Since I've had children, long, lazy Sunday afternoons have lost their lustre. Rather than spending time reading a book or sewing, I frequently face the 'how am I going to entertain the children?' panic.
There are plenty of 'old favourite' activities around here - books, dressing up, 'concerts' and dancing, but sometimes a slight twist to an old favourite can make it seem like an exciting new adventure.
We love play- dough and cookie dough play-dough is a real hit around here. The aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa and mint add another dimension to the imaginative experience and you can scent it by using basic pantry ingredients. You might be thinking why not just make real cookie dough and bake biscuits? We do that too , but it is possible to have too many home baked goodies in the house!
Everyone has a favorite recipe for play-dough - so start by making a batch. If you don't have one try this -
Mix 2 cups of plain flour, 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir for 5 minutes or until it congeals into a play-doughy consistency. (Hey - you get an upper arm work-out, too!)
While it's cooling, head to your pantry cupboard and find some cocoa (not drinking chocolate!), cinnamon, vanilla extract and any peppermint essence
When the dough is cool, divide it into 3 balls. Into one, kneed 3 tablespoons of cocoa, into another 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and two teaspoons of vanilla and into the last ball two teaspoons of peppermint essence. Lizzy insisted that peppermint had to be green, so I also added a little green food colouring.
Sometimes the additions to the play dough make it a little dry, so you might want to need a little more oil after you've added your' flavourings'
You're done... grab some cookie cutters and start 'cooking'!
It's our week to provide snacks for the children at Lizzy's preschool. Eeeek... the pressure!
I thought I'd share some of the super-simple (but yummy nonetheless) treats that Lizzy and I will whip up to feed her friends.
Monday - Apple and Berry Jelly
A big handful of strawberriesA big handful of blueberries800 ml Apple Juice200ml boiling water Two and a half tablespoons of powdered gelatine
How easy is that?Enjoy!
- Roughly chop the blueberries and strawberries and place them in the bottom of your serving dishes. (I used individual espresso glasses )
- Mix the boiling water and the gelatine together in a jug and stir until the gelatine has dissolved.
- Add the apple juice to the dissolved gelatine and stir thoroughly.
- Pour the apple juice/gelatine mix into your serving dishes (the fruit will probably float to the top)
- Refrigerate till set
Caroline and Lizzy
Delicious Mini Lemon Cupcakes
Mix 1 and 1/4 cups of SR flour, 3/4 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest in a bowl. Add 1 cup of milk, 2 eggs and 125 grams of melted butter and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Spoon into two lined mini-muffin pans and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes or until golden.
While you're waiting for them to cool, mix 1 cup of sifted icing sugar, the juice of one lemon and enough boiling water to make a firm paste.
Ice your cooled cupcakes and dip them in shredded coconut.
Eat them with your friends (Ivy joined us!) and you're guaranteed to have a great morning!
Caroline and Lizzy