As spring and Easter approach there are so many family traditions I look forward to: Easter brunch, neighborhood egg hunts, seasonal flowers beginning to bloom, and remembering that this is the time of year for resurrection and growth. Growing up, I always looked forward to dyeing our eggs, dressing in our Sunday’s best and enjoying our time together as a family. It’s almost as if Easter provides the same feelings of gratitude we experience in the fall, but with the warmer temperatures of the spring. As I look back on my family’s Easter traditions, I can remember spending Saturday afternoons on the back patio, lining our cups side by side and being ever so careful to not “crack” those hardboiled eggs. I recall especially being fascinated by the fizz and magic of the eggs’ transformations. As my siblings and I grew older, it was fun to express ourselves creatively through Easter egg dyeing. We began to incorporate stickers, string and other adornments to ensure we had created the most extraordinary eggs reflective of each one of our artistic styles. It’s these memories I look forward to sharing with my future children while celebrating the seasons of life.
This Easter, while it is just my husband and me, I looked for ways to inexpensively decorate our home for the upcoming season. When I began to brainstorm how I could do this affordably, I naturally gravitated towards items that were in my pantry. I had been keeping a box of food coloring on hand since my husband’s birthday last year and knew this would be an easy way to bring back those childhood memories of mine. I had to do some research to recall the proper vinegar-to-water ratio, as well as resort to studying the color wheel for mixing colors, but it was so entertaining to play around with various color combinations and customize each option to my liking. Since my first batch came out entirely too strong in color, it is good to note that this method is very manageable with respect to adjusting any offsets and mistakes you may make along the way. Of course, you can buy dye at the stores, but if you want to change your traditions, these methods provide an alternate technique that can allow your, and your children’s, creativity to blossom.
To begin, start with making a dozen of hard-boiled eggs. Once cooked, cool quickly and let stand until eggs are at room temperature. In the meantime, boil one-and-one-half cups water per color of your choosing. Mix with one teaspoon of vinegar and 10-20 drops of your color choice. Dip your hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes and remove with a slotted spoon and let dry. Below are some easy color combinations to achieve fun spring colors (per McCormick):
Red: 20 drops red
Cantaloupe: 24 drops yellow, 2 red
Lime: 24 drops yellow, 12 drops green
Teal: 15 drops green, 5 drops blue
Purple: 15 drops blue, 5 drops red
Yellow: 20 drops yellow