What came first? The bunny or the cream egg?

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While most people seem to look forward to advent calendars and sleigh rides, our favourite holiday is actually Easter – what’s not to love about neon marshmallow peeps and the annual Cadbury Cream Egg commercials?  Our heart genuinely skips a happy beat when we glance into a store window and catch a glimpse of the first spring clothing stock – all in sunny shades reminiscent of the Easter eggs we used to dye. 

But this year, since we refuse to jump the gun and fill our closet with outfits that we can only admire but not wear (it’s not exactly skirt weather quite yet!), we’ll settle for recreating the feeling of nostalgia with an afternoon of decorating eggs.  Old school-style, using dye that we’ve actually made ourselves.  Wish us luck, this COULD get interesting!

If you have children or are similar to us and can’t shake the fond memories of spilling yellow dye on your favourite shirt while dealing with an egg gone astray, here is a “recipe” list of dye’s you can mix up from ingredients found in the supermarket:

Colour

Items to Dye Egg With

 

Blue
  • Canned blueberries
  • Purple grape juice
Brown or Beige
  • Instant coffee
  • Black tea
  • Black walnut shells (boiled)
Green
  • Spinach leaves (boiled)
  • Liquid chlorophyll
Lavender
  • Violet blossoms + 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Red Zinger tea
Orange
  • Yellow onion skins (boiled)
  • Carrots
  • Paprika
Pink
  • Beets
  • Cranberries or juice
  • Raspberries
  • Red grape juice
Red
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Raspberries
  • Canned cherries (with syrup)
Purple
  • Hibiscus tea
  • Red wine
Yellow
  • Orange or lemon peels (boiled)
  • Chamomile tea
  • Green tea
  • Ground cumin (boiled)

Once you have successfully cooked up dye colours that will transform any boring white egg to a work of art, pour each mixture into a measuring cup and add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.  Pour the dye into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to all the egg to be fully submerged.

If you have any spills or problems along the way, or simply get a little (ahem), thirsty, just make extra “Purple” dye and forget the vinegar.  Wait, we drank all the “purple” dye?  Oh well.  Guess our eggs will just have to go “sans pinot noir” this year.

Happy Easter!