Who doesn’t like a good play dough recipe??
Basic Play Dough
- 1c flour
- 1/2c salt
- 1c water
- 1T oil
- 2 cream of tartar
- Food coloring of your choice
Mix ingredients together. Add a few drops of food coloring. Heat with medium heat. Stir until play dough comes away from sides of pan. Let cool.
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We finished most of our chores yesterday, as well as the “extras” I wanted to see done.
Today, we’re working on yet another list. I’m so ready to see some projects done here, but first we have to tidy everything up in our home.
For today, I’m focusing on the following:
Tutoring Jessica and Jacob on cooking breakfast for the family
Clean off the attic steps
Work on Emma’s dresses
(If I have time), work on Darby’s slips
Totally clean on, around and under my desk
Straighten tool closet
Order garden seeds for spring
Visit an elderly neighbor
Clean apartment kitchen bathroom
Clean another section of basement
Straighten, sweep front porch
Clean under little boys’ beds and vacuum, dust and straighten their shelves
Wash LR woodwork, door, and clean glass
Make a trip to drop off items at thrift store
Clean blinds in library
Plant additional vegetables
Post another month of archives on blog
Cut down dogwood tree in side yard
Cut broken limb off front dogwood tree
Have Matthew clean his portion of big boy’s bedroom
Wash sheets in the littles’ room
Clean under my bathroom sink
Wipe down food buckets
Fix curtains hanging in office
Look for missing pieces to bird feeder outside
Spray paint blades to the family room ceiling fan
Garden to be watered
Paint inside of cabinet above sink
Fold and place away laundry
Add dirt to herb bed
Move pansy to hanging basket
Left from yesterday:
Mail letters (they are written, just need to be placed in the mail)
Finish paint touch-up in LR
Straighten house for Paul’s arrival today
Finish cleaning the laundry room
Paul will be home from a trip today. Hopefully, we’ll have made progress by his arrival!!
Some quick pictures from Timothy’s birthday on Sunday:
Courtney, Jessica and I made him a “Kung Zhu” cake. It’s not my best cake ever, but for a first try, I was happy. Timothy REALLY liked it–I guess that’s what really matters.
Because his birthday fell on Sunday, we also took a cake to church. This one was really fun since it’s the first time we’ve worked fondant since our second cake course.
Courtney’s latest photos:
Courtney, is our resident cookie baker these days. She searches to find the best cookie recipes! This is a family favorite:
Chocolate Sugar Cookies (from the Martha Stewart COOKIES book)
- 1 1/2c all purpose flour
- 1/2c unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
- 1t baking powder
- 1/2t salt
- 1/2c unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/2c sugar
- 1/2 vegetable shortening ( or 1/2c unsalted butter), melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2t pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375^. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high heat until pale and fluffy. Mix in melted shortening (or butter). Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until combined.
Using a 2 1/2″ ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 4″ apart. Bake until edges are firm, 18-20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.