As I write this column Gregg and I are spending a lovely week with our 4 grandchildren at the cabin. We have spent long hours exploring every nook and cranny, watching and drawing the different birds who call the wetlands home, playing badminton, cooking delicious meals on the grill and just plain relaxing. These times to enjoy each other’s company are rare and very precious.

Our granddaughters are 12, 12 and 9 and our grandson is 8 and they are a very busy crew with varied interests and tastes. It’s so much fun to watch them enjoy so many different things.

One thing all of them enjoy is the slime-making craze. What is slime you may ask? Well it’s a lot like the Silly Putty of my youth but much lighter and fluffier. I was surprised to learn just how many different recipes there are for this stuff. It’s kind of incredible to see the kids get on the internet and find a plethora of slime ideas.

The one ingredient that is called for in almost all of the recipes is glue—preferably non-washable glue. Beyond glue the recipes use various ingredients including borax, shaving cream, lotion, baking soda, corn starch, contact solution, glitter, paints, food coloring and dishwashing liquid depending on the texture you are trying to obtain. Slime can be gooey, firm, light, heavy, fluffy, sticky, gummy, dense or stiff.

For Claire’s birthday, I wanted to contribute the most important ingredient to their art room and so I spent time shopping for a gallon jug of glue. You have to understand that this essential slime ingredient is in short supply because of tremendous demand. I found that out the first time I went shopping for it with Gabby and Claire. We went to their local Wal-Mart and found a mere 8 bottles of glue on the shelf. We grabbed them up and we were sure glad we did because as we were looking for other supplies, two girls also came to the craft aisle in search of glue and were disappointed when the shelf was empty.

When I got home I went to our Hobby Lobby and asked a kind clerk if they had a slime supply section. She gave me a look that led me to believe she thought I was a bit crazy and she obviously had no idea what slime was. Fortunately, one of her colleagues said “I’ll show her where it’s at.” At that point they didn’t have a definite section with all ingredients in one place but they did have the essential gallon of Elmer’s Glue All. I bought the last gallon on the shelf using my 40% off coupon and felt a surge of satisfaction.

Shortly thereafter I felt a bit weird that I was so happy about buying a gallon of glue and also felt a bit of regret that I hadn’t a clue just how popular this fad was going to be because it would have been a wise financial move to buy stock in Elmer’s.

For those of you who may be interested in making slime with children or grandchildren, I offer you the two recipes that Cadence, Gabby and Claire recommend. One warning, there are a few sites that state some children have had bad skin reactions to the Borax in some slime recipes. We have not found that to be a problem and we do have sensitive skin issues in the family. So do be aware of the potential for a reaction depending on your little one’s sensitivities.

I am not sharing an edible slime recipe because I do not recommend edible slime. I’m always nagging the kids to wash their hands before any edible anything is prepared and there is no way I trust them to mold, squeeze and squish and play with something with clean enough hands to make me feel comfortable with it in their tummies.

So without further ado, here are my grandchildren’s favorite recipes for slime.

Quote of the Week: I love spending time with my family and friends. The simplest things give me the most pleasure—cooking a good meal, enjoying each moment with them. — Cindy Morgan

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Ellen Lund

of Fremont is a freelance food columnist.


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