Monday, June 20, 2011

The Most Important Recipe I Own

**Note - I originally wrote this for Deviantly Domesticated back in August of last year. Be sure to check out the site and sign up to get your free ebook!**

1 C flour
…1/2 C salt
2 tsp cream of tarter
2 tbls baby oil
1 C water
(I also mix in a little vanilla to make it smell nice and keep it from molding)
food coloring
Stir constantly over medium heat. When right consistency, remove and knead. Fold in color when right consistency.
Usually my day starts out with two children in my face, sometimes jumping on me telling me “It’s morning time mom! Time to get up!” Sometimes it’s very refreshing; other times I just want to curl up and go back to bed. Today started like usual, followed by my normal facebook update check and a trip to the gym. My son kept saying to me all morning “Mom, I want to do something special today. Can we make playdough?”

I have been teaching both of my children (Ethan, 4, and Cadie, 2) how to cook a lot lately, so this sounded like a good recipe for the day. I measure out each ingredient for them and let them dump it in a big bowl (usually cutting each part in half so they both get a turn). They each have a wooden spoon and they mix it around into sludge, then I pour it into our special “playdough pot” and heat it up on low heat on the stove. Their eyes get wider and wider as they watch it transform from a gooey mess into a pliable dough. I set it out on the table and start adding the food coloring. Today the consensus was to make orange and purple, so we also practiced figuring out with color combinations would produce the desired colors. Finally, the playdough is done. We break out the rolling pins, cookie cutters, “car squishers” and “noodle makers” and the fun begins. I love listening to their little imaginations go crazy with experimentation. “Mom, look! I make a snake!” or “yummy!” (from my 2 year old. We’re still working on that part.)
I guess this is kind of not only a food recipe I wanted to share, but a recipe for a fun day. Now if you will excuse me, I have a dinosaur to go make.

PS - This post has been linked up!


  1. Thanks for the recipe! Going to have my husband make this tonight for my little girl!!

  2. Thanks for linking up! That is a GREAT recipe!

  3. Just made this with my little girl. LOVE that it uses baby oil. Gives it a hint of smell of a newborn. Thanks for posting!

  4. Hi Emily!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment :) I am so glad your comment led me to this very post. I am a nanny of two little girls and this is perfect for them!! I will be hopefully trying this with them next week. What a wonderful post and it is written out so clearly, I love that!! I'll let you know how it goes and might just post about it with a link to your blog. Thanks again Emily, have a wonderful weekend!!



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