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Nourishment and Support for Growing Families

Making Easter Egg-stra Special

Angie Needels

Easter is coming up quickly and it's a favorite holiday for kiddos. They love the thought of a giant bunny coming to bring a basket full of goodies by and to hunt for hidden colored eggs all around the yard. We thought we'd share a few activities and resources that might make this Easter holiday even brighter, more nourishing and more fun for everyone! 

Homemade egg dyes with pantry spices and veggies

Hard boil eggs ahead and color your eggs with...

  • blue = purple cabbage juice to cover eggs (cut in chunks and use juicer or blender, strain fiber), then soak boiled egg in juice for 45 minutes or overnight for deeper blue.  
  • green = buy naturally green eggs from Aracauna chickens OR use a yellow dyed egg (see below with turmeric) then soak in purple cabbage juice OR use naturally brown eggs soaked in red cabbage juice overnight.
  • pink/reddish = beet juice to cover eggs (cut beets in small chunks and put in a juicer to get beet juice or blender, strain fiber), then soak boiled egg in juice for 30 minutes or overnight for deeper pink/red. 

Hard boil your eggs with the coloring ingredient in the water to make... 

  • yellow = use the same hard boiling egg technique as before, but this time add 1 tablespoon of turmeric per cup of water when cooking your eggs (whisk turmeric in cold water before adding the eggs). Rinse with cold water to chill eggs. Then soak hard boiled eggs overnight with 1 tablespoon each turmeric and white/apple cider vinegar per cup of cold water.
  • brown = buy naturally brown eggs OR use the same hard boiling egg technique as before, but this time add 1 tablespoon ground coffee per cup of water when cooking your eggs. (whisk coffee in cold water before adding the eggs). Rinse with cold water to chill eggs. Then soak hard boiled eggs overnight with 1 tablespoon each coffee and white/apple cider vinegar per cup of cold water.

Eco-Friendly Egg Dyes

Color designs on boiled eggs with wax crayons before dying them and make your eggs really pop with fun pictures, names, designs and more!
 

 


Felted Wool Eggs

Kids enjoy hands on sensory activities. Plus this activity includes water so they will love that too. Splish Splash!

Supplies:
wool roving in a few colors 
wooden or plastic eggs (optional)
liquid soap
and a bowl of warm water

THANKS Sarah Baldwin, a Waldorf Teacher and the owner of Bella Luna Toys for this great tutorial on making wool felted Easter eggs.

Enjoy this lovely symbol of Spring! 

Treats you can feel good about!

A few treats you can fill plastic eggs w/ for egg hunting:
dried fruit (cut larger pieces as needed)
homemade gummies 
coconut chips (recipe in sweeter snacks post - scroll down)
nuts/seeds/trail mix
dried veggies (sun dried tomatoes, seaweed 'squares')
jerky 'bites'
OR... simply hide hard boiled eggs OR decorated wooden eggs

And a few treats or gifts you can make or buy to include in baskets:
homemade gummies                                               
'Reese' Choco Nut Butter Cups (recipe below)
homemade marshmallows
coconut butter buttons
macaroons
almond butter & coconut fudge
stickers of animals/flowers 
coins
wool felted eggs/animals/fairies  
garden trowel/gloves/seeds
colored pencils/crayons
make homemade bubbles and wands   
finger paints
Spring books: Spring / Two Little Gardeners / Pelle's New Suit

Don't forget hard boiled speckled quail eggs if you can get your hands on them! These are teeny and so cute and make a fun addition to your kid's basket. 


Yummy Superfood Chocolatey Treats for Mamas & Papas
Coracoa Confections - Try their eggs & 'bacon" chocolate eggs! YUM!
 

Upcoming Spring Activities/Events:

California - Find an Easter Egg Hunt or Events Near You

SF Bay Area: 
Bay Area Discovery Museum - Kid's Fun Calendar chock full of fun activities
Earth Day Celebration - April 18
Berkeley Kite Festival - July 25-26

North Bay:
Singing Frogs Farm Bug Hunt - May 9
Valley Ford Wool Festival - May 16-17  
Bloomfield Farms U-Pick - Sundays May-October  
Farm Tours = Tara Firma Farms, Singing Frogs Farm, Green Star Farm

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recipe

"Reese" Choco Nut Butter Cups

Makes 18 small cups

1-2 mini muffin silicone molds or muffin tins and parchment mini muffin liners

3/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/2 cup carob powder
1/2 cup raw cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup creamy nut or seed butter of choice (sunflower butter works great)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon kelp powder (optional for superfood nutrition)

Over low heat, melt the first 7 ingredients together while whisking to combine well.

Fold the remaining ingredients together in a separate small bowl and set aside.

Spoon 2 teaspoons melted chocolate ganache mixture in the bottom of 18 mini muffin cups (either silicone or lined metal baking for easy removal). Freeze for 5-7 minutes or until mostly hard. Then spoon a tiny dollop of nut/seed butter mixture in the center of each cup making sure to leave space around it.

Remelt chocolate ganache mixture if needed and spoon remaining amount evenly over the nut/seed butter to cover. Place back in the freezer until completely hardened. Remove from muffin tins and place in storage container and keep frozen until ready to eat. 

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From the Old Ways,
Primal Mama / primalmama@mamakai.org
Angie / angie@mamakai.org

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Thanks to Waldorf Mama,  DishMaps.com, LattinsCider.com, sunjournal.com 
for some really fun Easter friendly pics!