Just because I don’t have any adorable peeping chicks running around, or back yard chickens producing beautiful blue or green eggs for me doesn’t mean we can’t think homestead over Easter. We will be dyeing eggs, and I’m hoping to do some natural dyes for mine. The kids may need the more instant gratification, but we’ll see!
Here are some links for info on natural dyes:
I have grape juice, beets, tea, coffee, spinach, onions and turmeric – none of which came from my garden this time. Next year the beets, spinach and onions may be an option, if if they are frozen!
I’m also going to make hot cross buns from scratch again this year. I did it last year and it was a revelation! I’ve never loved the ones in stores, but always knew that they SHOULD be good. Last year I made the dough the night before and left it overnight to rise. I baked them in the morning and ate them fresh. I don’t think I’ve ever made anything that delicious before or since…
I used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/hot-cross-buns-i/Detail.aspx but added peel. Here are a couple more recipes:
We’ll probably do some of the Easter egg hunt in the garden this time too, last year it wasn’t safe for the kids to go out back because of all the renovation debris, but this year is another story!
And a quick update on the garden:
I started the polytunnel. It’s ugly. Really ugly. I need another couple of hours to finish it off, and it will still be ugly, but functional. And walk in!
My seeds are popping up all over the place! The broccoli, basil and a bunch of different tomato varieties have sprouted indoors. The peppers and tomatoes are growing very slowly, but they’re strong and healthy.
Outdoors, the spinach seems happy, is sprouting everywhere. the polycultural bed seems to have 1-2 plants up now, maybe 3 but it’s hard to tell. I planted 4 over all.
The seedlings that are outside are all in trays right now except the squash (dead) and the mesclun (mostly dead). The rest survived last week’s cold snap, but haven’t grown much. I’m waiting for some more leaves and Mother’s Day weekend to dig them in.
I keep thinking chickens. I want them SO badly!