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.

Nest 519 celebrates 100th anniversary

Nest 519 Middletown, Conn. celebrated their 100th anniversary with a 3-day extravaganza, starting with a Happy Hour on Friday night, September 20, which included traditional Polish cuisine and featured live entertainment.

The next day, September 21, was a Saturday Fun Day. There was a horseshoe tournament and games for the children as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. Saturday night was the formal banquet which began with the Nest’s youth Members performing the National Drill. The evening included many distinguished guests, dinner and dancing.

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Nest 519 concluded their weekend-long festivities with a Caribbean Beach Party, lunch and live entertainment, with a band covering Jimmy Buffett.

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Thanks to all of the committee Members for their hard work and dedication to this wonderful event, especially all of the Members who attended during this weekend to make it a wonderful and joyous occasion.

Nest 45 hosts festival

Nest 45 St. Louis, Mo. held their 39th annual Polish Festival on September 6-7, 2013. The festival is the largest Polish Festival in Missouri with thousands of attendees. People from all over come to eat delicious Polish foods including czernina and specialty pastries and to dance in the garden to the tunes of the E-Z Tones. Plan to visit the festival next September, the weekend after Labor Day 2014.

Food servers

Dance contest winners

Great Grandma Leona, Grandma Pat, Lana, Dad Scott Meczkowski

Nest 31 Members gather for annual picnic

The Members of Nest 31 Detroit, Mich. were treated to a warm and sunny Saturday for their annual picnic on Aug. 3, 2013. The Members gathered at the home of Frank and Barb Wloch around noon. The day’s agenda included a Nest meeting followed by food, frolic and conversation. The meeting informed the Members of the upcoming District XIII Convention and served to handle other general business that needed attention. Following the meeting, the beverages were chilled, the hamburgers, hot dogs and brats were prepared and the numerous side dishes were set out for everyone to enjoy. The physical activities for the day included playing (and cooling off) in the lake, paddle boarding across the lake, paddle boating to soak up the sunshine, playing bolo toss or taking a walk to enjoy the beautiful day. With the exception of some dessert overindulgences on key lime pie, the Members deemed the picnic to be a success and vowed to return next year. Thanks to all the Members who took the time to share in this Nest 31 tradition. Czolem!

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