Have you ever thought about how eggs were colored hundreds of years ago, before the little colored tablets showed up on the scene? Thankfully, my grandparents shared with me a few ways eggs were colored when they were growing up. When you color eggs naturally, (like your grandparents who walked up hill in the snow, both ways, with no shoes) you certainly benefit from not having all those artificial colorings. Think about "going green" this year and using the method below for creating a special "egg-sperience" for your youngsters. They'll love it!

Items You Will Need:
Enamel Pot
Water
Hard Boiled Eggs
Colander
Cheese Cloth (or a clean cloth)
Knife
Oil (or nonstick spray)
Soft cloth
Wax Crayon or stick
Spinach
Broccoli
Blueberries
Beets
Carrots
Cranberries
Coffee
Tea

Chop up the veggies and place in separate containers until ready to cook. Place veggies (individually; not altogther) in enamel pan and cover with water. Boil about 10 minutes or maybe a little longer if you desire a darker color. The longer you boil, the darker the color. Just be careful that you don't boil dry. You need enough liquid to cover your egg. Once cooled a little, strain liquid using colander lined with cheesecloth. Place the liquid aside and let cool completely. Remember that you will need to allow enough room in the container to add the number of eggs that you desire to color at one time, (usually just one). With tea and coffee, you can simply remove the tea bags and pour the coffee into the container you wish to color from. Now, the fun begins! Explore all the possibilities. Soak the eggs longer for deeper colors or just a bit for lighter tones. Do two tones by holding the egg half way into one color and then the other half in another color. Use a wax crayon to write on or draw a picture on the egg before coloring. The color won't adhere to the wax areas and you'll have a piece of art! After the eggs have completely dried, you can take a soft cloth with a little oil or non-stick spray and buff and shine the little critters to perfection.

These natural colorings will give you some great earth-toned colors and help keep our good 'ole Mother Earth green! Remember that in addition to coloring the eggs, these natural dyes will also color clothing and some surfaces, so prepare well. Most of all, HAVE a HoPpy EaSTeR and lots of fun!