Friday, July 29, 2011

with the oven turned on

Despite all the heat lately, I just can't resist turning on the oven. There are too many good things that happen behind that creaky door.

Today, we tried out a new baking clay that was so easy to make and incredibly fun to work with.

Baking Clay

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
3/4 - 1 cup water

Mix together and knead until smooth. (We used about 3/4 cups of water, sprinkling in a little more as we kneaded to smooth the dough). Make your shapes and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

We divided the dough among us and set about creating our sculptures, using knives, skewers, imagination and our hands to shape the dough.

Soon, a variety of animals, nature scenes and doll-sized bowls and cups were ready to be baked.

While the oven worked its magic on the clay, we mixed up a batch of our favorite chocolate chip cookies. I'm partial to all the healthy cooking and baking we do around here, but there is a place for a good ol' fashioned cookie, don't you think?

When the clay had cooled, we painted our work.

Some other things were painted in the process...

At the end of all that baking, we sat back with warm cookies and mugs of milk, admiring our new creations.

Yep, good things happen when that oven is turned on.


Brenda Puska said...

The cookies look yummy. Finn loves to bake 'chocolate minty' cookies...chocolate chip with a hint of mint...what recipe do you use for your cookies?
Also..noticed how your skin was so beautiful during the Holistic Moms meeting..wondering if you make your own moisturizer or if there is a certain brand you use?
Many thanks
Brenda Puska

Amanda Greco Holmes said...

Hi Brenda!
Minty chocolate chip cookies sound delicious. Do you add mint extract to the dough? Our cookie recipe is simple:
1 1/8 c. flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c butter
1/3 c each brown and white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Then it's the usual: cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla, mix in dry and fold in chips. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Makes about 24 cookies.

Thank you for the kind compliment... I think you've inspired a post on skin care. I'll share more soon!