DIY: Homemade Playdough

It was an exciting day at casa de Uncle Dunk & Auntie Kelsey because Great Auntie Barb came over make homemade playdough with the kids! (I call her “Great” Auntie because she’s “Aunt” to me and “Great Aunt” to my niece and nephews.)
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Great Auntie Barb’s homemade playdough recipe came from an old book…
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The recipe called for the following ingredients:
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1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt (I think 1/4 cup would suffice though)
2 Tablespoons veg oil
1 teaspoon alum (Great Auntie Barb had something called septic pencil that we used instead of alum)
Mix the first set of ingredients first, then add:
food coloring
1/2 cup water (slowly add the water, you may not need all of it, or you may need more)

The kids helped Great Auntie Barb mix up the playdough ingredients…
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We added the food coloring to the water in order to help it mix in the dry ingredients better.
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After they were done mixing, it was time for playing!
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Of course, Uncle Dunk made an alligator…
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Thanks for the fun day, Aunt Barb!

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Homemade Strawberry Jam

Yesterday, my mom and I took my niece & nephew (Emily & Jacob) to the opening day of Afton Apple’s strawberry picking season. It was a hot and muggy day, but we still managed to pick 13 pounds of strawberries! My mom did most of the picking. Here’s our bounty…
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We proceeded to make strawberry jam using the recipe found in the box of Sure Jell.
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First, I removed the stems and washed all the strawberries.
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Then, I crushed the strawberries using the Pampered Chef’s can strainer┬ábecause I don’t have the potato masher (that’s what a KitchenAid mixer is for) that the instructions called for. The can strainer worked beautifully!
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Per the Sure Jell directions, I combined 2 cups of crushed strawberries and 4 CUPS OF SUGAR! I could not believe it required THAT MUCH sugar. This concoction was mixed for 10 minutes.
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Halfway through mixing, mom started the Sure Jell–combine 3/4 cup water with 1 packet of Sure Jell and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute then mix it into strawberries and sugar. Stir for 3 minutes.
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Once we were done mixing the Sure Jell into the strawberries and sugar, we were ready to put our strawberry jam into old glass jars. I love being able to re-purpose old jam and jelly jars.
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My mom put jam into 3 baby food jars for her 3 oldest grandchildren, Jacob, Emily, and Silas. Here is Jacob & Emily with their jars–they love it!
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Here’s another picture of the 2 monsters with all the jars we filled…
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And last, but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I accidentally spilled about 4 cups worth of crushed strawberries on my floor because I wasn’t holding on to my Ziploc bag…
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I told my mom that this picture reminds me of her favorite show, “Dexter.”