Sunday, March 31, 2013

Hippity Hoppity... Natural Dyed Eggs

Last Sunday my mom and I attended Swiecone for my cousin Pat's Polish Syrenna Dancers. Each Palm Sunday they throw a feast as a fundraiser for they cultural dance group. The food is always delicious and the dancing never disappoints! I enjoy the homemade sauerkraut with bacon and caraway seeds! AMAZING! Although we are not Polish, we enjoy this event and the company of Pat's family and especially his wife Stephanie, who is my favorite cousin that lives in St. Francis. :)

One thing that I also enjoy is the cultural history that the even provides. They bless the food in Polish tradition and serve eggs as part of the blessing. They also share ways to dye eggs naturally, something I thought I would share with you today.

Foods that naturally dye eggs-

Red- beets, cranberries or red onion skin
Blue- blueberries
Yellow- yellow onion skin or lemon zest
Orange- orange zest or carrots
Green- spinach

I chose blueberries, the frozen kind, that at some point my mom or I spaced and put them in the fridge instead of the freezer and I found them yesterday morning and went... DOH! I had about a 1/4 of a cup left and didn't want to waste them, so out came the eggs to dye naturally.

Here is the process...

Submerge your eggs in water, add 2 TBS vinegar, a hearty amount of salt and the blueberries. Smash up the blueberries to add more juice/dye to the water. Bring the water to a boil, cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Voila! Naturally dyed eggs!

Pictures to come soon!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A few of my favorite things

What have I been doing?

Knitting, sewing and the normal day to day stuff. I thought I'd take some time to share a few of my latest favorites

Sewing vintage looking aprons

The apron on the cover reminds me of one that my mother-in-law gave me shortly after meeting her. It's one that she made a long time ago. I love that the pattern book shares stories about each apron.

I've also been making a bunch of gardening aprons, which is essentially a BBQ apron. I make sure the pockets are super large. Here's a link to this pattern

It's from the Purl Bee, which not only has sewing patterns and tips, but has knitting, name it. I love their website.

Aprons are fun for little girls too, this website has a really cute pattern that you can whip up in an afternoon.

What have you been up to?