Wednesday, April 10, 2013

a very mellow easter day

This year, Easter was cloudy, gray and a little bit rainy...our big plan was to go north to have a nice Easter dinner with Greg's family in Baltimore--and that is what we did; which was, as always--very delightful and fun.

The Easter bunny came, of course, and delivered some--but NOT TOO Much--
in the way of sweet treats... kids were VERY HAPPY!  

In the morning, we had a special breakfast, just our family, 
and I made cinnamon rolls--except I forgot the cinnamon...

(that's what happens when you roll them the night before at midnight after coming home from your neighbors house for dinner--after drinking just a little too much of their ***AMAZING wine***)

Oh well, I just sprinkled some cinnamon over the top of them 
before popping them in the oven and they tasted fine...

And it was another good reason to add more cream cheese frosting..

This year, also, I have been wanting to dye eggs with natural vegetable dyes
instead of the neon PAZ treatment that I usually revert to.

Really interesting results...I followed this tutorial and we did:

Beets for the pink
Carrots for the pale yellow
Red cabbage for the blue
Yellow onion skins for the darker orange

all with the help of a little white vinegar; the colors were fun to watch evolve and deepen.

But, sadly, the colors do fade fairly quickly.

 I always endeavor to get the kids a little bit spruced up for the holidays...

so they don't look like wild heathens.

Which is pretty much who they really are, at heart...

But they did clean up quite nicely and 
we all enjoyed a very lovely, very mellow day...

***1988 Domaine RenĂ© Engel Clos Vougeot***

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