Play Dough Recipe without Cream of Tartar

This thing was enormous! We should’ve known he was
getting ready!

In case the title didn’t make it obvious, we made play dough today. We couldn’t go outside due to the rain, and we needed distraction from Caterpillar, our pet caterpillar (who has now fashioned himself a pretty red cocoon and needs his sleep).


So all the recipes for play dough called for cream of tartar, which most people don’t have in their kitchens unless they make something specific with it. Plus it has aluminum in it.

We made play dough that was enough to make 4 colors (red, blue, yellow, and green)

Here it is:
1c flour
1/4c salt
3t white vinegar
1/2c water
2T oil
food coloring

Mix flour and salt in medium saucepan. Mix in water over low heat. Mix in vinegar, then oil. Mix over the heat until it forms a play dough consistency. Not very long at all. Then take it out, separate it, and knead in food coloring. Easy!

It shortly postpones the inevitable- putting on rain boots and playing in puddles 🙂


Cinnamon Pie

I’ve had a few people after my fall post ask me for the recipe to the cinnamon pie I said I was excitedly baking, so here it is:

Cinnamon Pie with Buttery Crunch Crust

Crust:1/2c coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds), 1/4c brown sugar, 1c flour (I use spelt), 1/2c melted butter

Pie:1c coconut sugar (or other sugar of choice), 2T melted butter, 1 1/2T flour, 1t vanilla extract, 1t ground cinnamon, 1 1/2c milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 beaten egg

Preheat oven to 400
In a medium bowl mix nuts, sugar, and flour. Stir in melted butter. Press evenly into 9in pie pan. There should be enough left over to make 2 crusts if you want, or toss the leftover. Bake for 10 minutes, or long enough to cook without the edges getting brown (you don’t want the crust to burn while the pie cooks). Let the crust cool while mixing ingredients for filling.

Keep oven at 400
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Add the beaten egg, butter, and vanilla. Mix well and add the milk. Pour mixture into cooled pie crust. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 350 and cook for 45. Let it cool before you try to serve it. It will need to cool to set. This isn’t necessarily a pretty pie. It looks like a pumpkin pie but a little darker. It’s SO yummy though and it makes your house smell cinnamon-y!!


We Just Couldn’t Wait

  I have taken a several month hiatus to have fun with wild children and watch too much Netflix, but this is a topic too awesome to not blog about. And we just couldn’t wait.

FALL came a week early in the Donald house!!
Fall is our absolute favorite season in this house and the 22nd is just too far away!
The boys and I have spent the morning coloring pictures of pumpkins, getting decorations out, and (most importantly) making our house smell like all things fall. Our house smells like a pumpkin patch/apple orchard today! AND I’M LOVING IT!!
I’ve got one of my yummy cinnamon pie in the oven and we have printed out our fall to do list just like THIS ONE from last year!
Let’s raise our Pumpkin Spice Lattes to a good day to bring in a great Autumn!
Anyone else have fun traditions for bringing in the season?