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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Coloring Easter Eggs redeux

You might remember this post where I thought my almost three year old would be totally excited to color Easter eggs. Turns out, his interest was all of 2 minutes. Fast forward two years later and I have a very eager almost 5 year old bugging me for a week "Mommy, when are we coloring eggs?" Off to Whole Foods we went and picked up Confection Craft Dip + Decorate.

The kit includes four powdery dyes made with beets, cabbage, spinach and annatto, egg white glitter, a brush and a paper filled with decorations to color and cut out for your eggs.

First, we hard boiled the eggs the day before. The best way to prepare hard boiled eggs is to put your eggs in a pan, completely submerge in water, bring to a boil and then remove from the stove top and cover for 12-15 minutes. This works like a charm every time.

Now comes the fun part! Mix the colors with 1/4 cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon dye (red dye will need 1/4 tsp. vinegar).

Gently drop your eggs in the dye and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. Red will need a bit longer. 
Gently stir once in a while too. Remember, brown eggs will produce a jewel tone so we always do a bit of brown and white eggs.

Here was the almost final product. I will say, the red color smelled like beets and the blue dye like cabbage so there was no denying it was a natural product. My favorite were the blue eggs (just like two years ago).

My son had a lot of fun cutting out the eyes, mouth and other items (all by himself, I might add) that were included. He made "Angry Birds" eggs with the cut outs.

The kit retails for $12.99 and I found it at Whole Foods in Bend, Oregon. I would buy the kit again as it was simple to use and produced the results we wanted in using a natural product. I will say, I was quite disappointed in the "glitter" as it just formed a thick paste on the eggs. 

Next up, I will need to fill the Easter basket with natural choices of Easter candy. I know this is going to be a challenge because Peeps are a tradition in our house.

Any recommendations on natural candy for Easter? 

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