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Well, the big day is almost upon us: Easter Sunday!

We’re guessing that you have plans made with family and friends to celebrate.

Whether you’re going out to eat, hosting the meal, or travelling, we know that food will play a big part of your festivities.

If you’re going out to eat, did you know that Easter Sunday is the second most popular day to eat out? (It’s followed only by Mother’s Day.)

So we could go the typical route and offer you some yummy recipes, but you’ve probably already got your meal plans all made, so we’re going a different direction this year.

How about a fun and creative project the whole family can get involved in?

What if we told you we have a way to dye gorgeous Easter eggs using all natural ingredients that we’re wild about: blackberries and raspberries?

(If you’re thinking, “No way, HBF, you’ve gone around the bend!” then keep reading =)

Here’s what you need to do:

First off, boil your eggs until they’re hard boiled like you normally do.

Then, mash up four cups of raspberries or blackberries and boil the mash in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar.

Let that mixture simmer for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

You might want to strain any pieces of the berries that didn’t boil through.

Then put the eggs in the dye and allow to sit for over night.

If you’re not happy with the shade of color (suppose it’s not rich enough for you,) all you have to do is simmer the eggs in water for an additional 30 minutes.

Each batch will color a slightly different color, but that just adds to the beauty of these all natural Easter treats.

One caution: berry juice does stain, so we suggest wearing your grubby clothes and maybe even use gloves if you don’t want your hands to match the eggs =)

We’d love to see your pictures of your Easter celebration, especially pics of the creative Easter baskets you put together for your kids!

From all of us at HBF, we wish you an Easter Sunday filled with family, fun, and Food!

(photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

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