Thursday, April 5, 2012

Better then store bought

Growing up my mom was fantastic about making things for us. She was crafty. And if she couldn't make something she was good at redirecting us to find something to do... imaginative. :)

I so want to be the kind of momma that is good at making and creating and bringing FUN into our home, but sometimes it seems store bought items are just... easier. {gasp!}

I read these blogs about DIY this or make your own that and my heart swells thinking I could...but, then I don't. Time people, things take time. And I honestly don't know how these mothers of 5+ have the time to do all these homemade this and thats! I suppose they manage their days and work hard and are all organized. :)


Yesterday I came across an idea that I just knew I could do. And... proud to say, I did it! Homemade playdoh. It was fast, easy, and has already created LOTS of fun in this house for a certain 3 year old busy body. Tiffany, over at A Moment Cherished, posted the idea yesterday and I jumped right onto it. She also has so many great things to say about Adoption, homeschooling, marriage, being a pastors wife, etc... check her out. She's a powerful, Godly, deep read. You will not be disappointed.

But the playdoh. It's done and lovely. Here is what you need:

Oh, you mean... you can't read my ingredient list? Ha! This is ALL I could find in the way of scrap paper yesterday. It's funny now, wasn't so much then. :)
You'll need:
1 1/4 c flour
1/4 c salt
kool aid packet
1 T cream of tartar
1 c boiling water
1 1/2 T oil

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and add in the boiling water. Stir with a fork until combined. I added in the oil as I was combining.

Turn out onto a floured surface after it's cooled a bit. Knead in plenty of flour until it's no longer sticky and feels more like actual store bought play doh. Done.My word of advice is to store it WELL labeled. Just in case you have a hubby who is notorious for snitiching bites of cookie dough... that would be quite the mistake. :)
You can use any kind of kool aid - and I think that is the most fun about it. We used Black Cherry because thats what we had on hand. You could get all sorts of smells and flavors depending on what you used. :) Thank goodness we happened to have Pink!

It's seriously so much better then store bought!


Angie said...

Totally pinning this! My little one & I need something to do next week :)

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I made some like this last year (a very similar recipe that I found on Pinterest) and I agree, it's much better than storebought! Plus if your toddler accidentally decides to sneak a bite when you aren't looking, you know what's in it. Not that that has ever happened to me ;) One word of advice though, and maybe you are smarter than me and already knew this but store it in the fridge! If you don't it gets moldy...ask me how I know :)

Hasson house said...

I did this today, Mandy! It turned out great! Fair warning, though: The pink lemonade kool aid turns out quite...fleshy looking. ;)