We've settled in nicely after coming home from DC late yesterday. R is at his last day of school before Winter Break and G is (joy!) napping. G is not a regular napper anymore, so any nap brings good tidings of great joy, around Christmas or anytime.
I am pretty well set on our Christmas shopping, but I always have a few "odds and ends" type gifts I need to finish up close to the big day. So in the spirit of helping you finish up, over the next couple of days I give you a few more ideas of gifts from the kitchen.
My friend Meagan sent me an email about Homemade Gingerbread Playdough several weeks ago. Only now did I realize that it would make a really fun gift for kids to share with their friends for the holidays. So if you are looking for a last minute gift for a child on your list, why not whip up a batch of Gingerbread Playdough? It is easy, smells very-wintery and is very inexpensive.
One caveat: While Playdough is safe and non-toxic to eat, remind you child and their friend not to eat it. On second hand, if they tried to taste some, they probably would quickly realize it is not good...way too much salt and nothing like real gingerbread.
1 cup white flour
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon oil
1/4 cup salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled.
If you are giving this as a gift, you could easily place it in a nice cellophane bag with a ribbon, perhaps even attach a single cookie cutter too.