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  • naturally dyes Easter eggs

    Instead of using the store bought variety of Easter Egg dyes, which are usually just food coloring mixed with vinegar, here are some suggestions for all natural ingredients that work just as well.

    • Brown–outer layers of an onion, coffee or tea
    • Green– spinach or dandelion leaves
    • Orange– ground turmeric, celery seed and or orange peels
    • Blue– crushed blueberries
    • Red– crushed cranberries or raspberries
    • Pink– chopped rhubarb or beet juice

    Place eggs in sauce pan with enough water to cover them, add your “dye” and 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Cook your eggs and color them at the same time. How efficient!

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  • This past weekend, my girls and made our favorite spring time treat: “bird nests.” Over the years we’ve come up with different variations and since we couldn’t decide which one we liked best, we made all three.

    Bird nest #1

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
    • 1 cup shredded coconut
    • Jelly beans

    bird nests made out of chocolateMelt chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir in the coconut. Cover a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Drop by large clumps, a heaping tablespoon, onto the cookie sheet and shape into nests. While the mixture is still warm, use your thumb or the back of a spoon to poke a small impression. Then fill it with jelly bean “eggs.”

    Birds nest #2

    Same as above, but instead of using coconut, mix in 1 cup of chow mein noodles.

    Birds nest #3

    Ingredients:

    • 20 marshmallows
    • 2 T of butter
    • 1 T light brown sugar
    • 1/2  tsp. of ground cinnamon
    • 3 cups toasted oat and nut cluster cereal
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    • Jelly beans, Peanut M & M’s, (in pastel colors) or Whoppers Robin Eggs

    bird nests made out of marshmallowMelt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan over medium low heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well. Fold in cereal and coconut. Drop by clumps onto waxed paper lined cookie sheets. Fashion into the shape of nests and add the “egg” of your choice. Another variation of this recipe is to add equal parts cereal and chow mein noodles for more crunch.

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