In Bugg's World: This Dog says 'No!' to Easter Egg Chemical dyes.

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 7th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1skua315/
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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

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'.

Ingredients

Eggs

2 Cans blueberries (in water or lightly sweetened)

3 beets

vinegar

water

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.

Beet It!

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.

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.

Almost There

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.

Colour Time!

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.

Egg-Static

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.

Happy Easter!

How do you spice up these eggs for the kids, without using chemicals, check this article out and you will see...

Bling up those Eggs!

How to achieve the perfect boiled egg + Mama's Egg Salad Sandwich

Here is a wonderful recipe for the most delicious carrot cake...

Carrot Cake: Done three Ways!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

This is a most amazing article. I enjoyed every word.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Awww Thank you for such sweet words. I really appreciate them. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise Larkin
7th Apr 2012 (#)

A brilliant article. Enjoyed reading it.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Apr 2012 (#)

You are too kind my dear but, thank you. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Shared on Google and Facebook. A terrific article, I bet that blueberry juice or beet juice would also be good in the garden afterwards too! Its great to find natural solutions and the eggs look great - happy Easter!

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author avatar Denise O
7th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Mark, I appreciate the shout outs. Great idea with adding it to my garden. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Val Mills
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Fantastic natural ideas for colouring and such an enjoyable article to read. For me, this has to be one of your best ever. Loved the way you've written it.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Awww Val, that is such a sweet thing to say. As I indicated to Ivyevelyn it was not an easy task getting that picture of Bugg but, I think he looks just adorable, just the way he is. Val, you have a wonderful Easter. Bless you and yours. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Don Rothra
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice work

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Don for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Denise great ideas, and love your pictures- especially bunny ears:0)...I opted to use food coloring mixed in vinegar, thinking that is a safe option???- but using food products just makes so much more sense and is sure to be safe for kids and pets....thanks Denise and may you have a very lovely Monday and weekend....Happy Easter my dear friend.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks hon, it has now been changed for Thursday. Amber has relatives coming in from out of town so I understand. Like I have said before, the boy will not have a clue that the Easter bunny is only suppose to come on Sunday. Honestly to me, it is more important that the young man will be sporting his new outfit at church today, the rest can wait. I know some folks freaked out because, Dan and I celebrated Christmas with Tristan on the morning of the 27th. They meant well but, they had to go on like,it is not fair, you should have him on Christmas and I just had to set them straight. Okay this might be a long story but, here goes...
Our kids when they were young and having divorced parents, they had to make a show at every ones house even more so than before. On Thanksgiving day, the poor kids hit every stop and when they got back home, they wanted to make me happy, as I cooked all day, so they ate. My daughter vomited after she ate because, she was too full. I right then and there, put that to rest. From then on, I do not sweat it and I sure do not give a guilt trip to them, that we need to see them and now (Tristan) their kids on the exact holiday day, we have no problem waiting our turn. So Thursday we will be hunting Easter eggs and the Easter bunny will come back on Thursday, I just know he will.LOL
You have a very blessed Easter my friend. God bless. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Denise you are so right each day with the grandkids is a special holiday no matter what the date :0)...may you too and your family have a blessed weekend...hugs my friend !

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you so much my dear friend, you and yours have a great weekend also. You always put a smile on my face when you visit me, love it! Bless you my dear.:)

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author avatar Madan G Singh
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Great post Denise

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan for your kind comments and as always, for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th Apr 2012 (#)

I found the title of this article is brilliant and interestingly phrased.
And moreover, the coloring of eggs and pictures are also. good to see. Thank you for sharing the article. Best wishes in this occasion.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Md for such a nice comment, I really appreciate it. Best wishes to you also. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Apr 2012 (#)

A wonderful page, Denise. I can't remember if you have a son, but when he marries, his wife will have a heck of a deal trying to keep up with your home-making talents. Have a wonderful Easter. I have just one remark I have to make: Bugs' ribbon should be wforn in front of his ears, or even just one ear, other than that, everything looks perfect.
Love & hugs, dear Denise.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes I have a son, that is a picture of him and my grandson in this article. I also have a 27 year old daughter, whom has yet to give me any grands but, they are working on it. Oh ivyevelyn, I am the best mother in law, I would never put my stuff in her face. I also have a great relationship with my soon to be son (in law) and he just loves what I can do and there is no having to hold back on him. If things work out, I will be spending some of this summer with them two in Texas, my daughter wants cooking lessons and tips on decorating their new house. Also, my daughter (in law) made speg sauce for us and from then on, I now use her recipe. Put it this way, she is no slouch when it comes to the cooking and household matters. Love and hugs back to you. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Typo: Bugs ribbon should be WORN.......
Also, I meant that Bugs' ribbon should be worn BEHIND his ears, or even just one of his ears, Love, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Ivyevelyn, yes they should have but, as with kids. When taking photos of dogs, it does not always work out like you want it. I had his ears set right for about 20 pictures, only for him to raise his head back and it fall off, each and every time I went to take the photo so, I had him wear it this way, I think he is still cute as a button, to be quite honest. BEHIND the ears or in front. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2012 (#)

One just has to follow the details blindly and enjoy the fruits of labor in the end. Thanks Denise, for such originality and great pictures too. Tristan looks adorable indeed. Happy Easter - siva

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Awww thank you my friend for your very kind words. Oh yes my Tristan is a doll, he is so much like his daddy. The other day when Tristan was here he grabbed his shoes and handed them to me and just at that moment. I thought I was back in time and this was (my son) his father all over again. May you and yours have a Happy Easter. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Superb article. And the pix - as ever - are astounding. Great star page. you gave me all the ingredients for a fine easter. Love the bunny ears on the dog!!

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author avatar Denise O
8th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Ms Sheila for your kind words. I am so glad you like Bugg's ears. I tried to get one of Sweet Tee but, after about 50 pictures I said, forget it.LOL
I hope you are having a wonderful day. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Han Van Meegerin
9th Apr 2012 (#)

A fun and informative read!

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author avatar Denise O
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Han for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
9th Apr 2012 (#)

Fantastic Ideas!! I will try them next year!!! Your articles are always so entertaining and full of good tips!

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author avatar Denise O
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Awww thank you Judy, you are a sweet heart. I will get back with you on your music, as I now have speakers. Yes I had a computer (for years) with no speakers. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar THE BARD
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Great artical Denise. I'll save some of the ingredients from my plot to dye my eggs next year, thanks for the tip. Oh and congrats for being a Star Pager again. Say Hello to Bugg for me. Don't you just want to hug and love him.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Oh for sure Mr. Bard, you will be able to experiment with so many different kinds of veggies, with the abundance you obtain each year from your beautiful garden. Yes, I just love me some Bugg and you can bet your bippy he gets plenty of hugs, you just can not help yourself. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Buzz
10th Apr 2012 (#)

They've said it all, Denise. Thanks for sharing, my friend.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz for taking the time to come to my page. It is really appreciated. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
11th Apr 2012 (#)

lucky dogs to have experience like that of humans...ms denise must be a great master

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author avatar Denise O
13th Apr 2012 (#)

They think I am okay, I think, hmmmm. LOL
Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by.:)

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author avatar rajaryanme
13th Apr 2012 (#)

A terrific article, I bet that blueberry juice or beet juice would also be good in the garden afterwards too! Its great to find natural solutions and the eggs look great.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you rayaryanme for your kind words. Yep it would be great for the garden, I should have added it to the article. Maybe I will edit it and change that, for next years. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Hickory Cottage
19th Apr 2012 (#)

I love this article! Your dog is so stinkin' cute!

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author avatar Denise O
20th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, Bugg has stolen my heart also, he is a great guy. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Carol
20th Apr 2012 (#)

Oh Denise, what a heartwarming page! Bugg and Tristan are both so beautiful, and you are so right, I have heard chocolate can poison a dog, they should never have it. Thanks so much for the share.

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author avatar Denise O
20th Apr 2012 (#)

Awww thank you Carol, That boy and yes also Bugg, just melt my heart. Carol, yes we should avoid letting them have chocolate, especially bakers chocolate. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

I sure love reading your articles. And this I also enjoyed. Thank you for sharing this one with us. You do have some important facts in here as well.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Clarence for your kind words. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar NancyG in TN
3rd May 2012 (#)

very good, thanks!

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jun 2012 (#)

You are welcome.:)

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author avatar A K Rao
19th Jul 2012 (#)

O dear Denise, another lovely article! Really how caring are you about your dogs? Frankly speaking, I am also like you only when it comes to my dogs! I wish you and your all the lovely and caring dogs to have happy ester ( I am not sure if this is the prper time to wish!) and deliciously prepared natural coloured eggs on the occassion! Nice one! Thanks!

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author avatar Jennifer Rodriguez
19th Mar 2013 (#)

I just came across your article (although it's older, it still applies) and loved it! Thank you so much for the coloring recipes! I'm a dog lover too and I love hearing stories of others just like me! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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