Childhood memories

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My potato plant

I had some potatoes that were “growing” in the pantry. You know when they get those eyes coming out all over because they are old and you should have thrown them out a few weeks ago or cooked them? I put a few in water, just like when we were kids, in a cup with three toothpicks stuck in them at an angle so they would be down in the water and put them in the window. Two rotted and stunk up the place! And when they sprouted (I did a happy dance!), I put them in dirt. I have three potato plants growing in my flower garden. I have seen potato plants they grow and sell in stores and I figured I could give it a try. I like the ones in the stores because of their light green coloring but mine are a different variety. Not sure what they grow theirs from. Mine are organic russets, of course.

But that is really not what this post is about…okay a little bit it is. Look at that plant! I grew a potato plant from ………well a potato!

It’s fun to be reminded of childhood.

What do you remember from your childhood that you would like to relive?

Swinging so high you thought you might flip over the bar of the swing set?

Or swinging high enough to jump out and actually feel like you are flying? I was always afraid of breaking my arm!

Riding your bike at top speed and letting go of the handle bars?

Riding the merry-go-round at the park? I had motion sickness issues…..still do….no go-rounds for me!

Staying out until the street lights came on? And still playing until your parents called you home?

Catching fireflies? I have never seen one but others say they exist, so I will go with that. I would like to see one some day.

Catching tadpoles? Watching those tadpoles turn into tiny frogs? They are so dang cute!

Climbing the cherry tree and eating until you are stuffed? Or peach tree? Or plum tree? Or apple tree?

Fishing without a care in the world?

Climbing into a tree house?

Having a game of baseball with the other kids on your block?

Hearing the ice cream truck a few blocks away and running into the house for money?

Jumping out of bed on Saturday morning to watch “Saturday Morning Cartoons”? When cartoons were still funny!

What are some of the things you remember? Did you have a special place in your neighborhood that you hung out with your friends? Who’s house was the house on the block where all the kids hung out? Did you have a curfew?

The old sitcoms remind me of what life used to be like. Times were lean but we didn’t know it. We had food on the table, clothes on our backs and we were loved. We didn’t need anything else.

Go out there and try your hand at something from your past. But if you break your arm “flying” out of a swing, don’t come blaming me. You know you are too old for that kind of behavior! You might want to stick with the ice cream truck!

What are you waiting for?

Live lively,
~ Sabrina

Make your own heart crayons Tutorial

Here I will introduce you to the “secret” world of shaped crayons.

Okay, okay….there is no secret world….just fun and coloring!

My grandsons thought these were pretty cool colors. I made them some for their Valentine’s Day goodies.

We don’t give candy so I had to get creative and give them things they could use. These fit the bill nicely.

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Supplies needed:

crayons ~ new or used

(this old bag was from when my children were little…I thought it was pretty cool to melt crayons for my grandsons from the crayons their mother, aunt and uncle used as children)

silicone mold (whatever shape you want)

baggies (for gift giving…optional)

oven (set at 350)

potholders

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I peeled the paper off all the crayons I planned to use. I will tell you for the second batch I bought large boxes of crayons at the Dollar store and the paper came off pretty easy. The old crayons….not so much!

Once you have them unwrapped you will need to break into pieces. I think the smaller the better but after awhile it started hurting my hands to break them. I tried to break each crayon 3-5 times. You don’t have to break them that much it just gives you more colors when they start to melt.

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I filled each cup about half way or a little more. You don’t want to go too shallow or the crayons will be too thin and break with first use. Just don’t fill to the top. About the middle works great.

After you fill your cups with a good mix of crayons carefully set the silicone mold in your preheated oven.

And get ready to smell melted crayons! They pretty much stink while melting.

Leave them in until all pieces are melted…about 20 minutes.

Once they are melted carefully take them out.

Use both hands and potholders! They are HOT!

Set them on top of your stove top and let them cool. It takes about 5-10 minutes to cool enough to remove without breaking them.

Once they are cool enough (you can tell by pushing one from the bottom and seeing if it is going to slide out easily) turn the mold upside down and gently push each crayon out of it’s cup. If they are stuck just keep gently pushing from the bottom and they will release.

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Done!

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I put them in these cute little zip lock baggies for gift giving.

Easy project. Kids can help with the peeling and breaking parts and the popping out of molds after they cool part.

A week after we mailed these to our grandsons, we got two letters in the mail from our oldest. He had colored two pages with them to show us how cool they were. He loved that they colored different colors in one crayon.

They will be a hit with the children in your life as well.

Get creative with the shapes. Make them for party favors in shapes that go along with the theme. I have seen stars, dinosaurs, and other great shapes.

I also, had a few crayons that had glitter in them. They are pretty cool to mix into them as well.

Glitter in star shapes for a little girls princess party. The star could be the top of the magic wand. Oh, wait I don’t have any granddaughters….silly me! I only know how to have boy themed parties!

Use your imagination and just have some fun! Let me know how it works for you and your sweet little ones.

 

Craft on,

Sabrina