In Bugg's World: This Dog says 'No!' to Easter Egg Chemical dyes.
Just like with us humans, man made chemicals should be avoided when possible, even when it comes to your pet. Yes, I am 'that' woman that dotes on her dogs and they too will enjoy this Easter holiday, safely.
- 'That' Woman
- Just Cook Them!
- Beet It!
- Cut & Boil
- Almost There
- Colour Time!
- Just say, No!
A few months back I was talking to my soon to be son (in-law) Jake and I was asking about his parents, things like, what does your mom like to do as hobbies and such. Well this is what Jake said back to me, "My mom is like you, she is the type of woman that dotes on her dogs.".
At first I thought, is this really what he thinks about me, I dote on my dogs, I am one of 'those women'. Yes, I have been known to dress my dogs up, for Halloween and when they need to earn their keep and take photographs for me, for our articles. Okay, so he was right.
Yes, if I ever win the lottery or maybe one day I will become a famous author that has made lots of money. You can bet your bippy I will leave some money for my dogs to be taken care of. I can see the headlines now, 'Eccentric Alabama millionaire Woman leaves all to the Dogs'.
I love them that much so, when they wake up on Sunday morning, they will have Easter eggs to hunt and I just can not wait to see them chasing around the yard looking for them, especially after they find the first one.
I usually would use the egg dye kits but, if I knew then, what I know now, I would have found a more chemical free way of colouring eggs but, as they say, 'Live and learn'.
2 Cans blueberries (in water or lightly sweetened)
You can try different kinds of vegetables, fruits or spices and see what colours you come up with. I just know that blueberries and beets are just fine for dogs so, why grate 10 pounds of carrots like I did last year, only to end up with a tired arm and a mess.
Just Cook Them!
We have heard eggs are bad for you, then they were once again good for you but, in moderation and then now they say eggs are good for you and the heck with the moderation.
You see, this is my take on it all. Throughout my lifetime I have seen this happen for almost every type of food we eat. Now I just say to myself, 'Self, do as you always have, the key is, prepare the abundance that God has given us, be thankful and then dig in'.
I mean, so why sweat the small stuff. Take those delicious eggs, put them in a water bath and just boil them. They are a great snack, full of protein and as I have stated before, Bugg and Sweet Tee just love them, as does the rest of the family.
Since I can remember Mama always had a garden, it didn't matter if we were living overseas, in an apartment or government housing, she always found a place at our home (s) to plant some vegetables, her favorite food.
To me beets were one of my favorite, I just loved the colour of them and to me, the taste was as good as any candy bar you could buy at the store.
I do remember though, my hands being coloured a pink tint every time we would pick this wonderful vegetable and then go about cooking them.
I now use gloves when I deal with beets, I suggest you do the same when handling beets and also the blueberries.
When it came to using blueberries, that was a no brainer, the times we were able to visit my mama's family in Massachusetts, us kids would go blueberry picking and we would come back with all kinds of blueberries and very blue hands. Good times!
Last year when I started on this quest of making homemade food dyes I used fresh blueberries. One thing I will never do again. I wasted one too many blueberries and for one thing, they are expensive and for another thing, I would rather just eat them.
I then used some canned blueberries in a recipe and I thought, I am keeping true to the no chemicals. Also with the juice already soaking into the light syrup they added to it, it should make my job much easier and it did.
Cut & Boil
Put on your gloves and cut off your beet leaves but, leave some of the red stalk to add to your pot. Cut the red stalks off and roughly chop them, add to your pot.
Cut your beets in half and place in your pot. Add 5 cups of water, bring to a boil and then boil hard for 8 minutes. Remove two of the beets, place in a bowl and set aside.
Take a potato masher and start mashing the beets and stems left in your pan, as they cook (still on high) and allow them to boil for another 4 minutes. Set aside.
Open two cans of blueberries and drain the blueberries in a strainer lined with cheesecloth and make sure you squeeze all the juice out of the cheesecloth.
Set the blueberries aside. Bring your blueberry juice to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes on high.
Please make sure to dry off your boiled eggs, as you do not want to dilute your vegetable and fruit dye.
After your blueberry juice and your beets and stems have cooled for 5 minutes.
Drain your beet juice in a strainer lined with cheesecloth, to the bowl you are going to use to dye your eggs.
Add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to each bowl and then start to dye your eggs.
Remember: The longer you allow your eggs to sit in the dye, the darker the colour will be.
Since we will not have our grandson until Monday night, I will dye the eggs that night and when I do, I will divide the liquid into four small teacups, so we can both dunk the eggs and see the colour change.
Then I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make them even more kid (eye) friendly but, first we must dye the eggs.
Just as you would do with the usual packs of Easter egg dye, you just dunk your eggs in the juice. The longer you leave them in, the stronger the colour will be.
Knowing Tristan and being the age he is (23 months old) he will grab one right out of the bowl and I will let him. What is a little beet and blueberry juice staining when you are having fun.
But for Bugg's eggs, I am not going to make such a big production out of it, I am just going to dye them in one bowl for the beets and one bowl for the blueberry juice.
Just say, No!
Make sure you watch what your children and other children give to your pets. Chocolate is not a good thing to give to dogs.
I know this for a fact, as our Bugg ate 1 (yes I said 1) whopper that was dropped on the floor and Bugg was sick with diarrhea and he wouldn't eat anything for a few days.
You have to understand that, each dog is different, Boo and Max, our dogs that have since passed away. Once got a hold of my birthday cake (chocolate) and ate the whole thing and other than a bit of diarrhea they were fine by the next day.
Bugg that (at this time) weighed in 30 pounds more than the biggest of Boo and Max by, at least 30 pounds (more now) and that one whopper did our Bugg in for a few days.
So please: Watch what your kids will be sharing with your dogs. Most dogs do get sick from eating chocolate but, some dogs have such a bad reaction to it, that they can die by just eating chocolate, so watch them carefully.
Well these will be Bugg and Sweet Tee's Easter eggs. I don't think Bugg likes the fact he must wait until tomorrow morning to eat these eggs but, Bugg will soon find out. It will be worth the wait.
I know the reason for the season, I just do not see a thing wrong with adding the Easter Bunny to the mix, he only brings families together and joy to the children.
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