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Yes, I am a bit late, but let me tell you about our Easter this year. We of course had our usual Easter egg hunt (my daughter had been talking about it for weeks before). Besides little odds and ends that I have hanging around (candies, stickers, erasers, spider rings, mini ladybug clothespins), I also filled eggs with homemade play doh. As this tends to be one of the kids’ favorite things, I decided to make two batches of it. And since I only had enough cream of tartar for one batch, I decided to finally make both of the recipes I usually use at the same time to see which we really prefer.
Recipe #1 is the one I used for this Easter egg hunt using the recipe from La Casa nella Prateria. It uses cream of tartar, which is not always easy to find where I live, and is cooked on the stove for 4 minutes. Recipe #2 is the one I used for the Easter egg hunt last year using the recipe from Quando Fuori Piove. It uses lemon juice instead of cream of tartar and is non-cook. (Both of the original recipes are in Italian. Click on the links to my Easter egg hunts for the English language recipes.) I’d only used the second recipe once before (last Easter) and then it came out really well. This year, however, it came out relatively dry and hard. I must’ve made some sort of mistake but, seeing as I’ve never had a problem the many times I’ve used the first recipe, I proclaim Recipe #1 the winner! However Recipe #2 is a great alternative for when you don’t have cream of tartar on hand.
We had our egg hunt on the day before Easter so some friends could participate, too. I even had some bigger neighborhood kids to help me hide the eggs this year. Luckily the rain started only right when the kids were finished hunting, so we headed upstairs to our apartment to open up the eggs.
On Easter day the kids opened up their big Italian chocolate eggs with surprises inside. I normally get the kids Fair Trade Easter eggs, but this year I saw Despicable Me eggs and knew that I had to get them for the kids. (You know how much my kids adore Despicable Me!)
Usually I hold onto the Easter egg wrapping to use as gift wrap, but this year the kids decided to use it themselves. They decided to cut out the little Minions to use in their games!
Our Easter was pretty low-key. Lots of playing and eating and resting. Hope you had a good one, too!
Question of the Day: What recipe do you use to make homemade Play Doh?
I really love the first recipe that I mentioned above, though it doesn’t dry very well. The kids’ sculptures fall apart when they dry and the color changes too. I’d love suggestions for Play Doh or salt dough recipes that dry well!