April 17, 2011
There is much to think of during this next week. For those of us who call ourselves Christian, the week holds a few additional reflections in store. Then for the youngest of us, who are not overly concerned with the theological implications of the week, there is but one thing to look forward to at the end of this week. Easter! Easter Eggs! Laughter! Family! And most importantly, the Easter Egg Hunt!
In honor of that hunt for multicolored eggs laid up against a fence post, nestled into a tuft of grass, or hanging out in the crook of flower branches, here is a way to keep those happy eggs healthy and colorful. Instead of going to the store this week and picking up a dye set, here are some other unique ways of coloring an egg for the Easter morning search.
Before boiling the eggs, search around with your children or grandchildren and gather the following list of items for coloring. Then, when boiling the eggs, place them (only one color item at a time) into the pot. When the eggs are hard-boiled, they have been colored as well! Of course, if you have come by the farm and picked up eggs, the hen colored some for you.
Enjoy the week ahead, honor your reflections, and have a wonderful egg hunt next Sunday!
A few natural food dyes:
Purple Grape Juice, Red Zinger Tea, Red Onion Skins, Red Wine, Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves, Spinach Leaves, Orange/Lemon Peels, Carrot Tops, Ground Cumin
Ground Turmeric, Chamomile Tea, Green Tea, Coffee, Black Walnut Shells, Black Tea
Yellow Onion Skins, Chili Powder, Paprika, Beets, Cranberries or Juice, Raspberries
Canned Cherries, Pomegranate Juice