CRAYON 6: Play with Your Food

28 10 2009


I use to play with my food and if I remember correctly it was not frowned upon. As long as I ate it I was free to build forts out of mashed potatoes and make faces out of breakfast bacon and eggs. Now I never really got into full face dives with piggy oinks, like that of the Randy in Christmas Story.


I did however, use to take flower and water and mix it in bowls pretending I was a chef and loved it.  I used food coloring, fake spices, and even dog treats for color.  I didn’t eat it I just had fun with it.  Play-doh was originally homemade flour,water and salt with food coloring right?  Why not get creative again with food for both play, eating, and presentation?   Playing with your food can be more than a way to delay eating food that you would rather not taste.  I urge you to play with your food. You can have a Souper hero spoon, a face to decorate, make sculptures, turn a boring hotdog into redneck octo-sushi.



You can play tic-tactoe on toast and more.  


Sometimes the food you play with might not even be edible…Bacon band-aides anyone?  


Next time you sit at the table or want to make dinner a bit more interesting, drop the salt and pepper and play with your food.  If you get to sling gooey rainbows of culinary slop at everyone at the table, like in the movie hook, Bangeranggg to you!

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CRAYON 5: Lick Batter off the Whisk

23 10 2009

Still to this day if I watch someone set up to bake, I get excited. I begin to watch and wait as impatiently as a dog waiting for dinner. I might pace, or find a reason to pass the baking area as many times as possible with out giving my master mind plan away.

Now many people are waiting for something warm, soft or gooey and most likely chocolaty to come out of the oven. Not me, no sir & no mam, I am waiting for that magic moment when all ingredients have come together, the mixer tilts back and there is my moment of culinary bliss. Waiting on cold hard duel whisks in all its sugary glory is the batter.

 Now if there are others around, you might have to barter to get one of the whisks. When I was a kid my sister and I would have a NATO like conference to decide who got which whisk, a very important task. But once they are pulled from the mixer and handed over to you they become a batter lolli pop. Now that you have one in your hands you will have to exercise your tongue, in ways worthy of an Olympic category, to extract the nectar of batter.

 Oh wow is it worth it though, because between chocolate cake batter or cookie dough I am not sure if any baked cookie or cake can match that moment of zen. Go ahead make an excuse to bake and if you have the whisks enjoy and better yet share or fight over them with others. If you don’t have a whisk I highly recommend a spatula, easy to lick and just as fun. Note to others:  Do not try to eat the spatula even though it has a nice texture under the batter. If you get a chance check out the BatterFinger from WorldWideFred (I take no responsibility for tongues harmed or caught in mixers.) Enjoy.   

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CRAYON 4: Bring a "Kids" Lunch Box to work

22 10 2009

So I work with all different kinds of creative people, and one thing that makes me smile on the way into work is what many people carry into work. What they carry says as much about the person as it does about my group I work with. The item I am referring to would be the lunch pails and boxes in all shapes, sizes and materials. I have seen them in plastic and cloth, and even the wonderful Thermos brand that are  all plastic with a matching a thermos. There are designer lunch boxes and even state of the art lunch boxes.


These aren’t just containers holding a meal to tie one over until dinner. No these metal and plastic rectangles are badges of youthful honor. The majority of the art on the lunch boxes are what some might call “childish.” These are not childish they are brilliant.  It is incredibly satisfying to see a guy who is 42, with a wife and kids walk into the front door with a Superman tin lunch pale. Anyone who says “thats childish” I truly feel sorry for them. Walt Disney said it best…

“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.” – Walt Disney

My current lunch box model is a plastic Thermos with Duck Tales on it (pictured below). Unfortunately it has broken latches so I am on the hunt for a new one. Go and check out ilovethe80s or some other web searches to find a lunch box that brings you back to your youth, or just puts a smile on your face. It could be an A-Team or My Little Pony box, could be Disney, The Lone Ranger, Magnum PI, The Beetles, or even a Partridge Family lunch box. Don’t even think for a moment what others might think. I guarantee they will be impressed, intrigued and want to find one for themselves…and if anything they will be jealous of your individuality. If not, I pity the FOOL!   

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CRAYON 2: Build a Fort or Tent!

20 10 2009
So I had 3 chairs, 1 table, about 5 bedroom linen sheets, maybe a sleeping bag or two, and a flashlight.   What I really had was a wagon covered river raft just like in the game Oregon Trail.  With a friend, we sailed the high seas, braved the Amazon and Congo, floated through monster infested waters that occasionally turned into molten lava.  We even managed to wire a TV with a VHS to watch Labyrinth or Goonies on the tented raft  Top it all off with junk food, soda pop, and pixie stix and it was bliss.  

Some how we were able to sleep in the tent, interrupted only by the occasional collapsing of the tent in the middle of the night, which was just the monster “Three Horn” playing tricks on us.  So I challenge you as an adult or parent to build a tent in doors out of sheets and other found objects, watch a movie and bring the junk food.  Oh yeah and flashlights are an effective way to scare off “Three Horn.”  Trust me.    

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CRAYON 1: Play a Board Game

19 10 2009








Here is a quick single crayon to smell. Go grab a board game, for that matter go grab one that is not meant for adults. No really, do it, and play it with a friend or two. The key here is to choose a game that you use to play as a kid and see what happens. My favorites were Clue, Operation, Mouse Trap, Win Loose or Draw, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Candy Land, Battleship, and the others below.
 
Remember Ants in the Pants and Cooties? They are so simple and brought me right back to being a kid. My sister loved Mystery Date, but I chose to use that game board and her Easy Bake Oven as a torture chamber for my G.I. Joes. 
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