Happy Easter!

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Hope you are having a Happy Easter blogville! Here at Chez Momma we’re having a fairly relaxed weekend. My dad came to town to see MM and BB for The Big 6th Birthday and Easter.

It was so nice to spend time with him and celebrate some fun holidays while he was here. The Easter Bunny brought the kids a legendary Playing Outside Easter Basket with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, jacks and butterfly nets and magnifying glasses.

We decorated Easter Eggs using homemade dyes, stickers and markers (non toxic of course).

I used recipes from (or adapted from) this Better Homes and Gardens article that I found on Pinterest I think.

Here are the recipes I used for each egg:

Faint Brownish-Orange
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Stir 2 Tbsp. curry powder (or tumeric if you have it, we didn’t) into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Purple / Blue
Mix 1 cup grape juice (I actually used blueberry pomegranate juice) and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

I kind of guesstimated with the amounts for the ingredients and probably could have mixed better but I do think they all came out very pretty. I had the eggs in the dye in the refrigerator overnight and this was the result – not super deep but very nice looking. Natural egg dyes are all the rage this year and I’ve never done anything other than food dyes or those Egg kits and wanted to try my hand at making my own dyes.

The kids had no involvement whatsoever which is why I let the kids decorate with markers and stickers, too. They each got bored after one egg so I think I had the right idea doing the dyes myself this year. The purple juice mix I think came out the best and was the easiest to put together. I think next year I might remember that and try other colored juices mixed with vinegar and skip the boiling water part all together.

What’s that? You want to see more cute pictures of the kids in their Easter finest? Okay, if you insist….

And a family picture taken by my dad :O)

Happy Easter!