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Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for Easter Eggs


I wanted to color some eggs for Easter and I wanted to see if I could do
it naturally, using flowers from my yard.  I just wanted some soft colors so I thought
maybe it would be a fun experiment.  I boiled one dozen eggs and while they were cooking
I ladled some of the water over some dandelion, violet and crab apple blossoms.
I also used some teabags for the brown ones.


I'm quite happy with the results!
And we'll have plenty of devilled eggs next week, too!

I'm doing the A to Z Challenge for the month of April!
Come back tomorrow for the letter F.







98 comments:

  1. Look beauty Betsy love the natural colors!!

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    1. thanks, Gloria. My boys have never been into coloring eggs, so this was a first...and since it was just me, I did them soft like I would want. ha.

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    2. I think only Esperanza colorings eggs,really dont remember Dito made.he id not so artistic! Lol

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    3. I almost painted flowers on them...that would have been fun, too! I bet Esperanza can made some pretty ones.

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  2. looks like fun! that blue color is so pretty!

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    1. it was fun! I actually thought the dandelions would give off the most color, but they didn't!

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    2. Yes not all the flowers or plants sre good to color!

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    3. I thought about using grass for green but forgot!

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    4. Ha! Not grass Brtsy, i think beet is nice to a purple!

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    5. beets would have made a beautiful color!

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    6. hey, that reminds me of some deviled eggs I was planning to make!! Maybe next week after we return. A Blessed Easter to all of you!

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  3. I enjoy your blog SO much...you truly are a gentle, loving soul...
    Great job on the eggs...they look delightful...

    Happy Easter to you and your family

    Cheers
    Linda :o)

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    1. aw, thanks, Linda...you are so sweet. Happy Easter to you, too!

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  4. These are so pretty, Betsy! The muted colors may them look like they are from exotic chickens!

    Happy Easter to all!


    XO,
    Jane

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    1. I wish I had a few of those exotic chickens...I love those things...and their eggs! ha.

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  5. that is actually really cool that you did it naturally...and yeah that you can salvage the eggs now too...might have to try this..

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    1. well, they won't make any bright superhero colors like your boys probably enjoy. ha. But it was fun anyway. :)

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  6. Aren't you quite talented with your eggs this Easter time
    I guess after that Easter bunny crime
    One has to pick up the cause
    And you get a standing applause
    Good luck being the new bunny
    I hope you worked out a good deal with the easter bunny authority for the money
    And when easter is through
    I bet they would make great ammo too..hahaha

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    1. I get to be the new bunny?
      Oh, now aren't you funny.
      Don't tell the grammar nazi
      I'd hate for him to run over me.
      but he'd be more likely to kidnap
      than with his bumper give me a tap.
      lol.
      they make good ammo you say?
      I'll remember that for the next tom cat at my bay. haha.

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    2. hahaha grammar nazi might take it easy on you
      Unless you go on a murder spree too
      Then he may have to run you down
      And flee town..haha
      Yeah if you hit him good
      Run away the next tom cat should

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    3. Ah Betsy this was OTher Easter bunny, is past lol
      like some bad cat lol

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    4. yes, he is a crime fighting batman afterall
      I suppose he wouldn't stand for crime at all
      I could put on my wonder woman costume and distract him though
      before he could run me over like a crow.
      Or maybe I'll just be good
      and deliver chocolate eggs like I should.
      lol.

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    5. Im teasing you Betsy! Lol

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    6. yes, gloria, that is true
      and I know that picture still disturbs you! ha.

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    7. Nope Betsy after all i saw i Pat blog and others this is nothing im a nee girl lol!

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    8. OK ...lol....but something tells me Pat will bring it back
      this Sunday or Monday on the attack! ha.

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    9. of course he never rest! and he loves make !

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    10. of course Betsy he never rest you know I think his brain work all the night!! lol

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    11. oh yes...and he loves to shock everyone. lol.

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    12. of course! hey Betsy a friend of mine ALessandra make a pot with colored eggs if you want to see

      http://www.dante.org.nz/Newsletter.pdf she talk about beets too but I dont have idea, if you have any porblem to see tell me or look Alessandra in my favorites in the side bar

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    13. oh those are so pretty...and stronger colors! Onion skins...why didn't I think of that? ha. Cumin...that is interesting and made the yellow really pretty! thanks, gloria!

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    14. You know Alessandra is italian and live in New Zeland but is an mazaing cook she write to some issues, but is so nice, always lol yes I m amazed too with the onion skins never I will image!

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    15. yes..and so pretty!

      OK..I decided my easter dinner dessert. Lemon cake with a tart lemon/sugar glaze and your raspberry icecream (the one made with sweetened condensed milk) Won't that be pretty on a plate together? :)

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    16. Amazing Betsy,the best Ice cream are with condensed milk:
      I would love mske something with lemon too to easter dessert....

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    17. I already have 2 eight inch layers of cake (no frosting) in the freezer that I had left over from a cake order I did for someone. So I think I'll just make a lemon glaze and pour over that and make the icecream. Easy! Should be pretty, too! Then I'll have more time to make yeast rolls. :)

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    18. Bah the dead bunny is buried and won't come back
      For there are plenty of others prepared to go at my shack
      You actually have a wonder woman costume all ready to go?
      Hmmmm I bet Grammar Nazi would like that to show..hahaha

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    19. well if he's dead
      I'll take the job he had.

      of course I have the costume with me
      you didn't know she was really me?

      Does wonder woman use good grammar?
      I bet I could make him stammer. lol.
      better that costume than a bunnys
      although that would be funny.

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    20. OH Pat read that we talk LOL!!

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    21. LOL sometimes her grammar is a bit off
      But I'm sure he'd never scoff
      Looking at her suit
      And she could take down any brute
      Yeah a bunny one
      Would be such fun

      Pat does read
      All should take heed

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    22. ha I know Pat fo rthis I said LOL!!!

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    23. yes, and all had better run
      if she gets out her pellet gun!

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    24. LOL I suppose it might beat the whip
      Until you ran out of your clip

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    25. Oh, the whip can be brought about
      if the clip runs out
      I can whack people with my bracelets, too
      or kick them with my boots. lol
      But only when fighting crime
      I'm really not violent all the time.
      And boy, this got way off topic
      weren't we talking about the easter bunny
      this has really become quite funny!

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    26. That's right, folks, you remember that the Easter Bunny had turned into a mass murderer, and I ran him over to save everyone. I wouldn't do that to the new one, of course! In fact, I'd go out of my way to protect her! And... a Wonder Woman costume??? Yep. "Protective custody" sure seems to be the way to go here, yessiree...

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    27. oh great...see what happened?
      Now I'm arrested by batman.
      well, at least I'll get to ride the batmobile. lol.

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    28. And you get to sit right up front. Who the heck needs Robin???

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    29. Never know is this man is batman or Silver or other sigh!

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    30. I'm a man of mystery, Gloria, what can I say?

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    31. I think you are you like LOL

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    32. hahaha surely went way of topic here
      But was still fun with only a little fear

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  7. Oh...what fun you have with your projects...
    it would be sooooo fun to be your neighbor 8~)
    Maybe you will have to make some potato salad too (with all the eggs).
    Take care,
    Nancy

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    1. it would be fun to have you next door :)

      potato salad is a great idea...yum with leftover ham for sandwiches!

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  8. What lovely pastel colors. And I love the natural-ness of it all. :)

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    1. they turned out pretty nice didn't they? I think I like the softness a lot!

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    2. Well, because Martha's comment intrigued me also...I googled it.
      https://www.nystyledeli.com/cgi-bin/deli/unc_ral_mspec.html
      There really is an Uncle Ralph's Mild Magic Sauce. :)

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    3. No kidding? hahaha...I thought she meant HER uncle ralph! lol....I thought it was a secret family recipe. lol.

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  9. What an interesting idea, very nice!

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  10. A great way to use a natural product!

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    1. half of us love devilled eggs, so we shouldn't have any problem gobbling them up. :)

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  11. Now you need some of Uncle Ralph's Mild Magic Sauce to flavor your eggs. :) He says they're good that way, but I haven't tried it yet.

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    1. oooh...now you've peaked my interest! Anything called magic has got to be good, right? :)

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    2. did you see Magpie's comment? :)

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  12. i love blog-a-bets - too bad i only caught on to this 'challenge' yesterday! love your a, b, c, d, and e and look forward to f-z!!!

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    1. it's been fun so far...hope I don't get stumped! ha.

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  13. Those are so pretty!!! I love easter eggs :) So colorful and happy!

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    1. but...can you eat them with chopsticks??? :)

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    2. No!! Dammit...actually, I've never eaten an easter egg. I thought after they are dyed they are poisoned or something to that effect. lol

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    3. haha..well, you do have to refrigerate them. Mine will turn into devilled eggs...now those you could eat with chopsticks...maybe! I couldn't...I'd be wearing it! lol.

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  14. Clever, you! I love the soft colors of your dyed eggs.

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    1. I'm drawing a blank on F though! Uh oh! haha.

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  15. Seems like you're a day ahead of Pat. Great pics of the eggs and dyes. My mom was trying some of that today with the little goblin, er my niece today. I really don't know what she was thinking though, she's only 1.5 but she had a whale of a time making noises and having to touch every egg. But poor toby, my border collie, the one egg, the baby knocked out of my mother's hand and fell to the tile, he jumped back so fast too, I only thought about what that scene would've looked like if the egg wasn't hardboiled. You know I didn't even know it was possible to naturally dye the eggs, they did come out nice. My mother used the paz stuff, or whatever it's called. Fun post. Thanks

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    1. Always one step ahead of Pat. Love that. hahaha.

      Actually, I post the night before for the next day so Thursday is E day for both of us. I'm trying to accomodate the peeps on the other side of the globe that are 6 hours ahead of us.

      Coloring eggs with a baby...now that sounds like fun. I wonder who was wearing the most color...people or eggs? ha.

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    2. YES CHEATER IS ALL I SAY
      BIG FAT CHEATER AT YOUR BAY!!!!!

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    3. should I say I'm just made that way
      and it's in my DNA? haha.
      cheater for accomodating our european friends?
      When we go to bed, their day begins
      I'm just giving them a new post with their breakfast
      I think that's the bestest
      you serve them one for lunch
      when the day's half over, I have a hunch.

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    4. Oh that is considerate, I always forget people are all over the place in the world. I stare at the computer screen thinking like it's all one and the same. No the baby didn't get to touch the dye, wouldn't that sight been fun to see.

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    5. See, Pat? Fred says I'm considerate! ha.

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    6. Pffft still a cheater to Pat and the cat though
      But considerate I suppose you can be to those in another time zones show

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  16. Bets, it's 3am & I have insomnia so my bleary eyes are taking in your experiment which turned out a photo essay worthy of Martha. Seriously.

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    1. Aw, thanks Cali! This was really fun to do. Maybe I'll send my photos along to her. lol.

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  17. Happy happy happy easter!! These eggs are gorgeous - love them soaking in their own little floral water bowl!!! Yay! Take care
    x

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    1. thanks kitty...hope you and Charlie have a wonderful Easter!

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  18. Very pretty. Love the natural colors. I haven't colored Easter eggs for the past couple of years (kids are grown, no grandkids). This year, I think the eggs will be a nice natural brown color. I have chickens that lay brown eggs! Have a Happy Easter!

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    1. I think that's perfect...I love those natural blue and brown eggs....just lovely...and no work for you! ha.

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  19. What a lovely idea! I love this! Did you add some vinegar to your "dye water" or just use straight water? I may try this. What a fun project.

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    1. I didn't use vinegar...but you know, that might have helped bring out more color! Gloria gave me a link (above in the comments) for a blog that did onion skins for brown, beets for pink, and cumin for yellow and they are beautiful!

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  20. Betsy, how pretty are those eggs....I like the soft more gentle colors but what I like most is that you were willing to take a risk and experiment!

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    1. haha..well, you never know unless you try. And I'm glad some people here gave me some good ideas to try next time!

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  21. We have all fresh eggs here and they are DARK brown and blues...so pretty in their natural state. I have to buy a dozen WHITE eggs at the grocery store today for the kiddos...seems wrong on so many levels!! :)

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    1. haha...oh, yes...how ironic! lol.

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  22. Same with me Jill, I had to buy store eggs for dying but we eat fresh brown and blue! Beautiful pics. I posted the ham recipe for you :)

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    1. oh yay...thanks so much! I'll come take a look!

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  23. I love the softness of the colors. Couldn't be more perfect.

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    1. now if I only had chickens that laid them those colors! But I suppose the cats would love them for a different reason. haha.

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  24. Pretty Betsy!!! My husband asked if Lila was coming this weekend? I said No, why? He wants Easter Eggs......guess I'd better get busy! ha

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  25. I never made eggs that fancy

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