we had so much fun dying our own ester eggs using natural dyes we made ourselves. it was a very last minute project, and i look forward to planning ahead for next year. they did come out lovelier than i expected though! the colors are so appealing to the eye. we used turmeric and dandelions for the yellow, blueberries and violets for the blue (which turned the loveliest mottled blue and brown over night, even though we used white eggs!), coffee and tea for the eggs, and all the orange spices we could find for the orange. we added a teaspoon of vinegar and poured in boiling water. we then added the eggs and let them sit for an hour... a real practice in patience for the children! easter stories by tasha tudor, and reading the country bunny helped to make the wait go faster! we did at night, so sadly i didn't get pictures of them dying the eggs... next year i will plan better (do i ever actually do that?)
they had a lot of fun finding them after the easter bunny hid them, though the kitties found some first! they also were happy to find some surprise gifts mixed in with the chocolate... a snorkel for jack henry and a slip n'slide for sid... used by both in the afternoon. we also spent a lovely morning eating pastries in the local community garden, with the chickens and a lovelier brunch with family at home. we ended the day by walking over to water the vegetable garden my son is helping to make in our neighborhood as part of a garden class he is taking. a lovely relaxing day!
hope you had a lovely day too!