And the Results Are….

Hello everyone, Jessica here from Treats for Chickens. I hope everyone had as wonderful as an Easter as I did! My favorite part was the dinner (as always). I mean we had all my favorites.. ham, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, corn bread, soft rolls, strawberry shortcake.. Besides the most fabulous food, I would have to say dying our Easter eggs with silk ties was quite an event! I hope everyone read my blog this past weekend when I talked about this creative twist on dying your hard-boiled eggs. I said I would post my results, so here we go..

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So here we are. We have our three eggs and the silk tie’s of our choice. We found a ton of cool, funky ties at the local thrift store.

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And this is where we started improvising.. When gathering our supplies, we totally forgot to pick up some white cloth to wrap around the silk ties! And, we didn’t have tin-ties either. So, after cutting up and wrapping the ties around our eggs, we used tin foil. Yes, tin foil.  We wrapped our eggs super tight with it, and they seemed to be very secure.

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The photos above shows our newly wrapped eggs moving on to the next phase of the project: a pot of boiling water. We added the eggs then put in 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar! Here we go again, improvising. We didn’t have any white vinegar, so totally made it our own by using apple cider vinegar. We let the eggs boil for 7 mins. Doesn’t the egg in the middle kind of look like a turnip? LOL! We each all had our own way of wrapping the eggs.

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Ta-da! The unwrapping of the first egg! Cross your fingers..

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And voila! Looks pretty darn cool to me, what do you all think? Wait till you see the next one..

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So this egg is mine.. And I think I wrapped it backwards! Clearly the design did not dye onto my egg.. Whoop-sies!

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And this is the last, but not least, final silk-tie dyed egg!

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All three of them together. Pretty cool huh? Even my totally messed up one has some sort of nice purple swirl to it. For totally NOT following the directions, I think they turned out pretty sweet. Which one is your favorite? Did anybody else do silk-tie dyed eggs this past Easter holiday? Thanks for checkin’ up on my results. Until next time!

Twist on Easter Egg Decorating

We all know how much fun it is to decorate hard-boiled eggs with your family on Easter. For me, that is the best part (besides the delicious food, of course). I have been doing the same ol’ color dye on my eggs ever since I was a little girl running around in my poofy dress and bunny ears on my head. Click here to check out this fun, and creative, twist on how to decorate your Easter eggs.

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SUPPLIES

  • Eggs
  • 100% silk scarves or ties
  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • Twist ties
  • White vinegar
  • Vegetable oil

STEPS

  1. Cut silk scarves or ties and white fabric into 7″ X 7″ squares
  2. Wrap an egg tightly in silk. Then wrap in white fabric and secure with a twist tie.
  3. Repeat process with all eggs.
  4. Place eggs in a non-reactive metal or glass pot and fill with water.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons white vinegar and boil water for 15 mins.
  6. Remove eggs; let cool and unwrap
  7. ENJOY!!

**Silk scarves can be used 2-3 times, so you can get more then just one egg with that design!!**

The family and I will be ATTEMPTING (hopefully succeeding) in creating these awesome patterns on our hard-boiled eggs this Easter. And it really is so easy! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your family, and I look forward to posting next week about how our eggs turned out.

NOT JUST A KIDS BOOK……

Please don’t be fooled into thinking that if you’re over 12, that you won’t benefit from (and get a kick out of)  A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens written by Melissa Caughey. You know – Tilly’s Nest.

I am, let’s just say…..over ah-hum 30 years old and I’m REALLY enjoying it.  I haven’t read it completely yet BECAUSE I am an adult and I have to go to work, and do dishes, laundry, water the garden and (happily) tend to our amazing flock.

I keep my copy in my car and have hung the pull-out poster on the wall at work.  Book Poster TillyA_Kids_Guide_to_Keeping_Chickens__19542.1427403829.1280.1280

I have two hours of ME time next time week (on an airplane) so I know I’ll get cover-to-cover then.  I’m eggscited.

Have you gotten your copy yet?  What do you think?  You LOVE it don’t you? Share in the comments below.  We’d love to know what you think!!

Guess what?  If you don’t have the book yet….we are giving away a FREE copy.  Yes. We. Are.  Tell us why you’d like a free copy and who it’s for.  We will select a winner and ship the book to you RIGHT AWAY.  Winner selected on Thursday, April 2nd at 12 Noon, California time.  THAT’S TOMORROW!!

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