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Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs! We had some fun in the kitchen over the weekend coming up with natural ways to dye easter eggs. It was kind of like a science experiment, and everyone really enjoyed it! Check out below for a quick recipe for our faves. ⠀ ⭐Ingredients needed⭐⠀ ⠀ ✔️Distilled Vinegar⠀ ✔️White Eggs (hard-boiled)⠀ ✔️3 Beets (sliced)⠀ ✔️3 tbsp Turmeric powder⠀ ✔️3 cups Red Cabbage (sliced)⠀ ✔️Black Grapes (just use grape juice, it’s easier!)⠀ ✔️3 Yellow Onions (skins only)⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ What makes each color egg?⠀ ⠀ Pink = Beets⠀ Yellow = Turmeric⠀ Blue = Red Cabbage⠀ Violet/Black = Black Grapes⠀ Brown = Yellow Onion⠀ ⠀ If you want to get fancy and start mixing liquids you can get some more colors out of these ingredients. Think primary and secondary colors.⠀ ⠀ Green = Turmeric + Red Cabbage⠀ Purple = Beets + Red Cabbage⠀ Orange = Beets + Tumeric⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ ⭐Directions⭐⠀ ⠀ 1️⃣ Slice up the beets and cabbage separately. ⠀ 2️⃣ Add each ingredient (beets, cabbage, turmeric, grape juice, onion skins) to its own pot. ⠀ 3️⃣Fill each pot with water until the ingredient is fully covered.⠀ 4️⃣ Add 3 tbsp of distilled vinegar to each pot.⠀ 5️⃣ Heat to boil. Lower to simmer and leave for 30 min. ⠀ 6️⃣ Turn off heat.⠀ 7️⃣ Hard boil the number of eggs you want to use.⠀ 8️⃣ Once eggs have cooled off add them to the mixtures. For best results let them sit overnight.⠀ 9️⃣ Be very careful when removing eggs from each mixture. The colors will easily come off when wet, but once dry they are good to go!⠀ 🔟 If you are wanting to mix colors, let the first color dry on the egg before dipping it in another color.⠀ ___________________⠀ ⠀ ⭐Tips⭐⠀ ⠀ 🔹 Use smaller pots. We used a 1.5 and 2.5 qt pots⠀ ⠀ 🔹For a bright yellow we hard boiled the eggs in the turmeric mixture instead of in plain water. For the blue we left the already boiled eggs sit in the mixture overnight in the fridge.⠀ ⠀ 🔹 Feel free to double/triple dip the eggs to get more color. Just be sure to let the egg dry fully in between dips.⠀ ___________________⠀ Pick up your Wean Bowl Garden Pack-perfect size for dying eggs:) SHOP HERE

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194 Days of LitterLESS Lunches

Tis the season…for getting up early, rushing around and getting the kids out the door with healthy lunches in hand. As a mama of 2 I GET IT! I understand why there are SO many rich companies getting rich off of us busy mamas by selling us prepackaged foods read to throw into a lunch box. Unfortunately there are some problems when feeding our kids these pre-packaged lunches. Check out some of the nutritional downfalls of a popular pre-packed lunch item in Michael F. Jacobson’s Huffington Post Blog. They are not the most appetizing facts. Better yet-just grab a pre-packed grocery store item and look at the never ending list of ingredients. After feeding my kids fresh produce, homemade grains, organic meats and homemade snacks I can’t imagine what a Lunchables would do to their systems! The other downfall-THE GARBAGE! Oh. My. Goodness. It is disgusting to see the amount of waste that one class can produce during lunch (trust me-I used to be a teacher). It seems like everything is coming prepackaged these days, even crackers! Last year at a seminar I found out that the average elementary student produces 67 lbs of lunch waste a year!  My other beef? Cost. I was at the grocery store yesterday and there was a sale on prepacked fruit (in those horrible plastic containers). It was $3 for 6 5 oz containers (that is the size of a Wean Bowl). I bought a bag of apples for $4.00. With that bag of apples, I can cut them up into the same cute size and fill about 10 5oz containers! Grades of Green has a little break down on the cost/garbage analysis, check it: So, now that you know WHY I want to pack  LitterLESS Lunches lets put the challenge out there. I am planning on making sure my kids have a LitterLESS Lunch every day of the 2013/14 school year. Don’t think you can do the full year with me? Try doing Grades of Green Trash Free Tuesdays! It is a great starting point for building a great habit and teaching our kids we care about the environment. Who is with me? Let us know in the comments what you packed and how you made it litterLESS. Every month we are going to choose 1 person from the comments of this post and send a LitterLESS Lunch prize pack (will include lots of goodies from our other friends that make cool products).