Category Archives: Urban Farming

Dye your Easter Eggs with Veggies!

IMG_3615Last year, I dyed Easter eggs. Not for any kiddos we had running around. Nope, just dyed them for the pure joy of it, all by myself. I do things like that sometimes. It helped that my sister-in-law is the brains behind the Glob Colors Natural Easter Egg Kit. I just had to try it out for myself. Since it’s that time again, I thought I’d share the Easter egg post again! Check it out!

Urban Farm Fashion Statements

11001846_846409595397971_8208010011669954977_nI think my excitement for the arrival spring is showing up in my wardrobe these days. These botanical accessories are making me so happy lately! The KALE sweatshirt is just too much! Apparently, Beyonce really put this sweatshirt on the map (according to a guy in the airport who told me he liked my Beyonce sweatshirt). I wanted to say something ridiculous like, “Oh, she went to KU too? Neat.” But I refrained. Eric and I joke about that often. So if nothing else, the sweatshirt brings us silly and oh-so-nerdy joy.

succulents2And then there are these amazing succulent hair pins. They showed up in my Etsy newsfeed, made by the same awesomely talented artist who made these gardenias for my wedding:

theDavisons_web-312She makes these adorable succulent hair pins (among many other beautiful clay floral hair pieces) for brides. But who says brides have to have all the fun and beautiful hair accessories? They’re just too precious to resist and for an urban farm girl itching for spring, they’re priceless!

*Image of succulent pins by dkdesignshawaii

Naturally-Colored Eggs for Easter

photo (8)You can probably imagine my delight when I discovered that Eric’s step-sister is in the business of creating botanical paints. Through her company, Glob Colors, she sells all kinds of eco-friendly art products that are made with fruit, vegetable and herb pigments.

IMG_3611She was gracious enough to share some samples with me so I could play and since Easter is coming up, I decided to start with the egg coloring kit. This weekend, I dyed eggs, naturally!

IMG_3615The first thing I noticed when I mixed the pigments together with water was how flavorful they smelled! There was something pleasantly savory about them! The Easter egg kit comes with three packets of natural pigments – radish, cabbage and annatto.

Image (1)I’ve always loved how brown eggs look when they’re dyed. The colors are so bold and more jewel-toned than white eggs. Turns out, when they’re dyed with these incredibly rich pigments, they’re even more dramatic and beautiful!

photo (9)The kit comes with suggestions for dying the eggs in multiple pigments in order to achieve different colors, like dying the egg in the yellow annatto color and then in the blue cabbage color to get green. I don’t think it works out quite as well with brown eggs and yet I love the double-dipped brown egg colors all the same. I just think they’re lovely.

Clearly, Sprocket did too. And since the dyes are all-natural, I didn’t stress when he wanted to get a taste. So the verdict? I had as much fun dying eggs as I did when I was a kid. I can only imagine what I’ll feel when I break out the paints!

Egg-static for Spring!

eggsThis happened a few weeks ago. I finally found some eggs in the nesting box after a long, long hiatus. Three of my five hens are geriatric and after a very light fall, I thought their egg laying days were over. The two other younger hens have never been super productive. I really just haven’t expected much from this lot lately. So you can imagine my surprise when I started finding multiple eggs in the nesting box. I’ve got more than a dozen eggs on my counter right now! I am, um, egg-static!

boil_an_eggI saw this yesterday on Learn to Preserve’s Facebook page and since it’s obviously egg-laying time again, I thought I’d share it as well. Check out the article from Bon Appetit (here) for the skinny on how to properly boil an egg.

Upcoming Classes! Will you join us?

There are still spots open in my upcoming farm schoolhouse classes! They’re going to be just what you need to gear up for spring – From Lawn to Lunch, Indoor Seed Starting, Space Saver Gardening and Tons of Tomatoes! Grab your spot soon! I can’t wait to garden with you! Let’s grow together!