Today, I’ll give you a recipe for playdough. It’s easy, quick and doesn’t need cooked.
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- food colouring
Just mix it all together and knead it a bit. It makes a good bit so you could even divide it up before adding the colouring so that you can make a few different colours. Why don’t you get your children to make it with you? Just pop it in a container or freezer bag when it’s not being used to keep it from going hard. This dough is super soft and works well. I’m looking into different recipes as well so if I find another good one I’ll let you know
I mentioned before that I made goo with my nephews. Well, here’s how to make it!
All you need is:
- cornflour (as much or as little as you want)
- a little water to mix
- food colouring
Just mix it all together until it’s the consistency and colour you want and you’re ready to go. It only takes a couple of minutes to make and can keep kids occupied for hours. I’d recommend putting it in a dish from the chinese or in a bowl and adding a couple of toys that are easy to clean to make the fun last longer. What’s great about this goo is that it gets thicker as time goes on and it feels silky.
Give it a go and let me know what you think (^.^)/
Today I’ve a quick OOTD for you. The weather has been freezing lately so I’m living in jumpers and hoodies at the minute. I found this peach jumper in Dunnes for £25 and had to have it. I just fell in love with the sequins. It might actually be my Christmas day outfit now that I think about it. There’s a top sewn in underneath which I love. It looks cute and cosy.
Jumper and shoes: Dunnes
Jeans: RJ Jeans
I took the photo quickly before heading to work so it’s not great but it was as close as I could get if I wanted to get to work on time. I chose the shoes for comfort and to be able to run about easily.
Ok, that’s it for now
Today it’s Antons birthday. Boy time flies. I can’t believe he’s now 5! He’s grown so much. He’s getting good at Super Mario games and knows way more than I do about some games already. I mightn’t get over to see him today but if that happens I’ll have to give him a call to sing happy birthday at least. I had asked a while ago what he wanted. His response? ”Can you make me more playdough for my birthday?” Such a cutie. I will do that for you any time you want sweetie. I decided to get him more Ninjago. I’ve been keeping him going about what I bought for a week now. He really think’s I’ll tell him what the present is. He’s been asking ”What is it?” ”What shape is the present?” and stuff like that to get an idea. ”It’s a box shape” ”It’s a surprise and I know you’re gonna love it” I’d say back. Let’s hope he really does like it ^.^’
For his birthday he got his room done up. I’m dying to see it. I’ll have to get a photo when I do see it. Ok, time to head to work!
Have a super day Anton!
Since the success with playdough, I suggested making a pizza with Anton as he would be good with kneading the dough and it could be fun. He said yes straight away and we even wrote down our ‘promise’ to make it – signed and all!
Now, I’ve never made a pizza from scratch so I looked up videos on good old Youtube. ”Sure, it looks easy” I thought and went and got the ingredients. I mean, how hard could it be to mix a couple of things together?
Uh…a lot harder than you’d think. The recipe I’d used was simple:
- 600g strong bread flour
- ½ tsp dried yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
Well, nothing happened when I mixed it. I ended up pouring in more oil, hoping it would start to stick together. Nothing. In the end I started chucking water in and everything. I did not have high hopes for this pizza. Both boys had fun mixing it and adding water though so at least something went well. Thankfully, the water seemed to work and it became a dough. I split it into 3 and off we went, kneading (and playing) with it for a while. I helped Callum a bit so that we could start rolling the dough out but he was happy enough to stick his finger in it and play. Well, whatever keeps him happy. Once we were all ready, we started to roll and were soon ready to add some sauce and toppings. I used passata sauce from Asda and grated cheese. Plain pizzas for us (in the safe zone – didn’t want to end up adding stuff they didn’t like). The pizza’s looked normal but I still wasn’t too sure of how they would taste so I cooked chips while the pizza’s cooked just to be safe. Guess what? They turned out alright. We ate a whole pizza or 2 between us as well as the chips. I think it’s the most I’ve seen Callum eat in a while. Maybe next time I’ll try making a stuffed crust pizza?
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try some new activities with my nephews since it was coming up to Halloween. Working with children means I can get a lot of ideas of things I could try at home which is great. Over the course of the day I had 3 activities planned – chocolate apples, goo and playdough. I was a bit unsure about how the goo would go down as Anton isn’t a fan of getting his hands wet/dirty but after a couple of tries, he loved it and played in it for ages. Both boys sat so quietly all day doing all of the activities (playdough was the most popular with them sitting for at least 2 hours in silence) which was amazing as Mummy had a headache and wasn’t feeling well. It gave her a well deserved break. For apples, we did normal white and brown chocolate as well as a ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Hulk’ although ‘Spiderman was pink and didn’t turn out well and Hulk looks like he’s been at a beauty salon. As an extra treat, we made buns with the leftover chocolate. Tonight it’s just a short post so here’s some photos to sum up the activities:
I’ll post how to make goo/playdough later.
Just a quick post today. I know I keep saying I won’t buy anything but a few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to some tattoo tights. I’ve wanted tattoos in the past but I don’t think I could ever sit and get one done so these are fine for me. I ordered 2 pairs from eBay. Coming from China, I thought they would take months to arrive. They did take about…2-3 weeks but that’s still pretty good. I can’t remember how much they were but they were pretty cheap. I decided to wear one of the pairs on Saturday when I was heading to my sisters for the day. At first, my sister looked when she saw them and asked when I’d gotten a tattoo/what it was on my leg/if I had drawn it on. Soon after, her 2 sons appeared. “Hi Nattie!” then when I showed them the design “Nice tattoo”. After that it was pretty much forgotten about. The tights are comfy and actually fitted the length of my legs which never happens because I’m short. The only thing is that I think they would rip easily. I’ll just have to be careful. Not exactly the easiest thing though when I’m playing and messing about with the boys. I ended up with a wellie boot covered in mud going right across them at one point. Ah well, the boys had fun so it doesn’t really matter.
I’ll hopefully post again soon.