Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Walk into any department store and you become inundated with bright plastic eggs and chemically laden candy treats. You don't have to forgo the fun, celebrating Easter in an eco-friendly fashion is easy.
Dyeing Easter Eggs
Bring your hard boiled eggs to room temperature before dyeing them. Generally white eggs generate a more vibrant color, but you certainly can dye brown eggs. Various things from nature can be used to create dye for your eggs. Use the following:
Orange: one cup of yellow onion peel to one cup of water
Blue: one cup of purple cabbage to one cup of water
Purple: one cup of red onion peels to one cup of water
Pink: one cup of shredded beets to one cup of water
Yellow: two tablespoons of yellow turmeric to one cup of water
Add your dye matter to water and bring to a boil, then turn it down to simmer for 15-20 minutes. When the dye is as dark as you would like, take it off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Strain the dye. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the cool liquid. Submerge the eggs and place them in the fridge until the color is set the way you'd like it. Remove the eggs from the liquid and eat the eggs as soon as you'd like.
Forgo the plastic and use natural elements. Wicker baskets full of moss or wheat grass give a very spring-like ambiance. Add pastel colored wooden Easter eggs to the basket. Grapevine wreaths with pastel colored ribbons or glued on wooden Easter eggs are simple yet natural. And, simple vases with daffodils or tulips really liven up a room.
Are you trying to get rid of the commercially packaged Easter baskets? Create your own with a wicker basket, fair trade chocolates, candy without the food dyes (found at natural food stores), and some simple adornments such as a book, simple game, or outdoor toys (bubbles, chalk, or balls).
Keep it simple and natural with a vegetarian brunch on Easter morning. Serve gluten free waffles, crepes, pancakes, or French toast with mixed berries and nuts and a local maple syrup. Add to that some omelets made with free range eggs and local cheese. Quiche made with local eggs, veggies, and cheeses is another great idea. Serve smoothies rich with nut milk, berries, and bananas. After brunch, take a walk at your local park!
Every holiday can be made more simple and natural. Consider using resources that are recycled or from nature. Not only is it environmentally friendly to create a natural Easter, it is beautiful, too.