Thursday, March 20, 2008

Natural Egg Dying Tips

To prevent your eggs from sticking to the shells when you peel them, use eggs that are a week to 10 days old! Older eggs have a different pH than newer eggs! Cool eggs immediately after cooking in an Ice-Bath! This will
make them easier to Peel! Green centers-Green is made from the Iron in the egg yoke combining with the sulfur in the egg whites! Heat will cause a chemical reaction and make the center of your eggs Green!
The longer you cook your eggs the more green the center will be!

But the best way to cook your eggs so they will be easy to peel and have pure yellow centers is to:
Place eggs in a pot of cold water, add 1 teaspoon of salt (this will help keep your eggs from cracking). Bring to a boil and COVER with a lid and REMOVE from heat! Let sit COVERED for 13 minutes, Drain eggs and immediately
place in ice-bath till cooled.

For a Natural Egg Dye try this:
2 Tablespoons Vinegar and a quart of Water:
Orange- 4 to 5 Tablespoons of Paprika
Blue-Red Cabbage -4 cups shredded
Red- Pomegranate Juice in place of water or 4 cups red onion skins
Pink- cranberry Juice in place of water- or 4 cups shredded beats
Green- Spinach Fresh or frozen
Ocher (what ever that is???)- Onion skins- Dry outer skins
Mocha- 1 quart strongly brewed coffee in place of water
Mix ingredients for the color you want in a pot with vinegar and water if needed and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Strain and cool. After color is cooled, Dye eggs. Some colors may take 5 minutes and some may take up to and hour. That will depend on how dark you want your color to be. Remember to turn your egg for even coloring.
This also makes a great Science project!

Hey be sure to check out Favorite Ingredients Friday at Overwhelmed with Joy. There you can find directions on how to make a flowery food basket such as this and links to other bloggers' Favorite Ingredients Friday posts!!!

Sexiest Nursing Bra: Giveaway!

On my travels this morning to find a prize (ehehehehe) I came across the sexiest nursing bra ever! These bras are made by ... Gone are the days of the frumpy, droopy, ugly, unsupportive nursing bras! My first nursing bras were like that. I now go for the bras that can be crisscrossed in the back or straight over the shoulders so my bras don't have to be that ugly. Plus I was sick of my boobs hanging down to my knees (not that they could... but it sure felt like it!) It works. But it can be inconvenient searching for the straps after Anna is done nursing. I'm glad I came across this contest. If I don't win, then you bet that once I have the mulah, then I'll be buying a bra from Passion Spice!
If you really want to win the sexy nursing bra of your choice, head over to The Opinionated Parent and sign up!
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