dyeing for our sins

Next year, I plan to dye Easter eggs with Clementine. My friend Dan did it yesterday with his daughter, Leah. And he did it the same way that I’m planning to — with natural dyes (like beets)… And they turned out pretty cool too. Here’s a photo, and a few of Dan’s recipes (which were in part taken from All Things Frugal dotcom):

Yellow Easter Eggs – some curry powder and yellow onion skins. Boil eggs and skins and powder for 15 minutes.

Sky Blue Easter eggs – cut up a quarter head of red cabbage, boil with eggs for 15 minutes. Cool eggs under cold water to stop cooking. Let eggs soak in cabbage and water for a couple of hours. For some damn reason they turn blue.

Purplish/Gray eggs – boil in red wine for 15 minutes.

I’ve heard spinach works for green eggs.

If you have other ideas for possible dyes, you’ve got a year to send them in…

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  1. stella
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    turmeric – greeny/gold
    poke berries – purple
    and Im betting on black walnut husk for something interesting , wrong time of year for easter though
    Red onion skins, At most stores that have onion bins, they’ll think youre wierd but a blessing, if you come to the counter with a huge wad and should not charge you.
    Onion skins will also give any homemade stock that good, rich, colour also.

  2. JF
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 9:11 am | Permalink


    So let me get this right….you celebrate Easter? Christmas too? Now I am really confused.


  3. Ken
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, what gives, Mark? The Department of Promotion of Virtue stopped by my house and said I wasn’t allowed to dip eggs in colored viniger with my kid because I didn’t attend church enough. They also said they had better not see me poking around the gift wrap aisle when December rolls around.

  4. JF
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm…Ken great sarcasm, top shelf stuff. But notice I did not refer to religion. It is your paranoia again that everyone is picking on you because of your beliefs.

    Just curious as to how one explains and deals with the relgious holidays while celebrating yet not believing in the original reasons for these holidays with their children. Just curious (not judging as you would automatically assume as it is in your nature apparently.)

  5. Ken
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Jarod, I was just riffing on the idea that coloring eggs and wrapping up toys doesn’t have much to do with death and birth of Jesus. No sarcasm intended. Just a touch of frivolity.

  6. Posted March 28, 2005 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Hillary and I sacrificed a goat for easter this year. We’re also erecting a temple in honor of Saturn.

  7. mark
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think I’ve ever said anywhere that I’m not Christian, Jerrod. I’m not necessarily saying that I am, but I don’t think I’ve ever said that I’m not. Unlike Tom DeLay and others, I think that things like a man’s relationship with God should be private…

    I know what you’re getting at though – I spend a lot of time talking about the threat of the radical evangelical right here, so I can see how you might think that I

  8. Doug Skinner
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    JF — Actually, the “original reason” for these holidays was the equinox and the solstice; the seasons were around before Jesus! Those bunnies and eggs mark the beginning of spring. Of course, Spring and Jesus are not mutually exclusive, but couldn’t you celebrate one without the other?

  9. JF
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 11:25 pm | Permalink


    I could not agree with you more. I too agree that one’s belief and relationship with their God should be private. I am appauled by the so called “religous right” and their power over some of our leaders. I can appreciate your thoughts on this matter and by no means am asking anyone to define and explain their beliefs as I have said before ones relationship with their God (or not) is between them and no one elses business. On this matter I was just asking those that did not believe in Jesus and the events around his life how they dealt with and explained to a youth the different “religous” (solstice) holidays.


  10. stella
    Posted March 28, 2005 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    In my anti religous family, the various holidays were just cultural traditions. I was encouraged to participate in any cultural or religous traditions I felt inclined to or could cop an invite to.
    I got to do ALL kinds of stuff – I could go to Seder, have western easter, eastern easter and go to a wiccan equinox sabbat in the same couple months, then came beltane, May day, cinque de mayo, memorial day, on and on, it never stopped.
    so my experience is – kids LOVE it
    As an adult its- feh, too much extra cooking, I’ll just take the days off part.

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