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natural easter egg dye

DIY-dyed-easter-eggs

dyeing Easter eggs has been a favorite seasonal holiday activity for my husband since the first we were married (several years before any babies-of-ours could dye eggs!).  when it comes down to it, my man is a tradition-lover, and i love that about him.

i’m hoping we find the time to dye eggs this year, for his joy, and i that light, i wanted to share a cool way i found to dye Easter eggs naturally.

 

red:
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se pomegranate juice or canned cherries with syrup.

blue:
boil  4 cups of water. cut 1/4 of a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to water. Stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar. let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

pink:
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oil 4 cups of water. chop 1 medium beet and add to water. stir in 2 Tablespoons vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets. OR if you have cranberry juice on hand, you can use it.

yellow:
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oil 1 cup of water.  stir 2 Tablespoons turmeric and add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

lavender:
mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

orange:
take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain.  add 3 teaspoons white vinegar.

green:
peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain.  add 3 teaspoons white vinegar. OR if you have spinach on hand you could use spinach in boiled water.

i received these awesome tips from emeals, and if you read my blog, you know i love the emeals meal planning system, which helps me simplify my meal planning.  they’ve offered a special deal for readers – if you order a subscription, you will receive a free Easter menu plan!  click the emeals icon below to steal this great offer.


what special Easter traditions do you have?  will you use this natural Easter egg dye tip?  please feel free to share!

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He is risen. indeed! {chalkboard Easter printable}

i’ve always wanted to give something up during Lent.  i’ve attended churches that, for the most part, didn’t recognize the time in the church year with public acknowledgement or education, but after a heart-to-heart conversation with my dear friend keri, i knew that i needed to exercise that spiritual muscle this year.

i gave up coffee.

i didn’t talk about it much, unless i thought it would bring glory to the One who gave up ALL for me, but each time i had a craving for my near-daily-obsession, i knew that this minute-little-speck-in-the-universe sacrifice was one teensy step toward recognizing what true Sacrifice really is.

and when i wanted coffee, i prayed.  i prayed for those who have not.  i prayed in thanks for all that’s been done for me.  i prayed for Truth to ring true in hearts, and most of all in mine, which is so quick to forget.

to be honest, it was good for me.  i wished often that i’d given up more, because in a sense, i was breaking an addiction.  and i was a little embarrassed that i was “giving up” in a way that was actually to my benefit.

and do you know what else?  it was such a little thing.  really, it wasn’t a thing.  it’s heartbreaking to think how that while i exercise the privilege to “give up,” there are so many who have nothing to offer.

but now, as we near the eve of the Resurrection celebration, i could do a little happy dance, because that itsy bitsy little giving-up-of-something helped prepare my heart to really celebrate all that the day represents.  and i’m praying that the exercise of giving up, of giving away, becomes a daily one.  i’m praying that it grows ever greater, until someday i really know true giving-away-of-me.  (yes, i’m terrified of this.)

but oh, the joy, to know and to sing, my Papa LIVES, and He loves me, and He loves those He’s called me to love.

He is RISEN, indeed!

chalkboard Easter printable

here’s a little printable to remind us all.  Happy Resurrection Day!

 

how do you celebrate the greatest gift we’ve ever been given?

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avocado sriracha deviled eggs {Easter recipe}

recently a-girl and i threw a sunset beach cocktail party for some good friends.  we created some magical memories and seriously great recipes along with our friend, lauren, a gluten-free chef/blogger.  because this month as an allrecipes allstar, i’m working with the avocado council, i put a spin on my deviled eggs that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

 

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my husband would move heaven and earth for a good deviled egg, and this one may just make it back onto the Easter table, too.  the avocado made the filling even creamier and combined with a dash of honey, really developed its sweetness.  combining it with sriracha took it right over the top.

 

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here’s the recipe for you to print and enjoy…

 

avocado sriracha deviled eggs {Easter recipe}

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 medium ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup homemade or olive-oil-based mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, plus extra for garnish
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice eggs in half lengthwise.
  2. Pop yolks from whites, and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add avocado and mash together to eliminate clumps.
  4. (Can be made in food processor, if you prefer.)
  5. Add mayonnaise, lime juice, honey, 1/4 teaspoon smoked sea salt, 1 tablespoon sriracha.
  6. Blend well to combine all ingredients.
  7. Add filling to a piping bag or plastic bag, and pipe into egg white halves.
  8. Eggs may be prepared up to a day in advance, with or without filling, and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.
  9. Garnish just before serving.
  10. To garnish, drizzle eggs with several drops sriracha (to taste), then top with a sprinkle of cilantro leaves and if desired, a dash of smoked sea salt.
http://dancingwithmyfather.net/sriracha-avocado-deviled-eggs-easter-recipe/

do you have a special Easter dish that makes it onto the table year after year?  a killer deviled egg recipe?  share below!

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