Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pop Tarts and Play Dough and Cake, Oh My!

I thought some of you might enjoy a couple recipes for your small kiddos. Nothing fancy or super creative, just something to do in the kitchen with the little ones...

Home Made PopTarts:

Get ready, this recipe is super difficult. Ready?
You'll need these three things...


You can be all fancy and make your own pie crust and all, and that'd probably be more fun, but 'round here we like to make things real fast, because the sooner we make 'em, the sooner we can eat 'em. Hence a ready made pie crust, ready made filling, and ready made full stomachs.

Just roll out your dough, cut out some shapes. I would recommend cookie cutters on the bigger side; like at least 4" in diameter. Ours were too small and needed more filling.


Place the pieces of your cut-out dough on a cookie sheet, dab on about 1 tbsp strawberry jelly, and place another cut-out of the same shape on top; use a fork to seal the edges. Beat your egg with 1 tsp water and brush over the entire pastry. Then pop them in the oven until the edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Done!


We ended up making some icing out of powdered sugar and water and added some purple sprinkles, just for fun. And we didn't take our time, either. Cause we were hungry! So excuse the sloppy pop tarts!


Home Made Play Dough

This is REALLY fun and it takes no time at ALL to make. The recipe makes a ton of playdough too, and so far ours has not dried out in the least bit (we have kept it in ziploc bags!)

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 T. cream of tartar
2 T. vegetable oil
2 cups water
food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in a large saucepan. Add all the wet ingredients and cook on medium high until a ball of dough forms. This takes only 3-5 minutes! Then plop your dough onto your kitchen counter. You're ready to play!


We divided our batch into about 8 parts so that we could make different colors. A couple drops of food coloring into a baseball sized ball works out just fine. I rolled my dough into balls, poked a hole in each one, and added a couple drops into the hole.


Then just knead the dough and it will turn colors. Your little ones will think this is really fun and will think you are"magic." My little one did not get to participate in this magic kneading because she is already a nice shade of pink from the waist down from our previous episode, so I colored the playdough myself. Either way it's a fun activity and it'll keep your kids busy for a while! When you're ready to store it, wrap it in plastic wrap or put in a ziplock bag. Otherwise it will dry out.


And last but not least, my Valentine showed up at the house EARLY Monday night with a full meal from Joe's Italian (our favorite) and a HUGE piece of their famous strawberry cake! He definitely knows how to win a girl's heart! And a certain little girl had a VERY happy Valentine's Day... Thanks, Chad! We love you! And cake! Here are some photos of my funny Valentines, minus Sam!



Mrs. Bee said...

That pop tart recipe is genius! I never thought of that! What a great idea! My best friend is a special education teacher for preschoolers so she makes play-doh all the time- another thing she will add to it besides food coloring is flavors so the kids can smell different things. I'm trying to remember what she's used in the past- obviously vanilla, lemon, almond, maybe pumpkin pie spice? I'd have to ask- she just has to make sure to remind them that it's to be played with- not eaten :):) So glad you guys had a great Valentine's Day! Thanks for sharing your yummy and fun recipes!

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