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Alternative ways to dye Easter eggs

Easter 1

Now that it's just my husband me, for Easter I hard-boil the eggs and my husband dyes them. He uses food coloring and white vinegar.

Easter 2

My grandparents colored their eggs with onion skins. The result was the most beautiful reddish brown color you can imagine.

Pinterest is full of directions for alternative ways to dye Easter eggs. If you're looking to try something different this year, here are some links I found.

Making reddish-brown eggs using onion skins.

Making blue eggs using red cabbage.

Making red eggs using beets, cranberries or Red Zinger tea.

Making tie dye eggs using food coloring and paper towels.

Making speckled eggs with food coloring and uncooked rice.


Is it time to toss out some of your spices?

Here's an interesting bit of information from McCormick's Facebook page.

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Apparently, with the exception of black pepper, McCormick stopped packaging its spices in tins more than 25 years ago. And it is true that spices lose flavor and aroma over time; fresher is better.

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One more tip, this time from What's Cooking America. The site says that McCormick spices in bottles printed with, "Baltimore, Maryland," on the label are at least 15 years old. So if you have any of those, you might want to think about tossing them.

If throwing away containers of spices seems wasteful, look at it this way: you were already wasting space if you've had spices for so long without using them. And you can repurpose those tins as planters for little succulents.

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More on tins as planters at Apartment Therapy.

 


The cutest Thanksgiving idea ever

This idea comes from a 1942 Ocean Spray ad.

Slice your jellied cranberry sauce and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. The result is perfect individual servings of cranberry sauce.

This is so adorable, I can't stand it.

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Back in the day, to get the cranberry sauce out of the can in one piece, one just opened both ends of the can with a can opener and the jellied sauce slid right out. Today, the bottom of the can is often such that a can opener doesn't work on it.

What to do?

Open the can on one end. Then, gently insert a knife in between the cranberry sauce and the side of the can to loosen. You don't have to run the knife all the way around, just getting the knife in there should do it.

Click here to watch a one-minute demo. (Where would we be without YouTube?)

Recipe via Click Americana


Apple picking time

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Just in time for apple picking season, my local Patch published a guide to when is the best time to pick various types of apples.

  • MacIntosh: September 1 - October 25
  • Honeycrisp: Beginning of September to mid-September
  • Royal Gala: Beginning of September to late September
  • Golden Supreme: Beginning of September to mid-September
  • Cortland: Middle of September to mid-October
  • Jonagold: Middle of September to mid-October
  • Macouns: End of September to late October
  • Empire: Early October to late October
  • Red Delicious: End of September to late October
  • Mutsu: Beginning of October to late October
  • Fuji: Beginning of October to late October
  • Suncrisp: Mid-October to late October
  • Enterprise: Mid-October to Mid-November
  • Gold Rush: Mid-October to Mid-November

 Apple recipes to follow in the next few days.


Heart-shaped cake with regular cake pans — UPDATED

Want to make a heart-shaped cake but don't have heart-shaped cake pans? This would have been your grandmother's solution.

Genius.

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UPDATE

Just noticed that this is the second time this week that I posted how to make a heart-shaped cake using your existing cake pans.

Today's post was written some time last year and programmed to run today. And I completely forgot about it.

Oh, well. Just goes to show what a great idea I think this is.   ; )

 

Recipe via Something Swanky