As a family who avoids artificial food dyes, we like to look for other ways to color foods at times. Drama Princess enjoyed learning to decorate cakes a couple of years ago. A friend gave us a set of natural, plant-based liquid dyes which we have enjoyed immensely. In our experience, frosting can be tricky. Pastels work beautifully, but the more liquid added, the more runny the frosting becomes. We looked into buying beet powder, but it was pretty pricey. It was also tricky to find instructions! In the summer, we took beets (grown in a friend’s garden! 🙂 ) and dehydrated them. I kept them for over a year before I got around to borrowing a coffee grinder and trying to grind it! It ground nicely and then I ran it through a sieve to remove any larger pieces. (Those I ground again.) We have experimented twice so far with this, as pictured here. We were really tickled pink with the results!