I’ve really been checking some things off my hope-to-do list since I’ve started the Bohemian Apothecarist Lifestyle Blog! And if feels GOOD!

Today, I’m going to share my experience creating stunning, naturally dyed Easter eggs with all of you. This is something I’ve always wanted to do. And now that I’ve done it, I feel like it’s for sure share worthy. I know I will never dye eggs with chemical laden dyes again. This process was incredibly easy. It will be my new go to!

There are many natural egg dying guides available out there. Google brings back plenty of results. But they often contain ingredients that are just not that reasonable for the average person to use.

Things like, the skins from 12-15 onions. I mean that’s great and all, but just exactly what are you supposed to do with all of those skinned onions after you’ve stripped them down? In my house that would be a total waste. And I just can’t justify that kind of waste.

So, I chose four different plant materials which are readily available, affordable, and create little to no waste for this project; beet juice, paprika, turmeric, and red cabbage. Using these materials will give me pink, blue, orange, and yellow eggs. I also picked up a bunch of parsley to use a few of the leaves for stencils. It was just $1.29 at my local grocery store. And I will saute the rest of it and toss it in a stir fry, no waste there.

I was really unsure of how well the stenciling was going to turn out. I had concerns about the dye finding its way under the parsley leaf. But I wanted to give it a go because, quite frankly, it makes my heart go pitter-patter!

And I’m so glad I did because it came out really great. It showed up much better on the darker eggs, for sure. But was still visible on the light colored eggs as well. Overall, it was a great success. No seeping or bleeding involved. Just a perfect little stencil. I hope you choose to give it a try. It makes all the difference in the world!

I only dyed 8 eggs total; 2 of each color. This is plenty for my little household of two. Three if you count the bulldogge (and we do), especially when it comes to hard-boiled eggs 😉 However, if there were children around, I would likely do a much larger batch.

I started by getting myself set up for the process. The last thing I wanted was to get in the middle of my little experiment and be scrambling to put something together last minute.

I hard boiled a dozen eggs in the morning so they would cool by the time I was ready to get started in the afternoon. I only needed 8, but I didn’t want to come up short because some cracked while boiling. If you use cracked eggs with these natural dyes they will take on the flavor of the ingredients used in the dye. No thanks! YUCK!

I also boiled down and strained my red cabbage ahead of time. It was the only material I was using that required beforehand preparation. I almost didn’t use it because of that. But the color it produced was really spectacular. One of my favorites, by far. So I’m glad I went to the extra trouble.

Once the eggs were cool I placed my parsley leaf stencil on them. I simply pressed the parsley leaf onto the egg with my fingers. Then I wrapped it tightly with a piece of stocking material. I picked up a pack of knee-his at walmart for 50 cents. They were perfect for the job. I used just one of the pair to wrap four eggs. So you can definitely get eight eggs our of a pair.

Next, I prepared the dye. I used just half the amount of plant material and vinegar for this process. Because I only wanted to dye two eggs of each color. And I had the perfect glasses to accomplish that in. Just the right size to completely immerse two eggs in.

The directions I’ve supplied with this post will give you enough dye to color four eggs in a jar. I suggest a mason jar. However, any container you have that you feel will allow the liquid to sufficiently cover the eggs will work just fine.

You’ll need 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in each of your jars. So you can start by getting that in there. Then it’s done and you don’t have to try to keep track of whether or not you’ve already added it to a jar while creating your colors.

FYI: The vinegar acts as a medium for the dye. It assists the color in adhering to your eggs, and can’t be omitted from this process 😉

The only thing left to do at this point is to add your plant material to your jars. Here are the measurements for that step …

ORANGE: 4 tablespoons paprika to 1 1/2 cups boiling water

YELLOW: 4 tablespoons turmeric to 1 1/2 cups boiling water

PINK: 1 1/2 cups beet juice (no water)

BLUE: 1 1/2 cups of red cabbage juice – prepare this by simmering 1 1/2 cups of shredded red cabbage in 2 cups of water for 20 minutes and then straining the cabbage shreds out

Allow your dyes to come to room temperature before placing your eggs in them. Use a spoon to gently immerse your eggs into the dye solution. This will help you avoid cracking the shells. And then just walk away!

I’m not sure how long you have to leave them soak. They didn’t take color right away like store bought dye, that’s for sure. I checked them about a half hour in and they were very light. Particularly, the turmeric and paprika. So I headed out to run some errands. I was gone for about six hours, and when I got back they were gorgeous. Such vibrant colors. I suspect it took a good long time for those colors to develop. So, it’s probably just easiest to plan to immerse your eggs in the morning and get back to them in the afternoon!

I’m really thrilled with the end result of this little project. The overall effort was pretty minimal. I love the fact that the process is all-natural. Anywhere that I can eliminate chemicals in this house is a big plus for me ❤ And the look of the finished product is just fabulous!

If you make naturally dyed eggs and you’d like to share some tips or tricks in the comments, I would love to hear them! And if you decide to try some of the dye recipes I’ve posted here, please take a minute or two to share your experience with me. That would be great 😉

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As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤



“Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.”

~ W.R. Purche

I was surfing the web the other day looking for some creative ways to spoil my pooch! He’s the king of my castle (as you may know by now), and I want him to live just as royalty does.

My research taught me two things. First, there are a whole lot of people out there who want to teach others how to pamper their canine companions. And second, the suggestions they make are not really about spoiling your best friends at all.

They propose things like taking your pooch to be groomed, buying them a new pet bed, or picking up a new doggie outfit for them. I mean, let’s get serious here, grooming is not your dogs favorite activity. As a matter of fact, they are likely not fond of it at all. They are not particularly thrilled with a new pet bed either. They would prefer to hold onto that old, stinky bed they’ve had for some time now. Those nasty smells it emits are familiar to them and bring them a deep sense of comfort. And don’t even get me started on how much canines hate to wear doggie clothes. Just sayin’ 😉

So. I’ve composed a list of things that your furbaby will really enjoy. Things that will make THEM feel pampered. Not you. This isn’t about you, Baby! Sorry. Not sorry.


Dog’s love to be touched. And canine massages are a pretty trendy thing, right? There’s a good chance you will be able to find someone who gives pet massages in your local area. But if you can’t than you can just spend a little time giving Fido a damn good rub down.

Please remember that massage is meant to be therapeutic and shouldn’t be taken lightly. So don’t try to give a professional massage if you aren’t trained. Just give your furbaby a firm rub down. I’m pretty sure you’ll know if they’re loving it or not 😉


Dogs love sweet potatoes. And it’s pretty damn rewarding see how quickly they chow them down. Don’t give your beloved pup too much though. It’s not good for them in large quantities. Bake a big one for yourself and then chop off about 1/4 of it for your pooch. Put it in a dish and top it with a little peanut butter and a few slices of banana. YUMMY!


The next time your at the grocery store pick up a marrow bone in the meat department. It’s a great treat for your dog. And it will keep them busy and out of your hair for hours. Just remember to give it to them in an area where they can’t make a huge mess with it. I close off the bedroom doors. My bulldogge won’t go on the couch with it. So that pretty much leaves his own bed as the only spot he can retreat to, and I’m okay with that. We live in a very cold climate and he gets incredibly bored over our long winters. So, a bone is sort of paramount to his good mental health!

If you don’t have a way to allow them to enjoy this treat indoors, save it for the summer months. Riley usually has a dozen of these babies hidden in the yard by the time winter comes 😉


Take your pooch on a nice long hike. And if you have the option of allowing them off leash for some of it, please do!

It can be tiresome for a dog to see the same scenery every day all day long. It is no more fun for them to be stuck at home than it is for us. So get them out whenever you can. It’s crazy good for their stress levels. Which is crazy good for your stress levels!


Take Fido to the lake. Or any body of water you have available to you. If you are able to allow them to swim, definitely do it.

And don’t get wrapped up in your own world while you’re there. Bear in mind that this outing is for your furbaby. Spend your time with them. Run. Play. Roll around on the ground a little. It will be good for both of you.

Take a frisbee with you and make good use of it. I’ve never met a dog who doesn’t like a frisbee 😉


There are some amazing books out there on how dogs think. I’ve read a few. And there is one at my vet’s office that I always browse when I’m there. It’s pretty incredible how easy canines are to misinterpret. Sometimes behaviors that appear to have an obvious meaning don’t mean what we imagine them to at all.

Pick a book up at your local book store or your library on this subject and start to build a better understanding of what goes through your dogs mind. This activity may not seem like it pampers your pup. And it doesn’t in that direct spoil ’em kind of way. But in the long run, it certainly does. Life is exponentially better for both of you when you have a clear understanding of your pooches subtle signals.


Keep homemade treats on hand for your canine pal. They are better than most treats you find in the store. And they really don’t take much time to make. Not to mention, that the price is significantly better.

It doesn’t take much to learn what ingredients are best for our dog. Just a little research. Usually google is smart enough to tell you what Fido can and can’t have.

There are currently two homemade dog treat posts up on the blog; A Christmas Treat for Riley and Riley’s Birthday Surprise. Both are full of wholesome human grade ingredients that your dog will love!


It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily grind and allow the day to slip by without doing any more than the minimum to care for our pets. Life is busy!

Still, it is important that we take time out to spend with them. Go out in the yard and be with them. Simply be with them. Don’t let yourself be distracted with yard work or the neighbors. Be present with your beloved canine.


Do I need to say belly rubs and ear scratches?!?! Dogs are very affectionate creatures. They are pack animals. And pack animals often engage in mutual grooming behaviors. They also spend a great deal of time up in each others tree, as they say. They want you to touch them. A lot. A whole lot.

So, be sure that you lavish your pooch with TONS of belly rubs and ear scratches. And I should also mention butt scratches. They love butt scratches. Just above their tail. Because this is another area, like their bellies and behind their ears, that they can’t reach themselves.


Most dogs love seafood. They cannot have all seafood, so you should check before you give them any because I would not venture to comprise a comprehensive list here.

Our bulldogge goes absolutely crazy for shrimp. It’s his favorite. And we also give him cod, haddock, tuna, sardines, and oysters. So, I know all of those are safe.

I can’t imagine making seafood and not sharing a bit with him. It’s his favorite food, for sure. When I prepare our meal I simply leave some of it without sauce or seasoning just for him.

When my son makes salmon for himself. I open a can of sardines for Riley. Canines can’t eat salmon and it is impossible for me to not have a seafood treat on hand for him so that he doesn’t get a whiff of the sea and no taste to go along with it.


If you don’t have a dog house for your dog, pick one up. Or build one. Even if your pet only goes out in the yard to do his duty or when the fam is out there, he will LOVE a dog house. You’ll be surprised at how much time he spends in there.

Dogs live in dens in the wild. And enclosed spaces make them feel safe. They will seek out spaces to lay where they feel protected by a ‘covering’. Our furbaby is due to have a house built for him this year. And I know he is going to be pretty pleased when it is done.

Right now he wiggles his way under the oil tank. My son had to actually dig a bit of a hole there so he wouldn’t get stuck because it was such a tight fit! He got himself stranded there one day. And as good fortune would have it, we forgot something when we left home that day and had to go back. So we discovered his plight. Otherwise, poor baby, would have been under there all damn day 😦


Socialization is so good for dogs. If you have a dog park in your area ,make it a regular part of your routine. A few times a week is pretty ideal. And likely won’t put too much strain on your schedule. But if it does, do your very best to make it there at least once a week. It is important for your pooch to hang with some of his own kind every now and again.

Still, keep in mind that if there are too many dogs frequenting your local park it may be over-stimulating for your pup. In that case, try to set up a few play dates with other dog owners. It could be that one on one interaction is more of what your furbaby needs.

Our pets are a huge part of our lives. And they deserve the very best. So, I hope you make use of as many of these suggestions on how to spoil your pup as you can manage. It will be crazy, mad good for both of you!

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on this post in the comments. I love to hear all about your experiences, tips, and suggestions. I really do 😉

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤



One of the most beneficial things we can do for ourselves is to more closely align with the ways of Mama Nature. As her seasons change the rest of the natural world aligns with them. We humans seem to have lost touch with this phenomena over time. And it would be in our best interests to reconnect with it.

The spring season is so clearly a time of renewal and rebirth. The animals are birthing their young. They become more active as the days grow warmer. The flowers are beginning to ‘strut their stuff’. Tiny little buds are forming on the trees. And we see fresh new life popping up throughout the plant kingdom.

Humans are feeling it too. People are friendlier. They smile more. It is more common to hear the melody of their laughter. And the heightened level of energy they are experiencing is apparent by the ‘pep in their step’.

There are a few things I like to do in the spring to reap the full benefits of this season. You may want to consider implementing them in your own life. They really do make life a little richer. A little more indulgent.


Every gardener knows the deep-seeded connection that digging in the dirt in the early spring produces between them and the earth we live on. Without the careful and purposeful system she tirelessly runs, we would perish. She literally gives us life.

We need to grasp every opportunity we can to connect to her life force. It is immeasurably beneficial for us. And the spring season is particularly conducive to this activity 😉

So dig your toes in the dirt. Walk barefoot. Wade in a nearby lake or stream. Hug a tree. Turn your face to the sun and soak up some rays. Sit and have a talk with Lady Moon in the evening. Do whatever you feel the urge to do that brings you closer to Mama Earth. And do it as often as you are able!


After the long, dark days of winter have left us, it is quite common for our indoor space to feel stuffy and drab. I suppose the fact of the matter is, it is stuffy and drab!

So take some time and clear it out. If you can open a few windows while you work, go for it. If you are starting before it is warm enough in your area to let the breeze flow through the house, that’s okay. BUT, please, get those windows open as soon as you can. It’s one of the most rewarding elements of this activity for sure.

Clean windows. Wash bedding and curtains. Then hang them outside to dry. Go through each room and pick up the little bits of clutter that gathered over the winter season. Give each room a thorough cleaning. And then burn some uplifting incense in them. Or maybe a linen scented candle. So nice!

Then take a few minutes to walk through each room of your house and consider what you want to happen there this season. Visualize the people and activities you want to see fill them now. And then release your vision to the Universe and stand steadfast in the belief that she will fulfill it for you ❤


Set aside some time when you can be undisturbed, and spend it taking stock of where you are at spiritually. Is there a spiritual practice you have been feeling called to bring into your life? Are you struggling with negative feelings surrounding a certain person? Or maybe you feel as though there is more you could be doing to contribute to the spiritual enrichment of others?

Whatever it is that you are feeling needs some attention in this area create a game plan for accomplishing that. Make it baby steps. Because they are easier to reach. And reaching our goals makes it substantially more likely that we will continue to set and meet goals in the future.

One of my go-to tools for assessing where I am at spiritually is to sit and write down the names of every person I can think of who I am presently processing emotions for. The good. The bad. And the ugly. LOL!

I then cut the names into slips. And put them in a jar. I pull them out one at a time. And as I extract each one from the jar I take a few minutes (or longer if needed) and sit quietly and process the emotions that thinking of them brings up. It creates a great space for releasing any negativity I have around others. This prevents it from rendering bitterness or anger in my being. Which is good for ME in the long run.

If you manage to check all three of these exercises off your spring improvement list, you will have done something healthy for your body, your mind, and your spirit. It just doesn’t get better than that ❤ 😉 ❤

I’d love it if you took a minute to share your thoughts on this post. Particularly, if you choose to include some of these activities in your spring schedule. It would be great to hear about your experience!

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤



Being an Irish woman from an area with a dense Irish population, I have a love for soda bread ❤

This delectable treat would surface in every store around St. Patrick’s Day back home. And I always made my way through a loaf or two before it disappeared from the store shelves. I told myself every year that I would get a good recipe and make my own so that I could always be guaranteed the best loaf ever! But it seems that never really happened. Until now. That is. Until now!

I finally tried my hand at baking this Irish staple. And it turned out pretty great! Like really pretty great! I’m impressed with myself, for sure 😉

Soda bread became popular in Ireland in the 1840’s. It was then that baking soda became affordably available to the general population of this amazing country. This was a game-changer. And soda bread found its way to the table at most every meal.

As is so often the case with traditional foods, soda bread recipes vary by region in Ireland. But the 4 main ingredients are always the same; coarse wholemeal flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk.

I’m shooting to duplicate this recipe as closely as possible. With the unfortunate exception of coarse wholemeal flour. I would prefer to have this flour. AND I fully intend to order some for my next go around with this recipe, as I’ve never had the opportunity to try it. I LOVE whole grains! But I don’t have it for this time around. And that’s okay. White flour is always often used by Irish elders who live here in the states to make this tasty treat. And it will get the job done in my kitchen this time, for sure!

There are many recipes out there with added sugar and butter. Some also toss in raisins. And others caraway seeds. My beloved bread had butter and sugar in it, but I left that out today. I wanted to keep the recipe as authentic as possible. And the end result proved that I did the right thing! Those ingredients are absolutely unnecessary. The buttermilk adds plenty of fat and sweetness without them.

A crusty, golden brown top is a key signature for this bread. The cross cut in it has many back stories to its origin. But the most reasonable explanation I’ve found for it is that it was meant to ‘score’ the bread into 4 individual portions. Allowing it to easily be cut into a single portion to be served at mealtime.


4 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 c. buttermilk

3/4 c. raisins

1 tbls caraway seeds

Preheat your oven to 375°

In a large bowl blend the all-purpose flour, salt, baking soda, raisins, and caraway seeds.

Create a well in the center of the flour mix and pour in the buttermilk.

Mix the dough together with your hands. You want to firmly mix it together. Do not knead the dough as you would for many bread recipes. Be more gentle than that.

It will stick to your hands. It’s a bit messy.

When you see it separating from the bowl and forming a ball, it’s ready.

Flour your counter top and roll the ball of dough out of the bowl onto it. Shape your dough into a round loaf. And flour the top. You want a nice layer of flour on your dough ball.

Place your dough in a lightly greased baking dish. Do not allow the dough to touch the sides of the dish. If you have a baking stone it is even better. No need to grease the stone (obviously), simply lay your dough ball out on it.

Take a sharp knife and cut a cross in the top of your dough ball.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.

You’ll know it’s done when the top is golden and crisp. And the bottom has a hollow sound when you knock on it. To do this, simply place an oven mitt on your hand, flip the dough over onto your covered hand and knock on the bottom with your free hand.

After you remove your bread from the oven, place it directly on a plate. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes. And then wrap it in a clean tea towel. Wrapping it when it is still warm like this causes it to retain optimal moisture. It will keep the inside moist, and slightly soften the crisp outer crust.

I’m really pleased with how this recipe turned out. I will, without a doubt, be making my own for St. Pat’s Day from now on. It’s soooooooo delicious!

But I may have to shelf the recipe for the rest of the year. Because I can’t stop eating it once it’s made. I just devoured the loaf I made in 3 days flat! That’s a lot of bread!

However, if you have more self-control than I do you can make it all throughout the year. It’s a great recipe to have up your sleeve to impress guests, for sure. And … FYI … It makes an amazing accompaniment to coffee or tea. So it’s great for between meal visits with friends. Or served with hot chocolate to hold the little ones over when dinner is running late 😉

If you have any tips or tricks for making Irish soda bread you’d like to share, please pop them in the comments. And let me know if you try this recipe. I’d love to hear how it worked out for you 😉

And … connect with me on facebook and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤