Friday, April 9, 2010
Find A New Egg Dying Holiday Day
You might very well be reading THE most untimely blog post about naturally dying Easter eggs ever written. So I raise the motion to find a new holiday to dye eggs. May I suggest April 15th? The anniversary of the first McDonald's opening? Coincidence that it falls on tax day? I think not. So gather some kids, some fresh organic free range eggs and some fruits and veggies and lets get this show on the road.
This year we tried naturally dying our eggs and had a blast. It could hardly be easier to make your own dye. You do one cup water to one tablespoon white vinegar. Then you add in your egg coloring stuff. Read: frozen blueberries, yellow onion skins, coffee, or beets. (We also tried purple cabbage but it dyed the eggs exactly not at all.) I also read varying ideas online about adding salt to the fruit mixes. I added some salt. I boiled them up for 10-15 minutes and put them in mason jars. We used them at a friend's house a few hours later.
Hot tip: Make the coffee really strong or it won't turn out like much.
Hot tip 2: You need white eggs.
I basically stole our whole Easter event from this blog post on Dig This Chick.
We made birds nest as well that morning- and it was just too much fun. Dirtiest kid loves birds and eggs and glue. Really- there was nothing to not love about making a bird's nest with glue and putting dyed eggs into it. Anyone use another fruit or veggie and get a great color? Share with us your secrets. These three below were dyed with blueberry, onion skins and beets.
Aside to my brother: While I was looking up little known holidays to use for my post, I saw that tomorrow is National Sibling Appreciation Day- it is also your birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY A!