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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.


Xavier loves to help me cook, especially when I'm baking and he can roll and pat to his little heart's content. Last night after we'd cooked dinner, made biscuits and cookies from scratch and he was still wanting to roll away, it hit me- I need to get this kid some play dough! Not a big fan of the stuff in a can, I pulled out the nanny archives and we whipped up a batch of our own. It went over beautifully, except for the little bite X took. He was very surprised by the saltiness and tried to remove his tongue (I'm not exaggerating!) He was nearly falling asleep in his play dough as I dragged him up to bed. Here is a pic of my very serious artist/baker hard at work...Don't mind the drool covered shirt- Che had a long day/slobber courtesy of said attempted tongue-ectomy.

Nature's Play dough
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 T oil
beet, spinach, and blueberry

Mix flour, salt and oil, and slowly add the water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until dough becomes stiff. Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the dough with your hands until of proper consistency. Use as is, or divide into balls and add a few drops of the juices to make green, pink, and blue.


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  • Blogger Jamie says so:
    8:39 AM  

    Hhmmm looks fun. Avery would eat it though. And probaby EAT it, eat it.
    Last night I was making some cards and she was screeching to have one of the paper circles, so I let her check one out. She carried it around for a minute, then took a bite (I knew she would). I always pull things out of her mouth when she bites them but this time I decided to let her be and see if she would spit it out on her own. Nope, swallowed it and wanted more. So frustrating.
    Sorry for the long-windedness. What I meant was, cute picture :) top

  • Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats says so:
    9:09 AM  

    Sounds like a very fun night! My kids have loved play dough from about 1 yr until present! It's a child hood staple! top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    9:49 AM  

    Awww, how fun! I've never thought about doing playdough with theBeast..I think I'll try it sometime. Still haven't been brave enough to try the paint though. Oh and I have to ask, Dentist? I don't think the Beast would even open her mouth for a dentist!! top

  • Blogger Staci says so:
    10:47 AM  

    We love this kind of pay dough too. We fashioned ours into Christmas ornaments, baked, and painted them. Then hung them on the tree with all of our other homemade ornaments. We had a blast! top

  • Blogger Shortie says so:
    11:12 AM  

    I have never seen the alternative to the coloring? That's rad. RAD! I love your slings by the way. top

  • Blogger JoynerFam says so:
    1:16 PM  

    Aww how neat is that. Arthur helped me make cookies but it was short lived when he wanted to put the raw dough in his mouth. I forgot about play doh. top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    1:27 PM  

    Thanks for the recipe! We are looking for new things to do around here -- although I'm sure Emma will be doing a litte taste testing of her own! top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    1:28 PM  

    Thanks for the recipe! We've been looking for new thing to do around here -- although I'm sure Miss Emma will be doing a little taste testing of her own! top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    4:03 PM  


    And about the drool -- Matt would be THAT soaked when he was X's age too! top

  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    5:22 PM  

    Yeah, ICK on the taste. Poor kid. One time is all they'll do it! top

  • Anonymous O Mama Mia says so:
    7:57 PM  

    Oh so fun! For your recipe, did you mean juices with the last ingredients of beet, spinach, blueberry? top