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Red Wine Stains

Red Wine Stains – that’s a fact.

It stains your teeth.  It stains your carpet.  It stains your shirt.

I’ve been thinking about this lately.  You see, we dye a lot of Easter Eggs.  I mean alot!  So many eggs that most of my friends poke fun at me.

We color one dozen…. per kid….. per house.

So, 4 dozen at my house.  One dozen for each kid plus 1 extra dozen for my husband and me.  And, 6 dozen at my parent’s house.  One dozen for each kid and 1 dozen for the adults to share.

My argument is that it is 1) fun and 2) inexpensive entertainment.  Eggs on sale at Easter are about $1 per dozen.  And you can get a PAAS dye-ing kit for about $1 too.  Cheap… cheap!

But I started wondering why I buy the PAAS kit.  I mean I guess I buy it because they sell it.  But really I started thinking – what should I use to dye eggs?  Would it really work to try and do something else?  I’m not that creative or natural or organic.  Would it be worth all the effort?

Then on Monday morning I got an update to a blog I follow –  I have friends who have rented out their house for a year and are traveling the United States with their three kids.  He is working for the company he owns and she is home-schooling the girls.  His pictures are amazing, the journal is fantastic and the experiences that they are sharing are incredible.

They had made Easter baskets – the old-fashioned way from grade school – out of paper sacks.  And they had colored eggs – with dye-ing type foods that they had around: coffee, tea, wine, boiled spinach, and cherries.

The picture of the eggs that he shared was strikingly void of color – but only at first glance.

I asked if I could share his picture. Take a look.


No, really, LOOK at those eggs.

These are perhaps the most beautifully colored Easter eggs I’ve ever seen.


What did I learn:  Red Wine Stains

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The next best thing since sliced bread

I still remember the weekend I met my future in-laws.  My husband and I were dating and I was traveling to his hometown with him for the weekend.  We were making the trip there because I had a college friend having her wedding shower (my college friends being from his hometown and me not meeting him at college – that’s another blog post).

His dad, my future father-in-law, had made homemade bread.  It was really good.  The kind of really good that on the drive to their house the second time I asked “do you think your dad will have homemade bread again?”  

And over the next couple of years I continued to ask that same question.  I guess I’m a slow learner.  This wasn’t a phase of his father’s where one day we would visit and *gasp* we would be served regular store-bought sliced bread.  

His father bakes bread.  He doesn’t sell it but he does SHARE it.

This story began back in 1997 and lucky for me, 15 years later there is still homemade bread.  After we had children, the kids took to calling it Grandpa Seed bread.  

My 12 year old daughter is quite the cook.  She has shown an interest in Grandpa Seed bread a few times, but she’s just now getting old enough to really be able to manage it on her own.  She is feeding the starter, baking the bread and now, most importantly, she’s sharing the bread.


At mass this past weekend, it was announced that before Holy Thursday mass there would be a soup and bread dinner for anyone who would like to attend.  She asked on the car ride home if she could make bread to donate for the meal.  I assumed the answer would be yes, checked with the coordinator, and was thrilled when the answer was both a  yes and ‘wow, that’s exciting!’

What have I learned: there is something better than sliced bread: Grandpa Seed bread.  A tradition handed down from one generation to the next and SHARED with those you love the most.




Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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