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Oct 31, 2016 2:43 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
From Jill

Just in time for Halloween, I found some great "recipes" via Pinterest from a site called "Growing a Jeweled Rose."

We've been having fun with a play putty recipe. Making it is half the fun -- quite a magical transformation! We do quarter-batches (multiply the recipe below by 4 if you want a "normal" batch), so we can get more variety with scent & color. Adding a bunch of cinnamon & ginger makes a nice gingerbread-colored version.

It comes out of hair and off clothing if you get right on it, but try to keep it on a non-stick surface like a countertop, vinyl tablecloth, etc. And although she was good about it, I wouldn't have worried if our youngest friend had tried to eat some.. Elmer's glue is nontoxic, and I don't think that little bit of added Borax is enough to worry about (assuming the whole batch isn't consumed).

Play Putty

1/2 c. white glue (like Elmer's)
1/3 c. hot water
6-10 drops food coloring
6-10 drops essential oil or 1/2 tsp. extract for color & scent

Stir together the above, then add

1/3 cup hot water with
1/2 teaspoon Borax (stir to dissolve)

It's really gloppy and stringy, but just get your hands into it and keep squashing it around until it forms a blob, then put it onto the counter and knead it some more. Texture will go from lumpy & sticky to elastic & pliable.

Next we'll try a recipe for "slime" (just in time for Halloween) that looks similar to the above but with more water & less Borax.

Amazon (prime) sells a gallon of glue for a good price... we're going through our jug pretty quickly. LOL
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Dec 13, 2022 8:40 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
From Jill ~ Christmas Ornaments

I'm not sure I used a set recipe for the ornaments, although there are many recipes out there. I've made the ornament dough several times, and I did learn to drain the applesauce for several hours in my fine sieve (or put a layer of paper towel in a regular strainer). I also learned to get CHEAP cinnamon, like Tone's brand in the large plastic container at Costco. The first time Theresa and I tried this, we used good quality cinnamon and actually needed gloves so we didn't get chemical burns from the cinnamon oil. These aren't edible, despite their edible ingredients, because the amount of cinnamon is so great.

Get a big jar (24-32 oz) of pureed applesauce and a large container of cheap cinnamon. A bottle of white glue (Elmer's) is optional but I feel makes the finished ornaments less brittle. Dump the applesauce into a fine sieve or paper towel lined strainer, let drain at least 4 hours. For every cup of applesauce, stir in 1-2 Tablespoons white glue. Add enough cinnamon to make a workable dough (1 to 2 cups cinnamon for every cup of applesauce, depending on how well you drained it). The dough will be soft, like fresh play-doh. It's fine if you have leftover applesauce, but you don't want to run out of cinnamon and have a dough that's not stiff enough to roll... so don't just dump all your applesauce into the bowl.

Roll the dough out, around 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. A flexible spatula is helpful for transferring the ornaments onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Now is a good time to look up a recipe for oven temperature and baking time. It may have been 250'F (you're drying them out more than baking them), but I'm not sure of the time. The last time I made them, I dried them out overnight in the dehydrator.

I've dumped gold glitter into the dough for a rather subtle effect. The ones I just hung on the tree were decorated with glitter glue (after the dough baked/dried).

Use extra cinnamon to dust the cutting board, rolling pin, cutters, etc -- just the way you use flour when cutting out regular cookies. Also, I've just now discovered that Josie can't resist them (probably because I make pumpkin fiber treats for her with added ceylon cinnamon), so it might be necessary to hang them out of reach of dogs and toddlers.
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