Monday, April 10, 2006

Easter Eggs using Natural Dyes from the Kitchen

Easter is reckoned as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox? Passover coincides with the full moon after the spring equinox. Both holidays are calculated from the full moon. (Orthodox Easter is calculated a bit differently.)
The first full moon after the equinox marks a spring festival occasion with new growth and life for many cultures and traditions. Chocolate bunnies, baby chicks ("peeps") and colored eggs are symbols of the season---and Bo still likes coloring eggs.

A fun article about creating natural dyes using materials from the kitchen is up over at Dollar Stretcher

Here are the suggested materials for creating dyes; the article describes the dying method:

Pale Red: Fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries
Orange: Yellow onion skins
Light yellow: Orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seed or ground cumin
Yellow: Ground turmeric
Pale green: Spinach leaves
Green-gold: Yellow Delicious apple peels
Blue: Canned blueberries or red cabbage leaves
Beige to brown: Strong brewed coffee

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