My go-to cookbook for Amish recipes is Amish Cooking, a book I purchased from Pathways Publications a few years ago. The thing I love most about the book is not only the variety of culinary delights, but the sprinkling of household tips it contains, as well.
It’s summer here in Kansas, and unlike our usual July, this week has been rainy. What to do with the kids and grandkids who want to be outside but can’t be because of stormy weather? As I was glancing through my cook book for something to share on this blog, I noticed a recipe for how to make playdough. Lightbulb moment!
Because the Amish recipe I saw required cooking, I went with a modern version that only has five ingredients. Flour, salt, water oil and food coloring. No cooking required. With a few basic ingredients and some kitchen tools, you can have a safe and fun way to let the little cooks in your family turn the kitchen table into play land. You will need.
Mix the flour and salt together well. Add the food coloring to the cold water and stir. Then add the water and oil to your dry ingredients. Turn the dough out onto the table and let your little ones knead it until you have the desired consistency. Spoiler Alert. It will be messy. I made green and yellow playdough today.
Once you have balls of colored dough, turn your little cooks loose with cookie cutters, pasta cutters, measuring cups, rolling pins and spoons and then watch some interesting creations appear.
While you won’t end up with anything good to eat, (this playdough should not be eaten) you may end up with memories to treasure and a few simple treasures to cherish. In my case, a less that flattering replica of Grandma and someone’s precious handprint.
Pat Davids is a former NICU nurse who has always enjoyed creating stories of romance and adventure. Pat lives in central Kansas with her daughter, two grandchildren and three dogs. It’s a busy household.
Pat has served as president of the Wichita Area Romance Authors and has been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. A frequent speaker to writer’s groups and book clubs, she enjoys sharing all she has learned about the Amish while researching her stories. Her latest release, An Amish Harvest, is available now!
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