On my weekly garage sale outing this morning, I came across a big box of old crayons. I offered the nice woman $.50 for the entire box and I don't think she could make the transaction quickly enough. Clearly, these crayons had haunted this all-grown-up family for too long. I was glad to take them off their hands.
When I arrived home and Ryan helped me unload my haul from the car, he was visibly unsure about why on earth I would buy a big box of old crayons.
Stick with me, baby, I'll show you a good time!
After Oliver was down for his afternoon nap we plopped down on the family room rug with our big crayon box and a garbage can. We peeled the wrappers off the crayons one by one and actually had a great time doing it, talking color and such as we went.
By the time the crayons were peeled (we used about a third of the box) Ryan really started getting into the game. He suggested we separate all the colors for easy scheming.
Once the colors were separated, things really got interesting. We preheated the oven to 350 degrees and set to breaking the crayons into bits (a favorite childhood pastime of my beloved). We placed the bits into cupcake tins and let the experimenting begin. (I made that black and white one - it turned out really neat!)
And, roughly 8 minutes later, Voila! CrayonCakes! (I'll note that during the 8 minutes of "cooking" Ryan and I were plastered to the window of the oven like kids watching cookies bake.)
Aren't they pretty?
We'll decorate Easter eggs next week. But for today, we had a great time making a fun thing - and leaving the only child in the house out of all the fun. Maybe when he's older!
The moral of this story? Ryan + Raechel + color = Fun!