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Cloud Dough Play

I saw this recipe for Cloud Dough and wanted to give it a whirl for the girl.  Of course, I had to take the flour from my mom because we don't have any around here.  (With the gluten-free guy around, I just never use it.) I actually made this ahwile back but kept it in a zip-lock bag until I could get a good bucket to put it in.  Enter Grandpa, with a hospital wash basin.  :o)

I put it on a towel and let her go to town.  She was entertained for about 45 minutes. She stuck her hands right in and then did her favorite thing, "I smell it."  She LOVES the sense of smell.  I loved all her commentary.  "This is Cloud Dough."

"Squish, squish!"

"I'm burying my hand."

 "Where did my hand go?"

"Hand starts with an H.  H says Huh. Huh."

"Dry it with the towel!"

"That's a good Cloud Dough."

Playing with Pipe Cleaners and a Colander

The first time Annique played with pipe cleaners was November 1, 2011.  The only reason I know that was because I took pictures, which are dated in the computer.

She was 18 months old at the time.  The initial activity of playing with pipe cleaners through the holes of a colander didn't go over too well, but she loved the colander itself.

I thought this might be fun for Annique to try again, now that she's almost three (not sure why waited so long, though).  I stocked the strainer with a few pipe cleaners and let her play around with them.

Again, the "threading" of pipe cleaners in the colander didn't hold her attention very long (5 minutes or less).  She still loved the colander itself.

However, this time around she became more intrigued with the pipe cleaners themselves.  She knows what they are and calls them pipe cleaners.  She even knows which colors I have out.  She'll have a few in her hand and will come ask me, "Where is the blue pipe cleaner?" knowing she is missing that color.

I've tried showing her how they are flexible and positionable, but instead of exploring those properties for herself, she asks mommy to bend it.  I'm happy to play with her and show her how they work, but is there a way I can encourage her to try it herself instead of always having "Mommy do it!"?  Should I just be patient and wait for her to want to manipulate them herself?  My standard answer is, "Mommy will be happy to do it after Annique tries."  Her standard response is to whine or cry with the occasional attempt to try it herself.  Ah, parenting!  I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions in the comments.

More Pinterest Recipe Reviews

More Pinterest surfing means more recipes I've tried.  Here are a few more we put to the test.

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce

 These potatoes were pretty good.  I used toothpicks to hold the bacon on.  I made the dip too, but we'd probably just use ranch dressing next time.  I didn't have fresh dill though, so I'm sure that made a difference.

One-Dish Italian Chicken with Vegetables

This was fantastic!  The original pin is just the image with the recipe as the caption.  Simply put 4-6 raw chicken breasts, new potatoes, green beans (fresh or canned-really any green veggie would work- broccoli was also suggested). Arrange in 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with a packet of Italian dressing mix and then top with a melted stick of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Love that it was only one dish and everything was done at the same time.  I used somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 stick of butter and it was still wonderful.

Pancake Muffins

This was just a jpeg with a recipe:  Preheat oven to 350, mix 1 c pancake mix, 2/3 c water, 1/2 c syrup. Mix together, pour in greased muffin pan. Top with banana, blueberries, chocolate chips, pecans, sausage, bacon....etc. Bake for 12-14 minutes and serve.  These were great!  I made them for my little pancake lover.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take into consideration that she is not a texture girl.  She ate strawberries and bananas but did not eat muffins containing said fruits, even if they were Pancake Muffins.  I enjoyed those and gave her the plain ones.  Another plus is that (unlike when I make pancakes) these were all done at the same time.

Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken

I ♥ slow cooker meals!  And, like most of them, this one was pretty simple, yet turned out pretty good.  Just throw some chicken, onion, water, butter and spices in the slow cooker.  Personally, I am horrible with spices.  I don't like too many of them.  I think I used garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and Lowry's seasoning salt.  A type-A girl like me really needs exact spices with exact amounts, but I attempted this meal and conquered the ambiguity.  I will take better notes next time so I can get a good spice mix that I really like.

Rocky Road Cookies

This recipe even has a video tutorial.  I tried it because A) just look at it and B) it is gluten-free.  They were AMAZING!  And just like most amazing cookies, horrible for you.  :o)  I went to a dessert reception knowing a friend would be there who could not have wheat.  I brought some along spicifically for her.  She LOVED them and wanted the recipe. (She was also grateful someone thought to provide a gluten-free dessert!)


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