Apr 17, 2014

DIY: Dying Eggs Naturally

I recently came across Jenna Park's story on Steller on how to dye eggs using natural colors and was instantly inspired to make my own! I ended up using blackberries for bluish purple, beets for reddish pink, and turmeric for yellow. I originally wanted to make green with spinach but it didn't quite work out. I read that you need to use frozen spinach and baking powder to make it work. I ended up using turmeric instead.

You will need:
  • White Eggs
  • 2 Cups Blackberries
  • 2 Beets
  • 1/4 Cup Turmeric
  • Plastic Cups
  • White Vinegar
  • Spoon
  • Napkins
Step 1: Peel and grade two beets
Step 2: Blend the blackberries

Step 3: Add the two graded beets to 4 cups boiling water, add 1/4 cup turmeric to 4 cups boiling water, and add 2 cups blackberries to 4 cups boiling water.
Step 4: Boil for 15 minutes

Step 5: Boil eggs for 12 minutes and then let them cool before adding them to dye
Step 6: Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar to plastic cups

Step 7: Add strained beets, blackberries, and turmeric to the plastic cups
Step 8: Add eggs to cups
Step 9: Let the eggs sit in cups overnight

Step 10: In the morning dry your eggs off with a paper towel and now you have some pretty naturally dyed eggs!

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Apr 15, 2014

Smith Rock Hike, Central Oregon

Last week my husband and I hiked the Smith Rock trail and it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Hiking up the steep rock in 70 degree weather was more difficult than I had anticipated.

The trail is called Misery Ridge Trail and it definitely feels exactly that when you are hiking up it. However watching people climb the rocks made the hike not seem so hard. It was pretty incredible watching people climb to the top of these rocks.

When we finally reached the top the views made it all worth it. We had a sense of accomplishment that felt great.

Unfortunately walking down proved to be almost as difficult. We were now walking down on dry gravel and trying hard to keep our balance.

The rest of the hike was smooth sailing. It was flat and along the cool river. It was so peaceful and calm. Not sure if I will be hiking straight up to the top again for awhile but I would definitely like to walk along the river more often. I highly recommend checking this gorgeous location out. These pictures really do not do it justice. The size of the rocks are enormous and striking to look at.

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Apr 8, 2014

Cherry Blossoms

My husband and I climbed Smith Rock yesterday! On our way back we found these beautiful cherry blossom trees and I had to stop and take a picture. :) I have tons of photos from the Smith Rock hike and will be going through them soon. Stay tuned!

I've got this print available in my society6 shop along with these other goodies. :) 


What did you do this weekend? Anything fun? 

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Apr 4, 2014

Moodboard: Colorful Spring

I fell in love with the colors from the top left photo and knew I wanted to create a moodboard with it. I am really liking how it came out. It's so cheerful and pretty! :)

I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

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Apr 3, 2014

Benham Falls

All photos and video by Rachel Follett

What I love most about living in Oregon is how many beautiful places you can find! You may remember the post I made last week about Central Oregon Lakes. Well on our way home we took a different route and came across this beauty! Its so great to find places that we can take our friends and family when they come to visit. This spot is especially nice because its a very short walk so for people who can't trek the 2-1/2 mile walk to Tumalo Falls this is a great alternative. Another plus about this place is that its only about a half hour drive from Bend. If you ever find yourself in this beautiful area you should definitely check it out. :)

This is also available as a print in my Society6 shop!

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