Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Recipes for Kids


Homemade Play Dough

1 C flour
1/2 C salt
1 C water
2 t cream of tartar
1 T cooking oil
food coloring of choice


Mix and enjoy!

Judy's Oobleck

1 box (1 lb.) cornstarch
1 1/2 C cold water
1 T food coloring

Mix cornstarch, water and food coloring in large bowl until smooth. Store in covered container. If you sqeeze oobleck it becomes hard. If you open your hand, it becomes runny. Do experiments and have fun.

Ice Cream in a Bag

In a pint size plastic bag, mix 1 C milk, 3 t creamora, 1/4 C sugar, and 1/3 t vanilla. Seal bag after pushing out as much air as possible. In a quart size bag, add 1 1/2 C crushed ice and 1/2 C rock salt. Place your pint size bag inside the quart bag. Add another 1 1/2 C ice on top of pint bag. Seal the quart bag. Shake the bag until the mixture in the pint zie bag become solid. Enjoy!

Dirt Cake

1 pkg (16 oz) Oreo Cookies
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
1/2 C margarine
1 C confectioner's sugar
1 t vanilla
2 pkg (3 1/2 oz each) instant vanilla pudding
3 C milk
1 container (12 oz) Cool Whip
2 new clay flower pots, about 6 inches in diameter
Aluminum foil
Gummy worms


Line flower pots with foil. Crush cookies until they resemble potting soil. Place 1 C crumbs in each flower pot. Cream the cheese, margarine, sugar and vanilla together. Combine pudding mix and milk; fold in Cool Whip. Gently fold cheese and pudding mixtures together. Pour half the mixture into each flower pot. Top with remaining cookie crumbs. Cover with foil and refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove foil. Top with silk flower and gummy worms crawling in the "soil".

Simulated Bread Dough
NOT for eating!

4 C flour
1 C salt
1 1/2 C water

Mix all ingredients together with your hands until the mixture has a good plastic consistency. Knead for 5 -10 minutes or until dough will hold together and not stick to your hands. Add more flour and knead it in if it does stick.

Shape dough into desired shapes, baskets, mirror, etc. Attache together with a bit of water. Decorate using found objects. If you plan to hang the finished art, press a paper clip into the back at the right angle so that it can be used as a hanger. You can "bake" the art by placing it in a sunny windowsill for 3 days, or you can put it in a 300 degree oven for about 2 hours. The dough should be hard and brittle when dry. When cooled you can paint your art with acryic polymer paint or leave it natural. If you make a bread braid, you can add a coat of varnish. Painted or not, you should varnish the back and front of your work with an acrylic gloss medium or white shellac.

Finger Paints

Soak 1 envelope unflavored gelatin in 1/4 C water. Combine 1/2 C cornstarch and 3 T sugar, then gradually add 2 C water. Cook slowly over low heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture. Divide into containers and add a drop or two of liquid dish detergent. Then stir in food coloring.

Easter Birds' Nests

1 10 oz pkg. peanut butter chips
1 T shortening
1 lg. can chow mein noodles
1 bag pastel colored M & M's or jelly beans

Melt peanut butter chips and shortening in a saucepan, stirring until well blended. Pour noodles into melted chips and stir until coated. Drop by tablespoons onto waxed paper, leaving an indention in the middle. Place M & M's or jelly beans for eggs in each nest. Cool and serve. (Becareful if kids have peanut butter allergies.)

Jello Jigglers

4 small boxes or 2 large boxes of Jello gelatin
2 1/2 cups boiling water (do not add cold water)

Stir boiling water into gelatin. Dissolve completely. Pour mixture slowly into 13 x 9 inch pan. Chill at least 3 hours, Jigglers will be firm after 1 hour, but may be difficult to remove from pan.
To cut Jigglers dip bottom of pan in warm water for 15 seconds to loosen gelatin. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. All the way through the gelatin. Lift from the pan with index finger or metal spatula. A tip for even easier removable, lightly coat pan with Pam cooking spray before pouring in gelatin mixture.

Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats

1/4 cup butter
1 (10 oz., about 40) pkg. regular marshmallows or 3 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal

In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows and continue to stir until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in the Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal coating them well with the melted marshmallow mixture.
Using a buttered or silicone spatula, press the mixture evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan which has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with wax paper.
Cut into squares when the mixture cools.
Makes 24 squares.

Microwave Directions:
Microwave butter with marshmallows on high setting for 2 minutes in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Stir together when melted. Microwave again on high for 1 additional minute. Stir in cereal, mixing until well coated. Press into pan as above.

Pigs in a Blanket

1 pkg. little franks
1 pkg. Pillsbury crescent rolls

Cut each section of roll dough into 4 pieces. Wrap one around each frank. Bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 10 minutes.

Painted Toast

1. Fill 5 glasses with a 1/4 cup of milk
2. Then take your 5 food colorings and in each glass put 5 drops of food coloring in the milk and stir till color shows.
3. Use a small paint brush and dip the brush into the food coloring. Then take your piece of bread and paint a face or picture of choice on it.
4.Now place your bread into a toaster and wait till the bread is toasted.
5. Butter lightly to give taste
6. ENJOY!!!

Oreo Rocket Ship

13 Double Stuff Oreos
1/4 c. canned chocolate or vanilla frosting
blue food coloring
1 Oreo chocolate ice cream cone (you can also use plain cones)
cinnamon red hots
red cake decorator gel for decorating
4 sticks fruit stripe bubble gum

1. Stack cookies together, securing with frosting in between each cookie. Let dry completely.
2. Tint remaining frosting blue. Spread cone with blue frosting. Press red hots into frosting around open end of cone. Let dry. Write USA on cone with red decorating gel.
3. Trim ends of gum diagonally; secure with gel round base of rocket. Secure cone with frosting to top of rocket. Decorate rocket with red hots.

If you like, surround rocket ship with mounds of pressured whipped topping for clouds and red candy curls for blast off trails. To make red candy curls, pipe a small amount of melted red candy coating in spiral shapes onto waxed paper. Refrigerate till set. Carefully peel off paper.Makes 1 rocket ship.

Roasted Peanuts

Place raw shelled peanuts in a shallow baking dish for 15–20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you like, season with cinnamon or chili powder. Munch 'em warm right from the oven. You'll never eat them from a can again.

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This web site is from my years of collecting recipes that I have enjoyed. You will find recipes I've clipped from newspapers, copied out of cookbooks, recipes from relatives and friends. I've given credit when I remembered from whom or where I got the recipe. The recipes that say "Julie's" in front of them, do not mean I created it. I've just made it so many times, I now claim it as my own. Others' names in front of the recipes only mean they gave me the recipe. They may not be the original creator. I have not tested all of these recipes except the ones with my name in front of them, but I'm sure they are GREAT!


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