I was inspired to make play-dough at home today by my friend Hege in Norway and my nap-less son. Hege got the idea in my head again after being tucked way in the back of my brain for many moons, but Jackson quickly showed me that it was a GOOD idea for today, considering the lack of sleep.
It was one of those days here when I could have chosen to battle my boy all day or realize that it's hard to sleep when you're not tired or out-of-sorts. Today, I chose the Mary Poppins route. It's not something that I can do each time this happens with the snap of my fingers, but I was happy to find that today, I did have that bottomless carpet bag of tricks that Mary Poppins carries around and a thick skin to handle him. (It was also easier knowing that I get to escape tonight to my UU Stitchers knitting group at church! [Unitarian-Universalist])
Play-Dough, a la ECFE
Combine in saucepan (non-stick works well):
• 1 cup flour
• 1/4 cup salt
• 1 tsp cream of tartar
• 1 cup water
• 1 Tbsp oil
• food coloring
Cook over medium heat until set (should be slightly sticky - do not overcook)
Remove from heat and add:
• 1 Tbsp imitation vanilla
Knead. Store in plastic bag or air-tight container when cool. Do not refrigerate.
This was surprisingly easy and fun to make. Off to play with my son, after I take another spoonful of sugar to make it easier!