Some things just seem to hang around forever. In this case…I would be glad to see these go! Oh, I suppose they are not too bad…32 calories and 0 fat grams each. But,I have come to find that some people really love them. In fact, several years ago…my Mom said one day when we were in the grocery store together,”I could eat every one of those.” She was referring to a box that contained 4 colors of the strange little animal…24 total. I had no idea! I had never seen her eat one. So, we began getting her Peeps at Easter. And, did you know…they are available as ghosts and bats at Halloween. Also, as pumpkins at Thanksgiving, and bells and reindeer at Christmas. We would always surprise her with a new kind! But, lots of adults seem to like them, too! That’s a surprise to me!
It is hard to believe that Easter is so close! Time moves on and on, doesn’t it? And, faster and faster it goes!
Well…let’s talk about something we CAN do something about…..CHOCOLATE! Specifically Chocolate Bunnies! That’s the best thing in the Easter Basket in my opinion. Now, here’s the scene. You get up on Easter morning and someone (or some BUNNY) has left one of those giant bunnies…with your name on it. Be still my heart! You open the box and catch a faint scent of bliss..but as you tear into the cellophane wrapping, you breathe deeply and inhale the scent of the finest chocolate! Your taste buds are quivering. ……….
What? Who says you can’t eat chocolate for breakfast? Who is the boss of you? You, that’s who! Now…back to our taste buds…
You slowly begin to take a bite…….STOP!!!!! What part did you eat ? Now follow this link and take this test. It will tell you all the things you have ever wanted to know about yourself…or not! But, it is fun!
Now which part did you eat first…ears for me! Remember what the test said…
LIVE…….LEARN…….and most importantly……EAT CHOCOLATE!!!!!
While I was in Maui I found and purchased several kinds of shells. At first, I had no idea what I was going to do with them…just that I would ‘have’ them. And, then when Joy and I were in a wonderful shop in Makawao, I saw the most wonderful distressed box with shells covering the top. Arranged so artfully, the shells sat ‘just so’. Each was shown to its best advantage. Obviously the price reflected the hard work of the artist…the price was $125.00! Carefully, we put it back on the shelf. But, I began planning how I would create a box for my shells…which were just as beautiful.My plan was to purchase one of the unfinished boxes, paint it, distress it, then glue on the sheells.
One day this week, I was a t Michael’s and I saw some wonderful decorative boxes. I’m sure you know the kind…3 differing sizes and decorated with different types paper. I knew immediately that it would be mucho easy to do it this way. So that’s what I did. I lay down a bottom layer of smaller white scallop shells…then placed and moved and placed and changed and placed and hot glued. I think it looks really nice. It really will when I get out all of my beachy decor and kitchen ware.
I really forgot to take some before pics…so all these are afters.
Did you know that you should wash all the shells that you get at the beach before using them? And, here is how… READ ON!
So you’ve picked up a seashell or two while on vacation at the beach. Many people do. They make a nice inexpensive momento of your vacation. No problem. At least no problem until you realize you and your bags smell like you haven’t showered, or as in our case, you jump in the car a few days later and jump right back out — it stinks! A good cleaning is all that is needed to destroy any odors the seashells might have. Knowing how to properly clean your seashells will not only get rid of the odor, but you may find you have a nicer looking shell without any algae or barnacles covering them.
Some areas in Florida prohibit the collection of “live” shells. These are shells with the animal tissue still inside. “Dead” shell specimens, which have no animal tissue inside, can be picked up freely.
There are several known methods for cleaning live shells. When finished, read through cleaning dead seashells.
1.Burying: This is probably the easiest, but takes a couple of months. Locate an area in your yard where you don’t mind digging a hole. Bury the seashells about 18 inches (deep enough so animals will not dig them up). They need to remain buried until insects, larvae, worms, and bacteria remove all the tissue. The longer you leave them the better. See step 5.
2.Freezing: Place seashells in a water-tight Ziplock?—¢ bag, cover with water, then place in the freezer (just like you would do to fresh fish). When you are ready to clean them, let the bag thaw at room temperature until completely defrosted. You should be able to grab hold of the animal inside and gently pull it out. Go now to cleaning dead shell specimens.
3.Boiling: Place seashells in a pot, add water, and bring to a boil. Let boil for a few minutes (the more shells the longer). Use tongs to remove one shell at a time. So you don’t burn yourself, grasp shell with gloves or a towel and gently pull out the animal tissue inside. See step 5.
4.Microwave: As long as you don’t mind the smell in your microwave, this is an easy method. The time it takes to cook your seashells can really vary by microwave, so just try it until you figure out how long for each shell. Grasp cooked shell with gloves or a towel and gently pull out the animal tissue inside. See step 5.
5.Bleaching: When no tissue remains, soak the seashells in a 50-50 solution of bleach and water. The length of time depends on the type of seashells and the quantity of seashells being cleaned. You must remove them after the “periostracum” is gone. The periostracum is the flaky, leathery covering that covers most live seashells.
A seashell that is found already dead is actually a lot easier to clean. Follow these easy instructions:
1.Bleaching: Soak the seashells in a 50-50 solution of bleach and water. The length of time depends on the type of seashells and the quantity of seashells being cleaned. Just be sure to remove them when the “periostracum” is gone. The periostracum is the flaky, leathery covering that covers most live seashells.
2.Barnacles: If there are still barnacles and other matter on the seashells, you can use an instrument, such as a dental pick, to chip off the material. Other useful tools are a toothbrush, grill brush, wire brush or a water pick.
3.Shining: If you want to give your seashells a nice finish, you can wipe them with a mineral or baby oil.
Cleaning Sand Dollars
?ƒ¢If the sand dollars are dead let them dry for a few days, then put them in a pan with a little bleach. You may need to brush them gently. Do not let them bleach for too long as they tend to crumble.
?ƒ¢If you have the time you can just let them set all winter and they will dry and whiten by themselves.
?ƒ¢If you leave sand dollars out in the sun too long they tend to become brittle and break easily. There is a commercial preservative that can be brushed on to harden the sand dollar.
I am a Christian woman who has survived many years on the planet. God has blessed me with a wonderful family: husband, 3 sons, a dear DIL, and a precious grandson. I also have dear friends to keep me inspired. I am an artist of sorts and am finding my way through the great blessing of retirement. I recently retired after 20 years as a music teacher. Life is good!
Me & Don