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Incorporating Mother Nature Into Easter Traditions




  As a child, some of my fondest memories are sitting around the table with my other siblings as we meticulously and eagerly decorated our eggs. Using everything from store bought dyes, white crayons, and plastic Easter themed egg wrappers we decorated our eggs with the finesse and flare of any professional out there; wanting nothing more than our own personal stash of eggs to be the best looking out the bunch.  Of course, when we presented our finished pYroduct to my mom she would always smile and say that all of our eggs were beautiful and special in their own special way.  Thanks Mom!

Although I am no longer a kid, dying eggs is still one of my favorite Easter activities.  In years past, I have followed with the same egg dying traditions that I took part in as a child.  But, this year, I thought it would be fun to try something new.  Instead of going to the store and purchasing your average egg dying kit, I decided that it would be much more fun to get a helping hand from Mother Nature and have my chickies use spices, vegetables, and various plants to color and decorate their eggs with.

Yes, a little more time and prep went in to this, but it was an absolute blast!  Not only did my chickies get to experience something new, but they also learned how resourceful they can be when they simply use the things around them.

Here's how I did it.

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Natural Egg Dyes



Yellow: For a golden yellow (what I did) 6 Tablespoons of turmeric and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to every 4 cups of hot water.  Stir well util turmeric is dissolved.
OR
For a bright yellow simmer 4 oz. of chopped carrot tops in 1 and 1/2 cups water for 15 minutes.  Strain and then add 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar to your mixture.

Blue: Place one head of shredded purple cabbage to 4 cups of boiling water.  Stir in 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar and let simmer for 25-30.  Remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Green: Place any eggs that have been dyed yellow into your blue dye.

Orange: Add 6 yellow onion skins to 3 cups of boiling water.  Stir in 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar and simmer for 20 minutes.  Strain the dye.

Pink: Cut 6 medium beets into chunks and add them to 4 cups of boiling water.  Stir in 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Remove the beets with a slotted spoon.

Steps
1. Place your hard boiled eggs (or hollowed our egg shells-this is what I do since no one in my family likes HB eggs) in a saucepan of water with a splash of white vinegar-this will help remove any residue on the surfaces of your eggs.

2. Make your dyes and place them in the fridge to cool.

3. Soak your eggs in the dye until you reach your desired color (10-30 minutes).  Make sure to stir the eggs every now and again to get a more even coloring.

4. Use a slotted spoon to remove your eggs from the dye and set them on a wire cooling rack to dry.


Loves and Hugs,





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