in our little home, we had a quiet and beautiful easter sunday. after dreary, cold rain on friday & saturday… accompanied with a bit of pensive, contemplative moments (read about it here), easter sunday truly lived up to it’s name. just like the symbolism of death and waiting that was saturday’s companion, sunday’s celebration of life, renewal, and beauty was made even more real by amazing sunshine and warm weather. it was absolutely perfect here in asheville!
saturday night, in an effort to take part in some easter traditions, we decided to dye easter eggs – but, with a twist. i didn’t want to go and buy the typical little packaged dyes, so i decided to make my own natural, organic dyes from fruits, vegetables, and spices (thanks to pinterest). it took a little work, but it was quite easy. and it felt so good to go organic.
To prepare the dye I used the following:
- 1 chopped beet
- 2 C red onion skins
- 2 C yellow onions skins
- 2 Tbsp of paprika
- 2 Tbsp of tumeric
- 1 C blackberries
- Place each of these things into 2 C of water along with 1 tsp salt and boil for about 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the water and place in a jar or bowl and add 1 Tbsp white vinegar to each dye.
- Allow them to cool before using.
- Of course I also needed hard boiled eggs. I used 12, so Lina and I would each have 6 to dye.
- I placed all the dyes into plastic cups and we used plastic spoons to place the eggs in and out of the cups.
It takes a while for the natural dyes to work, so be ready to be patient. I think we left ours in the dyes for about 30 minutes to an hour. It all depends on how dark you want your colors to be. And, when you take them out, they will not be perfectly evenly dyed, but splotchy and uneven – a little tie-dyed looking. But, I loved that. And I especially loved the muted, earthy colors. I left them alone overnight to dry, and was completely in love when I saw them on Easter morning!
easter sunday started off with a misty, mysterious mountain fog , which soon burned off and revealed a glorious day of warmth and abundant sunshine.
speaking of easter sunday morning, we had so much fun! lina has never received an american easter basket, so, the easter bunny made an extra special stop at our home to surprise her.
i was sleeping hard, when suddenly, i heard, “i see something!” and there, on the dining room table, was an easter basket for lina! she jumped out of bed and ran over to her basket. there was complete and unadulterated joy coming from her squeals and excitement – an amazing and beautiful thing to see. she sat down and went through her basket, loving every minute of it. and i was filled with such joy just watching her. then, it was time for lina to find the eggs, which had been hidden around the apartment by the easter bunny. so. much. fun.
after all the early morning festivities, it was time for coffee on the balcony… and a little later on, a french toast breakfast in the sun.
even though my love has a lot to study right now (she only has 2 weeks left and then her summer vacation starts!), we decided to head over to biltmore estate to check out the flowers. there is a huge garden there that is filled with tulips, and it is a favorite spring destination for people from all over. actually, it’s a pretty huge deal, and very magical – biltmore estate in the spring.
so, we drove the 5 minutes over there and discovered that the line to get in was waaaaay long. it’s a 3 mile drive up to the house & gardens, through the biltmore land/grounds, and it was bumper to bumper the whole way. but, it was so beautiful that we just rolled down the windows, turned on bluegrass music, and then enjoyed the ride.
we passed right by the house and headed for the gardens, parked the car, and then soaked up the beauty.
after the biltmore visit, we came home for the rest of the day – except i went to see my bro for an hour. and later on, finished off the day with a glass of bubbles and a sunset chat with my love.
i truly hope that your easter, your weekend, was beautiful and filled with lots of moments that took your breath away.
love & peace.
credit to lina for some of the biltmore photos.