Monthly Archives: April 2016

Recipe for Play Dough

This recipe was a resource in our SHINE curriculum Extras from MennoMedia.  I am very pleased with how things turned out.  And it’s REALLY easy.  I think there isn’t too much difference in homemade play dough recipes, but since I made these four batches, I did read of one that was exactly like this one except that it had a full Tablespoon of Cream of Tartar.  The note was made on that recipe to NOT exclude that ingredient because it is the thing that helps to keep it fresh — for up to six months!  So I think that the next time I make it, I will put the extra 1½ teaspoons cream of tartar.

Here’s the recipe as they wrote it:

1 C / 250 ml flour (not self-rising)
1 T / 15 ml vegetable oil
½ C / 125 ml salt
1½ t / 7 ml cream of tartar  (This is 1/2 Tablespoon)
1 C / 250 ml water

Mix in saucepan and heat briefly over low heat for approximately 15 minutes. Dough is ready when it rolls into a ball. Keep dough fresh in an airtight container. To make different colors, add food coloring to the water.

Microwave recipe: Heat the water and some of the salt (about ⅛ of a cup) in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until very hot to the touch. Meanwhile, mix the rest of the salt and the other ingredients in another bowl. Remove water/salt mixture from microwave, add food coloring, stir vigorously, and immediately pour over the other ingredients. Mix immediately. Heat the dough for one more minute on high. For best results, flatten and fold it a few times while hot.

Charis, our granddaughter and I made these four batches in a very short time.  I would think in less than an hour total time.  We waited on some Cream of Tartar that we needed for the last two batches, but things went really fast.  I used one of my heavy aluminum saucepans to heat it in, and I did keep rolling it around in that pan until the color was uniform throughout.

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These colors turned out so well.  Charis had said that she wanted orange for one of the colors.  I said, “Charis, honey, Grammy isn’t smart enough to mix colors and such.  I think we will just make some standard play dough in the basic colors.  Red, Blue, Green and Yellow or white.”  She looked disappointed, but didn’t complain.

When I went to my box of food coloring, I found a box of Wilton Gel Food Colors that I had gotten on a major sale one time when I was in A.C. Moore.  I had bought the box on a whim, thinking that I might be able to use them some day.  The colors were Orange, Teal, Magenta and Purple.  They worked so well and both Charis and I were so pleased with how they turned out.  The texture is so smooth and soft.  I truly do plan to use this recipe some more!

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Simply Gifts

 

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Two years ago this morning on our Yoder family google group, a picture was shared that has warmed my heart over and over as I have thought of it. In many Mennonite Churches, the practice of Feet Washing is still practiced as part of our communion services. From my precious Daddy’s family of eight boys and three girls, only three boys and one girl remain. Two of my uncles live in Delaware, and shared the pastoral responsibilities of the Central Mennonite Church for many, many years. They are very different men, but are good friends. Both of them are aging.  Uncle Dan turned 90 in February and Uncle Jesse will be 85 in September. Uncle Dan lost Aunt Mary Lois almost 18 years ago. Uncle Jesse and Aunt Gladys are still living alone in their house at the end of Pleasant Cove Lane. Both men are examples of men who live their faith in shoe leather, and I love them both. My cousin, Naomi Miller’s husband, Rob, took this picture in their communion service two years ago, and it has been viewed over and over again. What a treasure! (Thanks, Rob!)

I love the family that I belong to.  On both sides, (my father’s and my mother’s) we’ve been blessed with a heritage that is rich and full and good. But in the things that we have that are so good, we are also charged with two things. One is that we are not to brag about the things that we have.  Listen to these “God Words” from Jeremiah 9:23-24  (New Century Version)

23 This is what the Lord says:

“The wise must not brag about their wisdom.
The strong must not brag about their strength.
The rich must not brag about their money.
The Mennonites must not brag about their heritage
Nor the Yoders and Werts (and Yutzys) their lineage.
(Whoops! It doesn’t say those last two lines. I put that in there!) 🙂
24 But if people want to brag, let them brag
that they understand and know me.
Let them brag that I am the Lord,
and that I am kind and fair,
and that I do things that are right on earth.
This kind of bragging pleases me,” says the Lord.

The second thing we are charged with is something that we often forget in the self centered society in which we live. It’s found in Luke 12:48b where JESUS says: ” . . . From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded. And from the one trusted with much, much more will be expected.”

May God grant that we who claim to be His People would live humble, unselfish lives. Serving others, loving others, giving to others, but always mindful that what we have has been given to us.  Gifts!

My heart gives grateful praise.

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It’s Called . . .LIFE IN APRIL

TAXES NEED DOING

WIND IN CRAZY AMOUNTS

BRANCHES DOWN, TABLES BLOWN AROUND, CUSHIONS ON THEIR WAY TO THE NEIGHBORS

NEIGHBORS WITH TREES DOWN

TAXES STILL NOT DONE

OGA’S LOST HEARING AID

HOURS UPON HOURS OF SEARCHING FOR SAID HEARING AID  (STILL MISSING!!!)

INTERRUPTION AFTER INTERRUPTION AFTER INTERRUPTION

TAXES STILL NOT DONE

BROKEN DISHWASHER 

HAND WASHING TWO DAYS WORTH OF STINKY DISHES FROM SAID DISHWASHER

HOURS OF RESEARCH AND EFFORT TO FIX SAID DISHWASHER MYSELF 

YIPPEE!  IT’S WORKING AGAIN!!!

TAXES STILL NOT DONE

AN IMPORTANT FAMILY DAY THAT GOT FORGOTTEN UNTIL THE NEXT DAY

REMORSE AND REGRET AND TEARS

FORGIVENESS FROM ELDEST DAUGHTER FOR FORGETTING HER “GLAD I GOTCHA DAY”

SUPPER AT RUBY TUESDAY’S TO CELEBRATE A DAY LATE

PLEASANT COMPANY, LAUGHTER, CONVERSATION AND GOOD FOOD

PROGRESS MADE ON TAXES.  STILL NOT DONE

DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT TAKING UP A MORNING

MANY DIVERSIONS, MANY SIDE TRIPS FOR RECEIPTS, MANY INTERRUPTIONS

UNDERSTANDING HUSBAND.  KIND.  SUPPORTIVE.  ENCOURAGING

TAXES STILL NOT DONE

ONLY ONE CATEGORY LEFT.  FARM/CHICKENS.  BIGGEST ONE OF ALL.  UGH

ACCOUNTANT APPOINTMENT IN 48 HOURS

BETTER GO GET BUSY BECAUSE TAXES STILL NOT DONE

LOOKING FOR REASONS FOR GRATEFUL PRAISE BUT HEART ISN’T RIGHT

DESPERATELY NEED A BREAK

(I THINK I JUST TOOK IT)

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