Thursday, February 28, 2013

Your Dough is My Dough: Oatmeal Playdough

Oatmeal is one of our breakfast staples -- especially when the weather is chilly. But we are big fans of the fruit & cream variety (we love to "pick" our own flavor each time) and not the old school plain oats. So when mom recently made us black bean and quinoa veggie burgers (quick tangent -- this was a big mistake, mom. yes, some of our favorite items are separately black beans, corn, quinoa and oats. but you put all that mess together and call it a burger? what are you, new? that's great that you and dad loved it, because there were a lot of leftovers), we had a giant container of Quaker Oats quick oats left crowding up our pantry and we started scheming.

We first decided to have a spa day and make oatmeal masks. Then mom came to her senses and realized that we both flip out when she washes our hair and gets even a drop of water on our face. So washing off an oatmeal mask might not work out so well. A few quick googles later and we settled on oatmeal playdough. It took a bit of tinkering, but we thought the following recipe came out best: 

- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup warm water

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with hands until dough forms (we keep our flour in the freezer and got a kick out of mixing the cold flour and warm water together). If the dough is still too sticky for you, add some more flour until you get a nice, workable texture.

This turned out a super cool, yummy smelling, textured dough that even gave us a nice hand treatment while we played. Mom and Cam worked on an oatmeal zoo and I asked for wax paper to make oatmeal saltwater taffy. Not sure how long this will last for, we put it in the fridge and figure we'll get at least one more play out of it.

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