Bling it on!
I like comfort anything. Comfort foods, comfort quilts, comfort footwear – all of them rate very highly in my daily existence. I love boutique shopping, but more often than not, you can find me in a favorite t-shirt and jeans. Even though I am really into comfort, aside from gardening season, I really enjoy having well done nails. I cherish being unique in my style, and for an outfit to really be mine, it has to involve something animal print, from the ocean, from the heart, or something with a touch of bling.
I was blessed with the best mother-in-law in the entire world. I love her, but if she were to have a signature look it would not include any of my pizazz. Jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are her daily uniform – but no embellishments and definitely no bling. I adore her and there isn’t much that she does that anyone could improve upon.
That was until . . . yesterday. My mom-in-law is like the Pied Piper of children, and one of her tried and true tips is to always have play dough on hand. Of course, it is the homemade kind that is so much better than store bought. She has an entire corner of her kitchen dedicated to all things play dough. Over the years some additions have been made to her recipe like using Kool-Aid packets instead of food coloring for tint. I even once added essential oils as an experiment for aromatherapy dough. (It worked, but we never repeated it. I have to say lemon dough was pretty amazing. )
As we were preparing for St. Patrick’s Day, I just couldn’t help myself. I decided to attempt something I had seen on the internet somewhere (my friends would tell you probably Pinterest) by embellishing Grandma’s Dough in honor of our good friends the leprechauns. We made the recipe below as usual, but as we were cooking on the stove we added 2 tablespoons of gold glitter. I, of course, loved it as did my little shadow who also has a penchant for all things fuzzy and bling-y.
Some days, I feel as if childhood is becoming an endangered species in this country. I will do anything possible to keep that magic alive. I want my kids to be kids as long as they can. Honestly, though, I am not sure who had more fun making sparkly dough. I think it would be a tough call.
Long live imaginations including hers!
Grandma’s Play Dough recipe (Kid tested and approved!)
Heat burner to medium.
1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 2 Tsp cooking oil, 1 cup water, food coloring or Kool-Aid mix, 2 Tsp glitter (We used gold, but my imagination tells me that faeries might like purple.)
Mix water and food coloring or Kool-Aid mix.
Stir this and other ingredients together in a saucepan.
Put on burner, stirring 3 to 4 minutes until mixture looks like stiffly mashed potatoes.
Allow to cool and then enjoy!