Babcia’s Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs

Kraszanki – Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Place onion skins and water into a porcelain pot. 2) Bring mixture to a boil, reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. 2) Cool onion skin dye and remove skins (strain liquid). 3) Add vinegar OR salt to the onion skin dye. 4) Layer raw, room temperature eggs into the liquid. 4) Bring eggs in onion skin dye to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooked, dyed, cooled eggs and blot with paper towels. 7) When dry and cool, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. 8) Proudly add to your “Swieconka” Easter Basket or table.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Marbleized* Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil
Cheese Cloth or Cotton cloth
Twist Ties

Directions:
1) Take a 3 inch by 3 inch square of cotton, nylon or cheese cloth. 2) Take a raw white egg and wrap the onion skins around the raw egg. 3) Place the egg in the center of the cloth and bring the edges together, securing the onion skins around the egg. 4) Twist the cloth to form a tightly wrapped egg. 5) Secure the twisted egg with a twist tie. 6) Place 6 cups of water and salt OR vinegar in a large porcelain pot. 6) Bring wrapped egg to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooled eggs from the hot water and untwist the cloths to reveal a the marbleized pattern. 7) When dry, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. Enjoy a beautiful marbled egg!

*To create leaf imprinted eggs, arrange flat leafed parsley around the egg and secure leaves with cloth and twist ties. Proceed as above beginning with step #6.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs For Kids

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Wide Rubber Bands Or Surgical Tape
Onion Skins (Brown, Red Or Purple Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Take a raw white egg and position WIDE rubber bands around the raw egg to create a pleasing pattern. Surgical tape may be also be used to create bands around the eggs. 2) Place eggs in prepared, strained onion skin dye. 3) Cook eggs as directed above (Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs) beginning with step #4. 4) When eggs are cooked and desired shade of dye is achieved, remove from dye and cool. 5) Remove rubber bands or tape from each egg to reveal a beautiful geometric pattern. 6) Dry eggs and rub eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil.

District II Youth Skillz Day

On Saturday, April 12, District II will hold a “Youth Skillz Day” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Social Center, 5000 West 31st St. Cicero, IL 60804. Skillz Day is a fun day for any District II youth Member to participate in athletic events and meet other youth Members. It is also a preparation day and workshop for the 2014 National Zlot. Cost is $5 per participant and includes lunch. Ages 7 and older are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by April 4 to George Wortz at 414-313-9579 or Donna Skonning at 708-650-4345.

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Ukrainian Heroes March in Rochester, N.Y.

Stephen Flor, a Member of the Polish Falcons of America, marched in the Ukrainian Heroes March that took place on February 22 in Rochester, N.Y. He sent the following message, along with video from the event.

Czolem!

Here is a video from last night’s Ukrainian Heroes March in Rochester that I participated in to show Polish American support for their struggle. Every person that I spoke with had nothing but grateful things to say about how good Poland has been in everything helping them. They said yesterday’s events would never have turned out the way they did if it weren’t for Poland! They were very glad that we participated. The Ukrainian Priest even held the Polish flag for me as he invited me to address the gathering from the pulpit of their Ukrainian Catholic Church.

-Steve

Video Clip