Fruity Rose

February 22, 2011


Argh. I am not enjoying the new iPhoto program. My buttons are all switched around and this old dog is in no mood to learn new tricks.

I’ve been encouraging the kids at school to bring fruit snacks for birthday treats. They are great for many reasons, the top two being that 1) they are gluten-free (one of my kids has issues) and 2) we can eat them outside and avoid the whole cupcake-crumbs-all-over-faces-and-floor mess that ensues.

Last week one girl brought Fruit By The Foot, and while eco-me was horrified by the wasteful packaging, Inner Junior High Me was all giddy with joy! I remembered what a horrible, horrible mooch I was. I only lived two blocks from school and was the only kid who had permission to walk home to eat lunch, but instead I would hang out in the gym with the cold-lunch crowd and beg my friend Gail for her Fruit Roll-Up. I loved them with an insane passion.

My dad used to make homemade fruit leather in our dehydrator and I think I ate it as fast as he would produce it. Sorry, Dad, but it was good.

Anyway, as I was eating fruit leather in this new, elongated form, I kept thinking that you could make stuff with this! You could weave it into a pouch, wrap it around a cake, knit with it, perhaps? I bought a box this weekend (the cheap kind, of course) and tried to make some ribbon roses.

They are not as wide as the name-brand kind.

I learned two things.
1) I was not born with the innate ability to make ribbon roses,

That ain't right.

and 2) while watching a YouTube video about how to make ribbon roses, I will eat all my supplies.

Another time, creativity. Another time.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Fruity Rose”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Your rose looks sort of meat-like.
    You should make meat roses! Bacon? Mmm… bacon…


  2. Peggy Said on:

    I think your rose looks WONDERFUL!! You could totally decorate cakes & such with them (only for humans old enough to consume w/o making a mess that is--which would leave me out, dang it)!

    Your awesome rose creation made a word pop into my mind, followed by the 2 scenes where this word is used. (rapid streams of consciousness).

    Scene 1: Dick Van Dyke show, Richie Petrie’s middle name
    Scene 2: Citizen Kane

    Can you guess the word? (I think my clues are too easy)


    • Lauren Said on:

      Rosebud! (I confess I had to look it up to be sure. My memory is not good.) 🙂


    • Brad Said on:

      I knew the answer from the Citizen Kane clue. I’ve never seen Citizen Kane, but I know the word “Rosebud” and I know its significance, which apparently is a spoiler, so I probably won’t ever see the movie. It’s like knowing the end of “The Crying Game” or “The Sixth Sense” before watching. What’s the point?


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