Hi all! I have been sick. I was going strong yesterday, par for the course, then I just felt more and more tired, sat down to rest and basically slept from noon yesterday until 8am this morning. I always think wow I sure would love to sleep for a long time but then when I do, I am usually sick and don’t enjoy it. As was the case this time. I wish it was sweet and peaceful sleep, but no, disjointed and disoriented was the order of my 20 hours of sleep. Now I feel a bit better but I’m still out of it. Example: I made bread and forgot the yeast! I missed laundry day yesterday and now my schedule is messed up, I’ll be playing catch up all week.
Oh but excitement happens this week too! I am picking up my first order from our new(to us) organic co-op. I’m attempting to set up an interview with the owner so I can tell you all about it, clearly and concisely. And I have a review slated for later this week, with a giveaway attached too!
This was our first year making homemade natural dyes for eggs. I think we did pretty good. I simply researched colors online and dug around for ingredients in our home, choosing my dyes by what we had on hand. Here are the finished dyes, in jars awaiting their eggs.
The basic recipe is: a handful of ingredients to one cup of water
unless the ingredients are herbs then 2 large pinches are sufficient, per cup of water
bring each batch to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until colors are released
cool and strain
to each cup of dye material add 3 teaspoons of white vinegar and mix well
pint jars work well for holding colors and eggs
Pale Yellow–celery seed, chamomile
Red–Pom juice**did not do well** don’t recommend
Leaving them in the jars added extra deep colors. Try leaving them in jars 2-3 hours for best deep color effects. Then rub each one with a bit of olive oil to shine them up. These were a beautiful and lovely addition to our dining table and they would have tasted great except, they weren’t cooked all the way through. Yep, even I can screw up boiled eggs.
Peace and Love-