It’s been over a year since I last posted and I can’t think of a better recipe to post upon my return. A lot has happened since 2014 and most of it had a lot to do with the heart. Love and heartache and starting up again.
I won’t bore you with the details as I am quite bored with the details myself. Let’s just say that sometimes you have to fall completely to pieces before you can be whole.
And it’s not that everything is entirely perfect now either. Nothing ever is, is it? But there are moments in between that make the most of what we’ve got and (for the most part) it’s just enough to go on.
“Place your hand over your heart. Feel that? That’s called purpose. You’re alive for a reason. Don’t ever give up.”
I am blessed really. So many people encounter tough times. Some make it through barely changed and others are permanently scarred. I feel I have landed somewhere safely in between. This blog was always such a lovely outlet for me and I feel like now is such a perfect time to give it new life.
Before now, everything was always so chaotic and noisy. I mean, it’s still those things (after all I have two kids) but at least now all that noise is outside of the confines of my brain. I no longer feel like I am drowning in thoughts. My goal is to have this blog reflect this change.
My heart is strong and my love is big. It gets especially large when I’m having crafty time with the children. I’m not so good at playing kitty or endless hours of singing patty cake, but I congratulate myself on being present with the kids and crafts. Give me something to make and I’ll show up 100 percent!
This is one of my favorite crafties to make and this playdough recipe is the best I have found. It’s quick, easy, super soft, non-toxic, smells wonderful and doesn’t dry out like store bought playdough. You can easily adapt this for allergies by swapping out the all-purpose flour for gluten free. Also, you can change bakery emulsions to one of your likings or use your favorite essential oil instead.
Get creative and use your own cookie cutter shapes and then bag up equal portions for holiday gifts, party favors, and more! I made this batch for my daughter’s preschool class in honor of Valentine’s Day next week. By the way, I prefer this recipe over the Pumpkin Playdough recipe I posted back in October 2014. This recipe works great for that craft as well.
Once your done making your Valentine’s Day Playdough, tell me it doesn’t smell like Bubble Yum Bubble Gum. Because it like totally does.
- Medium size non-stick sauce pan, no lid
- Wooden spoon
- Clean, flat surface lightly dusted with flour
- Heart shape cookie cutter
- Rolling pin
- Plastic ziploc bags
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- food coloring
- raspberry emulsion (strawberry works well too)
- pink or purple disco dust (edible glitter)
- Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar in a medium-sized, non-stick saucepan.
- Add in water, vegetable oil, food coloring, and a good amount of bakery emulsion (enough so you can smell it). Stir well.
- Heat over medium to medium-high heat, constantly stirring. The dough will start to thicken quickly.
- Heat and stir until the dough becomes a ball. Remove from heat and turn out dough onto your clean, flat surface. A dusting of flour will keep the dough from sticking if needed.
- The dough will be warm but cools quickly. Knead the dough as it cools, mixing in the disco dust glitter.
- Once the dough has completely cooled, store in a sealed ziplock bag. It will last for months!