Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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Make your own Easter egg dyes from everyday fruits, vegetable, herbs, and spices. For the richest colors, soak the eggs in the dye overnight in the refrigerator. Wake up Easter morning and paint them, perhaps.

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Dark Pink:  1 medium beet cut into chunks,  add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Lavender: 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Blue: 1/4 head of red cabbage cut into chunks, add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage.

Jade Green: The skin from 6 red onions simmered in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Green-Yellow: The skin from 6 yellow apples simmered in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Orange: The skin of 6 yellow onions simmered in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

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

Yellow: Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold: Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

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Dances with the Daffodils

Field of daffodils

We were going to write about the healing properties of Daffodils –  For centuries, the bulbs were made into a paste and applied to wounds as an astrigent,  as well as placed on strained sinews, stiff or painful joints, burns, and areas affected by gout – However, we then thought twice, since Daffodils also have toxic properties.
So, we’ll leave off with a nod toward the health benefits of poetry and the inspiration that Daffodils can provide…

 I wandered lonely as a Cloud
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I wandered lonely as a Cloud

That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host of dancing Daffodils;

Along the Lake, beneath the trees,

Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

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The waves beside them danced, but they

Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: —

A poet could not but be gay

In such a laughing company:

I gaz’d–and gaz’d–but little thought

What wealth the shew to me had brought:

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For oft when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

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Which is the bliss of solitude,

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the Daffodils.

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William Wordsworth,  Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7 (1807)
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Daffodils and famous Wordsworth poem, at The Longevity Salon