Hey friends, how’s it going?
So it’s September, and I don’t know what it feels like where you are, but here in Ontario it’s already starting to feel like fall on some days. The air is cooler, the sun is setting earlier and the stores have been selling Halloween and Fall decor and are now on to Christmas, but Summer 2020 is not over yet. We still have time to squeeze in a few barbecues and picnics, which brings me to my latest DIY, a kid friendly charcuterie board. I know it’s not home decor like I normally do, but if you have a picky eater like I do, it just might come in handy. And if you’re wondering, yes I actually made the board myself, but more on that later. The star of this board are the Popped Water Lily Seeds from Arise N’Go.
The seeds are popped, kind of like how you would pop corn, and are a natural source of plant based protein. They’re oh so delicious, and Vegan too! The Simply Seasoned flavor was a big hit with the kids, but I like heat, so I went with Ultimate Spice. If you have more of a sweet tooth, the Caramel Flavor might be just your style.
Now for the making of the board, I would have preferred to use walnut but didnt want to get a six foot piece so I used a piece of pine leftover from a previous project. I started out by drawing out the handle that I wanted if you don’t want a handle skip this step.
Because I don’t have a table saw, I cut out the handle using my Kobalt 3-in-1 Multi-Hand Saw which I purchased at Lowes.
Once I was done with the cut it was time for sanding. I wanted to make the board as smooth as possible and round the edges so I used my Black and Decker which I also purchased at Lowes. If you don’t have a sander I recommend this one. It’s perfect for those little jobs DIYers tend to have from time to time. It’s powerful enough to get the job done without being overwhelming.
I started sanding with 80 grit sandpaper, moved on to 120 grit and finished off with 220 grit. Once sanding was done it was time for staining. I wanted the wood to be darker but also food safe, so after a bit if research I decided to make my own stain using steel wool and vinegar, unfortunately I bought the wrong type of steel wool so settled on coffee instead. To make the stain I brewed a pot of strong coffee, waited till it cooled then rubbed it on both sides of the board. You can’t tell from the pictures much but it did darken the wood a bit.
Once the board was dry I sealed it with Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner, following the directions on the bottle. To finish it off, I tied a piece of jute cord through the handle and the board was done.
If you want to give Arise N’ Go popped lily seeds a try, and I highly suggest you do, because not only are they tasty, they’re mindfully made and perfect for life on the go visit http://www.ariseonthego.ca/ for more information and to purchase. Bonus! Use code ” GOGETTER10″ for a discount. Happy Snacking!