At the last minute my daughter and I decided we would dye eggs at my house after my birthday dinner Saturday night. I'm sure the rest of you had dyed your eggs and had them beautifully decorated and nestled in a sweet basket before we even got our plan together. What can I say? It was a crazy, busy week. Emily called Saturday evening from Albertsons, the third store she'd been to, in frustration. There was no Easter egg dye left to be found in any of the stores. Did I have food coloring? I did.
So, I'm going to let you in on our secret.discovery. You know those dye pills everyone uses to dye eggs with? Forget those. Food coloring works better. Honestly, it does. Here's the recipe, found by Googling: 20 drops of food coloring, 1 tablespoon vinegar and half a cup of lukewarm water. The eggs seemed to take the color instantly, evenly, clear and bright. I'm never going to buy those pills again. We dyed and decorated them with crayons. Pretty much your basic Easter egg. Sofia loved it.
Then, this morning the Easter bunny dropped by and hid them all over our living room (too wet outside) and Sofia found them. We made sure all were found (didn't want a repeat of this again) then we all sat down with a salt shaker and peeled and ate an egg each. Delicious. Colored eggs are just so much tastier than plain white ones.
Actually, the box in which food coloring comes says food color and egg dye. It is what I have always used except when I do natural or silk tie dyeing. This year I did none. Yours are beautiful.ReplyDelete
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Oh Sofia looks so cute! Great idea on coloring the eggs....my Mom used to do it that way eons ago.ReplyDelete
OH! The cuteness.ReplyDelete
Yup, Gerrie's right. Instructions for dyeing Easter eggs are right on the box of food coloring. I never noticed before. Mine is Safeway brand which I have probably had for 10 years! I don't use a lot of food coloring. Now that I know how well they work for the Easter eggs I'll probably use it up in, oh, 5 years!ReplyDelete
Sofia is so adorable! Wishing you a wonderful and funfilled birthday week.ReplyDelete
Loved your linking of your own ancestry with that much more eclectic version that Sofia has! This is the face of the future, and an adorable face at that! Hope your birthday was fun!ReplyDelete
We used food coloring when I was growing up. I was so disappointed by our "pills" this year (everything seems to rub off on your hands), that with your suggestion, I will try to remember to return to traditional food coloring next year. BTW, we didn't dye our eggs until Saturday either, and none went into beautifully crafted or staged baskets.ReplyDelete