Play Dough

  Here’s one for the kids.

This play dough recipe is quick, easy, and handles just like the store brought kind. Plus, it doesn’t leave your hands and table covered in salty (or any kind of ) residue like so many homemade recipes for play dough do. A  batch of play dough would make a great sugar-free addition to any spring – or birthday – celebration.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 Tlb veggie oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar

Combine all the ingredients in a pot on your stove top and stir till you have a thick dough. Remove from heat and knead smooth.

Add food coloring of your choice to color, and glitter, if desired.

This recipe can be doubled (or tripled but you might need a bit more muscle to really stir it)

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Shalom

Several years ago, when I first began knitting, the idea of undoing an entire sweater was unthinkable. Yet, for the last week or two I’ve been knitting up my second Shalom vest (free Rav link) while simultaneously frogging the Twiggy cardigan (post) I knit up a few months ago. Since I was pregnant and in the third trimester it was hard to guess what size I would be post baby. While the sweater did fit, it didn’t fit very well. Due to the negative ease and the stretching of the yarn my Twiggy was laddering all over. Every time I wore it I was reminded of everything I didn’t like about it. Rather than  keeping a sweater I don’t enjoy wearing I’m ripping it out. Hopefully this vest will be that extra layer I’ll want to wear  (almost) daily. After all spring has not quite yet reached our neck of the woods.

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Once again I’m using different yarn and needles than the pattern calls for and making a few modifications- such as adding buttons down the entire length of the front. I was going to add sleeves as well but since I’m knitting the Shalom up on smaller needles, to create a denser fabric that won’t ladder, its looking like I’ll be running out of yarn by the time I reach the end of the body. Nearly there!

P. S. I do think I’ll knit another Twiggy but with different yarn and perhaps less negative ease.

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Hunker Down

Snow is on the way! Time to haul in some extra wood and locate all the snow shovels, sleds and dropped mittens. Not an easy task given how far and wide the boys roam. The goats won’t mind the extra snow; they like to jump the fence and play king of the mountain on the snow bank.

DSCN5720We’ll be hunkering down, wood stove ablazing – likely with the dutch oven on top, slow roasting a chunk of meat into tender perfection. With a new quilt and a stack of library books to see us through I think we’ll weather the storm just fine.

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The Apple Cider Vinegar Experiment {Part 1 – The Set Up}

There have been a lot of questions (in relation to this post on apple cider vinegar & making a mother) about whether store brought apple cider vinegar (ACV) can be used as a medium for the mother of vinegar. To answer this question I have introduced the mother to a jar of store brought ACV to see if 1. a mother will form and, if so, 2. if the mother will continue to grow on only store brought ACV. To compare growth and timelines I have also started a jar with the same amount of mother to apple juice, as well as a jar of only store brought ACV to see if a mother will spontaneously develop.

For the mother I am using Bragg’s ACV with the mother. Each jar (except for the pint of straight ACV) contains either 3 cups of store brought ACV or 3 cups of apple juice plus a generous 1/4 cup of Bragg’s ACV with the mother. My jar of Bragg’s was rather old so the vinegar had more visible mother sediment than a new jar does.

The jars, labeled and color coded. Red is ACV plus the mother, blue is apple juice plus the mother and green is straight ACV. These were all started on March 1st. My house is rather cool so things may take a while.

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The only development so far is a slight cloudiness from the jar of Braggs.

DSCN5732Updates to come as they develop.

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Quilting

Early Saturday morning, since the kids weren’t going to let me sleep in any way, I got the idea to put to use a bunch of 5 inch squares I was kindly given by my Grandmother. What use could be more obvious for a bunch of small squares than a quilt?!  We have a small stack of handmade quilts made, lovingly for one or another of the kids, by a handful of relatives who are all wonderful quilters. These quilts see a lot of use! Noah, Ezra and Ishmael each have one on their beds. The rest of them are in frequent rotation for things like tents, picnics etc. Plus, small quilts make a great place to change, or just cuddle, a baby. Even though I’m nowhere near as skilled at quilting as my relatives I’ll get in some practice now. Perhaps someday, if this quilt survives its use, it’ll be passed on in a long tradition of family handmade items. If it doesn’t make it at least that means it saw some use and what could possibly be better than that?

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