Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get Crafty {Playdough}

We recently discovered the most wonderful playdough recipe! It feels just like the store bought kind, and we had all the ingredients on hand. It is smooth and stretchy, and perfect for keeping little hands busy. It is a great go to gift for toddler friends too!

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • food coloring
  • wax paper
Lay out a piece of wax paper to the side, so you have a spot to put your playdough when it is done cooking.
Mix everything but the food coloring, and stir until smooth.

Stir over medium heat. 
Add as much or as little food coloring as you would like. 
We chose green, and put about 10-12 drops.

Continue stirring for a few minutes until you can see the bottom of the pan. 
Fold the dough into itself with a silicone spatula until a ball forms.
Flatten onto wax paper until cool.
Keep in an airtight container for longer use.

Monday, April 2, 2012

{Spring Adventures} Redbud Valley Revisited

Redbud Valley has been on our minds lately. As the purple trees bloom in our neighborhood, the Nature Preserve has been beckoning for us to come visit. We were a week behind to see the trees bloom in their full splendor, but it was beautiful all the same.

Dylan has changed so much since the first time we brought him here. The independent, brave little boy was determined to climb every step himself! We took the harder trail on a whim, and he did great. There was so much to stop and see!

We found a neat cave, and he crawled in my lap to take a picture. Those cheesy smiles that make Ryan and I giggle always show when a camera comes out. This was the last time I ever saw those sunglasses...I knew I would leave them there the moment I took them off!
D told me to leave the cave so he could sit on the boulder by himself. He clapped for himself - so proud to do it alone!

Even through the thick tree cover we spotted the source of his most favorite noise: airplanes! He made sure we all were looking as they flew overhead.

About 30 minutes into our hike, Dylan stopped walking and started pointing at his legs. Up to my shoulders he went. His yawn proved that we had successfully worn him out! He loved swatting every leaf that he could reach. The once wobbly baby on my shoulders has just recently learned to hold my hands and squeeze his little legs. Such a small achievement, but it is those tiny things that remind me how fast he his growing up.

We made our way back down the rocky terrain together. We all had such a fun time!

It was a perfect Friday spent out in nature.