Bash-O-Bash Blog

December Podcast

In this month's episode we'll explore two major characters in the series: Tidy and Oopsie. (See this month's illustration below.) We'll touch on grief, overly-enthusiastic parenting, the importance of carving out space for people to be their full selves, and how to hang trash in a tree.

Music by The Good Fear

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At 1pm, at the exact moment the last lunch dish had been washed, Oopsie and Tidy went about the house collecting all holiday decorations to once again box up for the year. Things went well at first. When Oopsie came upon a few salt dough ornaments he and Tidy had made when Tidy was much younger, he remembered he had prepared a lesson in the history of salt dough.  Seven and a half hours passed. The moon had risen and shone down on Tidy's socks and the strings of lights they'd not yet packed up. Oopsie was half way through Salt Dough and the Pharaohs when Tidy finally let out a groan. 

At 1pm, at the exact moment the last lunch dish had been washed, Oopsie and Tidy went about the house collecting all holiday decorations to once again box up for the year. Things went well at first. When Oopsie came upon a few salt dough ornaments he and Tidy had made when Tidy was much younger, he remembered he had prepared a lesson in the history of salt dough. 

Seven and a half hours passed. The moon had risen and shone down on Tidy's socks and the strings of lights they'd not yet packed up. Oopsie was half way through Salt Dough and the Pharaohs when Tidy finally let out a groan. 

Bash-O-Bash is a children's book series in the making, with an emphasis on love of place, heritage, a connection to the land (in Bash-O-Bash stories these will be played out primarily in rural Arkansas, where its creators, the Martin-Moats family live,) and characters who affirm and live out the right to question and explore gender and demonstrate a community where individuals outside gender norms can “just be living their good life,” as one of our fans put it.

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Salt Dough Recipe and Instructions

by Oopsie Orange and Tidy Tangerine

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ cup of water
  1. Mix salt and flour together in a large bowl. (Tidy's edit: By large, please be aware you don't need enormous. Just large in the normal kitchen context.) (Oopsie's edit: For a fascinating time on flour history, check out Flourtulence!: Why all toots are flour toots.)
  2. Slowly stir in the water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.  
  3. Kneed with your hands until smooth and combined. (Tidy's edit: My favorite part. Oopsie's edit: Tidy's favorite part!)
  4. Roll out dough flat with a rolling pin. (Tidy's edit: make sure the thickness of the dough is consistent from edge to edge, or some of your ornaments will burn and others will be just fine and others will not get cooked crisp enough!)
  5. Go wild making your most expressive creations using the salt dough! This is the good part! (Tidy's edit: I mean, have fun but consider putting down newspaper or paper plates or something under your work area to help make clean up easier!)
  6. Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 350° F. Baking time depends on the size, thickness of the creations so just play it by ear. (Tidy's edit: We suggest grabbing a stool and sitting in front of the oven to regulate progress.)
  7. After removing the finished creations, decorate! (Tidy's edit: My favorite part. Oopsie's edit: Tidy's favorite part!)