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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Eggs, eggs, eggs!

One of our Easter traditions that we rarely miss is dying eggs. We even did them when the kids were babies who took naps during egg dying! We have been fortunate in recent years to receive egg decorating kits from America, but unfortunately, today's fancy kits tend to not work very well on brown eggs. In the U.S. you have to pay more to get brown eggs, and the white ones work really nicely with the metallic, pearlescent, and foily type kits. Our work-around is to still dye the eggs the old-fashioned way because brown eggs dye as beautiful jewel tones much brighter than the pastels you get with the white eggs.

Eggs dyed and pearlized
In case you're not sure how to do this, all you need is 1/2 cup hot water, 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of the local food coloring (10-20 drops of American-style). Drop the boiled eggs down into the dye for about 5 minutes. Send your kids off to do something else during this process or give them a light colored crayon to doodle on the other eggs with. Pull them out, and let them dry. If you happen to have one of those fancy kits, this would be the time to use it as they will definitely show up now!

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