It took me only about six years to realize that the Korean supermarket almost right next door sells those really cute Japanese bento box accessories and things that make kids' lunches a real treat. Colorful plastic picks for fruit or cheeses, reusable bamboo utensils and kid-sized chopsticks, and molds for rice and eggs.
I did some searching on the internet and found a few tips for using these molds. You want to shape your eggs while they're still hot, and the molds should be wet when you start so nothing wants to stick. After you put the egg in (a smaller size works well, I used the Large ones from Fresh & Easy, they're a bit smaller than Super AA or Extra Jumbo or whatever they have at the huge supermarket chains and Costco), I dropped the whole mold into a bowl of iced water for a few minutes. The eggs popped out with no problem whatsoever. The only slightly less-than-easy part is that you kind of need to have the egg yolk more or less in the center of the egg, and that can be achieved by turning and rolling it in the water while it's boiling. I did the dishes as I was cooking the eggs, so I reached over and spun them with a spoon every few seconds or so. No big deal.
I was so pleased with the way these worked out that I went back and bought an extra set of the bunny and bear molds to give away. I figured, I've had so much luck and happy mail lately, it's time to return the favor. I'm resisting the urge to turn this into a Box Tops giveaway, but I *am* still the Box Tops lady and if you have any you don't need for your own kids, please, please consider sending them to me, don't throw them away!
Anyway, leave me a comment if you'd like to have the egg mold, I'll probably pick a winner over the weekend. No hoops to jump through, no questions to answer, I'd just like to know how many of you are out there... and maybe how you found me, how long ago?
Oh, and isn't that cursive handwriting fabric cool? I think I'll make a journal cover out of it. Or maybe a lunch bag. Oh, who am I kidding? It's going on the shelf and will be lucky if it gets cut and put to use before Jessie starts 3rd grade.