play dough

Simple Saturday: The Play Dough Bandito

Got everything? The 4 cups flours, 1 cup salt (I cut the recipe down. Watching my salt intake.), 1/4 cup oil, 2 tsp. cream of tartar, 4 cups water, food color, and fragrance? I used lemon extract.

 All right. Let's go.

Measure out 4 cups of water. Add a generous dose of food coloring and fragrance into it. You'll need the generous dose of color to be certain to alter the white-white-white of the flour/salt mixture.


Combine half of the flour/salt/cream of tartar mixture in the pan. Go ahead and have the remainder of the ingredients on hand to add, gradually to the mix as it is cooking. This method helps to avoid lumpy play dough...Nothing worse.

Oh...what was that? Did I hear a horse galloping outside? Surely not...Now, where was I?

Put half of the mixture on the stove top over medium heat. Stir. Stir. Stir. Stir. Gradually add the remainder of the ingredients, all the while stirring like there will be no tomorrow.  After about 5 minutes of muscle building stirring the mix becomes a wonderfully fragrant pliable blob.

Oh, my! How strange. There's that clop-clop-clop of a horse again. Hmm. I'll check outside after I'm finished making play dough.

Once your playdough has bonded, plop it out on the counter top and knead it.  Be careful because it is quite hot. It needs to be kneaded now to assure the best and smoothest consistency. Go head. Plunge your fingers into it. Roll it around on the counter top. Have some simple fun.

And behold! We made a terrific batch of fantastic yellow play dough. See how moldable it is? Do you like my clever bowl of play dough lemons? 

The nicest thing about this homemade play dough is that it will last forever if you store it the refrigerator in an air-tight container.   


What in the world?????

Oh,  no! It's him!!!!

 It's the Play Dough Bandito!!!!!




Simple Saturday Prep: Home-made Play Dough

I dug through an old recipe box to unearth a fossil. Here it is.  My well-loved recipe card for home-made, range-top play dough, the corners of which are  brown with age. Oh, yes...

We're going to need flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, water, and food coloring. If you'd like to add a scent to the mix, dig around in your spice cabinet  for either vanilla, peppermint, or banana flavoring.

See you tomorrow!