Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Au Naturel

We started with all organic ingredients... a dozen hard-boiled eggs, a bushel of kale, two beets, skins from two yellow onions, grape juice, vinegar, plus crayons, and rubber-bands.

Hoping for a tie-dyed result, we wrapped some of the eggs with rubber-bands.  We used crayons to draw hearts and flowers and to write intentions on the shells -- we chose the four Brahma-Viharas, mudita (joy), metta (loving-kindness), karuna (compassion), and uppekha (equanimity).

In separate pots, we boiled the kale, beets, and onion skins in three cups of water with three tablespoons of vinegar for 30 minutes... then let the dyes cool.  We filled a mason jar with grape juice, added three tablespoons of vinegar and two eggs, and put it in the refrigerator for an hour. 

Last, we let each egg soak in dye for 20-30 minutes... and voila!  Easter eggs au naturel!
This was a fun way to honor the day and Mother Nature by using only gifts from the earth rather than harmful chemicals.  More info on Natural egg dying is available here.

Much spring joy to all.
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