Favorite Things: Color and Eggs

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Judging by the number of articles I have collected over the years offering suggestions on how to dye eggs for Easter this is something I have wanted to do for a long time and just never did it- so in keeping with my attempt to celebrate the day, I finally dyed eggs- before Easter!

As I noted before, when I have an idea often it requires the assistance of a family member to see it through with me. This time my daughter was my “helper” but actually is the one who kept track of how to do each type.

Sounds complicated – we were just dyeing eggs, right? How difficult does this have to be?

I mentioned I have been accumulating articles about egg dyeing over years. Who knew there were so many options?

We chose to dye 8 eggs. We could have dyed 12 but you never know when you may want to bake something so kept 4 available for that!

This is what we decided to do with the 8 eggs:

  1. Use natural dyes: turmeric, coffee, beets, and purple cabbage
  2. Use an unnatural dye: Grape kool-aid
  3. Use good old fashioned food dye with a twist (see photos below!)
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Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble! 

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Purple cabbage being strained 

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Isn’t the color of turmeric beautiful?! 

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Pouring the cabbage water! Getting excited to see how the eggs turn out!

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Our initial plan was to use beets but didn’t have any so substituted canned cranberry.

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Grape Kool-aid smells like summer to me!

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Tried a Country Living Magazine suggestion to make ombre eggs with green food coloring.

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Here is the darkest green of the 3

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An uneven take of the cranberry juice makes for an interesting effect! I will be sure to have beets on hand next year! 

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Perfection!

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Our finished eggs! Next year we will try decorating and coloring.

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Happy Easter!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dense

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The first thing that came to mind when I looked at this week’s photo challenge on the daily post- Dense– was chocolate. I associated the word dense with a recipe I saved years ago.  Now I had a great reason to actually make it! The cake was baked in ramekins so the math formula seemed appropriate! Dense, moist and, yes, perfect as headlined on the recipe!

A Picture a Day: Day 76

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This isn’t actually my picture of the day for today- day 76.

This is a picture of my favorite road advertisement. First of all, the man on the billboard looks exactly like somebody I know who is one of the nicest people I’ve met. So I just like his face.

Second, it changes with the season.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day- Candy and Flowers!

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My picture of the day- Day 76!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Favorite Things: Keeping up with the Calendars…

 

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I am in my second week of celebrating the March National _____Days and using my March Popular Science Calendar and it is, as they say, keeping me off the streets! I have been posting on Instagram but thought it would be fun to share some behind the scenes pictures here too!

I’ll start with my attempt at Hydroponics. Let’s just say I am still purchasing basil at the grocery store.

The instructions in the Popular Mechanics magazine were very detailed and required a large (20 gallon) plastic tub with lid for the set up. I was thinking this may be pretty big for me so did a little research and found this terrific tutorial to attempt hydroponics on a smaller scale!

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Here are my supplies: coffee can, air pump and tubing 

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I decided to make my own aerated cups (with my husband’s help and fancy dial caliper)

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It is always fun to bring out the tools!

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This seemed like it was going to work like a charm!

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Placing the aerated container filled with rocks and basil plant 

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So much hope for success!!

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The markings show better days….

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Maybe I should try container gardening?!

Favorite Things: Calendar Success

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A new month is here, like it or not. I kinda like it.

Using the Popular Mechanics February Calendar has been a lot of fun! I ended up doing more suggestions than I thought I would, and my family even got in on the action! I especially enjoyed making the projects – the snow gauge and hydroponic station.

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I was planning on trying another magazine’s calendar for March, but after looking at my March Popular Mechanics calendar, I decided I wanted to try and make my own copper jewelry so will stick with them another month!

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In addition, I am going to attempt to celebrate National_____Day every day. I decided which National ____Day I want to celebrate each day for the month of March and wrote them on a blank calendar. It looks ambitious now that I am looking at it but I am going to give it a try!

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Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day- that doesn’t seem too difficult to celebrate since I love peanut butter. I am going to try a recipe from Simply Recipes called African Chicken Peanut Stew.  It sounds delicious!

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Happy Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!

To follow along with my March celebrations, you can check out my Instagram page. Here’s to a great new month!