Patricia Davids here. What’s cooking on a cool, rainy September day?
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 late summer here in Kansas, and unlike our usual September, 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:
- 2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- ¾ to 1 cup of cold water
- Food coloring
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.
And for rainy day reading don’t forget to pick up a copy of my new release, The Amish Christmas Letters (click here for the link on Amazon). It’s an anthology with adorable Christmas stories by me, Sarah Price and Jennifer Beckstrand.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.