Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Kids are rolling in dough

In an effort to combat the summer boredom that has started to set in, the kids asked if we could make play dough. Actually, I was in the midst of making pizza dough, and they like to pretend they are in a pizza tossing competition, like they saw on the Food Network.

So to avoid having them ruin good pizza dough, I suggested we make homemade play dough. So who do you think ended up making it? Yes, me.

And what started out as a fun way to pass the afternoon quickly escalated into a dough-throwing match that ended with me swearing never to make playdough again.

I found this recipe a long time ago on the Family Fun website. It's quick to make, and unless your children are grinding it into the pavement like mine do, it lasts for a few weeks.

Homemade Play Dough - adapted from Family Fun Magazine

2 cups flour
2 cups water
1/2 cup salt
2 tbs. vegetable oil
1 tbs. cream of tarter

Combine all ingredients in a large pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat - it can be colored at this point. Cover tightly to store.

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