11 August 2011

Recipe Box: Two kid-friendly recipes from your food storage

To cap off the back-to-school theme this week, here are two recipes that your younger children can make (or at least help to make, depending on their age).

Homemade Edible Playdough

In the aftermath of a disaster, or while your're living through a longer power outage, whipping up some homemade playdough can help children stay occupied. Plus, this version of playdough is edible, so you don't have to waste ingredients. The following version is adapted from a similar recipe on www.playdoughrecipe.com. That site offers a variety of alternate playdough recipes that you can make, depending on your supplies.


3 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 package Flavored Drink Mix, sweetened
1 cup Water
1 Tbs. Canola Oil

  1. Mix Cream of Tarter, flour, salt, and drink mix in a large bowl. (The color of the drink mix will be the color of the playdough.)
  2. Add water and oil.
  3. Stir until the ingredients are mixed thoroughly and look like dough.

Cookie-Crumb Pudding

This is an easy-to-make recipe that takes no time to put together. Plus, it's very customizable, so you can use the flavors your family likes best.

Ingredients (serves 4)

6 oz. (1 package) Pudding Mix, instant
1/2 cup Powdered Milk, instant
1-1/2 cups Water, cold
8 to 10 Cookies, small
1 Tbs. Chocolate Sprinkles

  1. Combine pudding mix and powdered milk in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add water and mix thoroughly until pudding thickens.
  3. Crush cookies in a small bowl.
  4. Divide pudding into four bowls.
  5. Sprinkle cookie crumbs and chocolate sprinkles over pudding and serve.

It's important to use instant pudding and powdered milk to make this recipe turn out correctly.

Vary the cookie and pudding combinations to suit your family's tastes. Some personal favorites are Oreo crumbs on chocolate pudding, chocolate chip crumbs on chocolate fudge pudding, or vanilla wafer crumbs on strawberry pudding.

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