Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Here Comes Peter Cottontail..."

We are back from our trip to Grandma and Papa's and already looking forward to this weekend and Easter. We celebrate Easter *big* in our family, so we are gearing up for the special celebration already.

Last year I skipped the Paas Easter Egg dye and we did our own eggs using regular old food coloring. It worked so much better, the dye was not blotchy and the eggs were beautiful. Here is our "recipe":

Sweet Pea Easter Eggs
1 c boiling water
2 t white vinegar
25 drops of food dye color (or combinations, see below)

Place the water and vinegar in a mug, add dye, mix well. Dip and dye your eggs...

Color combinations:
orange=7 red drops, 18 yellow drops
lime/light green=23 yellow, 2 green
purple=17 red, 7 blue
turquoise=17 blue, 8 green

Other options:
add 1 T of oil to each mug and swirl to make "tye die" eggs
use crayons to make designs
go to marthastewart.com to see *really* creative ideas for Easter Eggs

Here we are in action last year:

5 comments:

slacker mama said...

Ooo! Maybe I'll do this instead of the Paas stuff! Thanks for the recipe!

Steel Magnolia said...

this is what we always did growing up....the colors are always so much brighter! I hope you had a great trip...Happy Easter!

Deep in the Heart said...

Thanks for the recipe. I was planning on trying this this year. Saw an article in my paper on all natural dyes. It cracked me up. Used 4 cups of chopped beets, 12 onion skins, etc. It was massive amounts of produce to make pale eggs with colors like sienna and brown. Can't really picture a sienna colored eggs. Although the recipe comes from the domestic goddess, Martha Stewart, so I'm sure it will turn out beautifully. She also makes homemade marshmallow peeps. Think I'll pass on that too. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/moms/5621020.html

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I hear you Jenn. I thought about natural dye colors for cookies, but who wants cookies that local so dull? Does anyone know of pretty natural coloring?

The Mrs. said...

What I love about this is the total organization! Cups all lined up...nice and neat! I love it!! I wanna come over!