Saturday, 11 June 2011
I’m putting this here for me really as I keep losing the recipe and this one REALLY works plus keeps for ages. I usually add some vanilla essence too to make it smell authentic!
1/2 cup table salt
1 cup plain flour
1 tbsp cream of tartar (don’t ask me why)
1 tbsp of oil
splash of food colouring
3 drops of vanilla essence
1 cup of boiling water.
Put all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and add boiling water. Mix together well, add colouring and essence and when cool enough knead with hands until it reaches a good consistency not to sticky, not too dry. Sometimes I add more salt if it’s too wet or more oil if too dry. It does keep for ages in an airtight container. I have been know to add glitter too.
As myself and teawithonesugar found out DO NOT try to replace the cream of tartar with ordinary baking soda - you will indeed end up with a gloopy mess rather than a maleable dough
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
If any of you have Thomas mad little boys, here is a nice little gift idea to arrive through the letterbox one morning. Royal Mail are issuing a series of Thomas the Tank Engine stamps celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rev. W. Awdry. Reverend Wilfred Awdry came up with the first Thomas train stories to entertain his 2 year old son Christopher whilst ill with measles. The first book ‘The Three Railway Engines’ was subsequently published in 1945.
There are two sets, one of the familiar TV engines for £6.07 and a minature set of original illustrations from the books for £3.96. They also ship overseas. (There is a lovely presentation pack too, the images online don’t really do them justice.
First day covers are only available until the 14th June, so get your buffers busting.
Available from www.royalmail.com/thomas
© Royal Mail
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Erbie needs a booster seat, although I’d love a Tripp Trapp, we already have more chairs than our little flat really needs. This one from Fred and Friends is rather fun although I’m not sure there is a supplier in the UK perhaps I could improvise with the real thing and a cushion?
Thanks for your comments, they too were a boost.
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Quote of the day
‘They tuck you up your mum and dad...’
Anon - after Larkin
“Philately will get you everywhere”
“It’s not the despair, I can handle the despair.
It’s the hope I can’t deal with”
“Each new friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
‘Come on Dover move your bloomin’ arse’.