with a single parent of bluebird grandbabies living in his den. :oP

  • We had a crazed momma cardinal attacking her reflection in our door’s kickplate this spring. Drove us nuts. In VA the cardinal is the state bird (and thus protected) so we couldn’t take, ahem, alternative measures to deter the pest.

  • In my neighborhood there’s a male mockingbird who attacks his image in the car’s sideview mirror every morning. Deviled eggs! I love them! I use mayo, mustard (sometimes a little garlic mustard), worcestershire, and PICKLE JUICE. My future SIL is a huge fan of my deviled eggs!

  • Oh how cool. I am sooooooo glad it’s dad bluebird and not some critter returning from a night abroad (as is usually our case)!

  • Dill Pickle juice is what I use in my eggs to devil them (my mom sometimes uses vinegar)…but the pickle juice is perfect – gives them smoothness and dillyness.
    Now I must go make a batch.

  • I’ve been hoping for some bluebird updates here! Hooray for industrious young’uns. Gives me hope for our 10-month-old who has yet to earn his keep by mowing the lawn. What’s he waiting for, anyway?
    I am definitely anti-relish in my deviled eggs. I stand resolutely against introduction of any sort of pickle product in the tasty treats. I am pro Arthur Court deviled egg dish, however, which is what I think your top picture is.

  • I’m not convinced that sweet relish has a place anywhere. Blech.
    My favorite two-letter Scrabble word is “aa.” It’s a Hawaiian word for lava. I can pretty much imagine how that word came into being: *Hawaiian dude pointing at encroaching lava* “AA!” *Hawaiian dude runs*

  • I hope daddy bluebird doesn’t crash into the window and hurt himself! Maybe a blind on the outside lowered at the time of day when he gets riled.

  • in David Sedaris’s new book he had the same bird problem — it might have even been more than one bird — and these were French birds. so he got his partner’s old album covers and fit them in the bottom of the windows — facing out at the birds. problem solved. And frank zappa staring out at the french villagers. 🙂

  • The secret to my Deviled Eggs is Worstershire (sp?) Sauce, you just have to be careful not to use to much, because you don’t actually want your eggs to taste like they are doused in steak sauce.

  • Hmmm – I like the sweet relish BUT my favorite addition to deviled eggs is bacon – I mean it makes perfect sense doesn’t it. Still the mayo/mustard salt/pepper and paprika topping.
    If the season’s long enough mama bluebird CAN have 2 sets of babies but I’m amazed at the first batch helping prepare for the second!!
    Lovin’ the denim baby sweater!!

  • So, Tappy is makin’ the younguns work for a bit, eh? Can’t you just hear him now? “In my day, I had to build four nests before dinner time, and it was uphill both ways!”

  • It’s and its. It’s lovely to see someone use those correctly.

  • It’s and its. It’s lovely to see someone use those correctly.

  • I’ve been wondering where Crazy Dad went to – He’s not been at my house this summer. Looks like he flew east!

  • My grandmother’s favourite word to beat us at scrabble was ai. I love that scarf too, and have a skein that I don’t know what to do with that might be perfect.

  • He may be the only one who has figured out how to get a teenager to do something that resembles work.

  • hi – i’ve been meaning to send you a url for the citizen science participation of cavity nesters (your bluebirds) at Cornell – here’s their link:
    http://watch.birds.cornell.edu/nest/home/index – as a biologist, it’s the kinda geek thing i would have cherished when i was a kid…
    sometimes, juveniles (birds) stay close to home to help their parents through a second brood (again, birds, not people), but they usually don’t breed until the summer after they’re hatched. whew.
    i vote for dill.
    or sweet.
    aigs is good.

  • Why in the world isn’t someone studying how the daddy bluebird is managing to get teenaged bluebirds to work so hard?
    Also – I agree with pickle juice, but to be clear, that is sweet pickle juice.

  • Maybe bluebird is ‘freakin out’ because he wants some of that coffee…
    nice scarf!

  • Could be that this would help you with your flag cake:

  • I once brought devilled eggs to a potluck @ work and one of the ladies commented that she liked them because they didn’t have too much sweet relish in them. My reply? “Sweet relish? Hmm.. that must be what my Mom used.” Quite the provocative summer topic! My morning “tapper” is a red-belly woodpecker. No questioning what that noise is unless one mistakes it for a jackhammer! T

  • I would not go near a chive-filled deviled (that looks like de-vile) egg. Did you use an egg cooker? Cuz I love my egg cooker.

  • Flag cake recipe, please, maybe?? I love it!!! I tried to do a Stars-n-Stripes trifle, but I don’t relish cutting out 20 stars from pound-cake-and-jam sandwiches every year….

  • Ooops…nevermind. I see the link now! Awesome, thanks!!