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Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

Are you interested in a new family friendly science project to help celebrate the Easter holiday this year?  We are mad about earth friendly projects that cater to kids of all ages around here and  Angel eggs are a great way to teach your kids how to make all natural food coloring.  Plus, this dish is so pretty, it always takes center stage at the Easter dinner table.

In addition to being fun for kids, its a healthier option for the littles and its good for the earth.  Plus, the ingredients can be found right in your local grocery store, so its an easy project for busy moms.

Formerly known as deviled eggs (we’ve changed the name for obvious reasons), angel egg filling and dyes can be prepared a few days before your Easter dinner (just add 2 tbsp. of vinegar to each dye to make them last longer in the refrigerator).

 

Grocery ingredients

Grocery ingredients

Your Farmer’s market grocery list:

4 Beets  (red and pink)

Turmeric (orange)

1 bag of Spinach or Spirulina powder (green)

Baking soda (blue)

1 head of Purple Cabbage  (purple)

How to make homemade, natural,  raw, vegan food dyes:

Create red dye by boiling beets for 10 minutes. Place beet water in ball jar and add 2 tsp of white vinegar.

Orange/Yellow is made by boiling 1 tsp. turmeric in 2 cups water for 30 seconds.  Let cool and add egg halves.  The eggs will dye quickly.  Note: If you would like a deeper shade, add 1/2 tsp. more turmeric and keep eggs in dye longer until you achieve the desired shade.

Green dye is made by boiling spinach for 1 minute and letting it simmer for 10 minutes.  Place green dye mixture in ball jar with 2 tsp. white vinegar.  Place egg halves in jar into refrigerator for at least 24 hours.  Note: The spinach green is a much earthier green than the dye you will find in the store.

Green dye can also be achieved by adding 1 tsp. of Spirulina powder to a quart of boiled water.  Stir in powder and let cool.  Spirulina creates bright green eggs.

Purple dye is from boiling purple cabbage.  Wash the cabbage, cut out stem and cut into large pieces.  Place in pot and cover with water.  Boil for 10 minutes.

Blue: Pour half the cabbage water into a bowl with ½ tsp of baking soda at a time until you get the desired blue hue.

Secret to making eggs peel so easily, your toddler can help you:  place a teaspoon of salt and eggs into pot of water. Turn on high until rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Immediately pour out hot water and replace with ice cold water.

Place halved hard boiled eggs with yolks removed into each color (we use Ball jars with lids). Place in refrigerator overnight for the brightest hues.

We like this filling recipe the best:

6 egg yolks

1 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp of pickled relish

1/2 tbsp whole grain mustard

fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano

salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle paprika on top of finished eggs (we use Emeril’s Essence to top them off)

Enjoy!

Angel Eggs

Angel Eggs

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Easter is a favorite time of year here in the northeast.  The warm sun melts away the last moments of the cold winter days and daylight lingers just a little longer each evening.  But what we love most about this time of year is honoring our Lord and Savior.  As you are dropping the eggs into the food coloring, be sure to share the story of God’s precious gift with your littles.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

xoxo ~D

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This year, our December has has been filled with so many beautiful moments.  I started the month collaborating with my mom to create a festive tablescape for the Willowdale Tea at our church.  I love hearing all of my mom’s stories as we sorted through her china.  I decided to use the tea cups and saucers, and the dessert plates she was given on her wedding day.

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My mother in law retrieved her wedding china from her basement and I used her dinner plates.  All of the pieces worked beautifully together. With each place setting, I brought my two moms together to celebrate this wonderful time of year.

Every evening, G plays his guitar for the boys and I occasionally join in by belting out our favorite tunes. The sheets of music under each place setting remind me of our evenings at home.

I love a great deal, and adding flea market finds is a great way to add beautiful things without breaking the bank.  The Crate and Barrel water glasses were found at a local resale store for $1 a piece and the chargers were found on craigslist at a steal.

The scene would not be complete without lots of bling, soft light, fresh seasonal flowers and the smell of fresh evergreens cut from our towering pine tree.

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Tree farm #1

Tree farm #1

A few days later, G and I took the kids on a trip to cut our own Christmas tree at our local tree farmer(s).

Tree farm #2

Tree farm #2

Our tree with his buddies

Our tree with his buddies

We looked around at all the Douglas  firs, but I liked the look of the precut Frazer firs.  They were tall and narrow with blue-ish needles, and I thought it would look great in my blue/gray living room.

We bought this one, and then strapped our temporary house guest onto our SUV for the short ride home.

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As we decorated the tree with brand new, turquoise and green shatterproof decorations, we listened to Christmas music and reminisced about the previous Christmas trees. One of the more frightening holiday experiences for us newbie parents the year before was witnessing our precious boys grabbing glass balls from the tree and throw them around the house for our dog to chase after.  We quickly discarded the glass ornaments (most were damaged anyway!) to make way for the safe decor.

After the cleanout, we had few decorations left, so I stopped by Big Lots and found some great deals on all the fresh new colors.I was so excited to decorate the tree this year.  The fresh colors brighten my day!

I made a quick bow for the top of the tree as the boys hung the rest of the decorations.

As we tucked in our little boys that night, we took a moment to thank The Lord for all of our blessings during this busy season.  We are so thankful that we have each other and we are surrounded by so many loved ones.

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I found my outlet timer and put it to use for the tree. It is so worth its weight in gold.  I set it so the twinkling white lights greet me as I sleepily walk down the steps each morning, and the tree lights up again as I prepare our evening meal.  We get so much enjoyment from the soft glow of the tree as we gather together in the living room each night.  I smile each time the timer so effortlessly carries out its responsibilities of creating a festive mood for our enjoyment.

Mini tree

Mini tree

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This week the boys and I sent out our Christmas cards and added a few DIY decorations to our landscape.

This is a tree I created out of pine branches my boys picked up in the yard. The silver “berries” added a little sparkle.

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

And BAKING!!! I love inviting my friends over to bake cookies.  My friends; Erin, Jen and Manu and I taught the boys how to create snowflake sugar cookies.  We took some to my preschoolers Christmas party and packaged the rest for our friends and favorite neighbors.

Tiffany blue snowflakes

Tiffany blue snowflakes

And what better way to thank our equine-loving friends than with horsie sweets?

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Merry Christmas!!

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For me, The Christmas Tea at Willowdale Chapel marks the official start of the Christmas season. For three evenings the beginning of December, The Tea brings so many people together who work tirelessly to make this a memorable event each year.  I love to be in the presence of  so many amazingly talented women to help create a beautiful evening to share with girl friends and family.

From the moment you enter the front doors, you are warmly greeted by smiling faces happy to see you.  You wave to a few of your friends and together you enter the candlelit auditorium brimming with awe inspiring decor.  You take a moment to survey the beautiful surroundings and begin to feel the excitement of the Christmas season. Your eyes feast on the sea of beautifully decorated tables that seem to numerous to count.  You soak in the attention to detail with each place setting. On stage, thousands of white lights surround beautifully trimmed trees and massive planters filled with evergreens.   As you walk around the room, busy servers cheerfully pass you by as you catch up with friends and family.  You make your way back to your tea companions and together you settle in for an evening filled with great food, uplifting songs,  humorous performances and inspiring speakers.

One of my favorite things is seeing all the care and creativity that goes into decorating each dinner table.  Brilliant centerpieces, antique china passed down through generations and simple, classic place settings are all designed to inspire.  Here are some highlights:

Pretty as a Peacock

Pretty as a Peacock

simple and silver

simply silver

Lady in Red

Lady in Red

Blue and silver

Blue and silver

Angel wings

Angel wings

Down to earth

Deep jewel tones

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Fresh in red

Silver with nature

Silver in nature

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Sweet music

Sweet music

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Rustic nativity

Rustic nativity

Natural setting

Natural setting

Elegantly dressed

Elegantly dressed

All that glitters

All that glitters

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Pointsetta magic

Pointsetta magic

Of course, the reason for the season is to honor and praise our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus was born in the most humble of circumstances and yet was immediately called King. He lived to teach and die for all of our sins.  It is through Him that we may receive forgiveness and it is to Him that we owe our own lives.  Let us not forget the meaning of this season as we give thanks for all of our blessings and honor and glorify Him.  Merry Christmas, my friends!

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