Bringing Back Traditions

So I hosted a family reunion this weekend. It seems I would only see that side of my family at funerals or an occasional bump in at one of our favorite restaurants. I have fond memories of my childhood around the holidays and the last time I can remember a holiday with my family was well over 20 years ago. Needless to say, it was time for a get together!

One of my favorite memories is visiting my grandmas house for Christmas and looking for our personal ornaments. Over the years we each had our own and it was exciting finding them year after year. I even remember licking them to taste the salt.

This year I decided to bring back the tradition of salt dough ornaments. A special memento for our reunion, bringing old and new together.

Recipe:

1/2 cup salt

1 cup flour

1/2(+/-) cupish warm water

Bake in 250 degree oven for two hours.

Here’s the original link Salt Dough Ornaments

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My first batch came out a bit dry, you can see the cracks in the picture above. The second batch was much better after adding a bit more water for smoothness. I knew I would be painting mine so smooth was good.

I’m glad I made two batches since I only had a few left overs and much more inspiration to finish them off later. Poor planning left us without ribbon to hang and I chose not to shellac them but we had a great time anyway.

Members of the family were able to take the ones I made and those provided inspiration for their masterpieces in return.

All-in-all it was a huge success and I loved seeing the creative genius of my little cousins. Hopefully they’ll continue to pass the tradition on and they’ll be able to tell their families where it came from. I’m grateful for my family’s participation and their help in letting me relive a bit of childhood. My grandparents would be amazed at how big our family has grown.

 

 

This has taught me that tradition is important and if I want it, I need to create it. My goal is to at least do salt ornaments as gifts from now on. They’re so versatile and any occasion works. What tradition you would bring back from your childhood? Tell me about your favorite holiday memory.

Oh, if you’re wondering how medical marijuana relates, I was medicated during the planning process, the creative process, the actual reunion, and writing this. Sativas work well for my energy and creativity and Indica works for my pain. I try to focus on the benefits of the medicine and if I medicate and dose accordingly then it helps me complete my to-do list for the day.

So partake in your favorite medicine blend an don’t forget to tell me what tradition you would bring back from your past.

From my family to yours, have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

~Eileen

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Blue Feather Muse

Finding my place in this world where I can just be me and make a difference.

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