Editor’s Note: Good morning. Today is kind of chill in the Eat Real. Eat Local 30-Day Food Challenge universe. So, if you are thinking local, make some plans for a leisurely lunch or dinner at Anderton Bistro-Pub, The Great Escape, Bisque (I think we are headed that direction) or Locals.
A lovely meal is the perfect way to spend a rainy day.
Tomorrow, we are kicking off the NeighbourWood Eats events as part of the challenge out at Simms Park. Gather near the covered area for a local-food picnic lunch and then learn about local food from a creative perspective when kids get to spend some time crafting Local Food People (and eating them up afterward). NeighbourWood Eats runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday (with some time to cruise the Wednesday Farmers Market) and is a stampeable event.
So, mark it on the calendar and be sure to come and enjoy this fun, kid-friendly, hands-on local foodie experience
Speaking of hands-on foodie fun, I discovered a great way to make homemade stickers recently that we’ve been having tons of fun with. Check it out:
Stickers are a big thing in our house. They go on everything, are generally one of those art items that shows up in random locations like stuck to the rear of my pants on coating the back door.
They are fun, an admittedly easy distraction when more complicated projects would require more of my patience and the well runneth dry:).
But, I find myself full of sticker anxiety for a couple of reasons:
- You have to peel them off of any paper they go on in order to recycle said paper.
- They come in sheets of, like, one, are packaged heavily with stuff that just gets chucked in the trash
- They can get to be expensive
- They seem less creative than other art things because they’re premade, already have a design and pretty much take no effort at all (which can be a serious bonus too)
That doesn’t mean I won’t buy them. It just means I’ll grumble for a while until properly motivated to find an alternative.
I found that motivation a few weeks ago when we went looking for some learning gear about things you find on the dinner table and I realized that we had Chirp and National Geographic Kids magazines packed full of food pics that could be reused as some awesome stickers.
If only I had the skillz.
Apparently, the only skill you need to make stickers is the ability to open up a box of flavoured gelatin. That meant I was in.
Here’s what you need:
- Old Magazines
- A box of flavoured gelatin
- A plastic placemat as a workspace
- A small paint brush (like for watercolors)
- Wax paper
1. Take scissors and cut out sticker-sized pictures, shapes, etc from magazines (we also cheated and used some scrapbooking characters that I had no idea what to do with)
2. Put about 3 TBSP of the gelatin in a bowl and mix with a a TBSP of hot water. Add a bit more water if the mixture needs it.
3. Start painting the backs of the pieces of paper. It’s going to be messy and sticky. But, hey, that’s why it’s fun.
4. Use a plastic place mat as a place for them to dry a bit (not too much though or they lose their stick. The sticker will tend to curl after putting the gelatin on them. But, no need to worry.
5. You have stickers. To store them, stick them to a piece of wax paper and when ready to use dampen them lightly with a sponge and stick away.
We’ve had so much fun with these.
The question of the day: What is your favourite food (or derrivative, like gelatin) for getting creative with – whether it’s in the kitchen, in the garden or at the craft table?
I’ve got some deliciously pretty note cards and recipe cards from French Notes for one random commenter.
Dawn won the Bambu Veneerware from yesterday’s giveaway.
This giveaway is closed. Rosalind won the lovely cards.