this morning i made playdoh for the kids!
we are in parents as teachers, and our educator callie brought some over last time, still warm from making. it is soooo much better than store bought, it stays soft and is easier for the kids to mold. the only drawback i could see is that you can't get the color saturation of playdoh. i got the recipe from her, and i thought i'd share it with you guys! if you're a baker, you should have all the ingredients on hand.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 tbl cooking oil
2 tbl cream of tartar
1 tsp powdered alum
few drops of food coloring
the alum is just to make it taste bad so they don't eat it. i suppose you could leave it out, though. mix it all in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring, until it pulls together into a ball. if it's sticky, it just needs to cook longer. you can add food coloring to it, and i've also heard of using kool-aid to scent and color it. not sure if it would stain, though. another tip for you moms out there? ditch the play doh containers, and keep your playdoh in ziploc baggies. after years of wrestling with those silly plastic cups, i finally wised up.
while i'm sharing recipes, i also want to talk about my new favorite book! it's called jam it, pickle it, cure it and it's by karen solomon. i got it at the library last week, and i love everything about this book! it reminds me of real simple magazine, simple and easy to read with great photos. on my list of things to try from the book is the severely hot sauce and the pickled green beans. i'll share photos when i do!