Monthly Archives: May 2013

Homemade Play-Dough

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I’ve been watching my little nieces some here lately, and guess what, it’s been raining a lot here lately.  Trust me, when you’ve got a 4 month old, an 11 month old, and a 3 year old, you need the 3 year old to be able to play quietly alone more than you care to admit, especially when outside isn’t an option.  The best way to do that is to introduce a “special” toy only for her that the babies cannot have.  Enter play-dough.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in buying a bunch of stinky colored dough that will get all mixed up in one session and dried about by the third, especially when I can make my own version that doesn’t smell as bad, doesn’t get stuck to stuff when dried as easily, and doesn’t even dry out as quickly.  Just a few minutes and a few basic ingredients, and you can have four good-sized lumps of homemade play-dough (about as much as 4 cans of the store-bought stuff).  You can also opt out of adding color if your kid won’t know the difference, and you don’t care one way or the other.  I found the recipe here:  http://musingsfromasahm.com/2012/02/easy-homemade-playdough-recipe/.  I altered it just a bit when adding the food coloring, so I will give you my instructions.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • food coloring

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredient, except the food coloring, in a 2 quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring until the mixture begins to thicken and gather around the spoon.
  3. Remove dough to wax paper or a plate to cool.
  4. Divide into quarters.  Shape lumps of dough into little bowls.
  5. Add several drops of food coloring into the little bowls.  Knead the coloring into the dough until it is well mixed.
  6. Allow dough to finish cooling, and play!
My niece Shaylynn playing with homemade play dough.

My niece Shaylynn playing with homemade play dough.

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Salsa Cheese Dip

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I don’t know about you, but I love cheese dip.  This is a twist on basic Velveeta cheese dip that I came up with a couple of weeks ago for a church potluck.  I have seen ideas on the internet using cream cheese mixed with Velveeta to make dip.  It works quite well, and is quite tasty.  Serve this with your favorite dipping chips and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 block Velveeta cheese, diced
  • 1 block (8 oz.) cream cheese, diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. salsa
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 3 finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup tomato, peeled and diced

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the Velveeta and cream cheese with milk.
  2. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add salsa, pepper, onions, and tomato.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Serve with your favorite chips.

*Note:  You can also cook this in a crock pot.  Just dump all ingredients into crock, mix together, and cook on low until cheese is melted and smooth.  Stir occasionally to keep edges from burning.

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My Heart Is Heavy

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Dear Lord,

My heart is heavy today.  I see all around, stories of the slaughter of innocents, the abuse power, and a complete and utter refusal to bow in submission to You.  I see where You are calling to this world, this country, to turn back to You, submit to You, beg forgiveness of You, and I see that Your warnings are not being heeded, even by those who claim to be Your own.  In the name of politics and fairness, we have abandoned Your will, statutes, and laws.  We have, instead, made gods of our own bodies and lives, claiming that our own selves are above-all superior to anything or anyone else in this world, that if we do not get what we want, when we want it, and how we want it, we are being trodden upon by the narrow-minded elitists around us.  Satan is working and is working hard.  He knows his hold upon this country is almost secure and is determined to take hold.  I fear our country in his grasp.  Truly, I do.

I wonder, Lord, why You had me be born in time to watch all of this unfold.  Why couldn’t I have lived in another era, when more people lived for You, and even those who didn’t, would at least have agreed with the basic ideas taught in Your word?  When human life was considered precious, no matter at what point of the life cycle it was in.  When the family as You designed was the only accepted family.  You have a reason for me to be here now, though.  I may not understand it, but I do understand and trust Your sovereignty.  No matter how afraid I am, I know You are still in control and that I am in Your hand, not Satan’s.

Lord, I pray that the people of country come to realize that abortion is nothing more than child sacrifice to the god of self.  I pray that they would learn how You have dealt with countries in the past that promoted child sacrifice.  I pray that we, as a nation, would also remember how You have dealt with civilizations that embraced homosexuality.  Above both of these, I pray that we will remember how You deal with countries that turn their backs on and mock You.

We have experienced so much extreme weather over the past several years:  earthquakes, floods, blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, fires, drought, even simply extremes in temperature, yet no one wants to recognize Your voice in nature, calling for our repentance.  We have countries, tiny, seemingly insignificant countries, threatening to attack us with nuclear, biological, and virtual weapons, yet no one recognizes Your hand stretching out towards us, to lead us to Your peace.  We even have strife, division, and evil in our own halls of government, working to bring us down from the inside-out, yet no one recognizes You, working to show us The Truth.

My heart is heavy, dear Lord.  I pray for those who boldly proclaim You and Your Word across this land.  I pray for those who stuff their ears with their fingers, eagerly walking into destruction.  I pray, also, for those who resolutely go blindly on, though, I believe that, that, truthfully, is no longer possible.  You alone are God, and I pray that America realizes that soon.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

-Ira Stanphill

Verse 1:

I don’t know about tomorrow,

I just live from day to day;

I don’t borrow from its sunshine,

For its skies may turn to gray;

I don’t worry o’re the future,

For I know what Jesus said;

And today I’ll walk beside Him,

For He knows what is ahead.

Chorus:

Many things about tomorrow,

I don’t seem to understand;

But I know who holds tomorrow,

And I know who holds my hand.

Verse 2:

Ev’ry step is getting brighter,

As the golden stairs I climb;

Ev’ry burden’s getting lighter,

Ev’ry cloud is silver-lined;

There the sun is always shining,

There no tear will dim the eye;

At the ending of the rainbow,

Where the mountains touch the sky.

Chorus

Verse 3:

I don’t know about tomorrow,

It may bring me poverty;

But the one who feeds the sparrow,

Is the one who stands by me;

And the path that is my portion,

Maybe though the flame or flood;

But His presence goes before me,

And I’m covered with His blood.

Chorus

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