April 4, 2011

Late to Spring!

Spring time is actually here!  My family just celebrated Ostara last weekend.  We have been so busy with planning our wedding that the actual date came and went.  So being flexible with these kinds of things, we planned our celebration any way.

Tomato Seeds

Cucumber and Zucchini seeds

This year we did a split two day celebration.  Saturday morning was spent eating candies and starting plants for our garden.  We are planning to make our first garden this year.  So far we have cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes.  The kids loved getting in the dirt and planting the seeds!

Beginnings of a garden

Cutting Blackberries for dye

Sunday we made natural egg dyes for the first time.  This project was very time consuming, kind of messy, at times frustrating, and most of all Lots of FUN!  Grownups started with doing the cutting.  Our oldest wanted to help, so we figured why not.  We showed her how to use the knife safely and let her go for it. 

Pouring the Dye

After we cooked up each dye all of the kids helped with straining and pouring into bowls and cups.

Smelling the Dye

Onion Dye

Commence the egg dyeing extravaganza!

Beet Dye

Blackberry dye

Blueberry Dye

Spinach Dye

Onion Dye
Since this was our first time making the dyes, it was kind of an experiment.  Here's what we did.
  • Fresh Blackberries - light purple - finely chop and boil in 1-2 cups of water then strain.
  • Fresh Blueberries - dark/light blue - finely chop and boil in 1-2 cups of water then strain.  (one of our favorites)
  • Fresh Spinach - very light green -  finely chop and boil in 1 cup of water then strain.  (we didn't like how this color came out)
  • Onion - golden yellow/orange - Take the skins off two onions.  finely chop them and boil in 1 cup of water then strain.  (one of our favorites)
  • Beets - light pink - We used canned beets and finely chopped.  We boiled the beets and the juice from the can.  (Next year we plan to use fresh beets if we can find them)
All in all we had a great weekend and are looking forward to watching our plants grow.  In a few weeks we should be able to move the plants outside to the garden.  Keep your eyes out for posts on how our garden is doing.
~Your Earthy Mom

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