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Spring Renewal

March 29The Full Worm Moon
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. See all full Moon names.

March 30First Day of Passover
Passover is a weeklong festival commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and slavery. Family and friends gather together on the first and second nights for the high point of the festival observance, the seder service. The experience of the exodus is told in story, song, prayer, and food.

Instead of the traditional gefilte fish first course, try this creamy (but dairy-free) fish dish for Passover.

The Symbolic Egg

The elliptical egg often symbolizes spring, rebirth, and the season’s renewal of life.

Using eggs as a holiday tradition is found across cultures. During the Jewish Passover (starting March 30), a roasted egg sits on the seder plate. Eggs associated with Easter (April 4)  are fertility symbols and reflect ancient spring renewal rites. For Christians, eggs were traditionally forbidden during Lent and always eaten on Easter Sunday.

In light of these customs, here are some recipes that use eggs:

Lemon Soufflé Pancakes

Tortilla-Rolled Scrambled Eggs, Cheese, and Caramelized Onions

Italian Easter Bread

Breakfast Strudel

Spinach-Mushroom Quiche

 

Winter’s done,
and April’s in the skies.
Earth, look up with laughter
in your eyes!

–Charles G. D. Roberts (1860–1943)

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Gardening by the Moon

Learn more about this age-old practice for planting your above- and belowground crops. Watch video!


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Dyeing Eggs
Just look around your kitchen. Those veggies, fruit, and spices are natural dyes! Dyeing your own eggs is fun and interesting (not to mention educational) for kids of all ages! Here are some of our favorite dyes:

Green: water from boiled spinach
Blue: juice from boiled red cabbage
Yellow: juice from yellow onion skins
Purple: grape juice
Red/Pink: beet juice

To dye, just boil your eggs in enough water and colored water (or juice) to cover the eggs plus 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Tie-Dyed Eggs
Kids love tie-dye! Create uniquely interesting eggs with a tie-dyed look that uses simple rubber bands or strips of cloth. See how to tie-dye your eggs.

 


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