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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


We are having one of those days. Little man woke up refusing breakfast and shrieking for chocolate ice cream. After lunch, which he wouldnt eat, he then starts shrieking for candy. Then he wakes up little miss only half way into her regular naptime. And shrieks for candy again. (Dada bought some at the store over the weekend. I am tempted to let them eat it all up so its DONE. You know?)

This shriek makes me C-R-A-Z-Y. Like, I want to punch myself in the face kind of crazy.

We play outside for awhile. Then he declares, while stripping off his wet swim trunks in the middle of the yard, that he is done with water play.

So we go inside.

Its hot. The crafty project I tried to do for little miss is 1) a failure and 2) she refuses to wear it (will post about that later). Then dada texts to say the predicted $200 car repairs are going to cost close to $1,000. On our minivan. That has over 150,000 miles on it.


So now? I am eating chocolate grenache while the children quietly play at the table. How is this possible?

Homemade playdough.

Playdough is seriously SO easy to make. And with little miss still sneaking tastes of it now and again its nice to know all the ingredients are in fact edible.

little girl mixed her colors, brother was appalled, of course.
Here is the recipe I used. I totally just googled it. You could too. But, here it is just the same.

Cream of Tarter Playdough Recipe

2 cups of plain flour
2 cups of water
1 Tbsp. of cooking oil
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup of salt

Place all of the ingredients in a medium size or large pan. Cook slowly on medium-high and stir it until the playdough thickens. Keeps best in the fridge in plastic containers. This is simular to the traditional playdough recipe.This recipe takes less than 10 minutes.

We added around 8 drops of food coloring to separate balls of dough to make colors.

(ETA. No promises on the length of play this will provide. Little man just declared he was done and is now running up and down the hall with his lego spaceships making shooting laser type noises. Did I mention dada is working late? YIPES.)


  1. Hey you!! This was easy huh? I found a bunch of recipes that need to be cooked but have never done it that way before. I want to make pink playdough as part of Peyton's party favors for her birthday. Thanks for the feedback.

  2. its a great recipe! it takes like 3 minutes to stir as it is cooking and then it thickens right up. one thing, i would add an additional teaspoon of veg oil, it could use a little more moisture, pliability, you know?

    cute party idea!


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